Thursday, October 17, 2019

A Black woman as Hamlet makes history at Stratford by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Veteran Colm Feore will do double duty at 2020’s festival in “Richard III” and “The Miser” while Toronto’s up-and-comer Amaka Umeh will take on the title role in “Hamlet.”

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The Election revisits 2015 and crosses all sorts of lines along the way by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

New play is a look at how our political affiliations (or our political oppositions) form and challenge our identities, values and beliefs.

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‘The Jungle’ makes clear that working this hard isn’t working by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Play at Tarragon is a brisk, lively look at the numbing grind of working-class living in 2019.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

With new Soulpepper production and more, Indigenous history is entering the spotlight at last by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Stories like Almighty Voice’s bring the past of Canada’s Indigenous peoples the attention it’s been deprived of for decades.

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Ghost Quartet’s shape-shifting, foot-stomping dreamscape another win for Crow’s Theatre by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Dave Malloy’s raucous song cycle plays in stark contrast to the solitude of The Flick, the theatre’s other standout autumn offering.

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

‘The Flick’ taps into the melancholy of millennials and the magic of moviegoing by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The buzz surrounding “The Flick” meant that Toronto audiences were ready to sit in silence, having already been waiting patiently and quietly for years for the play to finally arrive.

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This ‘Bohème’ takes on the lives of today’s 20-somethings by John Terauds - Special To The Star

Against the Grain Theatre’s new “La Bohème” resets the tragic boy-meets-terminally-ill-girl in modern-day Toronto, complete with references to shopping on Bloor St and friends texting…

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Choreographer Yang Zhen’s creation puts dancers from China’s minority groups in the spotlight — but not in China by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

‘I do not see myself as a rebel. I’m not that political,’ insists the creator of ‘Minorities,’ coming to Toronto on Oct. 17.

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Those were certainly ‘Happy Days’ for Donny Most but Ralph Malph has moved on by Joel Rubinoff - Staff Reporter

I like this ageless sitcom star for many reasons, but the main one is that — despite a satirical “Family Guy” segment that labelled his “Donny” to “Don” transformation an act o…

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Second City’s retro revue If I Could #Throwback Time let audience off the hook by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Look back at 1980s is fun, if a bit ragged, and has lots to say about today.

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Newfoundland-set musical Come From Away to tour China next year by The Canadian Press

Producers say the smash musical will open in Shanghai for a limited engagement in May, with further cities in China to be announced.

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‘Hilot Means Healer’ and its tale of war and recovery aren’t perfectly whole yet by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Second World War story of a man reeling from battle and encountering traditional shamanic teachings in the Philippines.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Beware of resellers touting ‘Hamilton’ tickets now, says Mirvish by The Canadian Press

Mirvish’s director of sales and marketing says he’d be “very surprised” if any tickets being offered online were real.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Smartphones at the theatre may actually be OK by Michael Paulson - The New York Times,michael Cooper

Confrontations between performers and smartphone-wielding audience members are fuelling a new debate about digital-era etiquette, with some saying a resistance to letting people get their ph…

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The wicked weed Audrey II is hungry and back on both U.S. coasts by Joe Dziemianowicz - Bloomberg

‘Little Shop of Horrors,’ which morphed into a movie in 1986, continues to be a staple at high schools (it’s on the list of the top 10 most produced in 2019) as well as community and r…

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New play tells the federal-election story as seen from the grassroots — and the land by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

‘The Election’ builds a narrative around the experiences of average campaign volunteers and folds in Indigenous perspectives and a conceit that serves to aid the visually impaired.

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Toronto’s ‘Hamilton’ tickets go on sale on Oct. 28 by Raju Mudhar - Staff Reporter

Prices will range from $50 to $499, with a purchase limit of four tickets.

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Girl from the North Country makes strikingly moving theatre out of Bob Dylan songs by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Hard-luck characters’ stories aren’t fully fleshed out but between the songs, the performers and show creator Conor McPherson, what emerges is powerfully melancholy anyhow, writes Karen …

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Art imitates life for actress Blythe Wilson in Billy Elliot the Musical by Dean Lisk - Special To The Star

Teachers inspired Blythe Wilson to perform and now she plays one in a production that moves audience members to be the best they can be, too.

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A standup comedian’s harrowing tale by Jason Zinoman - The New York Times

Gary Gulman’s new special, “The Great Depresh,” displays his signature contrarianism while also being a departure, since its darkly confessional style is firmly in keeping with what’…

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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Broken Tailboneturns theatre into a Latinx dance hall by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

An entertaining shakeup of Toronto’s tamer theatre scene, not only asking audiences to listen to Aguirre’s stories from the dance floor, but channel its energy into our bodies as well.

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Friday, October 4, 2019

‘Un Poyo Rojo’ is silly, sexy, sweet and sort of slight by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Locker-room mocking of toxic masculinity is not revolutionary but it’s sometimes quite funny and always physically impressive.

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Here’s what the creators of the Bob Dylan stage musical learned about his songs along the way by Ben Rayner - Pop Music Critic

Conor McPherson and Simon Hale, the men behind Girl from the North Country, now in Toronto, came to appreciate his songs’ musical sturdiness — they’re ‘built like tanks’ — and th…

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

At Carmen Aguirre’s ‘Broken Tailbone,’ the audience ‘can’t hide in the dark’ by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Part theatre, part history lecture and part salsa dance lesson, the show will challenge the audience to move their bodies as their brains take in Aguirre’s words.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Fall for Dance North lures the younger audiences that other arts organizations covet by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Although there’s no hard data, Fall for Dance North staff have gleaned enough through audience surveys and social media buzz to know they’re attracting a significantly younger crowd, man…

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Saturday, September 28, 2019
Friday, September 27, 2019

Is ‘Turandot’ a tale of passion or abuse? How this opera got tweaked for the #MeToo moment by John Terauds - Special To The Star

Director takes female empowerment seriously in Canadian Opera Company season opener.

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Falling for language’s power — and danger — smartly captured in Knives in Hens by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The sentiments behind David Harrower’s 1995 play about a feudal couple mostly hold up, aided by strong performances at Toronto’s Coal Mine Theatre.

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Yaga is a hilarious, ambitious vehicle for great actors to strut their stuff by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Kat Sandler’s newest has feminism, a meaty story and an excellent cast to bring it all to life.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

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