Thursday, May 25, 2017

Canadian theatre’s Serious Games is a swift passage from childhood to adulthood by Michael Crabb

Revival of veteran choreographer David Earle’s show a testament to Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre’s young dancers.

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Oksana G. an intense and powerful new operatic tale of sex-trafficking: review by Catherine Kustanczy - Special To The Star

Music could stand to be more prominent but emotional power of Tapestry Opera’s tale comes through.

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Situational Anarchy puts punk spin on coming-of-age tale: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

This is a theatre show in the guise of a music gig.

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Come From Away wins Toronto Theatre Critics Awards by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Hit musical takes most prizes along with Shaw Festival's Master Harold . . . and the Boys.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A royal dream for Opera Atelier in Versailles by Marshall Pynkoski - Special To The Star

Toronto company returns to Versailles’ Royal Opera House with Médée and makes its Royal Chapel debut.

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Shaw Festival's not just for theatre mavens anymore: Wednesday Matinée by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

New artistic director Tim Carroll shakes things up with new repertoire and productions in unusual spaces.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Opera Oksana G. portrays the drama of human trafficking by Trish Crawford

In Ukrainian-Canadian Natalya Gennadi, Tapestry Opera finds perfect soprano for the lead role.

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Toronto’s independent opera scene is thriving by Trish Crawford

Against the Grain led the way in 2011 and now 11 companies are part of Indie Opera Toronto.

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Top ticket, May 21 to 27: Ad libs, ambition and anarchy by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Improv, opera and obsessive fandom are all worthy options on stage.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Onegin hits musical highs but love stories feel off: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Actors do full justice to Veda Hille-Amiel Gladstone score but play ideas rather than creating relationships onstage.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Kate Hennig becomes associate artistic director of Shaw Festival by Debra Yeo - Staff Reporter

The actress and playwright wrote the critically acclaimed The Last Wife.

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Meat Loaf goes to bat for new musical by Bruce Demara - Entertainment Reporter

Singer talks up Bruno Mars while in process of talking up Bat Out of the Hell, the stage musical based on the rocker’s famous album.

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Alexander Pushkin-inspired musical blends classic and contemporary theatre by Lauren La Rose - The Canadian Press

Canadian musical ‘Onegin’ will play this year in Toronto and Ottawa following an award-winning run in Vancouver last year.

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At Stratford, renegade women on the high seas and in ancient Greece by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Gender gets reconsidered in classic stories in a 2017 season with a focus on diversity: Wednesday Matinée.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

‘Come From Away’ wins 4 Helen Hayes Awards, including outstanding musical by The Canadian Press

“Come From Away” also received the award for outstanding musical director, outstanding supporting actress in a musical and outstanding ensemble in a musical.

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‘Dance Card’ winds up with eccentric contemporary performances: review by Michael Crabb

Two local companies, Cloud 9 and Kaeja d’Dance, are currently presenting their programs on the Theatre Centre’s “Dance Card” series, as it winds up this week.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Strangers, Babies proves to be a compelling puzzle: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Audience must piece together fragmented scenes to learn dark truth about a woman’s past.

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At the theatre with Johanna Schneller, the mother of The Boy in the Moon by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Her husband Ian Brown's memoir about their severely disabled son spawned a play, now onstage in Toronto.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

for colored girls gets people talking: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

This is the most stripped-back production I’ve seen on a Soulpepper stage, but the result places full focus on the cast as they deliver Ntozake Shange’s words, writes Karen Fricker.

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The gripping story of the Boy in the Moon falters on stage: review by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Despite all of these images and powerful performances that director Chris Abraham brings together, he never exactly solves why Ian Brown’s book needed to be turned into a play.

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A Canadian classical theatre star puts down roots in the County by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

A look at how Graham Abbey of Stratford and Groundling fame ended up with Festival Players of Prince Edward County.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Ballet Creole’s Kambule celebrates Trinidad and Tobago’s cultural kaleidoscope by Michael Crabb

Patrick Parson’s Kambule brings a taste of island’s traditional Carnival to Harbourfront May 12 to 14.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Preview of Bat Out of Hell musical to block Yonge St. on Monday, May 15 by Garnet Fraser - Music, Comedy

Four-song mini-concert, and Meat Loaf himself, will audiences a taste of the show before its Toronto debut in fall.

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Canada gets ambitious at Edinburgh Fringe by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Under Michael Rubenfeld, Canadian productions are taking over prestigious King's Hall for Edinburgh performance festival.

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Dance tributes to Leonard Cohen and Beatles' Sgt. Pepper coming to Toronto by Debra Yeo - Staff Reporter

Productions by Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal and Mark Morris are part of Sony Centre's second annual Dance Collection.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Other Jesus gives us the prophet as a young artist: review by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Experimental play uses religion, sermons and moral teachings as a metaphor for the struggle of an artist for stability.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Liars at a Funeral is a promising example of Sophia Fabiilli’s appeal by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

In small-town Ontario, an estranged family converges on Christmas Eve at the local funeral home to mourn the loss of the matriarch.

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Russian ballerina’s tale at centre of Red Giselle by Michael Crabb

Eifman Ballet production arrives at Toronto’s Sony Centre this week.

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Canadian musical of Russia's Onegin makes its Toronto debut by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Also on the Top Ticket, Steve Earle distilled in Doghouse Roses and dance times four at the Theatre Centre.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Cast with Down syndrome proves up to the challenge: review by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Bold creative choices pay off in play within play within play with a straightforward message.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Strictly Ballroom the Musical misses some steps: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Show has some delightful singing, dancing and acting but loses a lot of the magic of Baz Luhrmann's 1992 film.

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