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Martha Burns says Domesticated offers more than shock value Special

Toronto - Canadian theatre guru Martha Burns asks us to take a different look at fantasy and creativity as she stars in Bruce Norris's Domesticated.

Review: David Fox owns the stage in otherwise routine 'King Lear' in T.O. Special

Toronto - As Edmund the bastard might put it, the wheel of David Fox’s association with Theatre Passe Muraille is come full-circle. A cast member of 1972’s legendary “The Farm Show”, Fox is back at the Toronto venue as the Bard’s greatest tragic hero.

Archaeologists uncover 2,300-year-old theatre on Cyprus

Nicosia - An Australian archaeological team in Cyprus has uncovered a theatre dating from 300 BC, the oldest structure of its kind yet unearthed on the Mediterranean island, the antiquities department said Friday.

Review: Campy ‘Holmes’ touring production is a little too elementary Special

Toronto - Like Batman, James Bond and other iconic heroes, Sherlock Holmes has seen so many reinventions that the original image is almost forgotten. Arthur Conan Doyle would faint if he were alive to see what pop culture has made of his famed creation.

Review: Toronto ‘Marat/Sade’ remount picks spectacle over substance Special

Toronto - Overheard during the intermission at the Soulpepper theatre company’s new production of “Marat/Sade” last night: First dude says, “This is totally amazing, huh?” Second dude replies, “Yeah... but it’s also kind of exhausting, isn’t it?”

Review: David Morrissey at his brutal best in The Hangmen Special

London - A new play has opened in London called The Hangmen, featuring David Morrissey and Reece Shearsmith. It is dark and surreal, and shocking and challenging. It is well worth seeing.

Review: Blind Date is a charming hilarious piece of simple theatre Special

Toronto - Being a fly on the wall of a blind date has never been so much fun and emotionally powerful. Blind Date, running at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto, is a masterpiece thanks to Rebecca Northan's talent in bringing out the best in her randomly selected men.

Review: Obnoxious, uninspired ‘Full House’ parody is a Toronto disaster Special

Toronto - The most unintentionally ironic moment in “Full House: The Musical!” comes when Tanner patriarch Danny (Perez Hilton) throws wanna-be comic Uncle Joey’s (Seth Blum) catchphrase right back at him in song: “Cut it out! / You’re just not funny.”

From Rolex to buttocks: Swiss city embraces the art of nudity

Biel - The Swiss city of Biel and its peaceable citizens is known as the world capital for watchmaking.But could the home of Rolex and Swatch also gain an unlikely reputation for naked flesh?

Review: 'Comedy of Errors' takes simple approach in Toronto's High Park Special

Toronto - With an implausible plot about mistaken identity and bawdy puns, “The Comedy of Errors” may be the Shakespeare play that's closest to being a “Three's Company” episode. Thankfully, Canadian Stage's new production doesn't pretend it's much more.

Review: ‘Caesar’ in High Park makes bold choices; not all of them work Special

Toronto - There are moments in Canadian Stage’s new “Julius Caesar” that are so affecting and original, you’re tempted to ignore other moments when it misfires. Director Estelle Shook turns this classic into high spectacle, but not always to its benefit.

Review: A Fringe play, 'Sizzle and Spin' tackles twenty-something angst Special

Toronto - 'Sizzle and Spin' starts with a job interview for a public relations job, which reunites former lovers, Charlotte and Ethan, but it's not just another love story, or a story revolving around the awkwardness of reuniting with an ex-lover.

'Once', 'Blood Wedding', 'Falstaff' win big at Toronto's Doras Special

Toronto - Federico García Lorca's 1932 play “Blood Wedding” was the biggest winner at last night's Dora Mavor Moore Awards: the recent co-production by Modern Times Stage Company and Aluna Theatre copped six Doras at the 36th annual Toronto theatre awards.

Theatre therapy: Italy's migrant drama moves from sea to stage

Rome - Joseph Eyube always felt there was a performer inside him waiting to get out."I'm a funny man," says the Nigerian asylum-seeker. "Sometimes when I was watching TV or a movie, I would think, 'I could do better than that guy'.

