06 September 2019

Out of Town Report: Bard on the Beach’s Taming of the Shrew in Vancouver

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Spaghetti Western is a popular approach for Shakespeare’s most controversial comedy (in fact this production…

06 September 2019

Stratford, 19: The Musicals

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I remain firm in my assertion that Canada’s major artistic directors need to hire musical theatre consultants to help them pick what to produce because their knowledge base and taste …

04 September 2019

Stratford, ’19: Drama

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Drama is where the Stratford Festival tends to swing for the fences, doubling down on heavy hitting actors playing incredible tragedy on big stages through brutal runtimes. A sampling of …

03 September 2019

2019 at the Shaw Festival

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After I saw Brigadoon, the Shaw Festival’s magical staging of a reimagined classic musical, I right away sat down to write about the experience. At least for me, the night …

01 September 2019

Soulpepper’s Summer, 2019

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Soulpepper’s summer season consisted mainly of two small-cast one-acts (plus music director Mike Ross’ “Steinbeck Through Song” concert which was, as usual, sublime): Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love, an American …

31 August 2019

Stratford, ’19: The Front Page

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Michael Healey’s new adaptation of the much-adapted 1928 Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur newspaper farce starts with boredom. It starts with a bunch of sloppy newsmen and a single newly …

28 August 2019

Anne’s Fuck Cancer Fundraiser

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Anne van Leeuwen is a pillar of the Toronto theatre community, co-founder of one of the city’s most important independent arts spaces The Assembly Theatre, an incredible actress, an insightful …

14 August 2019

SummerWorks, 2019

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805-4821 (A) “805-4821 is a trans coming out story made out of other stories: a dialogue from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, a half-remembered swim lesson, and an 80,000 word Facebook correspondence” This …

02 August 2019

Shaw, 2019: Brigadoon

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This show hit me straight in the heart. It’s been so long since I’ve been able to say that about a Shaw musical and I’m grinning ear to ear to …

19 July 2019

Get Lost in the Tape Escape

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The label “immersive” is thrown around carelessly these days; Outside the March is working tirelessly to remind us all just what it means. Their latest project, Tape Escape, takes participants …

15 July 2019

Toronto Fringe, 2019: Part XII

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Take a look at our full list of 2019 Fringe reviews HERE. Emotional Labour (A) Written and performed by Jess Beaulieu and Luis Fernandes, this clever two-hander about the division of …

13 July 2019

Stratford, 2019: Merry Wives

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The Merry Wives of Windsor is an obtrusively fat play in many senses. With about 472 disparate characters and plot threads, it’s in desperate need of trimming. It also packs …

13 July 2019

Waitress *sigh* as a Musical

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Some stories take a few tries to find their perfect medium. Les Miserables, for example, is a meandering bore of a novel (hot take? Whatever, I don’t want to hear …

11 July 2019

Toronto Fringe, 2019: Let’s Talk About The Huns

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Take a look at our full list of 2019 Fringe reviews HERE. Off the bat, because all our other Fringe reviews have letter grades right beside the title, let’s get this …

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