Friday, January 17, 2020

Pulitzer-winning ‘Sweat’ lays bare the first sting of capitalism’s failures in Toronto debut by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Alternating between 2000 and 2008, before and after a local factory lays off hundreds for outsourcing, automization and cheaper non-unionized jobs, Nottage’s script is a modern tragedy in …

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

‘Immense anger’ propelled Pulitzer-winning play about factory closures now in Toronto by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Lynn Nottage’s “Sweat” has proven its deep relevance about job losses that definitely hit home in southern Ontario.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Kelsey Grammer to star in ‘The Boy Friend’ in Toronto by Star Staff

TV veteran can be seen at the Princess of Wales Theatre starting March 29.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

‘My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding’ is back and as political as ever by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Early creation by ‘Come From Away’ team returns to Toronto for a Project Parenthood benefit on Jan. 21.

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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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Friday, January 10, 2020

Vinay Menon: Harry and Meghan didn’t need Oprah’s help to chase their destiny by Vinay Menon - Entertainment Columnist

Did the queen of all media bust the royal couple out of Buckingham Palace? Of course not, writes Vinay Menon, but some couple are determined, as usual, to blame her anyway.

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‘The Solitudes’ takes classic novel one step forward — and puts women at the centre by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Eight women tracing their historical legacies and taking it from there.

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

‘Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes’ is a familiar story of seduction — until it isn’t by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

A middle-aged literature prof and a young, adoring student — we’ve seen this before, but Hannah Moscovitch’s well-executed conventional story has a twist in store.

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‘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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Walter Learning, a key figure in Canadian theatre, dies at 81 by The Canadian Press

Learning, who died Sunday in Fredericton, was said to have had a profound impact on countless people, organizations, and communities as a writer, actor and director.

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

‘Sexual Misconduct,’ virtual reality and mounds of music, all in Toronto’s new, can’t-miss theatre shows by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic,karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Sometimes the audience needs direction, too, so here’s a guide to the most exciting stage projects coming this winter.

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Friday, December 27, 2019

Norman Bethune, the subject of an upcoming Canadian musical, was both hero and villain by Tony Wong - Television Critic

‘That (rebellious) streak got him into trouble wherever he went. That kind of defined him,’ biographer Sharon Stewart says of Dr. Norman Bethune, the subject of an upcoming musical.

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Can a musical about Norman Bethune be Canada’s next ‘Come From Away’? by Tony Wong - Television Critic

Michael Rubinoff has seen the musical he produced, ‘Come From Away,’ make it from Sheridan College in Oakville to Broadway. Can he do it again with ‘Bethune’? The Star followed the c…

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Saturday, December 21, 2019

Jack and the BeansTalk a delightful pantomime fairytale riff, if sometimes rough by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

From the husband-and-wife creative team of Rob Torr and Stephanie Graham, to the low-fi, hand-painted backdrops, Torrent Productions has as much grassroots neighbourhood charm where the Ross…

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Misty Copeland is right: Blackface and Yellowface have no place on ballet stages by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Misty Copeland called out the Bolshoi Ballet this month for its racist ‘danse des négrillons.’ The National Ballet of Canada faced its own controversy in 1981 over a dance that offended…

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Toronto debut of ‘Bend It Like Beckham the Musical’ doesn’t live up to the charm of the film by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

It’s not for lack of talent on the part of the cast, but this North American premiere lacks the production values to do justice to the source material, writes Carly Maga.

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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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At a moment in which truth seems like an endangered species, here are 10 theatre shows that inspired in 2019 by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic,carly Maga - Theatre Critic

These 10 productions are evidence of the ways in which inspired leadership can result in outstanding creative achievement.

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Sunday, December 15, 2019

The Ward Cabaret is a haunting and musical history of immigrants who settled in Toronto by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Their neighbourhood was torn down in the ’50s, but David Buchbinder’s production brings the streets back to life.

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Saturday, December 14, 2019

‘Cash Me If You Can’ is a remarkable tale that could use a trim and an update by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

“Cash Me If You Can,” written, directed and performed Patrick Combs, could use an outside editor.

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Friday, December 13, 2019

How ‘The SpongeBob Musical’ brought director Tina Landau back to her avant-garde roots by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

In taking on a Broadway musical about a cartoon sponge, Tina Landau found a connection to ‘a place where otherness, be it in human form or in theatrical conceit, was embraced,’ she tells…

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How they tore down, packed up, and rolled away ‘Come From Away’ — and then set it back up again by Tara Deschamps - Special To The Star

Everything that the Toronto production does to evoke Newfoundland had to be torn down, packed up and moved to the show’s new home eight or so blocks away. Here’s how they did it.

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

‘Come From Away’ extends Toronto run by 3 months next spring by Garnet Fraser - Toronto Star

The new block of tickets will go on sale Monday, Dec. 16.

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Monday, December 9, 2019

How a mostly Black, hip-hop version of ‘Macbeth’ got cancelled after a white director used the N-word by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Some praised leadership for pulling the two plays while others criticized them for pursuing an agenda that they say puts other livelihoods at risk.

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Ross Petty’s ‘Lil’ Red Robin Hood’ takes aim at public education in Ontario by Ryan Porter - Special To The Star

The not-so-subtle call for free education for all is a bold and inspired modern update for Robin Hood’s share-the-wealth ethos, especially in a political climate where the provincial gover…

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Friday, December 6, 2019

How do you like your ‘Nutcracker’? Six ways to get your fix of the ballet classic in the GTA by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

From Ballet Jörgen’s Canadiana take to the National Ballet’s spectacular version, there are Nutcrackers for everyone this holiday season, writes Michael Crabb.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

“Anastasia” is beautiful to look at onstage but needs more magic by Ryan Porter - Special To The Star

The musical about supposed Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia borrows from other productions, to which it unfavourably compares, writes Ryan Porter.

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The SpongeBob SquarePants musical is airing on TV. Why theatres are thrilled by Ashley Lee - Los Angeles Times

The Palace Theatre was closing for multi-year renovations, forcing the undersea spectacle to shutter as well.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Take two beloved Italian grandmothers, add a variety show and you have ‘The Nonna Monologues’ by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

“At Christmas, our nonnas are the most important figures. They organize everything, they are at the centre,” says actor Danya Buonastella.

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