Friday, September 23, 2022

After $13.5M expansion, Young People’s Theatre now has the room to ‘bring back joy for creation and imagination’ by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

Renovation includes upgrades to YPT’s original theatre space plus a three-storey facility across the street with studios, classrooms and a mainstage-size rehearsal hall.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 04:18PM
Thursday, September 22, 2022

‘Come From Away’ comes home to Newfoundland by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

The beloved musical set in Gander after the events of Sept. 11, 2001 has a triumphant concert staging in St. John’s.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 08:00AM

Soulpepper’s ‘Bad Parent,’ by ‘Kim’s Convenience’ creator Ins Choi, feels as chaotic as its central marriage by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

The new comedy, a co-production among three Canadian theatre companies, mostly cracks instead of crackles, despite strong performances.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 12:00AM
Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Ian Shaw hunts for the father who hunted for a great white shark in ‘Jaws’ in the stage comedy ‘The Shark Is Broken’ by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

Ian Shaw plays his father, Robert Shaw, who died three years after starring as maniacal shark hunter Quint in the blockbuster thriller.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:00AM

‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ to play Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre this winter by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

Jac Yarrow will star in the title role, with West End and Broadway actor Linzi Hateley as the narrator.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:00AM

Stratford Festival’s 2023 season to headline venerable classics, new Canadian works and two musicals by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter,karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Kimberley Rampersad’s production of “King Lear” will open the festival, which runs from mid-April through October

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:00AM
Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Stratford’s ‘Hamlet-911’ suffers from too many layers of issues and subplots by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The riff-on-‘Hamlet’ play by Canadian novelist and playwright Ann-Marie MacDonald collapses under the weight of all it tries to achieve.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:00AM
Monday, September 19, 2022

‘Sweeney Todd,’ ‘Italian Mime Suicide’ and ‘Wildfire’ win big at 2022 Dora Awards by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

The awards show marked the first in-person Dora ceremony since 2019. Check out the full list of winners here.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 10:29PM

Dance with the stars: Toronto’s Fall for Dance North returns with in-person shows, audience pleasers and watch-from-home options by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Indigenous Liberation, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks and the National Ballet all part of celebration continuing to Oct. 8.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:00PM

In ‘Beautiful Renegades,’ Peggy Baker mines Toronto’s 1970s dance rebellion by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

The dance-drama hybrid at the Theatre Centre, the final work of Peggy Baker Dance Projects, honours the avant-garde performances at 15 Dance Lab.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 09:00AM
Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Nova Bhattacharya’s ‘Svāhā!’ celebrates female energy with a mash-up of diverse dance styles by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

The cast of 22 women represents more 30 forms of dance, including Bharatanatyam, jazz, hip hop, tap, modern and classical ballet.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 08:00AM
Monday, September 12, 2022

Indigenous stories find expression through Shakespeare in the Stratford Festival’s ‘1939’ by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Jani Lauzon’s and Kaitlyn Riordan’s play shows Shakespeare may not necessarily always represent the cold, dead hand of colonialism.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:09PM
Saturday, September 3, 2022

‘The show must go on’ for Coal Mine Theatre despite damage from fire by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

“Sometimes magic can come out of destruction,” says artistic director Diana Bentley. “Extraordinary things can come out of moments like this.”

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:00PM
Thursday, September 1, 2022

Like father, like son: For Pakistani-Canadian actor Ali Kazmi, ‘Uncle Vanya’ runs in the family by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

Kazmi stars in the Crow’s Theatre production of the Chekhovian classic as Astrov, a role his father played 15 years ago.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 10:00AM
Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Gypsy’ and Sanskrit epic ‘Mahabharata’ set for 2023 Shaw Festival season by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic,joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

The theatre’s 2023 lineup also features plays by James Baldwin, Edith Wharton and Tom Stoppard.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 10:00AM

Subscriptions, rush tickets and lotteries, oh my! Here’s how to enjoy the best of Toronto theatre on a budget by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

