Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Brendan Healy takes over as Canadian Stage artistic director by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Finding a talented local with a resumé full of inclusion and collaboration does much to help theatre company move forward and address past criticism, writes Carly Maga.

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Sting will star in Toronto premiere of his musical The Last Ship by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

A new version of the musical about a town devastated by the decline of northeastern England’s shipbuilding industry and the looming closure of the Swan Hunter shipyard is coming in early 2…

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Josephine Ridge explains her sudden departure from Luminato by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

“I still have a lot of ideas and energy to give,” says Ridge, who resigned last week as the festival artistic director, in an interview with the Star.

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Got World Cup withdrawal? Watch this classic rivalry by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

It’s Montagues vs. Capulets in Shakespeare in High Park’s enjoyable soccer-inspired take on Romeo and Juliet, writes Karen Fricker.

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Soulpepper puts training program on one-year hold amid ‘culture change’ at theatre by Adina Bresge - The Canadian Press

The Toronto-based theatre is currently entangled in a costly legal battle over sexual misconduct allegations, a six-figure deficit and hiccups in government funding.

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Revival of Broadway classic The King and I can’t avoid it’s problematic past by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Bartlett Sher’s production of the Broadway Classic The King and I, presented in Toronto by Mirvish Theatre, makes a valiant effort to deliver a polished, old-fashioned musical for audience…

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The front porch becomes a venue for self-expression in Porch View Dances by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

It began with a glance from Karen Kaeja’s living-room window and now the dance series is welcoming participants from outside where it began in Seaton Village.

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At a comedy night for cancer patients, laughter is the only medicine by Denis Grignon - Special To The Star

More than anything, the cancer patients, friends and families who attend the standup shows are ‘here to just have a good time,’ says Gilda’s Club program director Dani Taylor.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Soulpepper’s Orlando comes to life with Sarah Afful’s lustrous performance by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The production gains energy in the second act, as the title character becomes female and realizes she’s expected to behave the way she previously expected women to be: “obedient, chaste …

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

New Coal Mine Theatre season includes Toronto debut of Tony-winning play The Father by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

The 2018-19 bill also includes sci-fi thriller The Nether, black puppet comedy Hand to God and a new holiday improv show, The Wonder Pageant.

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Reporting from the Fringe festival’s front lines by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic,carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Star critics Karen Fricker and Carly Maga unleash 22 U of T undergraduates to review shows now playing at Toronto Fringe.

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Toronto Fringe theatre reviews from novice critics by Special To The Star

Five students had their Fringe festival reviews vetted by the Star’s Karen Fricker and Carly Maga, who are teaching a theatre criticism course.

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

The man who put The King and I back on its musical throne by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Director Bartlett Sher dusted off the dated musical for an acclaimed revival that played Broadway and London before arriving for a run at Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre.

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Robert Lepage calls cancellation of SLAV show ‘a direct blow to artistic freedom’ by Sidhartha Banerjee - The Canadian Press

“When we are no longer allowed to step into someone else’s shoes … theatre is denied its very nature,” says Lepage, director of the controversial slave-song show, which was cancelled…

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

It’s ‘Theatre Christmas’ in July with 158 shows at the Toronto Fringe Festival by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic,carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Star theatre critics Karen Fricker and Carly Maga share what they’re looking forward to, including Morro and Jasp’s latest, The Merkin Sisters and The Preposterous Predicament of Polly P…

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

The Stratford Festival’s director of new plays receives career achievement award by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Bob White has more than 40 years experience as a dramaturge and director, including 10 seasons at Stratford.

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Come From Away landing in London’s West End in January by Garnet Fraser - Toronto Star

Tony-winning, Toronto-born show will do six weeks in Dublin, Ireland before moving to London’s Phoenix.

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Toronto’s Medieval Times now has a Queen as head of the court by Bruce Demara - Entertainment Reporter

Aimée Ambroziak will be the first queen as the production marks its 25th season.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

In Two Birds One Stone two friends, one Jewish, one Palestinian, tell their stories and try not to get too political by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

In the play, Greenblatt embarks upon a birthright trip to Israel. Jabr, feeling oppressed in Nablus, seeks several paths out of Palestinian territory, writes Carly Maga.

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Jerusalem and Life After top 2018 Dora Mavor Moore Awards by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Jerusalem takes six awards, including Outstanding Performance for Kim Coates, with another six for Life After, including Outstanding New Musical for Britta Johnson.

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Shaw Festival’s Chekhov-inspired familial tale builds a legacy of its own by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Sarena Parmar’s first produced play, The Orchard (After Checkhov), will frame future viewings of Checkhov’s original work.

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Shakespeare’s Coriolanus brought to the present at Stratford by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Director Robert Lepage re-invisions William Shakespeare’s play Coriolanus in his latest production at Statford.

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Olafur Arnalds’ compelling musical islands by John Terauds - Special To The Star

The Icelandic musician is coming to Toronto with a string quartet and percussionist for Luminato at the Elgin Theatre on June 24.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

The Baroness and the Pig’s education story should’ve been held back by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The friendship at the heart of the story isn’t believable, dooming this Shaw Festival production, writes Carly Maga

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Brontë sisters get written into a corner in Stratford play by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Creative choices mean the lives of famed English writers seldom get very lively, writes Karen Fricker.

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Wicked: Two outstanding lead performances add magic to well-executed show by Bruce Demara - Entertainment Reporter

The new production of Wicked shows fine attention to detail and is flawlessly executed. But it’s stars Mary Kate Morrissey and Ginna Claire Mason that really make it shine.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Shaw Festival’s O’Flaherty V.C. goes short and silly on a long and serious war by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Kimberley Rampersad’s charming production revives the tradition of a short lunchtime show at the Shaw Festival, writes Karen Fricker.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Robert Lepage has a message for William Shakespeare by Murray Whyte - Visual Arts Critic

The version of Coriolanus opening Friday at Stratford is like none you’ve ever seen — but if you know Lepage, you knew that already.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Michael Jackson’s estate developing a Broadway-bound musical by Michael Paulson - New York Times

Stage version of late singer’s life just the latest tribute — and part of a theatrical trend

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Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina takes the Toronto stage in the urgent Burning Doors by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Burning Doors at Luminato, in part, tells the story of Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker imprisoned in Russia on a hunger strike since May 14.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

National Ballet of Canada named Best Company of the Year by French critics’ association by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

L’Association Professionnelle de la Critique de Théâtre, de Musique et de Danse recognizes company for its tour to Paris in 2017 with Nijinsky.

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