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Review: Soulpepper's 'Crucible' remount in Toronto still full of power Special

Toronto - “Death of a Salesman” may be Arthur Miller’s most revered play, but “The Crucible”, his 1953 drama about the seventeenth-century witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts, holds up as his most stinging study of evil and hypocrisy in human nature.

Review: 'Glenn' a complex, abstract tribute to iconic Toronto pianist Special

Toronto - From the peak of his career to his death in 1982, Glenn Gould was a baffling enigma as much as he was a classical-music superstar. As many artistic geniuses were, from Picasso to Salinger, the Toronto pianist could be eccentric and difficult.

Review: Toronto 'Tartuffe' has good moments, odd directorial choices Special

Toronto - It's a tricky business, trying to make an old theatre warhorse seem fresh and new. Bold or eccentric choices can spark new life into a classic, or they can massacre it. Soulpepper's new mounting of “Tartuffe” tastes both ends of the lollipop.

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.

Review: Thompson exposes prison brutality in new show's Toronto debut Special

Toronto - Judith Thompson's new solo show “Watching Glory Die” is a brutal, unsentimental tragedy of a teenage girl's mental and psychological decline in juvenile-detention centres. What it lacks in subtlety, it makes up for in honest, righteous passion.

'The Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder' nabs 10 Tony nods

New York - Lucy Liu and Jonathan Groff announced the Tony nominations this morning and "The Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" led the way with 10.

Actor Hugh Jackman returning as Tony Awards host for fourth time

Award-winning actor Hugh Jackman will return to host the 68th annual Tony Awards, which honors the best of Broadway, organizers said on Tuesday.

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.

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.

Angela Lansbury returns to theatre

Veteran actress Angela Lansbury is to appear on the London stage for the first time in almost 40 years. Lansbury will appear in a new production of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit.

Angela Lansbury to return to London stage after 40-year absence

Tony award-winning actress Angela Lansbury is going to return to the West End stage in London for the first time in almost four decades.

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.

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: Smaller space gives 'next to normal' intimate feel in Toronto Special

Toronto - Many contemporary stage musicals, especially big ones, can't help reminding you of the old “Futurama” line: “You can't just have your characters announce how they feel. That makes me feel angry!” That advice could have helped “next to normal”.

Review: Frothy summer fun with a Cole Porter classic Special

Toronto - "Anything Goes" is a fun, lively time at the theater. For jazz lovers especially, it's a heavenly ride. The touring production of the music, on now in Toronto, offers great singing, glamorous costumes, and dazzling dance numbers.

Review: Toronto High Park production attempts to tame Shrew's misogyny Special

Toronto - “The Taming of the Shrew” remains one of Shakespeare's most problematic and debated comedies, in its endorsement of male-dominated gender politics from four centuries ago. Is it possible to adapt the text in a way that's acceptable in 2013?

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: 'Cats' remains a crowd-pleaser, in a smaller Toronto revival Special

Toronto - Say what you want about Andrew Lloyd Webber's “Cats”, but it's a show that knows how to captivate and move an audience. The current Toronto reboot, which opened last night, is lots of fun all the way through.

Singer Ciara served with lawsuit papers while on stage

The singer Ciara was performing at LA Pride when she was served with legal papers. The papers were served to her while she was on stage.

U.K. West End theatre turns 350

London - The London West End, home of much of British and International theater, turns 350 years-old this month. Special events are being held to mark this historical milestone.

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.”

Rocker Marilyn Manson collapses on stage

Rocker Marilyn Manson was performing at the Saskatoon's Arts and Convention Centre in Canada last night; he was halfway through a song when he collapsed on the stage.

No surprise that Ted will present at the Oscars; Bond promo out

Beverly Hills - Now is the time when presenters for this year's Oscar telecast get announced. Of course, a story could be done for every name that gets announced.

Lady Gaga vomits on stage in Barcelona, keeps on dancing

Barcelona - Lady Gaga has become the latest performer to join an exclusive group after vomiting on stage during a performance in Barcelona on the weekend.

Video: 10-year old girl sings duet with the Boss on Toronto stage

Toronto - It would be the thrill of a lifetime for any Bruce Springsteen fan but 10-year old Halle Tator is taking her on-stage debut, singing with the Boss, all in stride.

British comedian Eric Sykes dead at 89

Beloved British comedy actor and writer, Eric Sykes, has died at the age of 89, BBC News reports. "Eric Sykes, 89, star of TV, stage, and films, died peacefully after a short illness," said his manager, Norma Farnes. "His family were with him."

