Tuesday, February 20, 2018

A playwright walked into a Chinese food court. That was the start of the multimedia show No Foreigners by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Play by David Yee, in which two actors manipulate figurines projected on a screen, explores a Chinese mall in all its cultural, linguistic and generational diversity,

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Come From Away, the little show that shrunk by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

An intermission was axed, songs were cut, a new one was added and a Broadway hit was born. As the Canadian cast of Come From Away makes its Toronto premiere, we talk to the creators about ho…

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The tragic event, and the musical, that changed their lives by Bruce Demara - Entertainment Reporter

They were among the thousands diverted to Newfoundland on 9/11. But their lives changed again unexpectedly thanks to the hit musical Come From Away.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Evolution of Chris Rock fascinating to watch in new special by Johanna Schneller - Special To The Star

Deeply personal standup set on Netflix is a revelation, writes Johanna Schneller, as the veteran comedian shares his own experience with infidelity and the aftermath.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Come From Away takes off in Toronto production by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

With sustained critical praise and box office draws and the official seal of approval from our U.S. neighbours, the opening matinee audience cheered with unabashed pride, writes Carly Magda.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Kim Coates makes a remarkable return to the stage as Rooster Byron in Jerusalem by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Some references in Jez Butterworth's play about the state of England didn't register, but its magical realism fits well on the otherworldly set created inside Toronto’s Streetcar Crowsnest.

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Opera Atelier’s Harmonia Sacra seamlessly blends voice and dance in its single Toronto performance by John Terauds - Special To The Star

The show was first presented at the Palace of Versailles outside Paris. Now it was Toronto’s turn to see a show worthy of any royal palace in the world.

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In Toronto production of King Charles III the acting is of royal calibre, the design not so much by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Play now on at CAA Theatre doesn’t look as lavish as one would hope, but fine performances and a well-paced production do justice to Mike Bartlett’s script.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

New Canadian Stage season features collaborations between homegrown artists by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

It includes new work by Betroffenheit creators Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young, Kim Collier and Daniel Brooks, Peggy Baker and Arcade Fire members, and a Jordan Tannahill-Akram Khan collabor…

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

A dance version of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina opens National Ballet of Canada’s new season by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

The ballet is by John Neumeier, whose Nijinsky the company toured to Paris last year.

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They’re turning a Toronto theatre into an English forest for the play Jerusalem by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Sons of Anarchy's Kim Coates stars in Jerusalem, at Streetcar Crowsnest, as a countercultural folk hero who lives in a battered trailer in the forest.

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Monday, February 12, 2018

After hang’s slow start comes a payoff — and punishment by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Play’s racial themes are all too relevant, and it gathers steam in the second half, writes Karen Fricker.

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Canadian Caissie Levy is warming up to be Broadway’s Elsa in Frozen by Ryan Porter - Special To The Star

Hamiltonian says motherhood got her ready as previews begin soon for her role as the ice princess in Disney’s Broadway adaptation of the massive hit film.

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Ipperwash delves into Canada’s dark colonial identity — without feeling like a history lesson by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

The play, from director Falen Johnson, features many compelling elements and performances. But at 70 minutes, Ipperwash feels both too full and lacking in detail, Carly Maga writes.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

It’s the actors who shine in Canadian Stage production of Tony-winning play The Humans by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

There's also beauty and humour in Jackie Maxwell's staging of Stephen Karam’s play, but size of the theatre keeps audience at a distance.

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New opera Forbidden creative but not quite cohesive by John Terauds - Special To The Star

Tapestry Opera's offering is too abstract to really engage us with the characters, writes John Terauds, but the fresh ideas and Persian-flavoured music are both to be applauded.

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Acha Bacha’s characters shine despite play’s excess of ambition by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

New play at Passe Muraille can’t reconcile its dramaturgical impulses or the directions in which the story heads, but the characters and their experiences are fresh and intriguing, writes …

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Canadian Opera Company’s updated Abduction From the Seraglio a mess in all but the music by John Terauds - Special To The Star

Efforts to modernize Mozart’s tale overwhelm and wreck it instead.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

No reviews but food for thought at the Rhubarb Festival by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

2018 edition includes works by Yolanda Bonnell, Diana Lopez Soto, Lois Weaver, Chayla Hunter, Vivek Shraya and plenty more.

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Five ways to fix Canada’s theatre schools by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Five instructors offer clear solutions to help make school, and professional theatre, a safer space for young actors.

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Bang Bang's topical gambles pay off for playwright by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Kat Sandler’s latest creation drops us into the aftermath of a police shooting and we find not only thoughtful drama but rip-roaring comedy.

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Progress theatre festival brings ‘transgressive work’ to Toronto by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Progress curators explain why local audiences should see work like Race Cards, Dis Merci and LOST in TRANS.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Female-focused Medieval Times show bound for Toronto by Victoria Ahearn - The Canadian Press

The new show with the queen in the lead role is already in three U.S. cities and will launch in Toronto later this year.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Canadian Stage faces leadership uncertainty of its own by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Theatre company has not yet begun search for successor to Matthew Jocelyn, who leaves in June.

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Dark Heart a smart, sexy thriller on settler-Indigenous relationships in 17th-century New France by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Genevieve Adam’s Dark Heart has written seven rich characters whose lives are revealed to be intertwined in fascinating and often quite unexpected ways, Karen Fricker writes.

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Measha Brueggergosman returns to Opera Atelier by Debra Yeo - Toronto Star

Soprano to reprise role of Elettra in Mozart's Idomeneo in 2018-19 season, with Colin Ainsworth in title role.

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Declarations is a devastating but joyous statement about life and grief by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Cast is superb in Jordan Tannahill’s interdisciplinary production created in response to mother’s cancer diagnosis.

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Brodsky/Baryshnikov a reflection on aging and testament to Baryshnikov’s ongoing creativity by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Legendary ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov radiates life and wisdom in tribute to the poet Joseph Brodsky.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Residencies let Theatre Centre’s offbeat ideas bear fruit by Carly Maga - Theatre Critic

Unconventional structure and approach to funding paying off, writes Carly Maga.

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Mikhail Baryshnikov finds the motion in the poetry of Joseph Brodsky by Michael Crabb - Special To The Star

Ballet superstar says he won’t be dancing so much as evoking the spirit of the words in Brodsky/Baryshnikov.

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Racial drama Calpurnia is smart and important — but imperfect by Karen Fricker - Theatre Critic

Insightful script and cast overcome a few implausible moments in tale of dinner party gone wrong, writes Karen Fricker.

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