Saturday, July 24, 2021

Curtains reopen on Shaw and Stratford festivals with outdoor productions of “The Devil’s Disciple” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Theatre under the canopies allows producers to make full use of the audience space in ‘joyful, satisfying heartbreaking’ return

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 01:18PM
Thursday, July 22, 2021

How Stratford and Shaw brought theatre festivals back to life in Ontario by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Both theatres are premiering their first plays of the season this week, and it’s been a monumental and emotional journey to get here.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 11:09AM
Tuesday, July 20, 2021

The Toronto Fringe returns with more than 65 shows to see online by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic,robyn Grant-Moran - Special To The Star

From a play that borrows from South Korean variety, game and talk shows to explore race and bullying, to a show about sex work that would have been illegal in the playwright’s native Iran,…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:19PM
Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Indigenous artist Christine Friday dances her way to healing at Canadian Stage’s revamped Dream in High Park by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

The 50-minute solo performance of “Maggie & Me” is one she hopes will lead towards understanding and reconciliation

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:00AM
Wednesday, July 7, 2021

The circus skills are top notch in ‘Together Apart, Summer, Cirque’ — a welcome return to live performance in the GTA by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The circus acts include hoop diving, Cyr wheel, aerial silks, juggling and Chinese pole: acrobats scrambling up, spinning around and doing death dives off of vertical poles. Most thrillingly…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:36PM

‘I wanted this next challenge,’ says Hope Muir, the new artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Toronto-born Muir got her start as a professional dancer at English National Ballet and has been artistic director of Charlotte Ballet since 2017.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 11:00AM

Outdoors now, indoors in the fall (maybe): How theatre is coming back in Ontario by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Here’s what the Shaw Festival, the Stratford Festival, Mirvish Productions and other theatre companies in Toronto have planned as they welcome patrons back to live performances — with pl…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:00AM
Sunday, July 4, 2021

Who’ll fill Karen Kain’s shoes at the National Ballet of Canada? We name a few hypothetical candidates by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Nobody has been groomed for the job, but principal dancer Guillaume Côté would be an attractive insider choice. For outside candidates, Tamara Rojo would be well suited if she could be wre…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 08:00AM
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

It’s pandemic-friendly, kid-friendly and acrobat-friendly: The circus is back in town by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Montreal’s 7 Fingers brings ‘Together Apart, Summer Cirque’ to the Markham Fairgrounds. Its artists have been missing performing ‘death-defying acts,’ says 7 Fingers co-artistic di…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:27PM
Tuesday, June 29, 2021

‘Karen represents the very best of what Canada can be’ — colleagues express love and admiration for the National Ballet’s Karen Kain by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

To mark Kain’s official departure June 30 as the National Ballet of Canada’s artistic director the Star invited a selection of friends and colleagues to send their congratulations.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:00AM
Monday, June 28, 2021

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ will be onstage in Toronto in May 2022 by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

The two-part play is being restaged in one part and will reopen first on Broadway in November.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:18PM

‘C-O-N-T-A-C-T’ is acted out while, all around, Torontonians go about their daily lives. The sense of enchantment that engenders is a beautiful gi by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

But given the immersive show’s otherwise impressive attention to detail, it’s disappointing that the English-language soundtrack still features the voices of actors from the London, U.K.…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 01:10PM
Thursday, June 24, 2021

A new musical theatre show ponders aloneness and togetherness — no, not in the pandemic, during the 2003 blackout by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Toronto’s Musical Stage Company presents ‘BLACKOUT’ from July 23 to Aug. 15 — fittingly, under the stars at the High Park Amphitheatre.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:00AM
Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Karen Kain’s ‘Swan Lake’ will finally take flight in the National Ballet’s 70th anniversary season by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Kain announces the 2021-22 National Ballet of Canada season in one of her last official acts as artistic director. She’ll step down at the end of June.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 12:00PM
Thursday, June 10, 2021

Shaw Festival firms up plans for 2021 season by Star Staff

The Shaw Festival plans to present the 2021 season in Niagara-on-the Lake as per this revised schedule; however, performances will only take place if deemed safe to do so.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:24PM
Monday, June 7, 2021

A decade after his fraud conviction, theatre producer Garth Drabinsky will see his comeback project on Broadway by Chris Jones - Chicago Tribune

Starring Canada’s Chilina Kennedy, the musical “Paradise Square” is trying out this fall in Chicago, before heading to New York in February, 2022.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 04:21PM
Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Mirvish plans first indoor Toronto theatre presentation since the pandemic began with ‘Blindness’ by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

