Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Elena Lev was 12 when she first appeared in Cirque du Soleil’s Alegria. She and the show are back 25 years later by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

In the first instance of Cirque du Soleil bringing a show out of retirement, the retooled Alegria: In a New Light comes to Toronto in September.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

In The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare in the Ruff zeroes in on the corrosive power of unchecked men by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Instead of idly waiting for her family to reassemble, Hermione has taken a much more active role in articulating director Sarah Kitz’s theme of patriarchal corruption, writes Carly Maga.

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Soul Train musical to groove its way onto Broadway in 2021 by Ashley Lee - Los Angeles Times

The production will feature more than 20 classic hit songs from the era and tell the personal story of Don Cornelius as he created and hosted the hit TV music program, which first aired in 1…

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In the Stratford Festival’s The Crucible, there is empathy for the young women of Salem by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Jonathan Goad’s production begins without assuming the girls have fabricated the illnesses that spur speculations of witchcraft for foolish, selfish reasons, writes Carly Maga.

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Friday, August 16, 2019

For Toronto’s Lee family, actors Richard and Eponine and director Nina Lee Aquino, work is play by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

After a busy summer for the whole family, father and daughter will appear in Shakespeare in the Ruff’s The Winter’s Tale together, writes Carly Maga.

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The Stratford Festival puts a modern sheen on 1928 newspaper comedy The Front Page. by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

What really makes this Front Page feel fresh is its social, gender, racial and character complications — things that a mainstream audience in 2019 is much more equipped and eager to invest…

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The play ‘Art’ is dependable entertainment, but is it itself art? by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Those who prefer theatre that takes formal risks, comments on pressing societal concerns and pushes the art form in new directions will likely find it hard to invest much in ‘Art,’ write…

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Stratford Festival’s Coriolanus and The Tempest will air on CBC by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

The Robert Lepage-directed Coriolanus made theatre best-of lists for 2018 while Martha Henry earned praise for playing Prospero in The Tempest.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Birds of a Kind goes places rarely seen in English-language theatre by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Wajdi Mouawad’s play, now at Stratford, goes deep into the Israel/Palestine conflict and offers a profound experience of feeling and thought, writes Karen Fricker.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Colm Feore will reopen the Stratford Festival’s Tom Patterson Theatre Centre as Richard III by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

The Shakespeare play is a highlight of the 2020 season, which also includes a reimagined Chicago, directed and choreographed by Donna Feore.

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Monday, August 12, 2019

All’s Well That Ends Well gets a romantic twist from Dauntless City Theatre, but it fails to convince by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Cross-gender and cross-racial casting bring it into 2019, but these interventions can’t resolve the fundamentally cynical relationships in Shakespeare’s problem play, writes Carly Maga.

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Shaw Festival’s Victory strips some of the urgency from Howard Barker’s incredible text by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The production has one of the most impressive casts in recent memory, but the audience is given no signposts to follow the story, writes Carly Maga.

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The Archive of Missing Things uses digital means to connect us to the physical by Raju Mudhar - Staff Reporter

The SummerWorks production combines a performance with an online game inside the Sanderson branch of the Toronto Public Library.

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Thanks to Tom Rooney, the Shaw Festival’s Cyrano de Bergerac breaks your heart by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The Shaw’s design, costume and makeup teams also deserve praise. And Kate Hennig has brought a welcome contemporary sensibility to the text, writes Karen Fricker.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Shaw Festival will stage classic musical Gypsy as part of its 2020 season by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

New season will also include one play by Bernard Shaw, the comedy The Devil’s Disciple.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Two old friends, two new plays with links to internet culture at SummerWorks by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Graham Isador returns to theatre festival with White Heat, about a journalist faced with alt-right hostility; Lauren Gillis brings Safe and Sorry, about pickup culture, writes Karen Fricker.

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Old-time rock and roll meets Shakespeare by Ryan Porter - Special To The Star

Longtime Stratford composer looked to his youth to inspire the eight original songs in The Merry Wives of Windsor.

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The Merry Wives of Windsor marries Shakespearean comedy with ’50s farce by Ryan Porter - Special To The Star

Lucille Ball and the Stratford of the ’50s inspired Antoni Cimolino’s spit-take of a production.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

A kindler, gentler season is announced at the Coal Mine Theatre by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

People want to come to the theatre to feel safe, says co-artistic director Diana Bentley.

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Broadway giant Hal Prince dead at 91 by Mark Kennedy

As a producer, he helped created Damn Yankees, West Side Story, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Fiddler on the Roof. He became a director and helped shape Cabaret, Company…

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Where to go to groove to live music during Caribana by Garnet Fraser - Toronto Star

Jam to the sounds of Jamaica, Grenada, Trinidad and T.O. at this year’s Toronto Caribbean Festival

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Howard Barker’s Victory is dark, offensive and shocking — and possibly one of the best English plays ever written by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The lead actors in the Shaw Festival’s production of Victory share their admiration for a play that’s extreme but also ‘incredibly human and funny’.

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Music adds punch to A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Bard’s Bus Tour by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The music gives Shakespeare’s text that extra flair that is a Driftwood Theatre signature, but the commentary on our social-media, phone-obsessed culture feels shoehorned in, writes Carly …

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The Office! A Musical Parody begins its tour in Toronto by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Creators Bob McSmith and Tobly McSmith say you don’t have to be a fan of the TV show The Office to enjoy the musical theatre version.

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Soulpepper’s Fool for Love challenges Sam Shepard’s mythology, but performances need to deepen by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

It may take more time for Cara Gee and Eion Bailey to flesh out their performances to fill the stage, writes Karen Fricker.

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

The Second Woman sees actress tackle the same scene 100 times over 24 hours by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Laara Sadiq co-star in the marathon event is 100 amateurs, rotated in over the course of a full day at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Shaw’s Brigadoon just the latest darker reinterpretation of a classic musical by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

New staging of Lerner & Loewe show follows more troubling takes on Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady and more.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

‘I love the life I’ve had’: Margaret Trudeau brings her life stories to Just For Laughs by Giuseppe Valiante - The Canadian Press

Margaret Trudeau has been fascinating people for decades, from the time she secretly married then-prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau in 1971 at age 22, to her unabashed tales of partying …

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

This Much Ado About Nothing gives Shakespeare a 1990s romcom sensibility by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

By setting the comedy in Ontario cottage country in 1999, director Liza Balkan helps us digest some story elements that don’t fit with 2019 sensibilities, writes Carly Maga.

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