Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Robert Lepage’s Kanata —Épisode 1 — La Controverse misses the mark by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Cancelled and then resurrected by the Théâtre du Soleil, the play seems well-intentioned but presents a simplistic view of Canadian Indigenous inequality and the steps needed to address it…

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Friday, December 14, 2018

A Toronto Star theatre critic attends the School of Rock by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

How hard can it be to play a musical instrument? Carly Maga got a lesson on the bass from 11-year-old Leanne Parks, a cast member in the musical now onstage at the Ed Mirvish Theatre.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Quebec theatre fined $500 after actor dressed like a penis smokes a fake cigarette by Sidhartha Banerjee - The Canadian Press

Conversations with my Penis, written by New Zealand’s Dean Hewison, was presented from Nov. 27 to Dec. 7, but the cigarette was dropped from the script after the visit from the health offi…

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Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo puts the ‘fun’ in funeral — but it’s not perfect by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

It’s full of warm nostalgia but a flawed story and a whiff of tokenism hold back show at Scotiabank Arena.

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Reversible’s family tales are thin but it’s a big, beautiful spectacle by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Circus show by 7 Fingers at CAA Theatre uses performers’ relations as inspiration for their top-notch, wow-factor feats.

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Meet Canada’s Evan Hansen: Robert Markus of Stratford’s Rocky Horror Show by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The Vancouver-born actor passed his audition ‘with flying colours’ to pay the title role in the Toronto production of Broadway smash Dear Evan Hansen.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

National Ballet of Canada’s Guillaume Côté will become first Quebec artist to dance with the Bolshoi Ballet by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Côté will perform Romeo in Alexei Ratmansky’s Romeo and Juliet, a role he originated for the Canadian company.

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Magic and circus shows bring holiday awe to Toronto by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

With Cirque du Soleil and 7 Fingers opening shows here this week, and Champions of Magic next week, Karen Fricker looks at the appeal of this style of entertainment.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

The Philosopher’s Wife interrogates the danger in valuing one belief system over another by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The play is the first in Susanna Fournier’s Empire Trilogy and evidence of a journey worth completing, writes Carly Maga.

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Generational culture clash keeps things light in short, dark comedy No Clowns Allowed by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

A piece of advice for audiences is to pay attention right off the top, as information provided then informs everything that follows.

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Saturday, December 8, 2018
Friday, December 7, 2018

Alice the Magnet isn’t a smash but it keeps the audience off-balance by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Deepening, twisting story of self-help entrepreneur is closing soon, and theatre fans looking to be made uncomfortable should check it out.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

The Wonder Pageant’s gifted improvisers turned my day into holiday hilarity by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Songs, jokes and meta-jokes in an intimate space are just what this time of year needs, writes Karen Fricker.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Actors in hit U.K. play The Jungle manage to overcome Trump travel ban by Michael Paulson New York Times

Trying to get two Iranians and a Syrian into Trump-era America to perform a drama that is inherently sympathetic to refugees was, to put it mildly, daunting. But the producers did not give u…

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Acclaimed clown troupe brings show to Toronto to spread joy — and repair buffoons’ image by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Slava’s cause is coming to clown: the veteran performer Slava Polunin makes the case for the spirit his Academy of Fools company brings to Bluma Appel Theatre this month with Slava’s Sno…

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Play on a treadmill raises urgent questions by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Powerful direction and design choices, a committed solo performance and well-advised brevity make a strong impact.

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Coming of age tale hits full stride by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

After several weeks of controversy, Buddies in Bad Times is back to the business of its 40th anniversary season with a welcome revival of this 2012 hit.

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Ross Petty and Rob Torr explain why we need Christmas pantos today more than ever by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Petty, who’s staging The Wizard of Oz, sees pantos as a response to the negativity coming from the U.S. while Torr, whose Torrent Productions is presenting Cinderella, touts pantos for bri…

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Every Brilliant Thing is feel-good theatre that doesn’t always feel genuine by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

As charming as the concept is, playwright Duncan Macmillan’s focus on a list of brilliant things skirts over the nitty gritty of his own story, and having audience members read off cue car…

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

The kids are top-class in School of Rock by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical adaptation of the hit film is too long, yet it gets better as it goes along, thanks to an impressive cast of young talent who play their own instruments, writ…

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Buddies in Bad Times co-founder Sky Gilbert severs ties with theatre company by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Gilbert claims company is no longer a gay and lesbian theatre, but Carly Maga writes that the controversy isn’t really about Gilbert, it’s about addressing systemic inequality and deeply…

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Monday, November 26, 2018

In Dividing Lines, Beatriz Pizano shares a story about family and death by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Pizano treats both her own history and her parents’ as well as the emotionally complicated issue of euthanasia with softness and humour, writes Carly Maga.

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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Ellie Moon’s new play proves she’s a theatrical force by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

With her sophomore effort, the young playwright show she has lots to say, and she’s going to say it loud and fast.

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is extra sweet, rarely bitter by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The touring version of the new musical doesn’t always work, but the Oompah Loompahs are a treat, writes Carly Maga.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Come From Away gets an extra nine weeks at the Elgin Theatre by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Tickets for new performances of the beloved Canadian musical go on sale Nov. 24.

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Meet the South African dancer who followed a Billy Elliot-like path to the National Ballet of Canada by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Siphesihle November, Siphe for short, is the only corps de ballet member dancing the demanding lead role of Puck in the National Ballet’s production of The Dream.

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A theatre critic and her mom go to Like Mother, Like Daughter and then have their own Q&A by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

In Like Mother, Like Daughter, real-life moms and daughters ask each other sometimes deep questions. Themes like the sacrifices that moms make rang true for Carly Maga’s mother.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Monica Esteves joins Canadian Stage as executive director by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Longtime Toronto arts manager leaves Crow’s Theatre, where she helped spearhead the campaign to build Streetcar Crowsnest.

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Space Opera Zero is more delightfully absurd than it has any right to be by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Take the 17th-century story The Changeling, add melodrama, interplanetary warfare and lasers, and an esthetic debt to Star Trek and you have this Eldritch Theatre soap opera in space, writes…

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The Monkey Queen envisions a marvellous world not always fully realized onstage by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

There is a disconnect between the wild imaginative power of Monkey’s adventures and the limited material means through which they’re conveyed, writes Karen Fricker.

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

In We Keep Coming Back, real-life mother and son explore how trauma ripples through generations by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

We Keep Coming Back is part therapy session, part ethnography study, part storytelling, and part high-tech analysis of the many ways trauma embeds itself into family, national, and personal …

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