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Friday, February 15, 2019

Oslo’s long, macho march toward peace delivers for audience by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Director Joel Greenberg’s production at CAA Theatre of J.T. Rogers’ play about a daring real-life peace mission overcomes slightly thin characterizations.

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Friday, February 8, 2019

While Come From Away took a break, its Toronto cast visited Gander by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The actors who star in the hit musical set in Gander, Newfoundland, got a chance to meet some of the real people they play.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Actor and playwright Jeff Ho explores his Chinese identity via the Greeks by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Ho — Ophelia in Why Not Theatre’s Prince Hamlet and the author of Iphigenia and the Furies — gravitates toward the Greek tragedies because they were his first experience of theatre, he…

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Friday, February 1, 2019

The Tashme Project tells of the distress of Japanese Canadians interned during the Second World War by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

There is valuable information in this theatre production about Japanese Canadian experiences, although the delivery can be confusing, writes Karen Fricker.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Canadian Stage gains ambition as it gains ground in decades-old fight with debt by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Red ink has dogged the Toronto theatre company for 30 years but now, thanks to an American ‘turnaround king,’ artistic director Brendan Healy says it will soon be able to think bigger.

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Vietnamese-Canadian double bill of Fine China and A Perfect Bowl of Pho offers a blast of fresh ideas by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Nam Nguyen’s Pho is a hilariously energetic look at Vietnamese culture while Julie Phan’s Fine China looks at the painful relationship between a father and his daughters, writes Karen Fr…

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Actors Hailey Gillis and Peter Fernandes revisit childhood in Soulpepper Theatre’s Rose by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

In Soulpepper’s first original musical, based on Gertrude Stein’s The World Is Round, the actors and friends play 9-year-olds.

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

The actors shine the most in Toronto production of Rajiv Joseph’s Gruesome Playground Injuries by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Characters could be considered representative of a crisis in Western culture around destructive and self-destructive behaviours, but that theme plays out perhaps too much in deep background,…

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Friday, January 18, 2019

The Scavenger’s Daughter places audience in a hellish world built around patriarchy and violence by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The second play in Susanna Fournier’s Empire Trilogy is very beautiful and deeply unpleasant, writes Karen Fricker

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Next Stage Theatre Festival gives Toronto a winter shot of buzz by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Critic Karen Fricker catches and reviews half of the dozen shows in the festival during a packed weekend.

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Iphigenia and the Furies finds modern telling for ancient tale by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

In taking this story on for the indie company Saga Collectif, playwright Ho Ka Kei grappled with the question of where he and his collaborators, mostly queer folks and people of colour, coul…

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Satire about Joe Clark’s political decline is full of wit and heart, and surprisingly sympathetic of Clark by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The anchor of the play is Philip Riccio as Clark, who through understated but profound character work draws the audience into Clark’s psyche and his dilemma, writes Karen Fricker.

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Play That Goes Wrong does a good job of being terrible by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

It gets a bit overextended at the end but the Toronro production of The Play That Goes Wrong delivers on its promise: a laugh-filled night where nothing goes right.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

One year after Soulpepper, what stage have we reached? by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Theatre professionals offer their thoughts on the state of the industry in Toronto — the changes that have come and those that are still needed.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Tatiana Maslany is doing it her way in Network on Broadway by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Orphan Black stars aims to ‘honour and respect’ Faye Dunaway’s turn as Diana Christensen in the 1976 film version, but also tries ‘to own it for myself,’ she tells the Star’s Kar…

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Reversible’s family tales are thin but it’s a big, beautiful spectacle by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Circus show by 7 Fingers at CAA Theatre uses performers’ relations as inspiration for their top-notch, wow-factor feats.

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Meet Canada’s Evan Hansen: Robert Markus of Stratford’s Rocky Horror Show by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The Vancouver-born actor passed his audition ‘with flying colours’ to pay the title role in the Toronto production of Broadway smash Dear Evan Hansen.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Magic and circus shows bring holiday awe to Toronto by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

With Cirque du Soleil and 7 Fingers opening shows here this week, and Champions of Magic next week, Karen Fricker looks at the appeal of this style of entertainment.

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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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