Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Fun Home picks up 4 (or is it 6?) Toronto Theatre Critics Awards by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic,carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The Best Actress Prize goes to the three performers who played the role of Alison Bechdel in the acclaimed Toronto production of Fun Home.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

New theatre company to stage a musical at Toronto’s former Don Jail by The Canadian Press

Stage star Chilina Kennedy announced the launch of Eclipse Theatre Company on Tuesday.

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Amid the old plays at Shaw Festival, a new challenge for a performer by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Veteran performer Kimberley Rampersad tries a Shaw Festival feat: onstage in one show, directing another.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

For Barrie’s Talk Is Free Theatre, taking the show on the road means flying the audience to London by Bruce Demara - Entertainment Reporter

Talk Is Free is launching The Curious Voyage, a three-day experience that will send patrons to London for the performance of an unnamed musical.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Alanis Morissette’s trailblazing album becomes a jagged little play by Joshua Barone New York Times

The musical Jagged Little Pill is about to debut, but don’t expect a nostalgic ‘90s jukebox. It’s a show that tackles hot-button issues like opioid addiction and sexual assault.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Steven Page and Bruce Dow lead new Festival Players of Prince Edward County season by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

The 2018 season, the first under new artistic director Graham Abbey, also includes remounts of The Drawer Boy, A Beautiful View and Blind Date.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

In the Toronto theatre named for his mother, viewers can watch Prince Harry marry Meghan Markle by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Mirvish throws open the Princess of Wales Theatre for a royal wedding viewing party for 2,000.

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom full of sympathy for the diva by Ryan Porter - Special To The Star

Soulpepper Theatre, director Mumbi Tindeyebwa Otu and star Alana Bridgewater take some creative risks that pay off in production of August Wilson’s 1982 drama, which remains topical about …

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Is it a farce? Is it a rom-com? Stage Kiss fails to find balance between the two in Shaw Festival production by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Fiona Byrne and Martin Happer play the developing intimacy between their characters effectively, but the dials don’t go high enough on the hijinks around them, writes Karen Fricker.

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Shaw Festival builds a magical imaginary world in The Magician’s Nephew by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Audience buy-in is required to make the design and performance come together in adaptation of C.S. Lewis novel, writes Karen Fricker.

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Classic play Maggie & Pierre tells Justin Trudeau origin story by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Kaitlyn Riordan stands up impressively to a major acting challenge, playing Pierre and Margaret Trudeau plus a journalist in revival of landmark 1980 show, writes Karen Fricker.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Brampton’s Rose Theatre unveils first season under Brendan Healy by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Former Buddies in Bad Times artistic director aims to capture city’s ‘eclectic dynamism’.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Dissidents immerses its audience in surveillance culture in a former furniture warehouse by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Philippe Ducros’ play is full of intense material, which this Arcstage production amps up several notches, but sometimes it becomes overwhelming, writes Karen Fricker.

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The actors in After the Blackout are disabled, but the play’s not just about disability by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Judith Thompson wrote ‘juicy scenes’ for her characters in After the Blackout, in which their disabilities are ‘just a by the way’.

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

LULU v. 7 reimagines retrograde treatment of women’s sexuality by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

In engaging with Frank Wedekind’s work, co-creators Susanna Fournier, ted witzel and Helen Yung work through anger to find love on the other side.

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Star Sondra Radvanovsky’s vocals lead Canadian Opera Company to triumph with Anna Bolena by John Terauds - Special To The Star

Strong singing is the backbone of compelling Canadian Opera Company production, bringing the doomed story of Anne Boleyn to dramatic life.

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

The ’94 Club a problematic passion project for first-time playwright by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Thalia Gonzalez Kane’s play tells the story of a group of 15-year-old girls who start a sex club.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Theatre festival has big ambitions for Toronto’s littlest audiences by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Early years theatre, a European movement to create stage productions for audiences as young as 2 weeks old, comes to Toronto with WeeFestival, writes Karen Fricker.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Mean Girls, SpongeBob lead Tony Award nominations with 12 nods each by Mark Kennedy

Mean Girls is an adaptation of Tina Fey’s much-beloved 2004 high school comedy movie and SpongeBob SquarePants is the goofy undersea adaptation from the cartoon.

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Come From Away’s Toronto run gets extension to January 2019 by Star Staff

Hit show adds 12 weeks to its run at the Royal Alexandra Theatre.

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Annie’s optimism for ‘Tomorrow’ aims for relevance today by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Though the plucky orphan girl’s sunny disposition might clash with modern cynicism, Annie is still the earworm musical fans know and love, writes Carly Maga.

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Daniel Brooks and Kim Collier’s performance piece is uniquely personal, but hard to enjoy by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

40 Days and 40 Nights is clearly personal and important to its mid-career, married creators, but shades of Orientalism and mandatory, intimate audience participation makes it uncomfortable a…

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Several Canadians are nominated for Drama Desk Awards for Old Stock by The Canadian Press

Husband and wife Hannah Moscovitch and Christian Barry are nominees for their musical refugee love story, created by Halifax’s 2b theatre.

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Prairie Nurse is a mistaken-identity story based on casual racism, and thanks to its big heart it works by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The characters are all generous and pretty harmless, and they’re trying to find their way through the experience of difference while frequently falling on their faces, writes Karen Fricker.

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Evan Placey’s play Girls Like That is intoxicating but also frustrating by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

With all its wonderful elements, it’s a shame Placey ends the play with a sombre estimation of female friendship

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Janel Parrish returns to Toronto with Grease the Musical by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

The Pretty Little Liars actress got engaged in Toronto last fall and returns to play Sandy in musical version of 1978 film.

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Toronto’s Dora Awards are going gender neutral by The Canadian Press

The change will take effect for the awards in June 2019, which will mark the 40th anniversary of the Doras, celebrating performing arts in Toronto.

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Leap into experimentation pays off at Toronto’s annual Circus Sessions by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Annual Harbourfront event returns this weekend, with new creations flowing out of new social bonds forged among the gathered artists.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

London’s Grand Theatre has grand ambitions by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Artistic director Dennis Garnhum of the London, Ont., theatre keeps going bigger and better. Up next: seats have been removed to recreate a racetrack for Chariots of Fire.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

The play Mikveh can be eye-opening, but as theatre it’s less than subtle by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Harold Green Jewish Theatre production tells a familiar newcomer-in-a-closed-world story, set in a women’s ritual bath in Jerusalem, writes Karen Fricker.

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It’s an electronic, baroque, burlesque trip into hell and Marcy Richardson has a bird’s-eye view by Trish Crawford - Staff Reporter

Soprano Marcy Richardson also performs as an aerialist in Orphée+. The retelling of Orpheus and Eurydice is in Toronto April 26 to 28.

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