06 May 2019

Hand to God at the Coal Mine

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 …

31 October 2016

Certain Bodies: Breathing Corpses

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The blatant irony of a title like Breathing Corpses, as with something like The Walking Dead, is that it is the ostensibly living characters who are all to some degree …

08 June 2016

It’s Not Business, It’s Personal: Lemon & Instructions

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In the month or so leading up to Fringe, there isn’t much going on in the indie Toronto theatre scene but two Canadian-written…

13 April 2016

On Stage in TO: The Accent Apocalypse

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I hate plays with fake accents. Unless your name is Oliver Dennis (or you work at the Shaw Festival), your British accent is not as good as you think it …

04 February 2016

Small-House Shakespeare: Hamlet & The Winter’s Tale

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There’s something of a false hierarchical narrative around Shakespeare performance that suggests the grander the stage, the stronger the performer, the mecca that is the Stratford festival theatre serving as …

12 November 2015

On Stage in TO: Love & Pain

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The Immigrant (Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company) You know Mark Harelik, or at least you know his face. He has a recurring role on The Big Bang Theory; he was …

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