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09 April 2020

Nominee Interview Series: Nicole Underhay (2019)

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Before we announce the winners of the 2019 MyEntWorld Critics’ Pick Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. Nicole Underhay has long been one of my favourite actresses in …

23 February 2020

Nominee Interview Series: Sergio Di Zio (2019)

By // Theatre (Toronto)

Before we announce the winners of the 2019 MyEntWorld Critics’ Pick Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. Five years ago, I interviewed the effusive and self-effacing Sergio Di Zio …

13 February 2020

Coal Mine: Marjorie Prime

By // Theatre (Toronto)

What do you get when you combine sharply written dialogue, deft direction and an all-star ensemble? Coal Mine Theatre’s production of Marjorie Prime. In 90 minutes, I was taken on …

30 November 2019

Between Riverside and Crazy at Coal Mine

By // Theatre (Toronto)

Coal Mine Theatre debuted with a Stephen Adly Guirgis text back in 2014 and his style of hard-hitting, emotionally complex American drama/black comedy has become something of the house style in the …

05 October 2019

Knives in Hens at the Coal Mine

By // Theatre (Toronto)

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 …

06 May 2019

Hand to God at the Coal Mine

By // Theatre (Toronto)

Hand to God is a really fucking weird play. Excuse the language but there’s really no other way to fully get the point across. This is some weird shit. Playwright …

22 February 2019

Coal Mine Theatre presents The Father

By // Theatre (Toronto)

The Father by Florian Zeller, directed by Ted Dykstra and Oyin Oladejo, is a brave close look at aging, specifically with Alzheimer’s Disease. The title character, known as André (Eric …

09 December 2018

Coal Mine’s Improvised Holiday Wonder Pageant

By // Theatre (Toronto)

The opening night of Coal Mine Theatre’s improv holiday show, The Wonder Pageant, was a hit, a WONDER-ful success. All performers demonstrated comedic accomplishment, unlike your author, and were fully …

22 April 2018

On Stage in Toronto: Surefire

By // Theatre (Toronto)

Theatre can be a gamble so sometimes it’s nice to see something you’re relatively sure about going in. On stage now in Toronto there are three such shows- one a …

18 March 2018

Nominee Interview Series: Noah Reid

By // Theatre (Toronto)

Before we announce the winners of the 2017 MyEntWorld Critics’ Pick Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. Most people know Noah Reid as a screen actor. He scored …

22 November 2017

Poison at The Coal Mine

By // Theatre (Toronto)

Poison, currently on at The Coal Mine Theatre, is a story about two people. Actually, it’s a story about three people. We open on a man (Ted Dykstra) waiting in …

22 September 2017

Annie Baker’s Aliens at the Coal Mine

By // Theatre (Toronto)

Spoiler-free Review Annie Baker is one of America’s greatest living playwrights, a master of naturalistic contemporary storytelling rife with mysterious spirituality and painfully honest but sugarless emotion. You should run …

26 April 2017

On Stage in TO: Hate/Love

By // Theatre (Toronto)

Coal Mine Theatre is drawn to disturbing programming about mankind’s darkest truths. Their productions are often visceral, unpleasant, gritty, caked in blood, laced with profanity and only sometimes ultimately uplifting. …

21 February 2017

Superior Donuts: CBS vs. Toronto’s Coal Mine

By // TV

This is a big thing to say considering the consistently critically beloved status of Toronto’s Coal Mine Theatre since its bombastic debut with The Motherfucker with the Hat back in …

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