Saturday, September 23, 2017

Existential pain, masculinity on brilliant display in Annie Baker’s ‘The Aliens’: review by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Baker’s “The Aliens,” reveals layer upon layer, with her embrace of silence, pauses, and naturalistic dialogue punctured by moments of genius.

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Reworking of Wilde proves to be in vain in premiere of Gray: review

Flawed characters are a good thing; flawed staging is another, and Theatre Inamorata’s first full-length production has some of each.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Search for home rendered with sadness and skill in Title and Deed: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

American playwright Will Eno gets another Toronto staging, and director Stewart Arnott and actor Christopher Stanton make it a successful if bleak one.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Cousins’ theatrical road show sets up on St. Clair by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Theatrical piece inspired by Mennonite roots and month-long trek takes up residents this weekend in St. Matthew’s United Church.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Volta: Wrong kind of retro undermines Cirque du Soleil’s latest spectacle: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The performers’ skills are as dazzling as ever, but women are mostly just for decoration in Volta.

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Blind Date’s Rebecca Northan takes her new genre in mysterious new direction with Undercover by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Having pioneered a new genre — spontaneous theatre — Rebecca Northan swaps romance for Agatha Christie-style mystery.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Blend of romantic intrigue and blunderous misunderstandings misses mark in Soulpepper’s Picture This: review by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Stage design, opening act make play promising, but momentum is lost due to second act’s harassment, groping and gaslighting.

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It's wall to wall funny at Toronto's JFL42 by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Also on the Top Ticket, a new work for renamed Citadel + Compagnie and Newsgirl at the Newsgirls Boxing Club.

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Soulpepper’s Waiting for Godot filled with political interpretations: review by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Director Daniel Brooks’s production emphasizes how malleable Waiting for Godot is.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Indigenous prophecy inspires dance project Miigis coming to Fort York by Michael Crabb

Toronto-born, much-travelled cochoreographer Jera Wolfe exploration of Métis heritage led to work on Miigis.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Coal Mine Theatre stays small but ambitious: Fricker by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

In their 80-seat Danforth Ave. space, Ted Dykstra and Diana Bentley aim to bring Toronto audiences 'great storytelling'.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Komagata Maru Incident: An important story that needs better telling by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Stratford play deals with historical issues very relevant today, but this production doesn’t do them justice

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Bad Dog Theatre revisits improv hits Toronto, I Love You and La Grande Jatte by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Also on the Top Ticket, Miss at the new Assembly Theatre and Fall for Dance North at Union Station.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Toronto independent theatre battles back, but the war isn't won by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

New Assembly Theatre to open in Parkdale, but the Storefront Theatre still lacks a space for its productions.

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Waiting for Godot helps kick off Soulpepper season by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Also on the Top Ticket, Bad Dog Theatre's Homecoming Weekend and Nathan Fielder live at Danforth Music Hall.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Buskerfest back with mix of old and new talents by Bruce Demara - Entertainment Reporter

Buskerfest for Epilepsy returns to Woodbine Park for the Labour Day weekend with a host of new acts.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Soulpepper celebrating after New York stint pays off big by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Soulpepper on 42nd Street drew critics’ praise and an audience, leaving artistic director Albert Schultz pondering another trip south.

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

It’s all about the free opera, our trivial pursuits and the search for laughter by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Enjoy an outdoor modern opera, a quirky quiz show and a lineup of comedians on this week's Top Ticket.

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Pippi musical’s maiden voyage sets a course for success: review by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Placing the intimate audience on an actual boat on Toronto’s lakeshore, Pippi: The Strongest Girl in the World ask the viewers to enter uncharted territory.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Fast-moving news takes some steam out of this Party by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

But Second City finds its sweet spot with observational comedy about relationships in Party Today (Panic Tomorrow).

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A kinder Midsummer Night's Dream with a same-sex twist: review by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Shakespeare in the Ruff production sometimes sacrifices clarity for activity and effects.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A First World War-set Henry V is coming to the Shaw Festival by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic, Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Shakespeare leads Tim Carroll’s second Shaw season while Stratford's Antoni Cimolino explains Rocky Horror pick.

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Lady Gaga impersonator wasn’t born this way by Azzura Lalani - Staff Reporter

Toronto native Athena Reich, opening a new version of her show #ARTBIRTH here, fell into the role of becoming the

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Martha Henry to play Prospero in new Stratford version of The Tempest by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The Rocky Horror Show also on festival's 2018 bill, with Donna Feore directing that and The Music Man.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Gasp at emotional depth of Breathing Hole at Stratford Festival: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Polar bear is the tragic hero of Colleen Murphy’s ambitious, moving play looking at history and future of Arctic through Indigenous eyes.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Stratford’s The Madwoman of Chaillot is no big deal: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The Madwoman of Chaillot was written during the last years of the Second World War by the Frenchman Jean Giraudoux and presented here in a new translation by David Edney.

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Party Today, Panic Tomorrow with Second City by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Also on the Top Ticket Aug. 20 to 26, Jay and Silent Bob Get Old and SZA (although that last one is sold out).

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Man whose story is part of Come From Away touts a book in Toronto by Azzura Lalani - Staff Reporter

Kevin Tuerff, whose Gander experince is part of the Tony-winning musical, has a new book and fresh purpose in aftermath of town’s hospitality.

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Con-artist comedy Tartuffe gets a great update at Stratford: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Molière classic makes all the sense in the world in 2017, thanks to tweaks, sure-handed director and a stacked cast.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Stephen Fry trilogy about ancient Greece will get world premiere at Shaw Festival by Debra Yeo - Staff Reporter

Tim Carroll to direct British comedian in Mythos: A Trilogy — Gods. Heroes. Men in 2018.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Here's what Karen Fricker and Carly Maga don't want to miss this Toronto theatre season by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic, Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

From Annie Baker's The Aliens to Waiting for Godot, the Star's theatre critics preview what’s onstage this fall and winter.

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