Thursday, May 26, 2022

Soulpepper’s ‘Where the Blood Mixes’ is a love letter to residential school survivors and the terrain of Lytton, B.C. by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

Director Jani Lauzon and actor Craig Lauzon both feel a sentimental connection to Loring’s Governor General’s Award-winning text

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 04:01PM
Friday, May 20, 2022

‘The job kept me sane’: How some Stratford Festival actors filled their days and their pocketbooks when the show couldn’t go on by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

This year’s opening is a welcome return for a workforce that was particularly hard-hit during the pandemic.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:20PM

‘Evil Queen’ in Grimm-inspired immersive dance project inspired by performer’s gender fluidity by Aisling Murphy - Staff Reporter

Joey Arrigo’s approach to the Evil Queen was a collaborative one with TranscenDance artistic director Julia Cratchley.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:00AM
Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Dozens of Indigenous ironworkers died in the Quebec Bridge disaster of 1907. Their story is the inspiration behind ‘Sky Dancers’ by Michael Crabb Special To The Star

Louis D’Ailleboust, one of the dead, was the great-grandfather of dance artist Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo. Her new work, “Sky Dancers”, arrives at Harbourfront Centre this week.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:27PM
Wednesday, May 11, 2022

How ‘Come From Away’ came back: dogged lobbying and a federal minister who listened by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic,joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

The announcement in December 2021 that the musical would close for good in Toronto kick-started a process that will see it return in 2024.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:00AM
Thursday, May 5, 2022

Indigenous theatre like ‘The Herd’ is taking up space on main stages, but work remains to be done, say Tara Beagan and Andy Moro by Aisling Murphy - Special To The Star

“The opportunities are great, but these institutions need to offer understanding and time,” says set designer Moro. His life partner Beagan is directing the Kenneth T. Williams play at T…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 04:13PM
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

The world premiere of ‘Fall on Your Knees’ and Oscar winner Tarell Alvin McCraney’s ‘Choir Boy’ highlight the new Canadian Stage season by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

The works in the 2022-23 season “grapple in different ways with discussions about race, climate and political divisiveness that are dominating global conversations right now.”

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 01:28PM

Wayne McGregor-Margaret Atwood ballet ‘MADDADDAM’ will finally gets its world premiere in National Ballet of Canada’s new season by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Hope Muir’s first full season as artistic director also includes works by Alonzo King and David Dawson, and the return of “The Nutcracker,” “Cinderella,” “Frame by Frame” and …

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:00AM
Tuesday, May 3, 2022

VideoCabaret is back to being busy on Busy Street in the spirit of its late co-founder Deanne Taylor by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The company has revived its hit 1995 show, “The Cold War — Part One,” one of Michael Hollingsworth’s epic series of plays lampooning Canadian history.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:19PM
Monday, May 2, 2022

A mythical creature and human misbehaviour are at the heart of Guillaume Côté’s ‘Crypto’ by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

“Let’s say it’s an adult fairy tale,” says the dancer and choreographer of his multimedia work, which draws inspiration from cryptozoology and “The Little Mermaid.”

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 04:30PM

‘Is God Is,’ an ‘audacious piece’ of theatre about Black twin sisters on an epic journey of revenge, makes its Canadian debut by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The play presents “Black women in a way that I hadn’t seen them portrayed onstage before,” says director Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:09PM
Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Drinking, insults and stunning poetry paint a portrait of two CanLit icons in ‘among men’ by Sue Carter - Special To The Star

Canadian poets take centre stage in David Yee’s play about Milton Acorn and Al Purdy at Factory Theatre and “The Shape of Home: Songs in Search of Al Purdy” from the Festival Players o…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:21PM
Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Baritone Simone Piazzola celebrates 200 performances as Giorgio Germont in ‘La Traviata’ by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

“The challenge is not to make this character a villain,” says Piazzola, who will mark his first 200 performances with the Canadian Opera Company May 3.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:27PM
Monday, April 11, 2022

A mother’s fear for her Black son animates the play ‘Pipeline.’ Director Weyni Mengesha and actor Akosua Amo-Adem can relate by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The play’s title refers to the school-to-prison pipeline, the policies and procedures that send a disproportionate number of Black students toward the criminal justice system.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:34PM
Saturday, April 9, 2022

Visually arresting and emotionally rich, Emma Donoghue’s ‘Room’ is boldly realized for the stage by Joshua Chong - Staff Reporter

