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Review: ‘Romeo and Juliet’ hits High Park with energy and style Special

Toronto - “Romeo and Juliet” is one of the Shakespeare tragedies that’s hard to make fresh. Even for those who don’t care for the Bard, it’s too familiar, over-referenced and over-parodied, and everything about it now seems like a stale cliché.

Review: ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ scores in High Park with unique choices Special

Toronto - Tanja Jacobs knows how to make Shakespeare fun. Fresh off last year’s funny, colourful production of “Twelfth Night” in Toronto’s High Park, the director scores another winner with her quick-paced take on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.

Review: Andrew Dice Clay puts on outrageous comedy show at The Paramount Special

Huntington - On July 7, 2018, comedian Andrew Dice Clay headlined The Paramount in Huntington on Long Island, as part of his first of two nights at the venue.

Review: Tom Daddario hilarious at Governor's Comedy Club at The Brokerage Special

Bellmore - On June 30, comedian Tom Daddario headlined an all-star stand-up comedy show at Governor's Comedy Club at The Brokerage in Bellmore on Long Island.

Paul Mecurio to perform comedy shows at Governor's Comedy Club

Levittown - Acclaimed comedian Paul Mecurio will be performing three stand-up comedy shows at Governor's Comedy Club in Levittown this June.

Review: ‘Super Troopers 2’ doesn’t miss a beat Special

‘Super Troopers 2’ maintains the humour and energy of its predecessor while telling a new, hilarious story featuring everyone’s favourite screw-ups.

Review: Fast-paced Second City show nails all today’s big social targets Special

Toronto - It’s strange that, with all the easy material they could get from Donald Trump or Doug Ford, Second City’s cast chooses mostly to stay away from political satire in its new Toronto revue. But that doesn’t mean that the show isn’t timely.

Review: ‘Blockers’ highlights the absurdity of the double-standard Special

‘Blockers’ is a hilarious movie about a group of parents so afraid to let their kids grow up, they try to crash their prom.

Review: Pablo Francisco puts on witty comedy show at The Paramount Special

Huntington - On March 30, comedian Pablo Francisco performed at The Paramount in Huntington, as part of the "Paramount Comedy Series Presents."

Review: ‘Animal Farm’ ditches clever Orwellian satire for broad comedy Special

Toronto - A few people have given me strange looks when I’ve told them that I find “Animal Farm” to be a very funny book. Those who’ve read George Orwell’s story in school might remember a dark, violent political satire, not a zany giggle fest.

Pablo Francisco discusses upcoming comedy show at The Paramount Special

Huntington - Acclaimed comedian Pablo Francisco chatted with Digital Journal about his upcoming comedy show at The Paramount on Long Island on March 30.

Pablo Francisco to perform stand-up comedy show at The Paramount

Huntington - On March 30, comedian Pablo Francisco will perform his stand-up comedy show at The Paramount in Huntington on Long Island, as part "The Paramount Comedy Series Presents."

Review: Gary Valentine headlines 'My Funny Valentine' at The Paramount Special

Huntington - On February 16, veteran comedian Gary Valentine ("Kevin Can Wait" and "The King of Queens") headlined The Paramount in Huntington as part of "My Funny Valentine."

Review: Lisa Lampanelli terrific at The Theatre at Westbury in New York Special

Westbury - On February 2, insult queen Lisa Lampanelli performed at The Theatre at Westbury on Long Island, and she was in rare form, especially since she hadn't performed her stand-up show in over six months.

Gary Valentine to perform comedy show at The Paramount

Actor and comedian Gary Valentine will be performing at The Paramount in Huntington on February 16, 2018, as part of "The Paramount Comedy Series Presents."

Review: ‘Delicate Balance’ holds up as a study of bourgeois hypocrisy Special

Toronto - It’s hard to review Soulpepper’s production of “A Delicate Balance” without bringing up the recent allegations of sexual misconduct against former artistic director Albert Schultz. Even though they have nothing to do with the play.

Review: ‘Paddington 2’ continues to bring out the best in everyone Special

‘Paddington 2’ is another sweet and funny picture in which the adorable bear continues to enchant everyone he meets, which proves to be a handy quality in prison.

Review: ‘I, Tonya’ is a gritty story that no one could’ve expected Special

‘I, Tonya’ is a gripping film that goes beyond the scandal heard around the world in order to explore the class bias that plagued the figure skater’s entire career.

Op-Ed: Jessica Jane is the 'One to Watch in 2018' in magic

Pigeon Forge - Female magician Jessica Jane Peterson is the "One to Watch" in 2018, especially in the magic and entertainment industry.

Lisa Lampanelli to play the Theatre at Westbury in February 2018

Westbury - Comedy's "Lovable Queen of Mean" Lisa Lampanelli will be returning to the NYCB Theatre at Westbury for a show on February 2, 2018.

Saudi Arabia finds its funny bone with stand-up comedy

Riyadh - Saudis took the stage one by one to poke fun at the world -- and themselves -- introducing a hissing, cackling audience to an art form widely unknown in the conservative kingdom: stand-up comedy.

Review: ‘Heisenberg’ keeps the uncertainty going in romantic two-hander Special

Toronto - For a light romantic comedy, Simon Stephens’ “Heisenberg” is surprisingly compelling. This may be because of the way the acclaimed British playwright plays with – and overcomes – many of the familiar conventions of the genre.

Review: Second City holiday revue satirizes Christmas traditions Special

Toronto - Christmas is usually depicted as a happy season of good cheer, but in reality, it can be a time of stress, disappointment or loneliness for some. Leave it to Second City to roast the truths behind the myths in its new Toronto holiday revue.

Review: Albee shocker somehow seems tamer in new Soulpepper staging Special

Toronto - The late Edward Albee never stopped shocking audiences, even in his seventies. His Tony-winning 2002 play “The Goat or, Who Is Silvia?”, which takes on bestiality, makes his classic “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” seem family-friendly.

Review: Annie Baker’s ‘The Aliens’ makes impressive Toronto debut Special

Toronto - Annie Baker is the unofficial poet laureate of the millennial generation. Does any other current playwright have such a gift for recreating the way young people really talk – not just in what they say, but in what they don’t?

Review: Hilarity and despair mix well in wonderful new take on ‘Godot’ Special

Toronto - “Waiting for Godot” may be famous as The Play In Which Nothing Happens, but Soulpepper Theatre Company’s new production in Toronto is so alive and emotionally resonant, you’ll come out of it feeling as if you’ve seen everything.

Review: ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ swears by its talented stars Special

‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ unites a couple of entertaining guys who have no problem cursing on screen or kicking some butt while making the unlikely transition from enemy to friend.

Review: Second City’s latest mixes good satire with easy applause Special

Toronto - There’s an unfortunate trend I’ve noticed in the last few Second City revues in Toronto: a tendency to pump certain sketches not to get genuine laughs, but for what comics like Tina Fey and Seth Meyers have referred to as “clapter”.

Review: ‘Twelfth Night’ in High Park loaded with fast-paced fun Special

Toronto - Now this is what a Shakespeare comedy should be. Canadian Stage’s “Twelfth Night”, which opened last Friday, is so much delirious fun that it will make you forget all the boring academic blather you heard about the Bard in Grade 11 English.

Review: ‘Rough Night’ not so rough for audiences Special

The new R-rated comedy ‘Rough Night’ makes its way into the male-dominated genre with a terrific cast and dead stripper.
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