Monday, January 30, 2023

In ‘Girls & Boys’ at Crow’s Theatre, Fiona Mongillo delivers an enthralling performance that will leave you viscerally shaken by Joshua Chong - Special To The Star

Dennis Kelly’s thoughtfully constructed solo play about an unspeakable tragedy dares you to not look away — if you can.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 01:09PM
Saturday, January 28, 2023

The work that went into ‘Fall on Your Knees’ is inspiring and humbling by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Camellia Koo’s set is visually striking — tall diagonal wooden slats create a frame over the stage — and Leigh Ann Vardy’s lighting helps shift location and mood in sometimes natural…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:51PM
Thursday, January 26, 2023

How do you solve a problem like an outdated play or musical? by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

“Some Like It Hot” on Broadway does a spectacular job of it. “Funny Girl” not so much, despite the star presence of Lea Michele.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 10:00AM
Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Ambur Braid and Gordon Bintner return to the Canadian Opera Company as stars in ‘Marriage of Figaro’ and Atom Egoyan’s ‘Salome’ by Joshua Chong - Special To The Star

They graduated from the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio and now return to headline the spring season’s key performances

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 10:45AM
Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Passion for Blacks in Dance unites 500 artists in immersive Toronto gathering by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

‘A global event like this, dedicated to Black artists offers encouragement. Just fight hard and put your work out there.’

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:00AM
Saturday, January 21, 2023

Former Toronto theatre technician charged in sexual assault by Joshua Chong - Special To The Star

Backstage manager denies alleged incidents involving fellow stagehand at Theatre Passe Muraille.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:00AM
Friday, January 20, 2023

Crow’s Theatre’s ‘Fifteen Dogs’ is a must-see, even for cat people by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

Despite an at-times unearned length, “Fifteen Dogs” is a must-see for its performances, including Tom Rooney at the top of his game as a lovelorn poodle.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:41PM

Indigenous origin story is honoured in Red Sky Performance’s ‘Miigis: Underwater Panther’ by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

The dance work, a collaboration with Canadian Stage, refers to the sea-snail shells that played a guiding role in the great migration over many centuries of Indigenous peoples.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 09:00AM
Monday, January 16, 2023

Canadian debut of play ‘Martyr’ fails to make good on its provocative premise by Joshua Chong - Special To The Star

This German play about a student who becomes a Christian zealot doesn’t provide enough context for how he became so radicalized.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:39PM

Downton Abbey’s Kevin Doyle never thought he’d be an actor. Now he’s Mirvish’s leading man in a World War II play about weather by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

The TV star makes his Mirvish debut this month in “Pressure,” a British play about the meteorologists who advised Eisenhower while planning D-Day in 1944.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:00AM
Thursday, January 12, 2023

‘Illuminated Text’ brings Shakespeare and the Stratford experience to homes across Canada by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Interactive video experience offers deep dives into the Bard’s works, allowing the festival to engage with people across the country and beyond.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 12:10PM
Tuesday, January 10, 2023

‘Girls and Boys’ is a painful solo show about loss and betrayal. But for Fiona Mongillo, the play’s future at Crow’s Theatre couldn’t be mor by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

‘Girls and Boys’ made a splash in Stratford last summer, a quick jaunt from the behemoth Stratford Festival. Its upcoming remount will play at the Streetcar Crowsnest in Toronto.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 01:56PM

‘Fifteen Dogs’ at Crow’s Theatre offers a dog’s eye view of Toronto by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

This month Crow’s Theatre is producing the world premiere stage version of “Fifteen Dogs,” adapted and directed by Marie Farsi and featuring a cast of six.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:00AM
Sunday, January 8, 2023

‘It’s been the greatest adventure of my life’: Panto legend Ross Petty says farewell by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

Petty took his final bow Saturday, bidding adieu to Toronto’s yearly Christmas pantomime after 25 years.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 04:32PM
Friday, January 6, 2023

For Ann-Marie MacDonald, a ‘Fall on Your Knees’ theatrical adaptation was inevitable by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

MacDonald says she always saw her groundbreaking novel “as a 3D experience for the reader.” Part One opens in Toronto Jan. 20.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 09:00AM
Monday, December 26, 2022
Saturday, December 24, 2022

Top 5 opera, dance and classical music experiences from 2022 by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star,joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

Post-pandemic life saw companies entering a brave new world marked by unpredictable and shifting consumer habits, declining attendance rates and general economic uncertainty

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:00AM
Saturday, December 17, 2022

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a crowd-pleaser but shows its age at times by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The show’s simple, hooky premise — a song cycle in different pop genres retelling the Biblical story of Joseph — is an opportunity for one spectacular musical number after another

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 01:46PM
Thursday, December 15, 2022

Bad Hats Theatre’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ is a love letter to childhood by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

This “Alice in Wonderland” is nothing short of a delight — and Bad Hats Theatre puts on a very good show.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:12PM

Can Christmas shopping be viewed as a form of theatre? Well, sort of by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

When retail stores deck the halls for holiday shopping, they’re using many of the same tenets of design that make theatrical productions pop, according to experts in both fields.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 12:23PM
Wednesday, December 14, 2022

There’s no blubber in this stunning ‘Moby Dick’ at Harbourfront Centre by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

This isn’t the “Moby Dick” of your high school English classroom and these aren’t the puppets from days of Jim Henson yore.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:35PM
Monday, December 12, 2022

Entertaining and hard-hitting, ‘’da Kink in My Hair’ still holds up 20 years later by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

New Soulpepper and TO Live production is updated with topical references while maintaining the dramatic situation and structure that are key to the play’s success.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:09PM
Sunday, December 11, 2022

National Ballet’s triumphant return of The Nutcracker by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet is back with many changes — all of them good.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 04:52PM
Friday, December 9, 2022

Jac Yarrow is living the dream as star of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

From Jac Yarrow’s offstage charisma to his vocal chops, it’s clear why Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber chose him as his leading man.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 04:49PM

Ross Petty and Toronto pantomime favourites take one last bow in the delightful ‘Peter’s Final Flight’ by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

Dan Chameroy, Eddie Glen and Sara-Jeanne Hosie return for a magical final goodbye.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 04:25PM
Thursday, December 8, 2022

Forget the ‘hoity-toity tuxes and gowns’ — at Opera Revue you can cheer and holler. No shushing allowed by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

Events by companies like Opera Revue, Against the Grain and Tapestry Opera are part of an effort to make the art form more accessible.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 09:00AM
Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Cirque du Soleil will return to Toronto next spring with touring show ‘Kooza’ by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

The Montreal-based circus company will bring their iconic big top to the site of the former Mr. Christie factory.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 08:00AM

WinterSong’s ‘Holiday Season’ show gives high school-age hopefuls a leg up in the dance world by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre’s annual WinterSong performance features the lore and traditions around the winter solstice.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:00AM
Monday, December 5, 2022

The Second City has a swanky new venue, but its inaugural main stage show, ‘Home Sweet New Home,’ can’t compete by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

The spirited ensemble draws some laughs from the material, but some of it feels stale and overlong.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:07PM
Friday, December 2, 2022

Revisiting ‘da Kink’: Playwright Trey Anthony on theatre, hair and Black self-love by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

“The staying power of ‘’da Kink in My Hair’ is rooted in authenticity. And truth,” says Anthony. “Everyone wants to feel seen, heard, listened to, loved, accepted.”

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 09:00AM

Ross Petty couldn’t leave 25 years of pantos behind without playing his ‘favourite evil person’ by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Now that his company’s holiday pantos are coming to an end, Petty will take one final bow as Captain Hook in “Peter’s Final Flight.”

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 09:00AM

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