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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Generational culture clash keeps things light in short, dark comedy No Clowns Allowed by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

A piece of advice for audiences is to pay attention right off the top, as information provided then informs everything that follows.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

The Wonder Pageant’s gifted improvisers turned my day into holiday hilarity by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Songs, jokes and meta-jokes in an intimate space are just what this time of year needs, writes Karen Fricker.

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Play on a treadmill raises urgent questions by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Powerful direction and design choices, a committed solo performance and well-advised brevity make a strong impact.

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Coming of age tale hits full stride by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

After several weeks of controversy, Buddies in Bad Times is back to the business of its 40th anniversary season with a welcome revival of this 2012 hit.

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Ross Petty and Rob Torr explain why we need Christmas pantos today more than ever by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Petty, who’s staging The Wizard of Oz, sees pantos as a response to the negativity coming from the U.S. while Torr, whose Torrent Productions is presenting Cinderella, touts pantos for bri…

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

The kids are top-class in School of Rock by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical adaptation of the hit film is too long, yet it gets better as it goes along, thanks to an impressive cast of young talent who play their own instruments, writ…

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Monday, November 19, 2018

The Monkey Queen envisions a marvellous world not always fully realized onstage by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

There is a disconnect between the wild imaginative power of Monkey’s adventures and the limited material means through which they’re conveyed, writes Karen Fricker.

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Friday, November 16, 2018

The Message does well at unpacking some of Marshall McLuhan’s idea but becomes repetitive and predictable by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

R.H. Thomson is in bravura form as McLuhan, but play’s female actors are sorely underused, writes Karen Fricker.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Middletown playwright Will Eno on weird odd jobs, finding success — and avoiding irony by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Middletown, now at Toronto’s Streetcar Crowsnest, shows off authorial voice found, the writer says, after exhausting work on Wall Street.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

A mother and son make peace with each other and history in We Keep Coming Back by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Michael Rubenfeld took mother Mary Berchard, a daughter of Holocaust survivors, to Poland to work some things out in their relationship. He came back with a documentary play.

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Helen’s Necklace feels dated despite updated casting by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Director Ken Gass’s new approach with female actors of varied cultural and ethnic backgrounds comes across as projecting the experiences of others.

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Great singing and energetic dancing give Young People’s Theatre’s Mary Poppins a lift by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

YPT’s version of the beloved musical also takes a welcome approach to casting, with Vanessa Sears playing Mary with winning crispness, writes Karen Fricker.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

On The Curious Voyage, theatregoers cross continents for an experience without boundary by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Surprise, uncertainty, even risk are part of the experience for those who take the theatrical voyage that begins in Barrie, Ontario and ends in London, England three days later.

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Art mirrors politically polarized life in The Assembly: Episode 1 by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Journalists Jesse Kline and Jesse Brown find the theatre production about the liberal/conservative ideological divide is an accurate microcosm of what passes for civil discourse today.

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

Secret Life of a Mother is honest and risky by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The story is a microcosm of something billions of members of the human race have gone through, but which Western society still tells us is not appropriate for polite conversation: what it’…

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Friday, October 26, 2018

A rabbi and a theatre critic walked into a play called Bad Jews … by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Despite its unflattering portrayal of a Jewish family fighting over an inheritance, Rabbi Edward Elkin tells Karen Fricker he sees merit in Bad Jews.

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Jordan Peterson’s ideas — and their antithesis — converge in Theory at Tarragon Theatre by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The play is acutely topical, even though it’s been in development for nine years, writes Karen Fricker.

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Soulpepper’s The Royale doesn’t pull any punches by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Marco Ramirez’s powerful play is based on the real-life story of boxer Jack Johnson, who became world heavyweight champion in 1910, sparking race riots.

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The Men in White plays an uneven game at Factory Theatre by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Anosh Irani crams a lot of deep themes into his cricket-themed play, but the humour falls flat and the production feels unfinished, writes Karen Fricker.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Ain’t Too Proud pays a busy, sometimes breathtaking tribute to the Temptations by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Jukebox musical’s story of the Motown hitmakers stuffs a lot of events and songs into show dominated all the same by the music — especially the talents of the performers.

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Last dance, new partner for Akram Khan by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

XENOS, Akram Khan’s last full-length work as a solo dancer came together with help of star Canadian writer Jordan Tannahill. It runs from Oct. 18 to 21 at the Bluma Appel Theatre.

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Women, minorities take the reins at last by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

New theatre leadership at Soulpepper and beyond are part of trend in Canadian theatre, one with a chance to connect with new audiences and artists.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Judas Noir is something new and exciting for Toronto theatre by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Leighton Alexander Williams’ production delivers fabulous theatricality on what is surely not an enormous budget, Karen Fricker writes.

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

The Wolves is a gloriously frank and intense depiction of extraordinary young women by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The much-lauded play about a girls’ soccer team was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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Friday, October 12, 2018

‘There were tears’: The battle to bring Hadrian to the Canadian Opera Company stage by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Rufus Wainwright and Daniel MacIvor spent years fine-tuning their ambitious new opera before its world premiere Saturday at the Four Seasons Centre in Toronto.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Play performed in yurt at Aga Khan museum is personal journey fit for a nomad’s home by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Its creator, Erum Khan, says the play Noor’s open rehearsals provide a new kind of energy as interested museumgoers drift in and out.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

After Albert Schultz, Soulpepper goes to Britain to find its new executive director by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Emma Stenning comes to Toronto, after scandal drove Schultz from his post, after serving as chief executive at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre in England.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

A trio of female theatre friends tackle a play about an intimate female relationship by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Everything came together to allow Maev Beaty and Liisa Repo-Martell to appear in A Beautiful View, directed by Andrea Donaldson.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Portia’s Julius Caesar finds women’s story in remixed Shakespeare by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Outdoor Toronto show’s fresh perspective, partly created by writer Kaitlyn Riordan, shows us an unseen side of ancient Rome.

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At SummerWorks, shows can learn from the audience, at an early stage by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The theatre festival for works in development shows its merits as, while still evolving, two shows got valuable exposure to an audience’s responses and opinions.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Bed and Breakfast a satisfying farce with food for thought by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Real-life couple Gregory Prest and Paolo Santalucia play about 20 characters in Soulpepper run of Mark Crawford’s hit comedy.

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