23 October 2019

The COC’s Fall 2019 Season

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The Canadian Opera Company has set out a delicious 2019/20 season. I have been excited to see Turandot since last fall when the upcoming season was released. Knowing little about …

16 October 2019

Blood Pact’s Dock Mother God Society

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Set in the British Columbia town of Kelowna against the backdrop of the worst wildfire season in Canadian history, Dock Mother God Society, Blood Pact Theatre’s latest production, is the …

14 October 2019

At Crows: Ghost Quartet & The Flick

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A captivating pairing of co-productions has taken over the east end Streetcar Crowsnest venue this fall with a world-renowned but perfectly grounded everyman epic in the mainspace and an understated …

09 October 2019

Kat Sandler Debuts Yaga at the Tarragon

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Tarragon Theatre has set up a wonderfully witchy opening to its autumn season. Leaves are turning, the air is cooling, and the fall season of theatre has begun. Onstage from …

09 October 2019

Bob Dylan’s Girl from the North Country

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Set in Duluth, Minnesota in winter 1934, Girl from the North Country is not a typical musical. Understated and thoughtful, this Depression-era drama does not conform to what people might …

05 October 2019

Knives in Hens at the Coal Mine

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The Coal Mine’s presentation of Knives in Hens is a beautiful rendition of the mid-nineties play written by David Harrower — Director Leora Morris has skillfully and lovingly brought the Scottish work …

03 October 2019

Soulpepper’s Streetcar and the Art of Good HR

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There are a few key ways to judge a new artistic director taking over an established company. Some people who aren’t technically wrong but are awfully cynical might look to …

28 September 2019

Shaw, ’19: The Glass Menagerie

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In Tennessee Williams’ extensive canon, The Glass Menagerie stands out as the original “memory play”: the work is framed as the hazy recollections of the main character, whose reliability as a …

21 September 2019

Life in a Box is Back!

By // Theatre (Toronto)

Both the best and worst thing about theatre, and indie theatre especially, is its ephemerality. Productions close so fast that you never have the time you need to tell every …

20 September 2019

The Band’s Visit on Tour

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David Yazbek & Itamar Moses’ slinky musical adaptation of the 2007 Israeli film The Band’s Visit is one of those artistic oddities that wins incredible acclaim and most people still …

19 September 2019

Soulpepper’s Seductive Betrayal

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The 1978 play Betrayal comes alive through Soulpepper’s production. The cast and crew are immaculate, and the set is designed in an incredibly effective way. Time slides through the cracks …

14 September 2019

Shaw, ’19: Rope

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If staging the perfect murder is hard enough, staging a good murder mystery has its own challenges. With all the mischievousness of its main characters, Patrick Hamilton’s Rope dodges those …

13 September 2019

Stratford, ’19: Henry VIII & Mother’s Daughter

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Shakespeare earned the right to phone it in. It was clear that even his less daring and promising works would be feted beyond their merits – anything bearing his name …

12 September 2019

Stratford, ’19: Private Lives

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If reality TV taught us anything, it’s that there’s little easier to lampoon than the lives of the rich and famous; long before and through the television age, Noel Coward …

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    Jonathan Tan
    in The Glass Menagerie
    (Shaw Festival)