Review: Strindberg’s marital drama comes alive in new Toronto revival Special

Toronto - How often does independent theatre get as good as this? Coal Mine Theatre’s new production of “Creditors,” one of August Strindberg’s lesser-performed plays, is so alive with tension and piercing wit that it rarely feels like an antique.

Review: Dame Edna's Toronto show is hilarious Special

Toronto - The divine Dame Edna (Everage) has returned to Toronto for her “Glorious Goodbye (Final) Farewell Tour. The ads are up across the city, online and on television, and the crowds are showing up in droves to catch this one-person extravaganza.

Review: The world’s greatest horse/acrobat show blesses T.O. once again Special

Toronto - How often can you say that a live theatrical show has utterly convinced you that you’ve travelled through time and space? Cavalia’s extravaganza “Odysseo” really is that kind of show. It’s almost like a dream, or an out-of-body experience.

Play about slain pro-Palestine activist returns to NY stage

New York - A play about American activist Rachel Corrie, who was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza, is winning quiet acceptance in New York, where uproar postponed its debut a decade ago.

Review: ‘Daisy Theatre’ brings its irreverent puppetry back to T.O. Special

Toronto - Puppetry ain’t kids’ stuff these days, and nobody in Canada knows this more than Ronnie Burkett. If you thought “Avenue Q” was edgy, just wait until you experience the dark hilarity of “The Daisy Theatre”, which returned to Toronto this week.

Review: ʻFawlty Towers’ tribute debuts in Toronto; don’t mention the food Special

Toronto - Nearly forty years after the show’s debut, it’s unlikely we’ll ever get a third series of “Fawlty Towers”. But if you’re desperate for a substitute, along with a meal, you could do worse than “Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience”.

Review: Toronto production of ‘Cannibal! The Musical’ is great silly fun Special

Toronto - When “South Park” co-creator Trey Parker made a three-minute joke trailer for “Alferd Packer: The Musical” for film school in 1992, he probably didn’t imagine that it would evolve into a sellout stage show in another country two decades later.

Rhubarb returns to Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

Toronto - The annual Rhubarb Festival kicked off this week for its 36th season. The event brings one of the most eclectic delivery of presentations to Toronto, featuring theatre, dance, and other forms of artistic expressions.

International Festival: Works in 'Progress' Special

Toronto - The inaugural Progress International Festival of Performance and Ideas is underway in Toronto, and for a first year its off to a great start, with many of the productions selling out in advance.

Damien Leith discusses his new one-man play Special

The Irish-born singer/songwriter /actor/playwright has come a long way since winning Australian Idol in 2006. He discusses his new one-man play with Digital Journal.

Review: Drama brings dementia to another place in new Toronto production Special

Toronto - “When I add up the balance sheet of my life,” says Juliana (Tamsin Kelsey), a seemingly confident neurologist, in “The Other Place”, “the numbers say I'm happy.” But things are never as they look in this fresh depiction of mental illness.

Op-Ed: The future of theatre: Is this the final curtain call?

London - In 2014, just how relevant is theatre? In London audiences have been falling gradually for the past few years, but away from the capital the decline is even more marked. So what's causing these slumps? And is this really the end of theatre as we know it?

Review: 'Harry Potter' stage parody makes glorious return to Toronto Special

Toronto - I've missed several chances to see “Potted Potter”; besides its previous Toronto run in 2012, the world-touring revue has been in London and New York at times when I happened to be in those cities. Despite the new cast, it was worth the wait.

Review: 'Concord Floral' an eerie, powerful look at suburban T.O. teens Special

Toronto - It's hard to write good dialogue and monologue for teen characters. Adult playwrights and screenwriters often suffer from a lack of familiarity with the new lingo, yo, or resort to contrived, artificial “Buffy”-style irony and pop culture.

In Donetsk theatre, a refuge from Ukraine's tragedy

Donetsk - After the bombs, the fur coats. After the air raids, the air kisses. After six months of war, even the fighters attending an opening night at the Donetsk theatre traded in weapons for a rare moment of refinement.

As state TV takes over, Venezuela soap stars turn to stage

Caracas - Crowded out of a once-booming "telenovela" industry by a government takeover of nearly half the country's TV networks, Venezuelan soap opera stars are increasingly taking their craft to the stage.
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