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Midler, millennial angst scoop Broadway's Tony Awards

New York - Bette Midler won best actress in a musical while an edgy new tale of millennial angst scooped six awards including best musical at Broadway's equivalent of the Oscars for US theater.The glitzy revival of "Hello, Dolly!

Review: Mime artists bring Gothic Horror to the London stage Special

London - A mix of theatrical, dance and mime recreate the most terrifying representations of horror for the London stage. Jakop Ahlbom's beautifully choreographed homage to horror films references everything from The Shining to The Ring.

Review: The Philanthropist revived for the London Stage Special

London - The Philanthropist, a play popular in 1970s, has been revived for a new London run being performed at the Trafalgar Theater in London. Digital Journal paid a visit and assesses the unfolding drama.

Colombia ex-enemies act in theater of conflict

Estanzuela - Former enemies and victims of Colombia's civil war take to the stage together this week in a theater show telling of their suffering in the half-century conflict.

Review: Robert Lepage’s ‘887’ turns memory into a multimedia masterpiece Special

Toronto - There are a lot of ways you could categorize Robert Lepage’s spellbinding “887” – magic show? Confessional monologue? History lesson? – and none would be wrong. But only by blending these unlikely elements does it become a masterwork.

Children act in play on notorious Belgian paedophile

Paris - A controversial theatre director is using children to stage a story about how Belgium has been traumatised by the paedophile killer Marc Dutroux, who kidnapped and raped six little girls.

Review: Revival of 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' heats up London Special

London - A new production of Edward Albee's classic drama 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' has begun a run on the London stage. The production stars Imelda Staunton in what is sure to become one of her greatest roles.

Review: ‘Cirkopolis’ splashes a grey world with imagination and colour Special

‘Cirkopolis’ is a spectacularly entertaining show that earns audience’s applause with an expressive combination of performance, music and video projections.

Upstaging jihad in Tunisia's impoverished mountains

- A rustic theatre where performers wear masks carved from cactus aims to win over young Tunisians in a long neglected mountain district that has become a cradle of jihadism.

Review: Soulpepper’s ‘Bondage’ still an emotionally resonant experience Special

Toronto - It’s been nearly three years since Soulpepper premiered its acclaimed production of “Of Human Bondage”, which began its third go-around this week. The show heads to New York in July, and if last night’s reopening was any indication, it’s ready.

Polish prosecutors probe play simulating oral sex on pope

Varsovia - Polish prosecutors on Wednesday began investigating a theatre play that drops hints about murdering a top politician and has a scene simulating oral sex on a statue of the late pope Saint John Paul II.

Play about IS tackles Muslim teen radicalisation

Li - Two actors on a darkened stage, playing an erudite Muslim father and his beloved daughter who has left home to join the Islamic State jihadists, read the heartrending letters they have exchanged.

Play about IS tackles Muslim teen radicalisation

Li - Two actors on a darkened stage, playing an erudite Muslim father and his beloved daughter who has left home to join the Islamic State jihadists, read the heartrending letters they have exchanged.

Play about IS tackles Muslim teen radicalisation

Li - Two actors on a darkened stage, playing an erudite Muslim father and his beloved daughter who has left home to join the Islamic State jihadists, read the heartrending letters they have exchanged.

Review: Compelling drama ‘Liv Stein’ relentless in English-language debut Special

Toronto - “Liv Stein” is like an edgier “All About Eve”, set in the classical music world, with a climax that takes cues from “Saw”. If that description is hard to believe, it suits a play about how the desperate believe anything they want to be true.

Review: Soulpepperʼs ʻThe Last Wifeʼ is a Tudor tale for our times Special

Toronto - Kate Hennig’s “The Last Wife” may be ostensibly about Henry VIII’s marriage to Katherine Parr, but it’s misleading to view the play as a history lesson. Considering recent world events, it seems to be about now more than any other period.

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.
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