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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 demetia 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.

Broadway outshines Hollywood on and off screen

Venice - The age-old rivalry between Broadway and Hollywood took centre stage at this year's Venice film festival, which winds up on Saturday, with a host of theatre-based tales and stars denouncing a declining Silver Screen industry.

Review: Soulpepper's 'Crucible' remount in Toronto still full of power Special

Toronto - “Death of a Salesman” may be Arthur Miller’s most revered play, but “The Crucible”, his 1953 drama about the seventeenth-century witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts, holds up as his most stinging study of evil and hypocrisy in human nature.

Video: Vancouver Fringe Festival kicks off Special

Vancouver - The 30th annual Vancouver Fringe festival is now in full swing. Vancouver’s best theatre festival is back again from September 4-14 with 10 days of un-censored, un-juried theatre fun.

Review: 'Glenn' a complex, abstract tribute to iconic Toronto pianist Special

Toronto - From the peak of his career to his death in 1982, Glenn Gould was a baffling enigma as much as he was a classical-music superstar. As many artistic geniuses were, from Picasso to Salinger, the Toronto pianist could be eccentric and difficult.

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.
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Ian (Jim Mezon) confronts his wife Juliana (Tamsin Kelsey) in Sharr White's "The Other Place" in Toronto.
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