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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: 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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

'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.

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...

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 ...

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.

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...

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.

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...

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.'

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.

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.
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Claire Calnan in the 2012 SummerWorks production of Nicolas Billon s  Iceland .  The play is on at T...
Claire Calnan in the 2012 SummerWorks production of Nicolas Billon's "Iceland". The play is on at Toronto's Factory Theatre now through March 24th.
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Hamilton (Daniel MacIvor)  left  and Kyle (John Beale) duel over the microphone at their mother s fu...
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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Ted Dykstra  left  and Jordan Pettle hide from pirates in Soulpepper s production of  Rosencrantz an...
Ted Dykstra, left, and Jordan Pettle hide from pirates in Soulpepper's production of "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead", in Toronto.
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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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From the stage adaptation of The Tin Drum  performed by UnSpun Theatre
From the stage adaptation of The Tin Drum, performed by UnSpun Theatre
Courtesy UnSpun Theatre
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Things start getting a little hairy in Soulpepper s new production of Reginald Rose s  Twelve Angry ...
Things start getting a little hairy in Soulpepper's new production of Reginald Rose's "Twelve Angry Men", which opened Tuesday night in Toronto.
Cylla von Tiedemann
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Sabryn Rock and Arlene Duncan
Sabryn Rock and Arlene Duncan
Joanna Akyol
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Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt in 2 Pianos 4 Hands.
Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt in 2 Pianos 4 Hands.
Courtesy of Mirvish Productions
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A popular children s show at Willows Farm
A popular children's show at Willows Farm
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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.
Joan Marcus
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Théâtre de la Gaîté  rue de la Gaîté  Montparnasse  Paris
Théâtre de la Gaîté, rue de la Gaîté, Montparnasse, Paris
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Sylvia (Holly Lewis) and Billy (Stephen Drabicki) sign each other in Nina Raine s  Tribes   running ...
Sylvia (Holly Lewis) and Billy (Stephen Drabicki) sign each other in Nina Raine's "Tribes", running at Toronto's Berkeley Street Theatre.
David Hou
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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
Courtesy Mirvish Productions
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The Nokia Theatre in Los Angles  where the Adobe Max 2011 convention was held  is more known among g...
The Nokia Theatre in Los Angles, where the Adobe Max 2011 convention was held, is more known among geeks as the last place Michael Jackson danced, and not as the place where TV actors win Emmy Awards.
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Dan Goodman (Mark Willett) tries to help his wife Diana (Kylie McMahon) restore her memory in  next ...
Dan Goodman (Mark Willett) tries to help his wife Diana (Kylie McMahon) restore her memory in "next to normal", at Toronto's Lower Ossington Theatre.
Seanna Kennedy
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The Globe Theatre popularize by Shakespeare
The Globe Theatre popularize by Shakespeare
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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.
Jason Hudson
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Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt in 2 Pianos 4 Hands.
Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt in 2 Pianos 4 Hands.
Courtesy of Mirvish Productions
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