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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.

Lady Day, the Billie Holiday play in London Special

London - Audra McDonald delivers a captivating performance as Billie Holiday in the play-come-musical 'Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill', which has recently opened in London's West End.

‘Come From Away’, ‘Rocking Horse’, ʻFather’ win big at Doras Special

Toronto - Although “Come From Away”, “Father Comes Home from the Wars” and “Rocking Horse Winner” were among the top winners at last night’s Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the night really seemed to belong to the late Jon Kaplan much of the time.

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.
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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.
Les Miserables at London s Palace Theatre
Les Miserables at London's Palace Theatre
Rick Payette
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London's Royal Court Theatre spelled out, signage from the bar area of the venue.
Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt in 2 Pianos 4 Hands.
Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt in 2 Pianos 4 Hands.
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Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt in 2 Pianos 4 Hands.
Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt in 2 Pianos 4 Hands.
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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.
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The Marquis de Sade (Diego Matamoros)  top  debates with the bathtub-ridden Jean-Paul Marat (Stuart ...
The Marquis de Sade (Diego Matamoros), top, debates with the bathtub-ridden Jean-Paul Marat (Stuart Hughes) in Soulpepper's "Marat/Sade".
Cylla von Tiedemann
Arlene Duncan and Michael Levinson
Arlene Duncan and Michael Levinson
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Waiting for the play 'X' to begin.
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Cutler Majestic Theatre
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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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Christopher Sieber (L) and George Hamilton (R) star in the touring production of La Cage Aux Folles ...
Christopher Sieber (L) and George Hamilton (R) star in the touring production of La Cage Aux Folles, currently running at Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre through mid-November.
Paul Kolnik
Aging classical pianist Liv (Leslie Hope  left) finds a new purpose thanks to student Lore (Sheila I...
Aging classical pianist Liv (Leslie Hope, left) finds a new purpose thanks to student Lore (Sheila Ingabire-Isaro, right) in Canadian Stage's "Liv Stein".
Cylla von Tiedemann
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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Going to the movies
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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
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Inside the Royal Court Theatre  London.
Inside the Royal Court Theatre, London.
A scene from the theatrical adaptation of Of Human Bondage
A scene from the theatrical adaptation of Of Human Bondage
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