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Review: ‘Manchester by the Sea’ delivers greatness via its performances Special

‘Manchester by the Sea’ is a genuinely compelling drama, featuring impeccable performances from the exceptionally strong cast with Casey Affleck leading the way.

Review: George F. Walker completes Bobby and Tina cycle on mixed note Special

Toronto - The third entry in a trilogy is often the weakest one. Think of “The Godfather Part III”, “Return of the Jedi”, “The Return of the King” – and now, if this rule counts for indie theatre too, add George F. Walker’s “The Damage Done”.

Review: ‘Constellations’ tries to find string theory in relationships Special

Toronto - Not everybody finds quantum physics romantic or sexy. British playwright Nick Payne evidently does, as his acclaimed 2012 stage hit “Constellations” tries to examine different incarnations of a relationship between two scientists.

Review: ‘Loving’ is a rousing yet refined look at unplanned courage Special

‘Loving’ is the inspirational tale of a couple who were forced to fight to legitimize their love for each other and paved the way for other interracial couples in the process.

Review: Intense ‘Breathing Corpses’ shocks, stuns in Canadian debut Special

Toronto - Everybody dies, but how does the cycle of mortality affect those still living? That’s the theme that confronts audiences in British playwright Laura Wade’s uncomfortable 2005 drama, “Breathing Corpses”, which opened in Toronto on Wednesday.

Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child brings magic to the stage

Fans of the world-renowned Harry Potter books are going crazy for a new play, co-written by the author, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. So of course, the play is sold out at the Palace Theatre in London for over a year.

Review: Updated take on Ibsen classic has fresh new meaning in T.O. Special

Toronto - You may think there’s nothing new to see in Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House”, or that it lacks the shocking, revolutionary quality that it had in 1879. Well, get ready to view the play in a different way if you catch the ongoing Toronto remount.

Review: ‘Hamlet’ in Toronto’s High Park scores with strong lead, energy Special

Toronto - How do you scrunch “Hamlet” down to ninety minutes without killing the plot or losing too many of the great soliloquies? Sounds like an impossible task, but Canadian Stage manages to pull it off in a surprisingly solid High Park production.

Review: Fast-paced staging fires up ‘All’s Well’ in Toronto’s High Park Special

Toronto - “All’s Well that Ends Well” is a famous title, but it’s not one of William Shakespeare’s better-known plays. This year, Canadian Stage is tackling this rarely remounted work with a wide comedic onslaught – mostly to its advantage.

Review: ‘The Neon Demon’ is a spellbinding creature Special

‘The Neon Demon’ is a mesmerizing picture with a stunning visual style that constantly demands and rewards the viewer’s attention.

Review: ‘Into the Forest’ advocates a more natural existence Special

‘Into the Forest’ uses the cessation of the civilized world to examine the bond between two dissimilar sisters drawn together in survival.

Review: ‘Sunset Song’ waxes poetic about female hardships on the farm Special

‘Sunset Song’ is an unglamorous depiction of being a woman living in rural Scotland with a war on the horizon and a farm to tend.

Review: The real villain in ‘Money Monster’ is capitalism Special

‘Money Monster’ is a fairly transparent social commentary directed by Jodie Foster that is boosted by an excellent cast.

Review: ‘Born to be Blue’ wants you to know there’s more to Chet Baker Special

‘Born to be Blue’ uses a difficult period in real-life jazz musician Chet Baker’s life to present a dreamy reimagining of the man behind the celebrity and legendary heroin addiction.

Review: If only we could all fly like ‘Eddie the Eagle’ Special

‘Eddie the Eagle’ is the heartwarming true story of a young man who risked life and limb to achieve his dream of being an Olympian.

Review: ‘Rams’ shows varied resilience in the face of conflict Special

‘Rams’ is an Icelandic drama that weaves a gripping story about two estranged brothers who find common ground when their ancestral sheep-stock is threatened.

Review: T.O. gets up close and personal with top acting talent in ‘Tale’ Special

Toronto - “The Winter’s Tale” isn’t the favourite Shakespeare play of many, but the modern-dress version at Toronto’s Coal Mine Theatre — the inaugural production of Graham Abbey’s Groundling Theatre Company — makes it seem close to a masterpiece.

Review: Josh Holloway excellent in new television drama series 'Colony' Special

Actor Josh Holloway (best known for his work on "Lost") is back in the new television series "Colony," and he is excellent.

Review: ’45 Years’ is a slow burn that leaves an indelible mark Special

’45 Years’ is the compelling and emotional tale of a marriage inconceivably strained by decades-long secrets on the eve of their anniversary, featuring a poignant performance by best actress Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling.

Leonardo DiCaprio wins Golden Globe for 'Best Actor in a Drama'

Leonardo DiCaprio took home the coveted Golden Globe award for "Best Actor in a Drama" at this year's Golden Globe awards.

Review: New Evan Linder play a timely drama about race, family, love Special

Toronto - How can a poor white couple cope in a small-minded Mississippi town when their new baby turns out to be African American? That’s the dilemma of Chicago playwright Evan Linder’s explosive new play, “Byhalia, Mississippi”, which opened on Friday.

Op-Ed: The best of live theatre in Toronto and elsewhere in 2015

Toronto - So we’ve come to the end of 2015. As inevitable as Christmas, New Year’s and excessive alcohol and chocolate consumption are the media’s endless recap lists and reviews of the best in entertainment of the year – in music, film and so on.

Review: ‘The Danish Girl’ is a striking biopic about the relevant past Special

‘The Danish Girl’ features yet another outstanding turn by Eddie Redmayne as he portrays a transgender pioneer of the 19th century with the support of the equally wonderful Alicia Vikander.

Review: ‘I Smile Back’ is Sarah Silverman’s sincere portrait of addiction Special

Sarah Silverman doesn’t often play serious roles, but maybe she should veer closer to dramatic films based on her outstanding performance in ‘I Smile Back’ as a woman whose reckless choices threaten her home life.

Review: ‘James White’ is a no-holds-barred emotional rollercoaster Special

‘James White’ is an intensely emotional portrait of a young man who bottles up his own issues to help his mother during a difficult time.

Review: Saoirse Ronan sweeps viewers off their feet in ‘Brooklyn’ Special

‘Brooklyn’ is a charming tale of love and finding one’s home that is carried exquisitely by Saoirse Ronan who plays an Irish immigrant making a fresh start in the New York borough.

Review: Campy ‘Holmes’ touring production is a little too elementary Special

Toronto - Like Batman, James Bond and other iconic heroes, Sherlock Holmes has seen so many reinventions that the original image is almost forgotten. Arthur Conan Doyle would faint if he were alive to see what pop culture has made of his famed creation.

Review: ‘Room’ begins where most stories about captivity end Special

‘Room’ is a powerful, award-winning drama that depicts the life of a mother and son during and after their captivity, and the difficulties presented by both circumstances.

Review: Offbeat comedy ‘Rock the Kasbah’ gets a little off-key Special

‘Rock the Kasbah’ is a quirky comedy starring Bill Murray as a music manager who finds his censored star in an Afghan cave.

Review: ‘Bridge of Spies’ is a stirring but welcome crossing Special

‘Bridge of Spies’ is a dialogue-heavy historical drama from Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, which manages to take its characters out of the typically stuffy back rooms and engage audiences for the entire length of its narrative.
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