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Review: T.O. gets up close and personal with top acting talent in ‘Tale’ Special

Toronto - “The Winter’s Tale” isn’t the favourite Shakespeare play of many, but the modern-dress version at Toronto’s Coal Mine Theatre — the inaugural production of Graham Abbey’s Groundling Theatre Company — makes it seem close to a masterpiece.

'Harry Potter' star Alan Rickman dies aged 69

London - Veteran British actor Alan Rickman, a master of the menacing screen villain, has died at the age of 69 after suffering from cancer, his family said Thursday.

Review: New Evan Linder play a timely drama about race, family, love Special

Toronto - How can a poor white couple cope in a small-minded Mississippi town when their new baby turns out to be African American? That’s the dilemma of Chicago playwright Evan Linder’s explosive new play, “Byhalia, Mississippi”, which opened on Friday.

Op-Ed: The best of live theatre in Toronto and elsewhere in 2015

Toronto - So we’ve come to the end of 2015. As inevitable as Christmas, New Year’s and excessive alcohol and chocolate consumption are the media’s endless recap lists and reviews of the best in entertainment of the year – in music, film and so on.

A chat with actor Tony Roberts about his new autobiography Special

The 76-year-old New Yorker, best known for the six Woody Allen films in which he appeared, recently published his life story. Digital Journal spoke to him ahead of the official launch in a few days' time.

Review: Dumb but sometimes amusing ‘Rock & Roll Christmas’ opens in T.O. Special

Toronto - “Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale” sounds like an absurd parody TV special from “The Simpsons” or “SCTV”. In fact, it kept reminding me of the old “KISS Saves Santa” bit from “Family Guy.” In 2015, life imitates silly art.

Latvian director shuns German theatre in dispute over refugees

Berlin - Latvian theatre director Alvis Hermanis has cancelled a play he had been due to stage in Germany next year after criticising the playhouse's pro-refugee stance.

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.
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Thomas (Rick Miller) and Vanda (Carly Street) get up to some (mostly verbal) shenanigans in David Ives' “Venus in Fur”, now running in Toronto.
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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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Roundabout Theatre Company’s ANYTHING GOES. Pictured: Alex Finke, Erich Bergen and Company.
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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.
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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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Crime of the week in Aurora, Colorado, USA
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John Proctor (Stuart Hughes, centre) is restrained by Thomas Putnam (Diego Matamoros, left) and Reverend Parris (Derek Boyes), in Soulpepper's remount of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible".
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A scene from the theatrical adaptation of Of Human Bondage
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Rosa (Jessica Munk, left) and Nearly (Erum Khan) find there's something creepy going on in Jordan Tannahill's "Concord Floral", now running at Toronto's Theatre Centre.
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Rebecca Northan playing Mimi in Blind Date. (From an earlier show, not the one reviewed by Digital Journal)
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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.
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A popular children's show at Willows Farm
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Ayesha (Virgilia Griffith, left) confronts Laurel (Claire Armstrong) during rehearsals for the Toronto production of "Byhalia, Mississippi", directed by Jill Harper.
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Utah hikers (left to right: Liam Tobin, Marty Adams, Mike 'Nug" Nahrgang, Tim Porter and Trevor Martin) wonder which part of their friend (Mark Andrada, bottom) will taste best, in Trey Parker's "Cannibal! The Musical".
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Judith Thompson plays three roles, including a maladjusted teenage prisoner, in her solo show "Watching Glory Die".
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The Globe Theatre popularize by Shakespeare
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Crime of the week in Aurora, Colorado, USA
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