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Review: Second City’s all-female revue delivers laughs, strong message Special

Toronto - What a shameful myth, that women can’t be funny. Anyone who believes so is not only a moron, but also out of touch. From Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett to Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Saunders, Kate McKinnon and more, ladies bring the laughs.

Ukraine teens pen plays to bridge war divide

Kiev - A boy flees his war-scarred hometown, leaving his mother behind. A gay youth struggles for acceptance from his parents. A gang harasses a young black footballer.

Russia extends house arrest of theatre director Serebrennikov

Moscow - A Moscow court on Wednesday extended the house arrest of renowned Russian theatre and film director Kirill Serebrennikov over a controversial fraud case to August 22, TASS state news agency reported.

Review: ‘Romeo and Juliet’ hits High Park with energy and style Special

Toronto - “Romeo and Juliet” is one of the Shakespeare tragedies that’s hard to make fresh. Even for those who don’t care for the Bard, it’s too familiar, over-referenced and over-parodied, and everything about it now seems like a stale cliché.

Review: ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ scores in High Park with unique choices Special

Toronto - Tanja Jacobs knows how to make Shakespeare fun. Fresh off last year’s funny, colourful production of “Twelfth Night” in Toronto’s High Park, the director scores another winner with her quick-paced take on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.

Ingmar Bergman, portrayer of inner demons, 100 years on

Stockholm - Ingmar Bergman, one of the most distinguished filmmakers of his generation whose melancholic work is often tough-to-digest but celebrated, still captivates audiences as much as he puts off his critics. July 14 would have been his 100th birthday.

‘Jerusalem’, ‘Life After’, ‘Orphée’ dominate this year’s Doras Special

Toronto - It was an evening of rampant rule-breaking at the thirty-ninth Dora Mavor Moore Awards last night – the annual ceremony recognizing the best in Toronto theatre – as winners littered the stage with random F-bombs and overlong speeches.

Logan Henderson discusses new music, upcoming shows in New York Special

New York - Singer-songwriter Logan Henderson (Big Time Rush fame) chatted with Digital Journal about his latest acoustic EP and his upcoming shows in New York, including Gramercy Theatre.

Review: Minimalist ‘Les Misérables’ strips story down to the basic themes Special

Toronto - For more than thirty years, “Les Misérables” has won over the public imagination as a spectacular mega-musical – so much so that a generation or two probably doesn’t even know (or care) that this tale began as an epic Victor Hugo novel.

Review: Waterloo Revival performs at Gramercy Theatre in New York City Special

New York - On March 19, country duo Waterloo Revival (George Birge and Cody Cooper) performed at Gramercy Theatre in New York City.

Review: ‘Animal Farm’ ditches clever Orwellian satire for broad comedy Special

Toronto - A few people have given me strange looks when I’ve told them that I find “Animal Farm” to be a very funny book. Those who’ve read George Orwell’s story in school might remember a dark, violent political satire, not a zany giggle fest.

Russian theatre titan Oleg Tabakov dies

Moscow - One of Russia's most beloved actors who had dominated Moscow's theatrical life since the Soviet era, Oleg Tabakov, passed away in hospital on Monday, his theatre said.

Review: ‘Delicate Balance’ holds up as a study of bourgeois hypocrisy Special

Toronto - It’s hard to review Soulpepper’s production of “A Delicate Balance” without bringing up the recent allegations of sexual misconduct against former artistic director Albert Schultz. Even though they have nothing to do with the play.

British panto brings a contemporary twist to fairytales

London - A figure styled as Donald Trump is booed off stage by a rowdy audience enjoying the thrills of British pantomime, bringing a contemporary twist to traditional fairytales.

Review: ‘Heisenberg’ keeps the uncertainty going in romantic two-hander Special

Toronto - For a light romantic comedy, Simon Stephens’ “Heisenberg” is surprisingly compelling. This may be because of the way the acclaimed British playwright plays with – and overcomes – many of the familiar conventions of the genre.

Review: Albee shocker somehow seems tamer in new Soulpepper staging Special

Toronto - The late Edward Albee never stopped shocking audiences, even in his seventies. His Tony-winning 2002 play “The Goat or, Who Is Silvia?”, which takes on bestiality, makes his classic “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” seem family-friendly.