Here’s a cheat sheet for some of the best deals on theatre tickets for the upcoming 2022-23 season.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 09:00AM
Monday, August 29, 2022

Wole Soyinka’s masterpiece ‘Death and the King’s Horseman’ gets a thrilling Stratford Festival production by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The festival has provided the resources and time to do the script justice and Tawiah M’Carthy leads a world-class company in a staging as moving as it is thought-provoking.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:39PM
Sunday, August 28, 2022

Stratford’s ‘The Miser’ gets a richly comic reward from star Colm Feore by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Thoroughly up-to-date script and a production right in director Antoni Cimolino’s wheelhouse add up to a delight, writes Karen Fricker.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 12:45PM
Thursday, August 25, 2022

Making theatre safe, culturally specific and nuanced is the job of these professionals by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Stratford and other theatres are turning frequently to consultants in the wake of the #MeToo movement and the global racial reckoning sparked by the murder of George Floyd.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 08:00AM
Tuesday, August 23, 2022

‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ coming to Toronto as a test run for possible Broadway revival by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

The new production, which played London’s West End, is slated to start a two-month run in December at the Princess of Wales Theatre

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:00AM
Monday, August 22, 2022

Shakespeare wrote ‘King Lear’ during the plague. This Canadian playwright created its prequel during the COVID-19 lockdown by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

Erin Shield’s ‘Queen Goneril,’ set seven years before ‘King Lear,’ is playing in repertory with the Bard’s bleak tragedy at Soulpepper

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:36PM
Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Coal Mine Theatre announces upcoming season, including Sarah Gadon stage debut in ‘Yerma’ by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

Gadon leads in the Canadian premiere of Simon Stone’s ‘Yerma,’ a cerebral, high-stakes drama about fertility and personhood.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 12:00PM
Monday, August 15, 2022

National Ballet launches season with free outdoor performances at Harbourfront by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

This is the second year in a row that the National Ballet has partnered with Harbourfront Centre to produce “Sharing the Stage” at the canopied, waterside 1,100-seat Concert Stage.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:00AM
Sunday, August 14, 2022

Stratford Festival’s 2023 season will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical ‘Rent’ and Tony-winning comedy ‘Spamalot’ by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

‘Rent’ will be directed by Broadway veteran Thom Allison, a source close to the production told the Star.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:00AM

Acclaimed musical theatre director and choreographer Donna Feore taking a break from Stratford Festival in 2023 by Karen Fricker Theatre Critic

Donna Feore is working on a number of projects in the U.S., including the world premieres of two shows with connections to hit films.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:00AM
Saturday, August 13, 2022

Actors shine in a longish modern spin on beloved ‘Little Women’ at Stratford by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Jordi Mand’s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved autobiographical novel as directed by Esther Jun, begins with a delightful flourish but sags in the second half

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:30AM

Insider tips on where to go, shop and eat in Stratford this summer by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Thinking of taking in a few shows in Festival City? The little Ontario town is more than just theatre.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:00AM
Friday, August 12, 2022

Let’s Dance: ‘Visionary’ new Yensa festival celebrates Black women artists by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

The festival unfolds with open-to-all dance workshops and other features from August 19 to 28, including two evenings of performances at Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:00AM
Monday, August 8, 2022

A tangled love story unfolds with lavish costumes and expert performances in Stratford’s ‘All’s Well That Ends Well’ by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The riddle of Shakespeare’s dark comedy is taken to extremes but comes around to a resolution, thanks to arresting stagecraft and an excellent cast

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 12:30PM
Thursday, August 4, 2022

Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ is reimagined as a ‘utopia’ with talking plants for the Dream in High Park by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Director Anand Rajaram wanted it to work for children or those who don’t know Shakespeare. “There’s a very strong cartoon esthetic to the show.”

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:00AM

Dancing in the park: Dusk Dances’ brings pay-what-you can live performance back to Withrow Park, with a few twists by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Go for a whimsical walk, as an emcee and performers delight and enchant with an event that first ran in 1993.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:00AM

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