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Friday, May 11, 2018

Is it a farce? Is it a rom-com? Stage Kiss fails to find balance between the two in Shaw Festival production by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Fiona Byrne and Martin Happer play the developing intimacy between their characters effectively, but the dials don’t go high enough on the hijinks around them, writes Karen Fricker.

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Shaw Festival builds a magical imaginary world in The Magician’s Nephew by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Audience buy-in is required to make the design and performance come together in adaptation of C.S. Lewis novel, writes Karen Fricker.

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Classic play Maggie & Pierre tells Justin Trudeau origin story by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Kaitlyn Riordan stands up impressively to a major acting challenge, playing Pierre and Margaret Trudeau plus a journalist in revival of landmark 1980 show, writes Karen Fricker.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Dissidents immerses its audience in surveillance culture in a former furniture warehouse by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Philippe Ducros’ play is full of intense material, which this Arcstage production amps up several notches, but sometimes it becomes overwhelming, writes Karen Fricker.

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The actors in After the Blackout are disabled, but the play’s not just about disability by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Judith Thompson wrote ‘juicy scenes’ for her characters in After the Blackout, in which their disabilities are ‘just a by the way’.

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

The ’94 Club a problematic passion project for first-time playwright by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Thalia Gonzalez Kane’s play tells the story of a group of 15-year-old girls who start a sex club.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Theatre festival has big ambitions for Toronto’s littlest audiences by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Early years theatre, a European movement to create stage productions for audiences as young as 2 weeks old, comes to Toronto with WeeFestival, writes Karen Fricker.

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Daniel Brooks and Kim Collier’s performance piece is uniquely personal, but hard to enjoy by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

40 Days and 40 Nights is clearly personal and important to its mid-career, married creators, but shades of Orientalism and mandatory, intimate audience participation makes it uncomfortable a…

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Prairie Nurse is a mistaken-identity story based on casual racism, and thanks to its big heart it works by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The characters are all generous and pretty harmless, and they’re trying to find their way through the experience of difference while frequently falling on their faces, writes Karen Fricker.

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Leap into experimentation pays off at Toronto’s annual Circus Sessions by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Annual Harbourfront event returns this weekend, with new creations flowing out of new social bonds forged among the gathered artists.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

The play Mikveh can be eye-opening, but as theatre it’s less than subtle by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Harold Green Jewish Theatre production tells a familiar newcomer-in-a-closed-world story, set in a women’s ritual bath in Jerusalem, writes Karen Fricker.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

When it comes to social media shaming we are all complicit, playwrights say by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Evan Placey’s Girls Like That and Christine Quintana’s Selfie have their roots in real-life stories that involve sexual consent.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

In Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information it’s the clarity of the writing that lingers by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Actors have standout moments in Canadian Stage production, but audience is given too much information, writes Karen Fricker.

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Three actresses on building the lead character, together, in Fun Home by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Performers in show opening Tuesday in Toronto discuss the rewards and challenges of playing the lead in Fun Home.

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Raven Dauda digs deep into her personal and ancestral history in Addiction by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Play emerged out of Dauda’s recovery process as an alcoholic, but it’s her look at history and culture where the most interesting discoveries lie, writes Karen Fricker.

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Friday, April 6, 2018

In a 2018 beset by school shootings, the ambiguity of Simon Stephens’ Punk Rock jars by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The play’s inability to put a finger on what goes wrong in its English school setting seems more evasive than intriguing, writes Karen Fricker

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The play’s the thing … you listen to on a podcast by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Launched in 2016, PlayME podcasts of contemporary Canadian works have since had over 600,000 downloads in 90 countries.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Guillermo Verdecchia’s ‘bloom’ is an anti-war play for a ridiculous universe by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Soheil Parsa’s second staging of the work asks all the big questions.

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Watching Les Misérables without music, with Toronto’s original Fantine by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

A new pared-down adaptation of the Victor Hugo classic takes Louise Pitre back to her breakthrough role.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

What a Young Wife Ought to Know, with its focus on pregnancy and childbirth, is shocking and necessary by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Set in 1920s Ottawa, Hannah Moscovitch’s play adds to an important conversation about gender inequity and female sexuality, writes Karen Fricker.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

For Théâtre français de Toronto, an audience is found in translation by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

French-language company established in 1967, which has boosted its audience with English surtitles, unveils its 2018-19 season.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Gobsmacked! should let vocalists loose and pull audience in by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Beatboxer Ball-Zee holds the a cappella event together, but the conceit that he’s manipulating all the others stifles the energy in show’s first half, writes Karen Fricker.

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Friday, March 9, 2018

The characters in Idomeneus have been through war and so have the Soulpepper cast who play them by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Play about the aftermath of the Trojan War resonates in wake of the fall from grace of former artistic director Albert Schultz.

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

How Colleen Wagner’s play The Monument became a story about murdered and missing Indigenous women by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Métis director Jani Lauzon hopes to change minds about the realities of truth and reconciliation through Factory Theatre production.

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Nina Lee Aquino adds a layer of truth-telling to The Drawer Boy by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Casting an Indigenous and a Black actor as farmers who suppress past trauma reframes Michael Healey’s classic as a parable of colonization, writes Karen Fricker.

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Monday, March 5, 2018

After Wrestling at Factory Theatre has us fighting … to understand by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Despite strong performances and an adventurous production, elements of After Wrestling leave our critic perplexed.

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Honest emotion and raw carnality make Bunny a smash by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Hannah Moscovitch’s play focuses fully on a woman’s inner life and her sexuality, anchored by a magnificently realized performance by Maev Beaty, writes Karen Fricker.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

A playwright walked into a Chinese food court. That was the start of the multimedia show No Foreigners by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Play by David Yee, in which two actors manipulate figurines projected on a screen, explores a Chinese mall in all its cultural, linguistic and generational diversity,

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Come From Away, the little show that shrunk by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

An intermission was axed, songs were cut, a new one was added and a Broadway hit was born. As the Canadian cast of Come From Away makes its Toronto premiere, we talk to the creators about ho…

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Friday, February 16, 2018

In Toronto production of King Charles III the acting is of royal calibre, the design not so much by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Play now on at CAA Theatre doesn’t look as lavish as one would hope, but fine performances and a well-paced production do justice to Mike Bartlett’s script.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

They’re turning a Toronto theatre into an English forest for the play Jerusalem by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Sons of Anarchy's Kim Coates stars in Jerusalem, at Streetcar Crowsnest, as a countercultural folk hero who lives in a battered trailer in the forest.

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