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Lady Day, the Billie Holiday play in London Special

London - Audra McDonald delivers a captivating performance as Billie Holiday in the play-come-musical 'Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill', which has recently opened in London's West End.

Review: The Philanthropist revived for the London Stage Special

London - The Philanthropist, a play popular in 1970s, has been revived for a new London run being performed at the Trafalgar Theater in London. Digital Journal paid a visit and assesses the unfolding drama.

Playfully inclined people have a societal advantage

There are several different personality types and psychologists regularly debate precisely how many types there are. Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg researchers say ‘playfulness’ should added and this trait confers a social advantage.

Playing video games helps the visually impaired

While many sociologists raise concerns about the excessive playing of video games, for the visually impaired the active engagement with video game may actually be a good thing, helping vision to improve.

Lisa Lampanelli starring in Off-Broadway play 'Stuffed'

Acclaimed comedian Lisa Lampanelli is starring in the Off-Broadway play "Stuffed," along with three other women. Lampanelli wrote this show.

The Mousetrap: Going strong after 64 years Special

London - The Mousetrap is a play by Agatha Christie, the writer of murder-mysteries, and it holds the record as the world's longest-running stage play, having entered its 64th year of continuous production.

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: Unreachable starring Matt Smith mixes comedy and tension Special

London - A new play 'Unreachable' is currently running at the Royal Court Theater in London. The play features former Doctor Who actor Matt Smith, and the script was unusually developed during the play's rehearsals.

Review: Timothy Spall shines in The Caretaker Special

London - Timothy Spall is appearing in an adaptation of Harold Pinter's 'The Caretaker' at the Old Vic in London. The play offers a new take on the old classic.

Review: Space age play 'X' explores the human condition Special

London - 'X' is a new play taking place at London's Royal Court Theatre. The play runs as a sort of 'space horror', setting characters against each other and an occasional visitation from a demonic child.

Review: Tarragon Theatre's Mustard is a must-see Toronto play Special

Toronto - By adding fantastical elements and excellent acting to the production, Tarragon Theatre's latest show Mustard is one of the most interesting pieces of Toronto theatre I've enjoyed in awhile.

Op-Ed: Crayons found to contain asbestos, sparks health warning

A consumer group has triggered an alert after asbestos was found in children's crayons and a toy lab kit. The products were imported into the U.S. from China and not checked by a range of major retail outlets.

Google lets schoolboy run up £3000 bill as app purchases bounce

An 11-year-old school student ran up a bill of over £3000 on his mother's card after a series of app and game purchases were charged repetitively by Google despite the payments failing. Google made hundreds of transactions in just a few days.

Google cut Android malware levels by half during 2014

Google says that it cut Android malware in half during 2014 and that over 1 billion devices have been protected by Google Play. That still leaves 10 million devices that are infected though as the company tries to slam the brakes on malicious apps.

Review: When I'm 64 triumphant for rookie Canadian playwright Special

Courtenay - Motivated to create more roles for elderly women, rookie Canadian playwright Steve Hill has crafted a winner populated by six believable characters.

Google unveils YouTube for Kids, available now on Android and iOS

Google has unveiled its long-anticipated YouTube for Kids app that promises to give parents control over what video content their children consume and the ability to limit viewing hours while creating an attractive interface for kids.

Microsoft's Outlook email app nears top of iOS charts

Yesterday Microsoft released a new version of Outlook for iOS and Android phones that seems to be going down well with consumers, now sitting in the "Best New Apps" list and climbing rapidly.

Did Ndamukong Suh intentionally stomp on Aaron Rodgers' ankle?

In a pivotal NFC North game, attention momentarily swayed to Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who stepped on Packers QB Aaron Rodgers' leg TWICE after the star quarterback hurt his leg in the second quarter.

Watch this giant panda play in the Toronto snow

Toronto - Earlier this week a video surfaced, showing a giant panda playing in the snow at a zoo in Toronto. The video captures the panda doing a number of activities, including rolling down a hill.

Review: Toronto's High Park is the perfect setting for 'As You Like It' Special

Toronto - Canadian Stage's annual Shakespeare in High Park has become a respected Toronto summer tradition, and this year, the Bard's pastoral comedy “As You Like It” is a fine match for the High Park Amphitheatre's outdoor setting and young audiences.

Review: ‘Twelve Angry Men’ remains powerful in flawed Toronto production Special

Toronto - A stinging, gripping defence of presumption of innocence, “Twelve Angry Men” hasn’t lost any of its guts after nearly 60 years. It’s a credit to Reginald Rose’s sharp writing that the play overcomes the flaws of Soulpepper’s production.