Though lacking the playful humour of the novel and the propulsive drive of the Oscar-winning movie, the play with music still resonates.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 10:07AM
Thursday, April 7, 2022

Two theatre friends dive beneath the surface in ‘The House of Bernarda Alba’ by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Soheil Parsa is directing Beatriz Pizano in the play by Federico Garcia Lorca, about a domineering matriarch who essentially puts her five adult daughters under house arrest after the death …

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 04:21PM

Another male dancer leaves the National Ballet as Brendan Saye departs for Vienna by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

The National Ballet of Canada needs an experienced man to take his place. Artistic director Hope Muir says she has a plan.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 03:46PM
Wednesday, April 6, 2022

It took a lifetime of work — plus a pandemic — for Anne Plamondon to create ‘Only You’ by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

When the Montreal choreographer’s duet was delayed two years by COVID-19, “it didn’t feel right simply to dust it off.”

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:00AM
Monday, April 4, 2022

Toronto cast and crew venture to Hogwarts for the first rehearsal of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

“I love this world,” says Luke Kimball, who plays Albus Potter. “Cursed Child” “takes a skill set unlike anything I’ve done,” says Fiona Reid, who plays Professor McGonagall an…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 04:32PM
Sunday, April 3, 2022

Behind the magic: A look at the costumes for ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ by Isaac Phan Nay - Staff Reporter

The play starts 19 years after J.K. Rowling’s books end and features adult Harry, Hermione and Ron Weasley and their children.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:30PM
Friday, April 1, 2022

In ‘Four Legs,’ a masterwork of dance is preserved for the future by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Oscar-nominated Barbara Willis Sweete gives new life to James Kudelka’s stage work, performed by Evelyn Hart and Zhenya Cerneacov.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:00AM
Monday, March 28, 2022

‘Every author should be so lucky’ to have enduring story, says ‘Room’ author Emma Donoghue in advance of musical adaptation’s Toronto openin by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

At long last, the musical “Room” has opened at the Grand Theatre in London, Ont. It will play at Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre April 5-May 8.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 01:42PM

In ‘New Tricks,’ choreographer and dancer Christopher House is his most intimate version of himself by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

“One of my goals in this work is to be as unguarded as possible. I didn’t want to invoke a character,” says the former Toronto Dance Theatre artistic director.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:00AM
Thursday, March 24, 2022

Two North Bay notables — the Dionne quintuplets and shadflies — inspire a play about memory by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Drives to Sudbury and a visit to a Nebraskan retirement home, where some of the residents were passionate about the quints, fuelled Alain Doom’s “Le Club des éphémères.”

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 05:40PM
Monday, March 21, 2022

Central story of Shaw Festival’s ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ feels relevant in the age of catfishing by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Edmond Rostand’s “Cyrano de Bergerac” play was written in 1897 — long before the internet — but there are resonances with catfishing, say key creatives involved in a production now…

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 06:00AM
Friday, March 18, 2022

Canadian performer Jewelle Blackman takes on starring role in Broadway musical ‘Hadestown’ by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Jewelle Blackman has been the understudy for Persephone since the show returned from COVID-19 hiatus last September; she takes over the role April 5.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 09:00AM
Thursday, March 17, 2022

This performer faced racism in the arts. She channelled it into a show celebrating Black women in Canadian history by Bruce Demara - Culture Reporter

Nicky Lawrence’s performance, titled “Ugly Black Woman,” premieres March 19 at the Paradise Theatre in Toronto.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:47PM
Tuesday, March 15, 2022

First he got cancer, then he meditated, then he wrote a show about it: Daniel Brooks’ ‘Other People’ by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

“I just wanted to offer something of what I’d learned,” says the director, writer and artistic director about “Other People,” playing at Canadian Stage.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 02:29PM

Makambe K Simamba brings her show ‘Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers’ to Tarragon Theatre by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

“The youth are the best, they’re going to take over the world,” Makambe K Simamba says. She thinks of her show as “a prayer for Black life.”

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 08:00AM
Monday, March 14, 2022

Aspiring local actors are ready to rumble and Ram Reyes teaches them how by Elaine Smith - Special To The Star

Reyes, an actor and stunt performer, holds weekly stunt fighting classes for those who want to battle their way into acting jobs.

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 12:42PM
Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre board chairperson left after brief stint by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Buddies has been in a process of organizational review and transformation since the summer of 2020, involving two outside consultants and a third-party review committee

SOURCE: Toronto Star at 07:12PM