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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.

Polish prosecutors probe play simulating oral sex on pope

Varsovia - Polish prosecutors on Wednesday began investigating a theatre play that drops hints about murdering a top politician and has a scene simulating oral sex on a statue of the late pope Saint John Paul II.

Play about IS tackles Muslim teen radicalisation

Li - Two actors on a darkened stage, playing an erudite Muslim father and his beloved daughter who has left home to join the Islamic State jihadists, read the heartrending letters they have exchanged.

Play about IS tackles Muslim teen radicalisation

Li - Two actors on a darkened stage, playing an erudite Muslim father and his beloved daughter who has left home to join the Islamic State jihadists, read the heartrending letters they have exchanged.

Play about IS tackles Muslim teen radicalisation

Li - Two actors on a darkened stage, playing an erudite Muslim father and his beloved daughter who has left home to join the Islamic State jihadists, read the heartrending letters they have exchanged.

Review: Compelling drama ‘Liv Stein’ relentless in English-language debut Special

Toronto - “Liv Stein” is like an edgier “All About Eve”, set in the classical music world, with a climax that takes cues from “Saw”. If that description is hard to believe, it suits a play about how the desperate believe anything they want to be true.

Review: Soulpepperʼs ʻThe Last Wifeʼ is a Tudor tale for our times Special

Toronto - Kate Hennig’s “The Last Wife” may be ostensibly about Henry VIII’s marriage to Katherine Parr, but it’s misleading to view the play as a history lesson. Considering recent world events, it seems to be about now more than any other period.

Review: Soulpepper reimagines ʻWonderful Lifeʼ as a postwar radio play Special

Toronto - As with other overexposed holiday classics – “A Christmas Carol”, “The Grinch” and so on – itʼs hard to see “Itʼs a Wonderful Life” in a fresh way. But Philip Grecianʼs stage adaptation tries a unique approach: a live radio play.
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Soulpepper Ensemble Creation members Ins Choi (L) and Mike Ross (R) in a scene from the stage adapta...
Soulpepper Ensemble Creation members Ins Choi (L) and Mike Ross (R) in a scene from the stage adaptation of Alligator Pie, on now at the Young Centre.
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London's Royal Court Theatre spelled out, signage from the bar area of the venue.
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IN THE HEIGHTS North American Tour Company
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The audience at the Garrick Theatre taking their seat prior to 'The Entertainer' beginning.
The audience preparing to watch the opening of  The Mousetrap   August 2016.
The audience preparing to watch the opening of 'The Mousetrap', August 2016.
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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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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".
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A scene from the theatrical adaptation of Of Human Bondage
A scene from the theatrical adaptation of Of Human Bondage
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Diego Matamoros (left) and Gregory Prest put on their Capra hats in Soulpepper s live radio-play ada...
Diego Matamoros (left) and Gregory Prest put on their Capra hats in Soulpepper's live radio-play adaptation of "It's a Wonderful Life".
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Official poster for The Philanthropist 2017 revival.
Official poster for The Philanthropist 2017 revival.
Trafalgar Studios, London.
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".
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Arlene Duncan and Michael Levinson
Arlene Duncan and Michael Levinson
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Cutler Majestic Theatre
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Rebecca Northan playing Mimi in Blind Date. (From an earlier show  not the one reviewed by Digital J...
Rebecca Northan playing Mimi in Blind Date. (From an earlier show, not the one reviewed by Digital Journal)
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Four Glenn Goulds (clockwise from top: Brent Carver  Steven Sutcliffe  Jeff Lillico and Mike Ross) p...
Four Glenn Goulds (clockwise from top: Brent Carver, Steven Sutcliffe, Jeff Lillico and Mike Ross) portray different sides of the famed pianist in Soulpepper's production of "Glenn".
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A scene from You re a Good Man  Charlie Brown at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival
A scene from You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival
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Sybil Fawlty (Alison Pollard-Mansergh) is having a few communication problems with Manuel (Leigh Kel...
Sybil Fawlty (Alison Pollard-Mansergh) is having a few communication problems with Manuel (Leigh Kelly) in "Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience".
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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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John Proctor (Stuart Hughes  centre) is restrained by Thomas Putnam (Diego Matamoros  left) and Reve...
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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