Thursday, July 20, 2017

Strong cast connects with High Park audience in Twelfth Night: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Canadian Stage production is a bit too high-concept and fuzzy in places.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Indigenous actors learn at Stratford Festival but teach too: Wednesday Matinée by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Johnny Issaluk, Ujarneq Fleischer and Lisa Cromarty co-star in The Breathing Hole, which draws on Inuit knowledge.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Local Legends: The Toronto house where SCTV ideas were hatched by Jane Welowsky - Special To The Star

This Avenue Road home wasn’t just where several Second City stars resided. It was where SCTV ideas were first brought to life.

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Top Ticket for July 16-22: Porchview Dances, Toronto Burlesque Festival, and Permanence by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

A nimble neighbourhood, burlesque stars, and an indie between the fests are your leading theatre options.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Twists from cast wring new life out of King Lear: review by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Flipping the gender of the monarch, and subtler swaps among the rest of the cast, freshens the story. And there’s one more change to come when Robert Persichini returns.

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A whole village of stars take the Second City stage for Bob and Doug McKenzie reunion. by Jane Welowszky - Special To The Star

Bob and Doug McKenzie reunion just part of what Martin Short touts as a ‘loose, fun party.’

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Soulpepper's Vimy glosses over world war drama: review by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

WWI play lends sympathy to characters and highlights the brutality of war, but its message doesn’t feel new.

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Women strut their hours upon Shakespeare stages: Wednesday Matinée by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

A woman playing King Lear should not be an oddity, says Diane D'Aquila, who's doing so for Shakespeare in High Park.

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Canadian theatre veterans join Come From Away by Bruce Demara - Entertainment Reporter

Cast of T.O. return in February includes Lisa Horner, Barbara Fulton, Eliza-Jane Scott and Steffi DiDomenicantonio.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Billy Bishop Goes to War could use an update: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Beloved play's capacity for critical comment has drained away and what’s left is self-regarding sentimentality.

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Stratford Festival celebrates 65th season with a plethora of Romeos and Juliets by Debra Yeo - Staff Reporter

Past and present stars, including Colm Feore, Megan Follows and Antoni Cimolino, to gather onstage July 13.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

This couple loves the Fringe Festival so much they started producing their own plays by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

At the theatre with . . . Joan Jamieson and Shelley M. Hobbs, who say they love the festival's sense of 'discovery'.

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

A double dose of divas with Idina and Beardoncé in T.O. by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Also on the Top Ticket: Arj Barker of Flight of the Conchords fame at the Comedy Bar.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Brett Dean's and Matthew Jocelyn's Hamlet an important addition to opera: review by Catherine Kustanczy - Special To The Star

Canadian Stage artistic director Jocelyn gives us Hamlet as psychological thriller, with a stellar cast.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Beautiful a star turn by Chilina Kennedy as Carole King: review by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Despite weaknesses in script, Carole King musical pulls heartstrings with nostalgic songs and its lead performance.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Seven can’t-miss shows at the Toronto Fringe Festival: Wednesday Matinée by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

From a play set in a washroom to ghostbusting Elizabethans to a monster mash in dance and a karaoke party.

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Fringe show finds the funny in broken engagements by Denis Grignon - Freelance Entertainment Writer

Standup comedian Efthimios Nasiopoulos has called off not one but two weddings. His one-man show, Disengaged, looks back at his failed relationships.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Anita Majumdar's Fish Eyes Trilogy opens new Factory Theatre season by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Factory's 2017-18 season includes world premieres of Kat Sandler’s BANG BANG, Jeff Ho’s trace and After Wrestling.

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

VideoCabaret’s Confederation Parts I and II add to Canada 150 pageantry, debate by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

VideoCabaret's show tackles the Confederation period, from 1861 to the execution of Louis Riel in 1885.

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There's a marathon of theatre at the Toronto Fringe by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Also on the Top Ticket, the PS: We Are All Here dance series and concerts by Bob Dylan, Ed Sheeran and more.

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Why performers give Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre a standing ovation by Nick Patch - Special To The Star

Since making the move to the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in 2006, Toronto's ballet and opera companies have never looked back.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Stratford Festival’s The Virgin Trail a gripping Tudor tale: review by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

This complex whodunit, second in Kate Hennig’s Tudor queens trilogy, a taut, twisty story of power, loyalty and betrayal.

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Shaw Festival's Androcles and the Lion unites cast and audience: review by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Tim Carroll's unorthodox direction elevates the performances as actors roll with audience-thrown punches.

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‘Beautiful’ leads talk about their characters and meeting Carole King by Ellen Brait - Staff Reporter

Chilina Kennedy and Liam Tobin have played their respective roles for some time, but never together.

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Shaw Festival’s Tim Carroll shakes up the theatre: Wednesday Matinee by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Artistic director's production of Androcles and the Lion pushes actors, audiences out of their comfort zones.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Theatre Centre the big winner at Dora Awards by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Come From Away is Audience Choice winner, Soulpepper and Tapestry Opera take five awards apiece.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Wilde Tales provides children’s theatre that demands true engagement: review by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The collection of Oscar Wilde stories being staged at he Shaw Festival makes for much for interesting theatrical fare than the Disney-fied versions that sometimes take up space in the “chi…

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The park, the pilot and Harry Potter: Top ticket by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Open-air Bard, an old war story and the TSO vie for your eyeballs.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Dancing at Lughnasa a memory story with shining performances by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

The Shaw Festival's show has room to grow, but gives five female actors strong opportunities to shine.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

From a painful past, Bearing looks ahead: Wednesday Matinée by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Dance opera premiering at Luminato focuses on aftermath of residential schools, ‘where society can effect change’.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Fall for Dance North celebrates Canadian dance by Debra Yeo - Staff Reporter

Commissions featuring Robert Binet and Michaela Hinds, performances including Mix Mix Dance Collective on the bill.

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