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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Strong cast connects with High Park audience in Twelfth Night: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Canadian Stage production is a bit too high-concept and fuzzy in places.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Indigenous actors learn at Stratford Festival but teach too: Wednesday Matinée by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Johnny Issaluk, Ujarneq Fleischer and Lisa Cromarty co-star in The Breathing Hole, which draws on Inuit knowledge.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Women strut their hours upon Shakespeare stages: Wednesday Matinée by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

A woman playing King Lear should not be an oddity, says Diane D'Aquila, who's doing so for Shakespeare in High Park.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Billy Bishop Goes to War could use an update: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Beloved play's capacity for critical comment has drained away and what’s left is self-regarding sentimentality.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

This couple loves the Fringe Festival so much they started producing their own plays by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

At the theatre with . . . Joan Jamieson and Shelley M. Hobbs, who say they love the festival's sense of 'discovery'.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Anita Majumdar's Fish Eyes Trilogy opens new Factory Theatre season by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Factory's 2017-18 season includes world premieres of Kat Sandler’s BANG BANG, Jeff Ho’s trace and After Wrestling.

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

VideoCabaret’s Confederation Parts I and II add to Canada 150 pageantry, debate by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

VideoCabaret's show tackles the Confederation period, from 1861 to the execution of Louis Riel in 1885.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Stratford Festival’s The Virgin Trail a gripping Tudor tale: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

This complex whodunit, second in Kate Hennig’s Tudor queens trilogy, a taut, twisty story of power, loyalty and betrayal.

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Shaw Festival’s Tim Carroll shakes up the theatre: Wednesday Matinee by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Artistic director's production of Androcles and the Lion pushes actors, audiences out of their comfort zones.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Dancing at Lughnasa a memory story with shining performances by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The Shaw Festival's show has room to grow, but gives five female actors strong opportunities to shine.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Luminato production not the King Arthur you know by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Play with music springs from the imagination of Niall McNeil, an actor with Down syndrome.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

How Come From Away became a serious Tony Award contender by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Broadway pundits and insiders agree it's between Come From Away and Dear Evan Hansen for the Best Musical Tony June 11.

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Stratford Festival's The School for Scandal is a complicated classic with a still-relevant message: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The lavish play connects the classic story from the 18th century to our contemporary era with a stinging commentary on the damaging effects of a culture of superficiality and fake news.

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Stratford Festival vet shines in the ever-topical Timon of Athens: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

This production makes a strong case for the continued relevance of this fascinatingly unstable play, Karen Fricker writes.

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Romeo and Juliet shows passions both vivid and violent: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Vision of repression works in Stratford production, but does framing device?

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Buddies in Bad Times brings LGBTQ generations together by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Participants are between 17 and 29 or 56 and 73.

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Toronto Fringe announces 2017 lineup by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Festival is most ambitious yet with 160 shows.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Stratford Festival's Twelfth Night intrigues, but doesn’t quite add up: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The centre of the production is musical theatre star Brent Carver, playing Feste, the fool who serves both the households in the play.

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Seeing yourself in Come From Away: ‘It was really surreal’ by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

At the theatre with Tom McKeon, whose experiences helped shape skeptical character Bob in the hit Broadway musical.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Dramatic monarchy comes to life in elaborate Shaw Festival production: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Elaborate production veils a sometimes-thin plot, with expert set design and a strong ensemble cast.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Saint Joan at Shaw festival’s design dazzles: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Production has potential to improve as actors find more nuance.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Situational Anarchy puts punk spin on coming-of-age tale: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

This is a theatre show in the guise of a music gig.

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Come From Away wins Toronto Theatre Critics Awards by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Hit musical takes most prizes along with Shaw Festival's Master Harold . . . and the Boys.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Onegin hits musical highs but love stories feel off: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Actors do full justice to Veda Hille-Amiel Gladstone score but play ideas rather than creating relationships onstage.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

At Stratford, renegade women on the high seas and in ancient Greece by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Gender gets reconsidered in classic stories in a 2017 season with a focus on diversity: Wednesday Matinée.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Strangers, Babies proves to be a compelling puzzle: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Audience must piece together fragmented scenes to learn dark truth about a woman’s past.

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At the theatre with Johanna Schneller, the mother of The Boy in the Moon by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Her husband Ian Brown's memoir about their severely disabled son spawned a play, now onstage in Toronto.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

for colored girls gets people talking: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

This is the most stripped-back production I’ve seen on a Soulpepper stage, but the result places full focus on the cast as they deliver Ntozake Shange’s words, writes Karen Fricker.

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A Canadian classical theatre star puts down roots in the County by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

A look at how Graham Abbey of Stratford and Groundling fame ended up with Festival Players of Prince Edward County.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Strictly Ballroom the Musical misses some steps: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Show has some delightful singing, dancing and acting but loses a lot of the magic of Baz Luhrmann's 1992 film.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Freud's Last Session could be darker, more vibrant: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Mark St. Germain play imagines meeting between C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud, only weeks before latter’s death.

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