Monday, February 20, 2017

John and Waleed demonstrates multiculturalism in action by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Musicians John Millard and Waleed Abdulhamid perform original compositions in a conversation about culture in Canada.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

'Five Faces of Evelyn Frost' social media critique either revealing or obvious: Review by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Making its English-language debut, Quebec playwright Guillaume Corbeil’s quick one-act play starts with a bang but ultimately loses its plot.

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Top Ticket Feb. 19 to 25: for those who feel split between music, dance and bilingual indie theatre by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Brent Carver Songbook, SplitScreen and HROSES are this week's top picks for theatregoers.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

My Night With Reg has Chekhovian sorrow but plenty of comedy: review by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Martin Happer and Gray Powell stand out in 1994 play that makes the repercussions of the AIDS crisis purely private.

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The Bodyguard's delicious excess, world-class singing overcome plot issues: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Creators of this crowd-pleaser have stuffed it with Whitney Houston’s back catalogue, shown off by Beverley Knight.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Cabaret can still entertain and unsettle us: review by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

As the Emcee, Randy Harrison both frightens and seduces the audience, personifying the atrocities just under the surface.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

National Ballet and Robert Lepage team on work honouring Norman McLaren by Bruce Demara - Entertainment Reporter

Frame by Frame is a collaboration between Quebec playwright Robert Lepage and National Ballet choreographer Guillaume Côté.

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Actresses ‘of a certain age’ thrive in juicy roles on Toronto stage by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Nora McLellan and Nancy Beatty, appearing in Annie Baker's John, look to young playwrights to defy stereotypes.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Acting up Stage Company becomes Musical Stage by Debra Yeo - Staff Reporter

Company aspires to make Canada a leader in musical theatre, brings Fun Home to Off-Mirvish season.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Fun to be had in James and the Giant Peach: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

But remount of musical based on Roald Dahl novel is not Young People's Theatre's strongest work.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Top Ticket, Feb 12 to 18: Romance, rumination and Rhubarb by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Cabaret at the Princess of Wales Theatre, Blue Valentine at the Citadel and Rhubarb Festival at Buddies in Bad Times.

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

A magnetic lead in Superior Donuts: review by Carly, Maga - Theatre Critic

Shopkeeper Arthur Przybyszewski is barely holding on to his business, having alienated his only employee, and so depressed following the death of his ex-wife that he barely shows up for work.

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Beverley Knight stars in The Bodyguard in Toronto by Trish Crawford

Britain’s Queen of Soul infuses the musical with her love of the star of the movie, Whitney Houston.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Comedian Darrin Rose revives the variety show to broaden standup comedy’s appeal by Denis Grignon - Freelance Entertainment Writer

Canada’s standup comedy scene has a low ceiling, so Rose builds a show that goes beyond, coming to Toronto this Friday.

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Jose Agudo’s TEN speaks to human migration by Michael Crabb

ACE Music and Dance project has its North American premiere at Harbourfront Feb. 10 through Dance Immersion.

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Ins Choi and Trey Anthony on the blessings and burdens of big hits by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Choi has tried not to be defined by Kim's Convenience while ’Da Kink in My Hair was all part of Anthony's plan.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Freedom Singer’s channelling of musician’s ancestor can be heartwarming: review by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

There are challenges translating a research project to the stage, but Khari Wendell McClelland finds a sweet spot.

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The Trocks share their love of ballet through funny, fabulous performances by Michael Crabb

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, a world-beloved, all-male comic ballet company, returns to Toronto Friday as part of its current cross-Canada tour.

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Top Ticket Feb. 5 to 11: Kim’s Convenience, Ballets Trockadero, and Dueling Pianos by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Pianos, pointe shoes and potentially a playwright are three top options for theatregoers in the days to come.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Shaw Festival announces deficit for 2016 by Debra Yeo - Staff Reporter

Niagara-on-the-Lake festival says ticket sales were up but ticket prices were reduced.

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Company Theatre's John a fine introduction to Annie Baker’s work: review by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Play is dotted with moments large and small that illustrate fundamental truths about humanity.

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Gotterdammerung still speaks to the human condition: review by Michael Crabb

COC’s dramatically sharp production of Wagner epic includes some goose-bump-inducing vocal splendour.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Charting a path from slavery in Freedom Singer by Lauren La Rose - The Canadian Press

Khari Wendell McClelland researched the history of his ancestor and other escaped slaves, and came up with a show with relevance for today.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

COC tackles the Mount Everest of opera by Trish Crawford

For Canadian Opera Company players, Wagner’s Gotterdammerung isn’t just another performance, it’s a marathon.

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Storefront Theatre leaves its Bloor St. W space this week by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Company's move, leaving it temporarily homeless, is another blow to Toronto's storefront theatre movement.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Passing Strange delivered with style and heart: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Local version of Tony-winning musical a milestone in the establishment of a vibrant musical theatre culture in the GTA.

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Chilina Kennedy will play Carole King in Toronto run of Beautiful by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Canadian actress has been playing role on Broadway for almost two years.

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Top-notch cast in delightful The Winter's Tale and Measure for Measure: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Two Shakespeare plays resonate with particular intensity in the current moment in Groundling Theatre productions.

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Top Ticket Jan. 29 to Feb. 4: Founding fathers, the Bard and dance fusion by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Find out what the buzz is all about by catching Pulitzer Prize-winning Annie Baker's new play.

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This one-woman show is honest and hilarious: review by Linda Barnard - Special To The Star

Sandra Shamas remains brilliant funny, her tongue keen as her observations about being a woman nearing 60.

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Métis Mutt channels Sheldon Elter’s multi-layered personality: review by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Elter says his Métis status puts him in between cultures and there’s an interesting tension in Métis Mutt that explores when those two worlds collide.

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