Jimmy Lloyd Rea & The Bluesmen raise money for new pavilion Special

Baker City - On July 1, the blues rocked Baker City, Oregon during a special concert at Geiser-Pollman Park featuring world-renowned Jimmy Lloyd Rea & The Bluesmen.

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.

Toronto's Mirvish Theatre announces 2012/2013 season with a bang Special

Toronto - On Monday David Mirvish took to the stage at The Ed Mirvish Theatre to announce the upcoming season, one that may delight Toronto will a variety of musicals, including a few that will make their worldwide debuts.

Rihanna gives journalist lap dance

London - Rihanna helped make one of London's newspaper journalist's year on Thursday night when she picked her out of a crowd and treated her to a very public lap dance.
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A scene from the Canadian Opera Company’s production of  Dialogues des Carmélites   2013.
A scene from the Canadian Opera Company’s production of "Dialogues des Carmélites", 2013.
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The PS22 Chorus performing at the 2011 Academy Awards.  I made this film because I was mesmerized by...
The PS22 Chorus performing at the 2011 Academy Awards. "I made this film because I was mesmerized by the chorus," notes Kalafer, "Mr. B's teaching style, the kids personalities, and of course all that amazing music. It was such a splendid subject to work with."
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Roundabout Theatre Company’s ANYTHING GOES. Pictured: Alex Finke  Erich Bergen and Company.
Roundabout Theatre Company’s ANYTHING GOES. Pictured: Alex Finke, Erich Bergen and Company.
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Photo taken from printed program of Asia on Stage show 2010 at Herbst Theater San Francisco
Photo taken from printed program of Asia on Stage show 2010 at Herbst Theater San Francisco
Program photo from Asia on Stage show 2010
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BBB Main Stage with the Nace Brothers performing.  Fayetteville  Ark.  Oct. 2  2010.
BBB Main Stage with the Nace Brothers performing. Fayetteville, Ark. Oct. 2, 2010.
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Roundabout Theatre Company’s ANYTHING GOES. Pictured: Ryan Steer  Bobby Pestka  Rachel York  Jerem...
Roundabout Theatre Company’s ANYTHING GOES. Pictured: Ryan Steer, Bobby Pestka, Rachel York, Jeremy Benton, Kristopher Thompson-Bolden.
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Soulpepper Ensemble Creation members Ins Choi (L) and Mike Ross (R) in a scene from the stage adapta...
Soulpepper Ensemble Creation members Ins Choi (L) and Mike Ross (R) in a scene from the stage adaptation of Alligator Pie, on now at the Young Centre.
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Ta Rea Campbell as Deloris and Hollis Resnik as Mother Superior in the touring production of Sister ...
Ta'Rea Campbell as Deloris and Hollis Resnik as Mother Superior in the touring production of Sister Act.
Joan Marcus
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David Mirvish presented a variety of entertainment this morning when the 2012/2013 season for the Ed...
David Mirvish presented a variety of entertainment this morning when the 2012/2013 season for the Ed Mirvish Theatre was announced
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The main stage for the  Born Frees .
The main stage for the "Born Frees".
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The band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark performing
The band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark performing
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Legendary performer talks with her audience.
Legendary performer talks with her audience.
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The title character in Act I of Dmitri Shostakovich’s “The Nose.  The first revival of South Afr...
The title character in Act I of Dmitri Shostakovich’s “The Nose." The first revival of South African artist William Kentridge's acclaimed production opens September 28. Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
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Lights  camera  action!  On the set of  The Dirty and Dirty with Frank Fontana   Faux  show.  Chicag...
Lights, camera, action! On the set of "The Dirty and Dirty with Frank Fontana" "Faux" show. Chicago, IL
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The Black Crowes perform at the Arkansas Music Pavillion.  Fayetteville  Ark.  Oct. 2  2010.
The Black Crowes perform at the Arkansas Music Pavillion. Fayetteville, Ark. Oct. 2, 2010.
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Armin van Buuren commanding the stage at Madison Square Garden
Armin van Buuren commanding the stage at Madison Square Garden
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The cast of Sister Act offer a high-energy  joy-filled performance  and are assisted by great design...
The cast of Sister Act offer a high-energy, joy-filled performance, and are assisted by great design, along with disco-inspired choreography by Anthony Van Laast.
Joan Marcus
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