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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.

Review: Toronto's 'Macbeth' in High Park lacks tragic feeling and scope Special

Toronto - Nothing undermines a Shakespeare play like a tragic hero who can't arouse your sympathy. And “Macbeth”, in which the title role is a murderous usurper, particularly requires a lead who can charm empathy from an audience, in order for it to work.

Justin Timberlake to play Neil Bogart in biopic

A few days ago it was announced that Justin Timberlake would play the lead in a biopic of Neil Bogart, a record company executive in the disco-era, who died in 1982 at the age of 39.

'Kinky Boots' tops field with 13 Tony nominations

New York - Cindy Lauper was having fun as the 67th Annual Tony Award nominations were announced today (April 30) because her "Kinky Boots" led the way with 13. Next up was "Matilda the Musical" with 12.

Canadian Stage director Daniel Brooks takes on racy Mamet play Special

Toronto - “I'm a good liberal, and I've always made a lot of assumptions about my own liberal purity,” says director Daniel Brooks. “I haven't thought a lot about race, and I thought this would be a great opportunity to enter a discussion about it.”

Pink Floyd inspire new Stoppard play

Pink Floyd's 1973 'Dark Side of the Moon' album has inspired a new play written by Sir Tom Stoppard. The play will be broadcast on BBC radio.

Review: Superbly scripted adultery comedy 'THIS' makes Toronto debut Special

Toronto - The theatre of Melissa James Gibson has arrived north, and it's about time. The Canuck scribe's 'THIS', a brilliantly written comedy-drama about a group of thirtysomething friends in crisis, opened at Toronto's Berkeley Street Theatre last night.

'Iceland' thaws out relationships with money and each other Special

Toronto - 'Iceland' is a Canadian play that premiered last summer to much acclaim. It presents three monologues that examine the banking crisis, revealing our own attitudes to money, opportunity, wealth, and success in the process.

Clybourne Park offers a poke, not a punch, on race relations Special

Toronto - Pulitzer-winning 'Clybourne Park' recently opened in Toronto. Produced as part of Mirvish's Second Stage Series, it's a tale that touches on many themes, especially race relations and economics. It runs now through March 3rd.

Ben Foster replaces Shia LaBeouf in 'Orphans' on Broadway

New York - Actor Shia LaBeouf has backed out of what was supposed to be his Broadway debut, Lyle Kessler's play 'Orphans.' He was set to star opposite Emmy-winning actor Alec Baldwin.

A play set in a women's toilet is a surprise success

A play called 'Sailing On', held in a women's toilet in the Theater Royal, Nottingham (UK), has been a surprise hit, drawing in a naturally small, but regular, audience.

Video: Watch tiny Kitten take on big scary Doberman

The video shows Pancake, a cute 7-week-old Kitten romping with Sugar Tree, a 2-year-old Doberman. It seems that Pancake at 7 weeks is not experienced enough to assess the dangers of messing with a dog, especially a Doberman.

Op-Ed: Melodrama filled with laughter & fun in Baker City, Oregon Special

Baker City - Theater is a language most of us can easily understand, whether it is a popular Hollywood action movie or a live stage production in your hometown.

Op-Ed: Caroline's Tough, Beautiful Change Special

Toronto - The production of Caroline, or Change currently running in Toronto made me wonder why Tony Kushner’s work isn’t produced more often in Canada.

Op-Ed: Woody Harrelson's Bullet for Adolf is funny compelling theatre Special

Toronto - Actor Woody Harrelson's new play Bullet for Adolf opened in Toronto recently, and it's a bold comedic story of Harrelson's true friendship with a fellow construction worker in 1980s Houston.

Study finds gorillas 'cheat' like humans when playing

In the first study of its kind, scientists have found that gorillas will hit each other and then run in the same manner as a kid's game of tag. And they do it to keep a competitive edge on their playmates, often by cheating and using unfair tactics.

UK court to couple: Euthanize pet squirrel or face charges

Colchester - Euthanize your pet squirrel, turn him free at a wildlife sanctuary or face jail time, a UK couple were recently told by the courts and the Royal Society for the Protection of the Cruelty to Animals.

Marion Jones Wants to Play in WNBA

The Associated Press is reporting that Marion Jones is looking to make a career change as she wants to play basketball for the WNBA.

Play.com faces 'system error' problems

Some customers registered with the Play.com have experienced difficulties with the website over the weekend. It seems a large volume of customers have found order dispatch notices in their email inboxes despite not ordering from them.

Protests in Scotland at Play Portraying Jesus as a Transsexual

Protesters held a candlelight vigil at the Tron theater in Glasgow, Scotland this week on the first night of a play in which Jesus is portrayed as a transsexual.
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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.
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Child's playhouse
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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
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Shun Yee  the  voice  for Portia (Yu Ming)
Shun Yee, the 'voice' for Portia (Yu Ming)
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A scene from the theatrical adaptation of Of Human Bondage
A scene from the theatrical adaptation of Of Human Bondage
Courtesy Soulpepper
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My students busy preparing the props for the play
My students busy preparing the props for the play
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SHADYJANE - SAILING ON
SHADYJANE - SAILING ON
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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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Making props for a Shakespeare play
Making props for a Shakespeare play
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Kar Min as Shylock and Yu Ming as Portia
Kar Min as Shylock and Yu Ming as Portia
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Shylock listening to the case he has brought against Antonio
Shylock listening to the case he has brought against Antonio
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While some people in the UK see the non-native grey squirrel as a pest  others are delighted to see ...
While some people in the UK see the non-native grey squirrel as a pest, others are delighted to see them at play.
In Defense of Animals
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Alley Theatre Workshop
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Benjamin as the Duke of Venice
Benjamin as the Duke of Venice
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Children enjoyed playing in the corn box.
Children enjoyed playing in the corn box.
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Kok Yew as Antonio
Kok Yew as Antonio
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