Tuesday, June 13, 2017

‘Less than great, but more than good’: Stratford’s Guys and Dolls is ‘worth going a long way to see’ by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: I will lay you odds that the superimposition of one time-frame upon another is one reason that this musical becomes what is known as timeless

SOURCE: news.nationalpost.com at 09:04PM

Musically, Stratford’s HMS Pinafore is ‘irreproachable’, rarely obscuring the fun of the original by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: At times, I thought the constant motion of all the characters actually helped the story; at others, I thought it got in the way

SOURCE: news.nationalpost.com at 09:04PM

‘This is about the right-wing hate machine’: Theatre defends use of Trump lookalike as assassinated Caesar by Sadaf Ahsan

'Such discussion is exactly the goal of our civically-engaged theatre; this discourse is the basis of a healthy democracy'

SOURCE: news.nationalpost.com at 03:04PM
Monday, June 12, 2017

Theatre loses corporate sponsorship after Caesar production depicts Trump lookalike being stabbed by Sadaf Ahsan

Delta Airlines and Bank of America both pulled their sponsorship from New York’s Public Theater on Sunday

SOURCE: news.nationalpost.com at 01:12PM

Canadian musical Come From Away wins Tony for best director, but Dear Evan Hansen takes top award by The Canadian Press

The people of Newfoundland were celebrated at the Tony Awards but Come From Away fell short in its historic bid to capture Broadway's biggest musical prize

SOURCE: news.nationalpost.com at 06:42AM
Friday, June 9, 2017

Trump lookalike assassinated in NYC production of Julius Caesar by Sadaf Ahsan

'For over 400 years, Shakespeare’s play has told this story and we are proud to be telling it again in Central Park'

SOURCE: news.nationalpost.com at 03:12PM
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

So often produced, Stratford’s newest Romeo and Juliet may be the best of them all by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: It’s no secret that Romeo and Juliet ends in a tomb. In Stratford’s new production, it begins there as well

SOURCE: news.nationalpost.com at 06:54PM

‘If music be the food of love play on’: Stratford’s Twelfth Night offers music and words by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: The performance’s execution lacks something in finesse, but the conception is an eye-opener

SOURCE: news.nationalpost.com at 06:54PM
Thursday, June 1, 2017

How can tap dancing, an art form that reached its heyday in the 1930s and ‘40s, remain relevant today? by Mike Doherty, Special To National Post

Mike Doherty: Finding one’s own voice as a tap artist entails figuring out what, and who, have come before. Young dancers have much of the form’s history at their fingertips

SOURCE: news.nationalpost.com at 02:24PM
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

‘From Russia with love’: For Canadian musical Onegin, the story and the characters never come to life by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: The music, mostly melodic rock, can be very expressive. The lyrics, though, can’t. They’re often difficult to hear

SOURCE: news.nationalpost.com at 07:12PM
Thursday, May 25, 2017

United with an unlikely partner, Aubrey Dan is back in the Toronto theatre scene by Jack Hauen

The Toronto financier, philanthropist and impresario is reviving his efforts to bring a bit of Broadway to Canada's biggest city

SOURCE: news.nationalpost.com at 09:33PM
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

‘The staging may be stark and the stories dark, but they aren’t gloomy’: On Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls… by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: It was, I imagine, like being in church, but more so. They had come to the theatre, and it was speaking their language

SOURCE: news.nationalpost.com at 02:42PM
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

‘Unbearably moving’: Chris Abraham’s The Boy In The Moon tells the heartbreaking story of parents of a disabled son by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: It is the best thing to happen so far in Streetcar Crowsnest's new East End home. Imaginatively presented on a bare open stage, it draws us into a world

SOURCE: news.nationalpost.com at 05:12PM
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Strictly Ballroom moves, but perhaps, perhaps, perhaps there were too many cooks in the kitchen by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: Those who know the film have testified that the reborn stage musical isn’t strictly Strictly Ballroom at all

SOURCE: news.nationalpost.com at 06:33PM
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Great Comet leads 71st Annual Tony Award nominations, Canadian musical Come From Away major contender by Sadaf Ahsan

The ceremony will take place at on June 11 in New York City, and will be hosted by former Tony winner and generally hilarious guy Kevin Spacey

