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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Mother-daughter relationship takes centre stage in Lear, Groundling’s innovative take on a Shakespeare classic by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Seana McKenna’s all-out, heart-wrenching performance as Queen Lear is more than enough to recommend Graham Abbey’s production, Karen Fricker writes.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Balaklava Blues, a followup to Counting Sheep, to premiere at Luminato Festival by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Concert and theatre piece is from Mark and Marichka Marczyk, the couple behind previous SummerWorks hit.

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Toronto stages want a quick hit as brief plays are on the rise by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

In local theatre, ‘distilled, dense’ one-act shows might have a bigger edge than ever — with impatient, sophisticated audiences seen as the culprit — but some creators are holding ou…

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Illusionists: Live From Broadway offers thrills for numerous magic-loving tastes by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

A well-executed theatrical show with dazzling magical performances, The Illusionists will not disappoint the magic lover on your list this holiday season.

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Funny and thought-provoking The Story gives us nativity by way of Monty Python by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Outdoor play in Christie Pits Park is a unique holiday offering with interesting perspectives on foundational story.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

This Peter Pan is a delight for adults and kids alike by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

It celebrates the power of the imagination and the power of theatre to make seemingly impossible happen.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Mess, a play set in a storage locker, goes deep by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

A 45 minute show, performed by three actors for 10 spectators, is deceptively small, writes Karen Fricker.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Two mothers, one Jewish, one Indian, consider stereotype of the underachieving child by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Sandy Cohen and Asha Jain reflect on relationships with their own grown-up kids at My Son the Waiter, A Jewish Tragedy.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Couple keeps Canada's Main Streets alive in The Tale of a Town by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Lisa Marie DiLiberto and Charles Ketchabaw get to heart of what makes communities special with touring stage show.

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Erin Shields’ Instant hit deftly shows dangers of Snapchat age by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Timely in its material, this short play for 12+ audiences skilfully navigates the risks and rewards of putting oneself on social media.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

It's hard to care about odd couple at heart of Simon Stephens’ Heisenberg by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

American Georgie, who’s 42, and Irish-born Alex, who’s 75, creep into the realm of stereotype.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Creative, whimsical Christmas Carol warms the heart at Shaw Festival: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Michael Therriault’s antic performance as Scrooge anchors the production, charmingly adapted by Tim Carroll.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Donna-Michelle St. Bernard's Cake an expressionistic parable of colonialism by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Play about the uranium trade in Niger stirs feelings mystification, intrigue, outrage and curiosity.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

’Tis the season for onstage Christmas Carols by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Shaw Festival and Ross Petty Productions are both tackling the Dickens classic for the first time this year.

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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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