Theatre: Of Human Bondage perfectly adapts Maugham's novel Special

Toronto - Few theatre productions have moved me as much as Of Human Bondage, the adaptation of the classic 1915 W. Somerset Maugham novel, staged by Toronto's Soulpepper Theatre Company.

Google Play quietly adds 'People' section

It appears as if Google is attempting to socialize the app shopping experience by displaying recommendations from friends through their Google+ social networking service.

Review: Flesh and Other Fragments of Love is a slow burn worth seeing Special

Toronto - Evelyne de la Chenelière's Flesh and Other Fragments of Love begins with a discovered corpse but the emotional core of this Toronto production is very much alive as a married couple explore their own fears and frailties.

Daniel Radcliffe is coming to Broadway

New York - The London hit play, 'The Cripple of Inishmaan', starring Daniel Radcliffe, is heading to the New York stage. The show will open at the Cort Theater on April 20.

Review: Stage adaptation of The Tin Drum captures book's magic realism

Toronto - One of the most popular books to come out of Germany has been adapted to the English stage for the first time. Toronto's UnSpun Theatre wonderfully brings The Tin Drum to life using creative set design, pitch-perfect acting and lively dialogue.

Review: 'Venus in Fur' sizzles with humour, tension on the Toronto stage Special

Toronto - Gender politics are rarely as funny, or as thought-provoking, as they are in “Venus in Fur.” Making its Canadian debut in Toronto, David Ives' Tony-winning one-act play cleverly twists satire and eroticism into an exciting, sexy stage winner.

Grave for fictional play character appears in Norway cemetery

Oslo - A grave site paying homage to a fictitious character in a play written by Henrik Ibsen was recently discovered on the grounds of Vår Frelsers cemetery.

Review: Winning MacIvor comedy about brothers in mourning hits Toronto Special

Toronto - Daniel MacIvor has long established himself as a Canadian theatre icon, but he’s never been as accessible, funny or true as he is in his newest play, “The Best Brothers”, which was a hit at last year’s Stratford Shakespeare Festival.

Review: Soulpepper's Dickens adaptation in Toronto meets expectations Special

Toronto - Sometimes you have to approach a new adaptation of a familiar classic with an open mind. Nothing could ever match how you see it in your head or how you've seen it staged or filmed before; letting that go is the only way to be objective.
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The audience assembles  ready for the first act at the Vaudeville Theatre  London.
The audience assembles, ready for the first act at the Vaudeville Theatre, London.
Kok Yew as Antonio
Kok Yew as Antonio
The stage for The Philanthropists as viewed from the fith row.
The stage for The Philanthropists as viewed from the fith row.
Theater ticket for the play Unreachable  featuring Matt Smith.
Theater ticket for the play Unreachable, featuring Matt Smith.
Christine Nagy
Christine Nagy
Laura Desantis-Olsson
A scene from the Toronto play Mustard
A scene from the Toronto play Mustard
Courtesy Tarragon Theatre
X by Alistair McDowall new play is directed by Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone.
X by Alistair McDowall new play is directed by Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone.
© Royal Court Theatre
Shun Yee  the  voice  for Portia (Yu Ming)
Shun Yee, the 'voice' for Portia (Yu Ming)
My students busy preparing the props for the play
My students busy preparing the props for the play
Portia reading from the bond that not even one drop of blood should be shed when Shylock cuts his po...
Portia reading from the bond that not even one drop of blood should be shed when Shylock cuts his pound of flesh from Antonio.
The stage of  Unreachable  - representing a stark film set - just prior to the play starting.
The stage of 'Unreachable' - representing a stark film set - just prior to the play starting.
Making props for a Shakespeare play
Making props for a Shakespeare play
Benjamin as the Duke of Venice
Benjamin as the Duke of Venice
Claire Calnan in the 2012 SummerWorks production of Nicolas Billon s  Iceland .  The play is on at T...
Claire Calnan in the 2012 SummerWorks production of Nicolas Billon's "Iceland". The play is on at Toronto's Factory Theatre now through March 24th.
Hugh Probyn
A scene from the Toronto play Flesh and Other Fragments of Love
A scene from the Toronto play Flesh and Other Fragments of Love
Courtesy Tarragon Theatre
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Child's playhouse
A theater audience  waiting for a play to begin.
A theater audience, waiting for a play to begin.

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