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French 'yellow vest' protesters upstage top theatre awards

Paris - A group of protesters from the anti-government "yellow vest" movement upstaged France's top annual theatre awards, surging onto the stage to denounce the policies of President Emmanuel Macron.

Secretive British billionaire Barclay sues over French play

Caen - A court in northern France on Monday was to begin hearing a case brought by one of the secretive Barclay brothers, who own the Daily Telegraph and the Ritz Hotel, claiming he was defamed in a play by a French writer.

Review: McCraney’s ‘Brothers Size’ rocks the stage with spectacle, heart Special

Toronto - Director Barry Jenkins received much of the credit for the brilliance of the Oscar-winning 2016 film “Moonlight”. But Tarell Alvin McCraney, on whose unpublished 2003 play the movie was based, is himself a distinctive creative voice to behold.

Review: Soulpepper’s ‘Copenhagen’ is a challenging yet rewarding debate Special

Toronto - So why did Werner Heisenberg meet with Niels Bohr in Copenhagen in 1941 – and what were the historical consequences? What was Heisenberg’s real purpose? Why did their friendship end? And did Heisenberg have anything on his conscience?

Russian director Serebrennikov freed from house arrest

Moscow - A Russian court on Monday ordered the release from house arrest of renowned film and theatre director Kirill Serebrennikov who is on trial on embezzlement charges.

Russian director Serebrennikov freed from house arrest

Moscow - A Russian court on Monday ordered the release from house arrest of renowned film and theatre director Kirill Serebrennikov who is on trial on embezzlement charges, local news agencies reported.

Review: Second City’s latest is big on physical humour, short on politics Special

Toronto - Second City’s “Walking on Bombshells” immediately grabs your attention with its bold set: a realistic replica of the subway walls at Osgoode Station. Not only is it familiar, it also pumps you up to expect some savage satire of the TTC.

British actor Albert Finney dies aged 82

London - Veteran British actor Albert Finney, who starred in films including "Murder on the Orient Express" and "Erin Brockovich", has died at the age of 82, a family spokesman said Friday.

Review: New Second City holiday revue lacks chemistry, edge of past shows Special

Toronto - The holidays are a time of disappointment for some, from kids who get nothing but clothes from Santa to single adults spending the season alone. This year, some Second City fans in Toronto might feel seasonal letdown by the company’s new revue.

Russian director Serebrennikov attends closed hearing in fraud case

Moscow - The trial of Russian stage and screen director Kirill Serebrennikov began Wednesday with a closed hearing, more than a year after he was placed under house arrest in a controversial embezzlement probe.

New theatre comedy dramatises Brexit break-ups

London - Friends shunned, lovers torn apart and emotions exploding: a new play running in London this month tackles the very personal divisions in British society caused by Brexit.

John Rzeznik of Goo Goo Dolls talks about 20th anniversary tour Special

New York - John Rzeznik, the lead singer and guitarist of the Goo Goo Dolls, chatted with Digital Journal about their 20th anniversary tour of their seminal album "Dizzy Up the Girl."

Review: Alice Cooper spectacular at Beacon Theatre in New York City Special

New York - On September 6, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper headlined the historic The Beacon Theatre in New York City for a great turnout of rock fans.

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.

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.
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