05 December 2016

The Unbearable Whiteness of Blonde

By // Theatre

*spoiler alerts for those of you who haven’t seen the musical, but I haven’t even seen the movie* To start, I understand that Legally Blonde is a comedy. Much of …

photo by Johan Perrson

04 December 2016

Buried Child at Trafalgar Studios

By // Theatre (London)

Rural Illinois in 1979. A flagging old man wastes away on a couch watching sports on his tiny TV and sneaking swigs of whiskey when alone. This is Dodge (Ed …


03 December 2016

On Stage in TO: The End of November

By // Theatre (Toronto)

The busiest non-Fringe theatre month of the year is finally over and we’ve got 30+ more reviews under our belt. As we welcome in the holiday season and start turning …


01 December 2016

Candide by Sedos

By // Theatre (London)

Putting Voltaire on stage is a difficult task: it is easy to think of the philosopher’s work as too sophisticated for musical adaptation. Bernstein and Wheeler’s version of Candide attempts …


30 November 2016

Incubating: Paradise Comics

By // Theatre (Toronto)

The final piece in Filament Incubator’s 8-plays-in-8-months experiment, Caitie Graham’s Paradise Comics is the perfect strong finish to a rocky but rewarding exercise in ambition and opportunity creation, combining the …


30 November 2016

Elevated State’s Angry Brigade

By // Theatre (Toronto)

The Angry Brigade by James Graham takes place in 1970s London, and as I walk into the theatre, I’m wondering what it might have to say to us in our …


29 November 2016

Yvonne Ng’s tiger princess dance projects

By // Theatre (Toronto)

“Enter the space with brilliance, seeing every molecule floating…” so starts the beginning of each of three poems, written by Yvonne Ng to her dancers, providing each a score and …

photo by John Gundy

28 November 2016

On Stage in TO: Sketch

By // Theatre (Toronto)

Eat, Buy, Repeat (The Second City) This “Guide to the Holidays” from the Second City Touring Company is charming and fun if a little imbalanced in quality. We begin with …


27 November 2016

“The Idea Hurts”: Dollhouse on the Canadian Stage

By // Theatre (Toronto)

Bill Coleman and Gordon Monahan’s collaboratively conceived and performed Dollhouse played out like a Rube Goldberg machine, albeit one that wrought destruction on both the man and the set within …

photo by Matthew Murphy

25 November 2016

Sankoff & Hein’s Come From Away

By // Theatre (Toronto)

“The world we live in today needs a good story”. The packed house at the Toronto opening of Come From Away had been standing for awhile when Claude Elliott, former …


25 November 2016

Oh the Thinks YPT Can Think

By // Theatre (Toronto)

I love Seussical the Musical. I think it’s just about the cutest thing in the world, Ahrens & Flaherty’s songs are catchy beyond belief, and there’s more intellectual and emotional …

photo by John Gundy

24 November 2016

The Soaring Chasse-Galerie

By // Theatre (Toronto)

Original musicals are hard to develop and expensive to produce so you don’t see that many of them crop up in the Canadian theatre landscape. Chasse-Galerie (both its quality and …


23 November 2016

You’re a Good Man, CB

By // Theatre (Toronto)

I’ve seen a lot of theatre this November but nothing’s surprised me quite like Echo Productions’ Dog Sees God, a tiny, under-marketed labour of love with only one week left …


22 November 2016

Dead Poets Society Revitalized

By // Theatre (New York)

“That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.” Uncle Walt’s verse gets renewed life on stage in the millennial classic Dead Poets Society – an ode …

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