After cancelling a planned November run due to the second wave of COVID-19, Mirvish plans to open a limited, physically distanced staging Aug. 4 at the Princess of Wales Theatre.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:00AM
Monday, May 31, 2021

Why are film and TV productions allowed to go on and theatre groups can’t even rehearse? arts coalition asks the Ford government by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Close to 100 arts organizations ask the province to amend its Roadmap to Reopen or risk more damage to the already devastated performing arts industry.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 01:23PM
Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Only two of the four actors doing the Zoom play ‘An Acorn’ will have rehearsed it — and that’s part of the fun of it by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Toronto actors Blythe Haynes and Ryan G. Hinds have been rehearsing a week in advance. English actors Mina Anwar and Darren Jeffries will come into the May 6 performance pretty much cold. …

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:00AM
Friday, April 9, 2021

The show will go on, beleaguered performing arts companies hope — but mostly outdoors by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

With the latest COVID-19 stay-at-home order in Ontario preventing theatre companies from even rehearsing or recording content, organizations are cautiously planning late spring or summer sho…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:30AM
Thursday, April 8, 2021

Peggy Baker will cap a storied dance career by making room for other dancers’ stories by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

‘Toronto is one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities, but we haven’t had the equity,’ Baker tells Michael Crabb. She will wind up Peggy Baker Dance Projects by June 2023 to …

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 08:00AM
Friday, March 26, 2021

‘These pieces celebrate strength and resilience.’ The Indigenous arts community come together for MMIWG multimedia project by Robyn Grant-Morin - Special To The Star

‘Embodying Power and Place’ is a collection created in response to the federal commission on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls 2019 report.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 09:00AM
Friday, March 12, 2021

In the 1930s a Black actor from Canada played God in a hit Broadway play — now another Black actor is bringing him back to audiences by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Richard B. Harrison made a living touring North America reading Shakespeare and poetry until ‘The Green Pastures’ came along. Actor Walter Borden and director Jeff Culbert want to make s…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:30AM
Thursday, March 11, 2021

As shows like ‘Come From Away’ and ‘Hamilton’ play to full houses in Australia, the rest of the theatre world watches and waits by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Some of the world’s most successful musicals are hitting Australian stages thanks to that country’s COVID-19 measures. In Toronto, where theatres are still closed, arts organizations are…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 08:00AM
Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Anishinaabe theatre artist Herbie Barnes named artistic director of Young People’s Theatre by Ann Marie Elpa - Staff Reporter

“I have always found my place in children’s theatre,” says Barnes who has an extensive 30-year-career as an actor, director, playwright and educator

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 10:00AM
Friday, February 26, 2021

Soulpepper will take audiences ‘Around the World in 80 Plays,’ letting theatre lovers experience new lands and cultures without ever leaving their by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic,carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Featuring plays and related content from countries like Nigeria and Argentina — and from the Cree, Saulteaux and Métis nations in Canada — Soulpepper hopes to broaden artistic horizons.…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 10:00AM

CBC Arts and Obsidian Theatre asked ‘What is the future of Blackness?’ Black theatre students who are the future have some thoughts by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic,carly Maga - Theatre Critic

In a project sponsored by York and Brock universities, 21 students shared their responses to the plays in ‘21 Black Futures.’ In songs, poems, American Sign Language videos and more, the…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:00AM
Sunday, February 14, 2021

Robert Binet’s ‘The Dreamers Ever Leave You’ started as an intimate performance at the AGO. When the pandemic sidelined a Harbourfront run it wa by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

‘Dreamers’ is the latest addition to the National Ballet of Canada’s free online programming. The company has also commissioned new works from Jennifer Archibald, Vanesa Garcia-Ribala …

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:30AM

A great dance company, a famous Canadian choreographer and a broadcast quality recording made in Paris: that’s Crystal Pite’s ‘Body and Soul’ by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

The work that Pite made for Paris Opera Ballet has its Canadian digital premiere on Feb. 17 through new dance initiative Digidance.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:00AM
Wednesday, February 3, 2021

You can’t go to the theatre. Artists can’t even share the same space, so how does the show go on? Theatre companies pivot yet again by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic,carly Maga - Theatre Critic

While Tarragon Theatre is taking its world premiere of ‘Orestes’ entirely online and ‘february: a love story’ has become a film, the Rhubarb Festival is going analogue — the 2021 e…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:30AM
Thursday, January 21, 2021

‘A year ago, I would not have applied for this job’: Karine Ricard on becoming the first Black leader of a professional Francophone theatre compan by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Ricard, who takes over the helm of the Théâtre français de Toronto in July, joins a number of other recently appointed female Black theatre leaders in Toronto, including Weyni Mengesha at…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 09:00AM

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