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Friday, November 17, 2017

Jeff Ho’s graceful sonata of a play is compelling but confusing: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

In trace, complex plot and shifts between times and characters rest solely on actor and musician Ho's shoulders.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

A play about homophobic bullying rings true for a theatregoer who’s experienced it by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

“It is real and it’s sad and it shouldn’t be that way," says Jessica Grey about the show Outside.

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Lot Vekemans’ Poison is a convincing depiction of unimaginable grief: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

In Coal Mine production, Ted Dykstra and Fiona Highet exude sad maturity as parents who have lost a child.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

My Name is Asher Lev gives moving depiction of parent-child relationships: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

What makes this Toronto Centre for the Arts production work so well is the extent to which the actors inhabit their characters.

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Message of self-acceptance comes through loud and clear in this Beauty and the Beast: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Actors' committed performances overcome challenges in Young People's Theatre production of Disney musical.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Daughter challenges the grey areas of masculinity: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Adam Lazarus invites the audience to sit in his toxic masculine world view in a play that focuses on his relationship with his daughter.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Soulpepper's The Goat or, Who Is Sylvia? still finding its footing: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

This revival of Edward Albee's last major work circles the play but does not yet have it firmly in its sights.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Helping independent theatre help itself in Toronto by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

New report looks at how RISER Project and Generator help indie companies and artists get their work seen.

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Theatre Gargantua’s ‘Reflector’ winds up being inconclusive, opaque: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Director Jacquie Pa Thomas and writer Michael Spence have left so much underexplored or, conversely, overstated that synthesis feels far out of reach.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Issue of consent raised but not fully explored in Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells): review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Rose Napoli's writing shines and Vivien Endicott-Douglas mesmerizes as a student involved with her teacher.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools powerfully connects audience to peoples and culture of the North: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Show weaves Evalyn Parry’s and Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory’s personal experiences with broader cultural context.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Meat Loaf musical Bat Out of Hell: The musical engine is world class, the vehicle needs some work: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The cast’s talent and enthusiasm is undeniable, but the story is so ridiculous — and so lacking acknowledgement of its own excess — that the show is perennially on the brink of implodi…

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Playing Mama Darleena in Charm helped Sandra Caldwell reveal a long-held secret by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

After more than 40 years of hiding, actress playing transgender woman in Charm revealed she is trans herself.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Britta Johnson is Canadian musical theatre’s next great hope by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

With Life After opening this week in Toronto and Trap Door in November, Johnson is being described as a singular talent.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Search for home rendered with sadness and skill in Title and Deed: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

American playwright Will Eno gets another Toronto staging, and director Stewart Arnott and actor Christopher Stanton make it a successful if bleak one.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Cousins’ theatrical road show sets up on St. Clair by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Theatrical piece inspired by Mennonite roots and month-long trek takes up residents this weekend in St. Matthew’s United Church.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Volta: Wrong kind of retro undermines Cirque du Soleil’s latest spectacle: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The performers’ skills are as dazzling as ever, but women are mostly just for decoration in Volta.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Coal Mine Theatre stays small but ambitious: Fricker by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

In their 80-seat Danforth Ave. space, Ted Dykstra and Diana Bentley aim to bring Toronto audiences 'great storytelling'.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Soulpepper celebrating after New York stint pays off big by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Soulpepper on 42nd Street drew critics’ praise and an audience, leaving artistic director Albert Schultz pondering another trip south.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Fast-moving news takes some steam out of this Party by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

But Second City finds its sweet spot with observational comedy about relationships in Party Today (Panic Tomorrow).

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Martha Henry to play Prospero in new Stratford version of The Tempest by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The Rocky Horror Show also on festival's 2018 bill, with Donna Feore directing that and The Music Man.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Gasp at emotional depth of Breathing Hole at Stratford Festival: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Polar bear is the tragic hero of Colleen Murphy’s ambitious, moving play looking at history and future of Arctic through Indigenous eyes.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Stratford’s The Madwoman of Chaillot is no big deal: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The Madwoman of Chaillot was written during the last years of the Second World War by the Frenchman Jean Giraudoux and presented here in a new translation by David Edney.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Con-artist comedy Tartuffe gets a great update at Stratford: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Molière classic makes all the sense in the world in 2017, thanks to tweaks, sure-handed director and a stacked cast.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Experiencing Beautiful with an intergenerational group of Carole King fans by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

“As a kid growing up, you heard it everywhere,” one theatregoer says about the music of Carole King.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Canadian playwright Norm Foster gets his due by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

His plays are frequently produced, except in Toronto, but now he has a festival in his name in St. Catharines, Ontario.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

SummerWorks projects vivid, varied and versatile: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Productions driven by women among the more thought-provoking works at festival running along the Queen Street West corridor.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Outdoor theatre companies getting stage fright about rainy summer by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

How is this erratic, wet summer affecting Toronto theatre companies' outdoor productions?

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Will Eno's Middletown a touching and funny reflection on being human: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Everything feels spontaneous, lived, felt, and everyone gets a little moment to shine in Shaw Festival production.

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Shaw Festival’s An Octoroon is brilliant, layered and imperfect: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The production throws Shaw and its audience into the deep end of debates around representation, appropriation and privilege.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The passion convinces, but the writing is thin in Permanence: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

There are potentially interesting but not groundbreaking themes in Canadian premiere of British Fringe hit.

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