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10 June 2017

Ten-Minute Play Festival: Part II

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Click Here to read Part I of our Ten-Minute Play Festival coverage The White show and Black Show are a two parts of the four-part series in InspiraTO festival’s ten-minute …

04 June 2017

Bad Jews; Good Theatre

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I was shocked as I walked into the completely transformed space of Artscape Youngplace to see the Toronto Premier of Bad Jews presented by the Koffler Centre of the Arts. …

12 May 2017

RISER 2017

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Two Birds One Stone  “Some of this is true and some of it is not” Natasha Greenblatt says to openTwo Birds One Stone, which premiered as part of the Why …

07 November 2016

Acquiesce by David Yee

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The beautiful geometric highrises are dark grey, crisp and askew, creating a darkly modern, if slightly nightmarish cityscape which the audience observes as we wait for Acquiesce to begin. Downstage …

08 May 2016

A Reason to Talk: Subtle Storytelling at its Best

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A Reason to Talk, produced by Why Not Theatre, has already started when you walk into the Theatre Centre mainspace. There creator Sachli Gholamalizad holds old family photos up to …

06 September 2015

Dinner and a Show: Big Plans has Big Bite

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In the forward to Melancholy Play, Sarah Ruhl, makes a plea to future producers of the show: “The audience knows the different between being talked to and talked at. Talk …

12 August 2015

SummerWorks ’15: Part VI

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Click Here for our full coverage of the 2015 SummerWorks Festival. Offending the Audience (A)  Offending the Audience, originally written in 1960, and here conceived by Christian Lapoint, is, if …

11 August 2015

SummerWorks ’15: Part V

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Click Here for our full coverage of the 2015 SummerWorks Festival. Like There’s No Tomorrow (A+) Like There’s No Tomorrow tells the story of the Northern Gateway Project, and it …

09 August 2015

SummerWorks ’15: Part II

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Click Here for our full coverage of the 2015 SummerWorks Festival. Upon the Fragile Shore (B+) Upon The Fragile Shore explores a number of human tragedies, from the Boston Marathon …

22 May 2015

Ballad of the Burning Star, a Political Drag Musical

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As I walked out of Ballad of the Burning Star Tuesday night at the Theatre Centre, I ran into a friend walking into another show (Burnish, I believe). When he asked …

12 May 2015

Precisely Peter’s Brimstone and Treacle

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Dennis Potter’s Brimstone and Treacle was considered controversial when it was first written in 1976. Much has changed in the past 40 years, and yet this is still a controversial …

01 May 2015

No Wonder it’s called ‘Hooked

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“I wanted to write about obsession, about creativity, about risk-taking, about love and loss,” playwright Carolyn Smart writes about Hooked, now playing at the Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace. Certainly all …

09 April 2015

Cult Wayward: A Supreme Leader in Improv Comedy

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way·ward (wāwərd) adjective difficult to control or predict because of unusual or perverse behavior. “I’m so glad you’ve taken an interest in our farm,” director Becky Johnson exclaims in character …

24 March 2015

A Woman is Not a Secret

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John Patrick Shanley’s A Woman is A Secret opened at the Theatre Centre last Friday to an enthusiastic audience. Though what brought audiences to their feet at the end of …