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Saturday, February 22, 2020

‘Lady Sunrise’ offers moving portraits of isolation and psychological struggle by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

While the play is full of loss, the meta-story behind it is that of empowerment: nearly all the lead creatives and the entire cast are Asian-Canadian women, writes Karen Fricker.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

What do you do when the love of your life fails you? Vivek Shraya turned it into a solo show by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

‘How to Fail as a Popstar’ is about how the author, visual artist, filmmaker and trans activist failed at what she wanted more than anything: to make it as a pop musician. But she’ll a…

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

At ‘You and I,’ it’s OK if theatregoers wander onstage during the performance by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The play at Young People’s Theatre is for children 12 to 30 months old — or ‘explorers,’ as playwright Maja Ardal likes to call them.

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Critics who aren’t Indigenous, Black or people of colour aren’t invited to ‘bug.’ Yolanda Bonnell explains why by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The Indigenous theatre artist says “bug” is an artistic ceremony, which she says “does not align with colonial reviewing practices.”

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Harry and Meghan as a Second City sketch? A look at how the comedy group improvises its shows by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

What’s the method behind the Second City magic? We put these questions to the director of “She The People.”

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Monday, February 3, 2020

Sex, pregnancy, miscarriage, childbirth: Hannah Moscovitch explains why she put some of her most intimate experiences into her plays by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

‘Many women have the exact same set of experiences that I do. No one talks about it,’ Moscovitch tells Karen Fricker. And, yes, it’s been scary, but she plans to keep putting personal …

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Sunday, February 2, 2020

Measha Brueggergosman and Jully Black forged a relationship through adversity — now they’re bringing their bond to the stage by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The R&B and opera divas star in ‘Caroline, or Change’ and reflect on friendship, hardship and the generations of Black women who have come before.

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

A barn-burning performance by Daren A. Herbert is the highlight of Soulpepper’s ‘Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train’ by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The Toronto production has all the signature elements of Stephen Adly Guirgis’s work, but the other performances are not as full-tilt as Herbert’s, writes Karen Fricker.

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Fast, bloody and maybe confusing: This ‘Julius Caesar’ is very 2020 by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

An expertly designed play and a deeply intense viewing experience, this take on Shakespeare might baffle those who don’t know the play.

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

‘Talking about fury’ gave rise to ‘The Guilty Feminist’ podcast, in Toronto on Sunday by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Comedian Deborah Frances-White says her podcast — coming to the Danforth Music Hall on Sunday — suits a ‘time of revolution.’

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Canadian Stage is slaying its deficit and making ambitious plans by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Venerable theatre company has made big strides erasing its deficit — now it can make ambitious plans

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Capitalism and average people’s crises of conscience provide the heart of new Toronto play by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Monologues illustrating the tension between how we live and what we believe form most of ‘Consumption Patterns,’ opening Jan. 8 as part of the Next Stage festival.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

A terrific cast brings the whimsy of Bikini Bottom to life in ‘The SpongeBob Musical’ by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Although two and a half hours is long for an entertainment this unsubtle, writes Karen Fricker.

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Bend It Like Beckham’s co-creator explains what the film and musical are really about by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

It’s about negotiation between generations, Gurinder Chadha tells Karen Fricker ahead of the opening of Bend It Like Beckham onstage in Toronto.

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Monday, November 18, 2019
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

After the MMIWG report ‘Tapwewin: Her Inquiry’ tries to fill in 500 years of blanks by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

“The inquiry as it was constructed was not looking far enough back,” said Yvette Nolan. “It doesn’t talk about why or how we got to this moment.”

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Saturday, November 9, 2019

‘The Pianist of Willesden Lane’ preserves memories of the Holocaust with music by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Written by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohenm, this 90-minute solo piece involves Golabek sitting at a piano playing works by many of the great classical composers, and telling the eventful and ins…

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Friday, October 25, 2019
Saturday, October 19, 2019

In the Mush Hole, the terrible legacy of residential schools is impossible to ignore by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The production by Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, the title of which is a nickname for the Mohawk Institute Residential School in Branford, draws on interviews with and writings by residential school…

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Friday, October 18, 2019

‘Almighty Voice and his Wife’ is a big, bold play, realized through restraint, at Soulpepper by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

A play that’s now part of the Canadian theatre canon becomes not only a success, but a first of its kind, at Toronto’s largest not-for-profit theatre.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

‘The Jungle’ makes clear that working this hard isn’t working by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Play at Tarragon is a brisk, lively look at the numbing grind of working-class living in 2019.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

With new Soulpepper production and more, Indigenous history is entering the spotlight at last by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Stories like Almighty Voice’s bring the past of Canada’s Indigenous peoples the attention it’s been deprived of for decades.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

New play tells the federal-election story as seen from the grassroots — and the land by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

‘The Election’ builds a narrative around the experiences of average campaign volunteers and folds in Indigenous perspectives and a conceit that serves to aid the visually impaired.

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Girl from the North Country makes strikingly moving theatre out of Bob Dylan songs by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Hard-luck characters’ stories aren’t fully fleshed out but between the songs, the performers and show creator Conor McPherson, what emerges is powerfully melancholy anyhow, writes Karen …

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Friday, October 4, 2019

‘Un Poyo Rojo’ is silly, sexy, sweet and sort of slight by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Locker-room mocking of toxic masculinity is not revolutionary but it’s sometimes quite funny and always physically impressive.

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Yaga is a hilarious, ambitious vehicle for great actors to strut their stuff by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Kat Sandler’s newest has feminism, a meaty story and an excellent cast to bring it all to life.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Sunday, September 22, 2019

The Book of Life is a powerful reflection on the Rwandan genocide by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Multimedia project by Odile Gakire Katese is a way of addressing momentous and challenging questions, writes Karen Fricker.

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Actually’s brilliant actors lead audience into risky territory about sex by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Justly celebrated play puts millennials, hookup culture, alcohol and a lot more under the microscope.

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

No Foreigners explores the culture that is a suburban Chinese mall, ingeniously and in detail by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Voice actors, wooden figurines and projections dramatize a sometimes confusing story at touring play now at Toronto’s Theatre Centre.

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