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Review: Soulpepper reimagines ʻWonderful Lifeʼ as a postwar radio play Special

Toronto - As with other overexposed holiday classics – “A Christmas Carol”, “The Grinch” and so on – itʼs hard to see “Itʼs a Wonderful Life” in a fresh way. But Philip Grecianʼs stage adaptation tries a unique approach: a live radio play.

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.

In Poland, bad blood brewing between politics and the arts

Wroclaw - The play is over, the curtain falls, then rises again to reveal the actors standing with their mouths taped shut at the Polski Theatre in Poland's western city of Wroclaw.

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: Ian McKellen & Patrick Stewart‎ give star turns in No Man's Land Special

London - No Man's Land featuring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart is currently running on the London stage. The production brings to life one of the most brilliantly entertaining plays by Nobel Prize laureate Harold Pinter.

Pulitzer-winning playwright Edward Albee dies at 88

New York - Pulitzer-winning US playwright Edward Albee, author of such masterpieces as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" died at age 88, his personal assistant said in a statement.

Review: Kenneth Branagh shines in The Entertainer Special

London - The first season of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company at the Garrick Theatre is closing with John Osborne’s modern classic 'The Entertainer.' It is a powerful piece of theatre.

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: Clowns are the stars of campy, frenetic ‘39 Steps’ in Toronto Special

Toronto - Ravi Jain may be one of Toronto’s hottest theatre directors, but he hasn’t forgotten his clowning roots. That’s clear from “The 39 Steps”, in which he turns the classic Alfred Hitchcock film into a crazily entertaining screwball free-for-all.

The magic is back: Harry Potter play hits London stage

London - Harry Potter fans were buzzing with excitement Saturday ahead of the opening gala of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", a stage play that imagines the fictional boy wizard as a grown-up father of three.

On the Harry Potter trail in Portugal — Rowling's inspiration

Porto - It feels as if time has stood still at Lello, a Gothic Revival style bookstore in the historic centre of Porto, whose heady "olde worlde" ambiance inspired some of the scenes for Harry Potter.It was in Portugal's second city that Potter author J. K.

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.

Secrets of early Shakespeare theatre dug up in London

London - British archaeologists raised the curtain Thursday on a 16th century theatre which staged William Shakespeare plays like "Romeo and Juliet" and where the bard himself acted in "London's first theatreland".

Review: The Force is with Ross, as ‘One-Man Star Wars’ returns to T.O. Special

Toronto - You wouldn’t think a one-person Fringe show reenacting the basic plots of the original “Star Wars” trilogy would take a person very far, but British Columbia actor Charlie Ross has been doing this show for about fifteen years now.

Six French theatres occupied as pay protest spreads

Paris - Entertainment workers were occupying six theatres across France Wednesday as protests grew against a bid to cut their pay.

Weeping Poles mark Shakespeare's 400th deathday

Gdansk - Four hundred weeping Poles took to the streets on Saturday in a symbolic funeral parade to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.

The play's the thing: Obama visits Globe on Shakespeare's 400th

London - Barack Obama on Saturday strutted the stage of William Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, joining in festivities to mark 400 years since The Bard's death.

All the world's a stage for Shakespeare's 400th anniversary

Stratford-upon-avon - Prince Charles joined top British actors live on stage in a surprise crack at playing "Hamlet", as thousands of William Shakespeare fans packed The Bard's hometown for the 400th anniversary of his death.

Review: ‘Das Ding’ hits Toronto with eccentric take on globalization Special

Toronto - If you’ve always wanted to see a play about a large, sentient cotton ball that travels around the world and observes how people’s behaviour interconnects through modern technology and economics, German playwright Philipp Löhle has you covered.

Play about a French Muslim president hits nerve in Germany

Hamburg - Stage adaptations of French author Michel Houellebecq's novel "Submission", in which a Muslim president takes power in 2022 France, have been a hit in Germany where a huge Mideast refugee influx has stoked fears of the impact of Islamic culture.

Review: Reworked ‘Salt-Water Moon’ in Toronto more puzzling than profound Special

Toronto - It’s understandable when a theatre director wants to transform a familiar classic into something fresh and original. That’s an artist’s job: to create a unique, personal vision. But what if that vision makes the play almost unrecognizable?

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.