Russia seizes top theatre director's assets

Moscow - Russia has seized the assets of acclaimed theatre director Kirill Serebrennikov including his apartment, in a controversial fraud case that has shocked the arts community, a court said Thursday.

Berlin theatre scraps Istanbul 'Richard III' over security fears

Istanbul - One of Germany's best known theatre companies has scrapped at the last minute an eagerly-awaited visit to the Istanbul Theatre Festival this month due to "security" fears for the company, it said Tuesday.

Russian theatre director placed under house arrest

Moscow - A Russian court placed the head of a Moscow youth theatre under house arrest on Friday in connection to a controversial fraud case linked to the acclaimed director Kirill Serebrennikov.

Russian court extends house arrest of top director

Moscow - A Russian court on Tuesday extended the house arrest of acclaimed theatre and film director Kirill Serebrennikov, in a controversial fraud case that has shocked the arts community.

Review: Annie Baker’s ‘The Aliens’ makes impressive Toronto debut Special

Toronto - Annie Baker is the unofficial poet laureate of the millennial generation. Does any other current playwright have such a gift for recreating the way young people really talk – not just in what they say, but in what they don’t?

Review: Hilarity and despair mix well in wonderful new take on ‘Godot’ Special

Toronto - “Waiting for Godot” may be famous as The Play In Which Nothing Happens, but Soulpepper Theatre Company’s new production in Toronto is so alive and emotionally resonant, you’ll come out of it feeling as if you’ve seen everything.

Top Russian director accused of fraud put under house arrest

Moscow - Acclaimed Russian theatre and film director Kirill Serebrennikov was put under house arrest Wednesday after being charged with fraud in a case that has sent shockwaves through the arts community.

Top Russian director to appear in court on fraud charge

Moscow - Acclaimed Russian theatre and film director Kirill Serebrennikov was due to appear before a judge Wednesday after being charged with fraud in a case that has sent shockwaves through the arts community.

Russia charges top director with fraud

Moscow - Russia detained and charged on Tuesday the theatre and film director Kirill Serebrennikov with fraud in a move that critics denounced as the latest sign of increasing censorship of the arts.

Russia detains top theatre director over alleged fraud

Moscow - Russia's Investigative Committee said Tuesday that it had detained top theatre and film director Kirill Serebrennikov on suspicion of committing massive fraud.

Review: ‘Twelfth Night’ in High Park loaded with fast-paced fun Special

Toronto - Now this is what a Shakespeare comedy should be. Canadian Stage’s “Twelfth Night”, which opened last Friday, is so much delirious fun that it will make you forget all the boring academic blather you heard about the Bard in Grade 11 English.

'Saigon' brings exiles' loss and longing to the stage

Avignon - A hugely moving debut drama about exile set in a Vietnamese restaurant has become a surprise hit at the world's biggest theatre festival, with standing ovations every night and the audience in tears.

Name lit up in lights: London's West End stirs dreams

London - They're in their early 20s and dream of, one day, singing and dancing on stage in London's world-famous West End. But students at one of Britain's top drama schools face a gruelling path to stardom.

Review: Strong ‘Lear’ in Toronto’s High Park brings women to forefront Special

Toronto - It’s 2017, and it’s beyond time that the women of the acting world got to walk in the footsteps of William Shakespeare’s great tragic heroes. Canadian Stage’s new “King Lear”, with Diane D’Aquila in the lead, makes a strong case.
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A scene from the Toronto play Flesh and Other Fragments of Love
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The audience preparing to watch the opening of 'The Mousetrap', August 2016.
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A scene from Stratford's 42nd Street
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Official poster for The Philanthropist 2017 revival.
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A scene from the theatrical adaptation of Of Human Bondage
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The audience at the Garrick Theatre taking their seat prior to 'The Entertainer' beginning.
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After the production of Horror the cast are happy to pose for photographs.
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IN THE HEIGHTS North American Tour Company
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Royal Shakespeare Company theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
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A picture of the bar in the stalls area of the Garrick Theatre in London.
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IN THE HEIGHTS North American Tour Company
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