Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Ain’t Too Proud pays a busy, sometimes breathtaking tribute to the Temptations by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Jukebox musical’s story of the Motown hitmakers stuffs a lot of events and songs into show dominated all the same by the music — especially the talents of the performers.

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Last dance, new partner for Akram Khan by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

XENOS, Akram Khan’s last full-length work as a solo dancer came together with help of star Canadian writer Jordan Tannahill. It runs from Oct. 18 to 21 at the Bluma Appel Theatre.

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Women, minorities take the reins at last by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

New theatre leadership at Soulpepper and beyond are part of trend in Canadian theatre, one with a chance to connect with new audiences and artists.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Pearle Harbour’s Chautauqua is befuddling but fun by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Drag show inside tent at Passe Muraille doesn’t communicate its identity perfectly, but Pearle’s flock seems devoted all the same.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

The Nether is a troubling descent into an all-digital realm by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Thought-provoking play about online crimes, including child murder is very much of the moment.

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Come From Away to take show to St. John’s by The Canadian Press

The Toronto production will play eight benefit performances in a concert version in Newfoundland in January.

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Judas Noir is something new and exciting for Toronto theatre by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Leighton Alexander Williams’ production delivers fabulous theatricality on what is surely not an enormous budget, Karen Fricker writes.

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Hadrian a visual feast but operatic letdown by John Terauds - Special To The Star

Hadrian’s worst sin is in how seriously it takes itself and how slowly and ponderously everything moves, John Terauds writes.

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National Ballet of Canada goes to Russia by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Audiences in Moscow and St. Petersburg get a taste of Canada’s premier troupe this week.

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

The Wolves is a gloriously frank and intense depiction of extraordinary young women by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The much-lauded play about a girls’ soccer team was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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Friday, October 12, 2018

What if Romeo and Juliet … remixes the Bard and makes a mess by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The star-crossed lovers at the heart of Shakespeare’s tragedy get a second chance to put things right — or do they? — in new production at Young People’s Theatre.

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‘There were tears’: The battle to bring Hadrian to the Canadian Opera Company stage by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Rufus Wainwright and Daniel MacIvor spent years fine-tuning their ambitious new opera before its world premiere Saturday at the Four Seasons Centre in Toronto.

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Soulpepper names its new artistic director by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Popular theatre director Weyni Mengesha is returning to Toronto to take over the role left vacant after Albert Schultz’s resignation.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Play performed in yurt at Aga Khan museum is personal journey fit for a nomad’s home by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Its creator, Erum Khan, says the play Noor’s open rehearsals provide a new kind of energy as interested museumgoers drift in and out.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Oraltorio show is a fast-paced sample of a uniquely Black musical frequency by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Show at Toronto’s Young Centre doesn’t lean on character or a linear story so much as the impressive musical talents of Motion and DJ L’Oqenz.

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Toronto gets its first official look at Lucas Hnath with the play Isaac’s Eye by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The dark comedy dramatizes the events surrounding an odd but true fact, that scientist Isaac Newton once stuck a sewing needle in his eye.

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Becoming Banksy is the latest attempt to capitalize on street artist’s fame by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The play has some wry commentary on the art world but suffers from a muddled plot, an unlikeable main character and comedy that mostly misses, writes Carly Maga.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Rendezvous With Madness expands to include live performance by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Offerings include critically acclaimed shows The Red Horse Is Leaving and 4 ½ (ig)noble truths.

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Sharon and Bram keep it fresh in their farewell show by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Two-thirds of Sharon, Lois & Bram return to Young People’s Theatre with Sharon, Bram & Friends, a concert of old hits and a few new tunes.

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Casa Loma’s Legends of Horror should expand its cast of human bodies (alive and undead) by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The castle is a natural fit for this campy attraction, but as truly chilling immersive theatre, it falls short, writes Carly Maga.

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Fall For Dance North expands its footprint by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Toronto festival now has five days and two venues of entertainment — but the ticket price has stayed cheap.

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

The Children reveals how a history of inaction changes our environment by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The Canadian Stage’s season opener is high-stakes theatre that fuses the destruction of the earth with the destruction of ourselves.

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Sting gives Toronto a taste of The Last Ship by Raju Mudhar - Staff Reporter

Singer talks about his stage musical coming to town next year, and what he owes to Toronto.

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Harlem Duet shows personal impact of racism reverberating through the centuries by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Season-opener at Tarragon, directed by the playwright, does powerful job of making Shakespeare’s Othello tragically potent in 2018.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Gordon Bintner aims for decency in title role in Canadian Opera Company’s Eugene Onegin by John Terauds - Special To The Star

Bass-baritone makes his case for kindness in the Russian aristocrat.

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Artistic director Andy McKim takes his final bow at Theatre Passe Muraille by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Artistic director’s long run, ending June 1, began with company deep in crisis. It ends with the company secure but seeking a stronger brand.

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Mirvish Productions shows off snippets of 2018/2019 season by Raju Mudhar - Staff Reporter

David Mirvish compares emotional power of incoming Broadway hit Dear Evan Hansen to local smash Come From Away.

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Gertrude and Alice shifts perspective on a known script by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

As the opener of the Buddies 40th anniversary season, the world’s oldest queer-dedicated theatre company, this new production of Gertrude and Alice takes inspiration from Gertrude Stein’…

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Meet the people who didn’t like ‘Hamilton’ by Zachary Pincus-Roth - The Washington Post

Who are the few poor souls who don’t actually like this thing?

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Toronto theatre designer Camellia Koo nominated for Siminovitch Prize by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Theatre prize will bestow $75,000 on one of four designers and $25,000 to a protégé of their choice.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Megan Follows to receive Stratford Festival’s Legacy Award by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Actress known for TV roles like Anne of Green Gables and Catherine de’ Medici in Reign spent two seasons at the theatre festival.

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