SOURCE: news.nationalpost.com at 04:54PM

‘A love story in the great tradition’: Midsummer sends you away happy. Just don’t ask about ‘ever after’ by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: The truth is there’s been a healthy component of irony in the best romantic comedies, at least since Shakespeare and probably before

SOURCE: news.nationalpost.com at 04:54PM
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Ravi Jain’s Prince Hamlet picks up where Shakespeare left off, to a ‘mostly masterful’ staging by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: Some things in this adaptation/production may be questionable, but everything feels thought and imagined

SOURCE: news.nationalpost.com at 03:31PM
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Coal Mine Theatre’s Orphans appears gripping and clever, but offers limited depth by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: There’s good and bad suspense; this play has both

SOURCE: news.nationalpost.com at 05:54PM
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Streetcar Crowsnest’s True Crime proves Torquil Campbell can do it all by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: He can be hilarious, in modes silky or self-deprecating. He can be frighteningly angry. He can be just as frighteningly lost

SOURCE: news.nationalpost.com at 07:02PM
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Crafty, comical and self-mocking, Karen Hines’s one-woman show Crawlspace will draw you in by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: Whenever you think that her 90-minute hard-luck story has outstayed its welcome, Karen Hines draws you back in

SOURCE: news.nationalpost.com at 04:32PM

From political lampoons to inciting revolutions, how puppets get away with things humans can’t by Sabrina Maddeaux, Special To National Post

Sabrina Maddeaux: They may often appear small, adorably fuzzy and googly-eyed, but these unassuming creatures are powerful political players

SOURCE: news.nationalpost.com at 04:32PM
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Introducing Stupidhead!, a small-scale one-woman musical and account of living with dyslexia by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: It’s a show that has its share of wry self-deprecation, but is more about living with and even overcoming obstacles

SOURCE: news.nationalpost.com at 07:24PM

The more ground Sousatzka attempts to cover, the more it loses touch with what could keep it alive by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: It’s also the return to producing of Garth Drabinsky, who gave us such masterful shows as Ragtime and Kiss of the Spider Woman

SOURCE: news.nationalpost.com at 07:24PM
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A break in tone, style and subject alter an otherwise amusing production of The Orange Dot by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: Tension keeps us interested through dialogue that is generally easy-flowing and sometimes amusing

SOURCE: news.nationalpost.com at 03:48PM
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Justin Trudeau introduces play about Canada on 9/11 to Broadway audience including Ivanka Trump, Jean Chretien by The Canadian Press

Come From Away, which had its official Broadway opening on Sunday, is set in remote Gander, N.L., in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks

SOURCE: news.nationalpost.com at 12:54AM
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

‘A parade of disagreeably dull people, with intermittent flashes of wit’: On Erin Shields’s The Millennial Malcontent by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: Maybe we’re not meant to take it seriously and Shields is attempting the impossible — being ironic about irony

SOURCE: news.nationalpost.com at 06:48PM
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

‘American playwriting is back on a roll’: Aaron Posner’s Stupid F–ing Bird is ‘theatrically illuminating’ by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: This Toronto season has brought us John, Father Comes Home from the Wars, The Realistic Joneses and now this. American playwriting is back on a roll

SOURCE: news.nationalpost.com at 03:06PM
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Pies, pizza and potatoes: Real food becomes a character, taking a bow onstage by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press

'If you're eating a piece of pie onstage and someone says, "Mmm! This is delicious," you'd better be eating it'

SOURCE: news.nationalpost.com at 07:24PM
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Five Faces for Evelyn Frost is a flawless performance that can’t help but generalize by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: There are five actors in Five Faces for Evelyn Frost – two male, three female – and they hardly ever make contact

SOURCE: news.nationalpost.com at 06:32PM

Anton Piatigorsky’s Breath in Between is ‘all ideas, no flesh’ by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: The author, who is also the director, hasn’t found a style that would carry us with him

SOURCE: news.nationalpost.com at 06:32PM
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Chekhov looms as ever over Toronto’s Superior Donuts and My Night With Reg by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: In the American play, everything is laid out on the surface; in the British one, the important things are happening underneath

SOURCE: news.nationalpost.com at 04:42PM

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