Monday, December 9, 2019

How a mostly Black, hip-hop version of ‘Macbeth’ got cancelled after a white director used the N-word by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Some praised leadership for pulling the two plays while others criticized them for pursuing an agenda that they say puts other livelihoods at risk.

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Ross Petty’s ‘Lil’ Red Robin Hood’ takes aim at public education in Ontario by Ryan Porter - Special To The Star

The not-so-subtle call for free education for all is a bold and inspired modern update for Robin Hood’s share-the-wealth ethos, especially in a political climate where the provincial gover…

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Friday, December 6, 2019

How do you like your ‘Nutcracker’? Six ways to get your fix of the ballet classic in the GTA by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

From Ballet Jörgen’s Canadiana take to the National Ballet’s spectacular version, there are Nutcrackers for everyone this holiday season, writes Michael Crabb.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

“Anastasia” is beautiful to look at onstage but needs more magic by Ryan Porter - Special To The Star

The musical about supposed Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia borrows from other productions, to which it unfavourably compares, writes Ryan Porter.

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The SpongeBob SquarePants musical is airing on TV. Why theatres are thrilled by Ashley Lee - Los Angeles Times

The Palace Theatre was closing for multi-year renovations, forcing the undersea spectacle to shutter as well.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Take two beloved Italian grandmothers, add a variety show and you have ‘The Nonna Monologues’ by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

“At Christmas, our nonnas are the most important figures. They organize everything, they are at the centre,” says actor Danya Buonastella.

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Movie turned musical about Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia lands in Toronto by Raju Mudhar - Staff Reporter

The Tony winners who wrote the music and lyrics for both, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, waited years to reunite with the character.

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Saturday, November 30, 2019

‘Stars: Together’ lets Canadian indie-rock survivors assess the damage in intriguing fashion by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

‘Mock rock doc’ at Toronto’s Streetcar Crowsnest lets veteran musicians tell their story — glories and heartbreaks all included — in semi-fictionalized style.

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Friday, November 29, 2019

‘Cats’ is still exciting to watch thanks to young performers in their prime by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical still doesn’t make sense, but in our current cultural moment why are we expecting it to? asks Carly Maga.

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‘Figaro’s Wedding,’ tweaking gender again and getting audience in on the fun by John Terauds - Special To The Star

Operatic update on Mozart — with another gender tweak this time around — sets up at Enoch Turner Schoolhouse.

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Compelling, cramped rebellion against reason is a solid Toronto premiere for Pulitzer-winning play by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

‘Between Riverside and Crazy’ arrives in Toronto and demonstrates why Stephen Adly Guirgis’s creation is worth the hype, writes Carly Maga.

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‘Come From Away’ cast host a kitchen party for Daily Bread Food Bank by Raju Mudhar - Staff Reporter

You can book a spot by making a minimum $100 donation at the event’s website linked here.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Black Lives Matter, Pride and how to talk about them go under microscope in provocative new play by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

‘Every Day She Rose’ examines Black Lives Matter’s disruption of the 2016 Pride parade from at least two perspectives.

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‘I remember crying my eyes out’: ‘Soldier On’ deploys military veterans to bring traumas to life onstage by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Half the cast have served, lending power to portrayal of PTSD, the ‘very specific’ military humour and more at Berkeley Street Theatre.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

‘What the hell is the show?’: ‘Cats’ has always astounded people, says Andy Blankenbuehler by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Blankenbuehler has choreographed both the new movie and the ‘Cats’ tour coming to Toronto. And people’s perplexity with the show has only increased.

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Second City moving to lakeshore tower by Garnet Fraser - Toronto Star

Troupe pushed out of home by condo project finds a new home in a complex with plenty of condos of its own.

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Bend It Like Beckham’s co-creator explains what the film and musical are really about by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

It’s about negotiation between generations, Gurinder Chadha tells Karen Fricker ahead of the opening of Bend It Like Beckham onstage in Toronto.

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Saturday, November 23, 2019

“Here Are the Fragments” is mmersive theatre that’s worth the trip by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Over 90 minutes, the space is free to explore, but the scenes themselves often pull focus; it’s a curious effect that audience members are naturally drawn to follow the expert in the white…

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Friday, November 22, 2019
Thursday, November 21, 2019

‘Buffoon’ and its hard-luck clown are not just a laughing matter by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The tone of Anand Rajaram’s laughs as a child of the circus evolve from innocence to striking angry and unhinged notes.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Anosh Irani grew up surrounded by clowns in India. Now he’s putting one onstage in Toronto by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Clowns ‘are born with a lens that is different from how other human beings view the world,’ says Irani, whose play ‘Buffoon’ stars Anand Rajaram at Tarragon Theatre.

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Monday, November 18, 2019

‘The Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy’ is skilful and spooky, even with the odd misstep by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

One-man piece showcases the engaging talents of Eric Woolfe, who pulls the audience in even if some of his sentiments might push them away.

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Saturday, November 16, 2019
Friday, November 15, 2019

A Toronto play about climate change fits the bill for an ecologically conscious U.K. theatre by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Alanna Mitchell’s ‘Sea Sick’ will be seen at London’s National Theatre in 2020.

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

‘Copy That’ made me angry but not in the way it probably intended by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Jason Sherman’s play would have been more provocative 10 or 15 years ago, when it was a novel concept that inequality permeates every branch of our society, especially the stories we disse…

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

After the MMIWG report ‘Tapwewin: Her Inquiry’ tries to fill in 500 years of blanks by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

“The inquiry as it was constructed was not looking far enough back,” said Yvette Nolan. “It doesn’t talk about why or how we got to this moment.”

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