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Review: CanStage tries to soften 'Titus Andronicus' brutality in Toronto Special

Toronto - Not that I'm a fan of Trigger Warnings, but if any Shakespeare play really needs to be preceded by one, it's “Titus Andronicus”. Murder, rape, mutilation, cannibalism, racism — this early Bard tragedy is a grim celebration of meaningless atrocity.
Digital Journal Report by Jeff Cottrill - 2 comments

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.
Digital Journal Report by Jeff Cottrill - 1 comment

'Of Human Bondage', 'London Road' top the Dora Awards in Toronto Special

Toronto - It was an evening full of bondage and murder at the Dora Mavor Moore Awards last night — with local productions “Of Human Bondage,” “Venus in Fur” and “London Road” among the big winners at the annual awards ceremony for theatre in Toronto.
Digital Journal Report by Jeff Cottrill

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.
Digital Journal Report by Jeff Cottrill - 1 comment

Toronto's Summerworks announces 2014 schedule

Toronto - SummerWorks Performance Festival returns for its 24th year August 7 -17, 2014. This year’s season is sure to thrill with exciting changes, a crop of new works and moments of intensity, self-discovery and much more waiting to be discovered.
In the Media by Bryen Dunn

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.
Digital Journal Report by Jeff Cottrill

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.
Digital Journal Report by David Silverberg - 2 comments

Theatre group to fly its freak flag

Edmonton - A theatre company is challenging the notion of public acceptability with an onstage chronicle of women who may otherwise be considered monsters.
In the Media by Gene Kosowan

Disney's 'Aladdin' unleashes a genie on Broadway

It has a flying carpet, a cave full of treasures and show-stopping songs, but critics said on Friday the Broadway debut of Disney's "Aladdin" lacks the magic of the original Oscar-winning animated fi...
In the Media by Patricia Reaney (Reuters)

'Rocky' musical packs punch on Broadway with rousing finale

With its full-size boxing ring, giant video screens and techno wizardry, "Rocky" the musical thrilled audiences on Broadway with its rousing finale, but critics said overall it wasn't a knockout.
In the Media by Patricia Reaney (Reuters)

Rights groups query wisdom of Hamlet tour in N. Korea

Seoul - Human rights groups have questioned the wisdom of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London taking a production of Hamlet to North Korea, but stopped short of calling for the plan to be scrapped.The Globe will perform the play in the secretive state in Sep...
In the Media by AFP

Dahl's 'Chocolate Factory', Sondheim revival lead for Oliviers

"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", the new musical based on Roald Dahl's novel, and a revival of the Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince 1981 box-office flop "Merrily We Roll Along" received seven nominations each on Monday for the ...
In the Media by Reuters

Review: Daniel MacIvor's play-writing shines in A Beautiful View Special

Toronto - The Toronto production of Daniel MacIvor's brilliant play A Beautiful View is both entertaining and thought-provoking, as the two-women production looks at how friendships flourish and falter.
Digital Journal Report by David Silverberg

World War One, a hundred years on, entrenched on London stages

The centenary year of the start of World War One is being marked on the London stage as a bloodbath that wasted millions of lives and ended in failure, setting the world on the destructive path for World...
In the Media by Michael Roddy (Reuters)

Anita Majumdar talks 'shadeism' in new play Special

Toronto - Award-winning actress, playwright, and dancer, Anita Majumdar is making waves with her new play, Same, Same But Different. Majumdar speaks to Digital Journal about growing up a shade darker and her passion for telling the stories she does.
Digital Journal Report by Baisakhi Roy

Prize in honor of late US actor Philip Seymour Hoffman

New York - An annual prize will award $45,000 to a playwright in honor of Oscar-winning American actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died this month from a suspected heroin overdose.The prize is being funded by gossip magazine The National Enquirer and its publishe...
In the Media by AFP

Review: Nina Raine's drama about deafness, 'Tribes', debuts in Toronto Special

Toronto - Winner of a few major 2012 awards in both London and New York, Nina Raine's play “Tribes” is a powerful examination of communication issues between the deaf and the hearing. Too bad that Canadian Stage's new production doesn't always get it right.
Digital Journal Report by Jeff Cottrill

Review: ‘London Road’, making its Toronto debut, is a bona fide original Special

Toronto - In all the years I've been writing sporadic theatre reviews — from student papers through local weeklies to “Digital Journal” — this is the first time I’ve ever had to write these words: I’ve honestly never seen anything like this play.
Digital Journal Report by Jeff Cottrill - 2 comments

'Craving For Travel' makes world premiere Off-Broadway

New York - Director Andy Sandberg captures the humor in this new play, telling the tales of travel woes. "Craving for Travel" is much likened to a series of late night television skits, or perhaps the classic Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.
In the Media by Bryen Dunn

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.
Digital Journal Report by David Silverberg

Update: Roof collapses at London's Apollo Theatre injuring dozens

London - Emergency services are in attendance at London's Apollo Theatre after part of the roof collapsed during a performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
In the Media by Gemma Fox - 4 comments

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.
In the Media by David Silverberg - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

Review: Country singer Frankie Ballard plays acoustic show in New York Special

Patchogue - Country singer-songwriter Frankie Ballard performed as part of "Guys With Guitars" at the Patchogue Theatre in New York.
Digital Journal Report by Markos Papadatos

Review: Joel Crouse puts on pleasant acoustic set in New York Special

On November 12, country singer Joel Crouse played as part of "Guys With Guitars" at the Patchogue Theatre in Long Island, New York.
Digital Journal Report by Markos Papadatos

Ewan McGregor to star on Broadway

Ewan McGregor is to make his Broadway debut in 2014. This will be in a revival of Sir Tom Stoppard's 1982 play 'The Real Thing.'
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Review: 'I Love Lucy - Live on Stage' in Toronto Special

Toronto - Sometimes we just need to kick back, relax, and unplug from our daily technological lives. “I Love Lucy – Live on Stage” offers theatre-goers the opportunity to step back in time to the pre-internet/smart-phone era of the 1950’s.
Digital Journal Report by Bryen Dunn

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.
Digital Journal Report by Jeff Cottrill

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.
Digital Journal Report by Jeff Cottrill

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”.
Digital Journal Report by Jeff Cottrill
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Thomas (Rick Miller) and Vanda (Carly Street) get up to some (mostly verbal) shenanigans in David Ives' “Venus in Fur”, now running in Toronto.
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Roundabout Theatre Company’s ANYTHING GOES. Pictured: Ryan Steer, Bobby Pestka, Rachel York, Jeremy Benton, Kristopher Thompson-Bolden.
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Sabryn Rock and Arlene Duncan
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Sahr Ngaujah as Fela Kuti and the Broadway cast of FELA! - Photo Credit ©Monique Carboni
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Hamilton (Daniel MacIvor), left, and Kyle (John Beale) duel over the microphone at their mother's funeral in MacIvor's "The Best Brothers", running at Toronto's Tarragon Theatre.
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A scene from the Toronto play Flesh and Other Fragments of Love
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A scene from the theatrical adaptation of Of Human Bondage
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