Concert hall at centre of Paris attacks to reopen late 2016

Paris - The Bataclan concert hall in Paris, where 90 people were killed in the November jihadist attacks in the French capital, will undergo renovation and reopen its doors before the end of the year, the venue's owners announced Wednesday.

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.

'Harry Potter' star Alan Rickman dies aged 69

London - Veteran British actor Alan Rickman, a master of the menacing screen villain, has died at the age of 69 after suffering from cancer, his family said Thursday.

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.

A chat with actor Tony Roberts about his new autobiography Special

The 76-year-old New Yorker, best known for the six Woody Allen films in which he appeared, recently published his life story. Digital Journal spoke to him ahead of the official launch in a few days' time.
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The audience preparing to watch the opening of  The Mousetrap   August 2016.
The audience preparing to watch the opening of 'The Mousetrap', August 2016.
A scene from the Toronto play Mustard
A scene from the Toronto play Mustard
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Judith Thompson plays three roles  including a maladjusted teenage prisoner  in her solo show  Watch...
Judith Thompson plays three roles, including a maladjusted teenage prisoner, in her solo show "Watching Glory Die".
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Rosa (Jessica Munk  left) and Nearly (Erum Khan) find there s something creepy going on in Jordan Ta...
Rosa (Jessica Munk, left) and Nearly (Erum Khan) find there's something creepy going on in Jordan Tannahill's "Concord Floral", now running at Toronto's Theatre Centre.
Erin Brubacher
Sybil Fawlty (Alison Pollard-Mansergh) is having a few communication problems with Manuel (Leigh Kel...
Sybil Fawlty (Alison Pollard-Mansergh) is having a few communication problems with Manuel (Leigh Kelly) in "Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience".
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Toronto Fringe Festival
Toronto Fringe Festival
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Watching a movie
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Theatre ticket for  The Entertainer.
Theatre ticket for 'The Entertainer.'
A scene from the Toronto play Mustard
A scene from the Toronto play Mustard
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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
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Ayesha (Virgilia Griffith  left) confronts Laurel (Claire Armstrong) during rehearsals for the Toron...
Ayesha (Virgilia Griffith, left) confronts Laurel (Claire Armstrong) during rehearsals for the Toronto production of "Byhalia, Mississippi", directed by Jill Harper.
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Dorine (Oyin Oladejo)  right  confronts the deceitful Tartuffe (Diego Matamoros) in Soulpepper s pro...
Dorine (Oyin Oladejo), right, confronts the deceitful Tartuffe (Diego Matamoros) in Soulpepper's production of Moliere's classic comedy "Tartuffe", running in Toronto.
Cylla von Tiedemann
New York s Eugene O Neill Theatre sports a marquee of  The Book of Mormon   June 22  2012.
New York's Eugene O'Neill Theatre sports a marquee of "The Book of Mormon", June 22, 2012.
"Joe Shlabotnik"
From the stage adaptation of The Tin Drum  performed by UnSpun Theatre
From the stage adaptation of The Tin Drum, performed by UnSpun Theatre
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John Proctor (Stuart Hughes  centre) is restrained by Thomas Putnam (Diego Matamoros  left) and Reve...
John Proctor (Stuart Hughes, centre) is restrained by Thomas Putnam (Diego Matamoros, left) and Reverend Parris (Derek Boyes), in Soulpepper's remount of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible".
Cylla von Tiedemann
Les Miserables at London s Palace Theatre
Les Miserables at London's Palace Theatre
Rick Payette
IN THE HEIGHTS North American Tour Company
IN THE HEIGHTS North American Tour Company
John Daughtry
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Sahr Ngaujah as Fela Kuti and the Broadway cast of FELA! - Photo Credit ©Monique Carboni
Sahr Ngaujah as Fela Kuti and the Broadway cast of FELA! - Photo Credit ©Monique Carboni
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Utah hikers (left to right: Liam Tobin  Marty Adams  Mike  Nug  Nahrgang  Tim Porter and Trevor Mart...
Utah hikers (left to right: Liam Tobin, Marty Adams, Mike 'Nug" Nahrgang, Tim Porter and Trevor Martin) wonder which part of their friend (Mark Andrada, bottom) will taste best, in Trey Parker's "Cannibal! The Musical".
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