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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.

Review: George F. Walker completes Bobby and Tina cycle on mixed note Special

Toronto - The third entry in a trilogy is often the weakest one. Think of “The Godfather Part III”, “Return of the Jedi”, “The Return of the King” – and now, if this rule counts for indie theatre too, add George F. Walker’s “The Damage Done”.

Review: ‘Constellations’ tries to find string theory in relationships Special

Toronto - Not everybody finds quantum physics romantic or sexy. British playwright Nick Payne evidently does, as his acclaimed 2012 stage hit “Constellations” tries to examine different incarnations of a relationship between two scientists.

In Poland, bad blood brewing between politics and the arts

Wroclaw - The play is over, the curtain falls, then rises again to reveal the actors standing with their mouths taped shut at the Polski Theatre in Poland's western city of Wroclaw.

Review: Intense ‘Breathing Corpses’ shocks, stuns in Canadian debut Special

Toronto - Everybody dies, but how does the cycle of mortality affect those still living? That’s the theme that confronts audiences in British playwright Laura Wade’s uncomfortable 2005 drama, “Breathing Corpses”, which opened in Toronto on Wednesday.

Review: Ian McKellen & Patrick Stewart‎ give star turns in No Man's Land Special

London - No Man's Land featuring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart is currently running on the London stage. The production brings to life one of the most brilliantly entertaining plays by Nobel Prize laureate Harold Pinter.

Pulitzer-winning playwright Edward Albee dies at 88

New York - Pulitzer-winning US playwright Edward Albee, author of such masterpieces as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" died at age 88, his personal assistant said in a statement.

Review: Kenneth Branagh shines in The Entertainer Special

London - The first season of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company at the Garrick Theatre is closing with John Osborne’s modern classic 'The Entertainer.' It is a powerful piece of theatre.

Review: Updated take on Ibsen classic has fresh new meaning in T.O. Special

Toronto - You may think there’s nothing new to see in Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House”, or that it lacks the shocking, revolutionary quality that it had in 1879. Well, get ready to view the play in a different way if you catch the ongoing Toronto remount.

Review: Clowns are the stars of campy, frenetic ‘39 Steps’ in Toronto Special

Toronto - Ravi Jain may be one of Toronto’s hottest theatre directors, but he hasn’t forgotten his clowning roots. That’s clear from “The 39 Steps”, in which he turns the classic Alfred Hitchcock film into a crazily entertaining screwball free-for-all.

The magic is back: Harry Potter play hits London stage

London - Harry Potter fans were buzzing with excitement Saturday ahead of the opening gala of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", a stage play that imagines the fictional boy wizard as a grown-up father of three.

On the Harry Potter trail in Portugal — Rowling's inspiration

Porto - It feels as if time has stood still at Lello, a Gothic Revival style bookstore in the historic centre of Porto, whose heady "olde worlde" ambiance inspired some of the scenes for Harry Potter.It was in Portugal's second city that Potter author J. K.

Review: ‘Hamlet’ in Toronto’s High Park scores with strong lead, energy Special

Toronto - How do you scrunch “Hamlet” down to ninety minutes without killing the plot or losing too many of the great soliloquies? Sounds like an impossible task, but Canadian Stage manages to pull it off in a surprisingly solid High Park production.

Review: Fast-paced staging fires up ‘All’s Well’ in Toronto’s High Park Special

Toronto - “All’s Well that Ends Well” is a famous title, but it’s not one of William Shakespeare’s better-known plays. This year, Canadian Stage is tackling this rarely remounted work with a wide comedic onslaught – mostly to its advantage.

Secrets of early Shakespeare theatre dug up in London

London - British archaeologists raised the curtain Thursday on a 16th century theatre which staged William Shakespeare plays like "Romeo and Juliet" and where the bard himself acted in "London's first theatreland".

Review: The Force is with Ross, as ‘One-Man Star Wars’ returns to T.O. Special

Toronto - You wouldn’t think a one-person Fringe show reenacting the basic plots of the original “Star Wars” trilogy would take a person very far, but British Columbia actor Charlie Ross has been doing this show for about fifteen years now.

Six French theatres occupied as pay protest spreads

Paris - Entertainment workers were occupying six theatres across France Wednesday as protests grew against a bid to cut their pay.

Weeping Poles mark Shakespeare's 400th deathday

Gdansk - Four hundred weeping Poles took to the streets on Saturday in a symbolic funeral parade to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.

The play's the thing: Obama visits Globe on Shakespeare's 400th

London - Barack Obama on Saturday strutted the stage of William Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, joining in festivities to mark 400 years since The Bard's death.

All the world's a stage for Shakespeare's 400th anniversary

Stratford-upon-avon - Prince Charles joined top British actors live on stage in a surprise crack at playing "Hamlet", as thousands of William Shakespeare fans packed The Bard's hometown for the 400th anniversary of his death.

Review: ‘Das Ding’ hits Toronto with eccentric take on globalization Special

Toronto - If you’ve always wanted to see a play about a large, sentient cotton ball that travels around the world and observes how people’s behaviour interconnects through modern technology and economics, German playwright Philipp Löhle has you covered.

Play about a French Muslim president hits nerve in Germany

Hamburg - Stage adaptations of French author Michel Houellebecq's novel "Submission", in which a Muslim president takes power in 2022 France, have been a hit in Germany where a huge Mideast refugee influx has stoked fears of the impact of Islamic culture.

Review: Reworked ‘Salt-Water Moon’ in Toronto more puzzling than profound Special

Toronto - It’s understandable when a theatre director wants to transform a familiar classic into something fresh and original. That’s an artist’s job: to create a unique, personal vision. But what if that vision makes the play almost unrecognizable?
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Claire Calnan in the 2012 SummerWorks production of Nicolas Billon's "Iceland". The play is on at Toronto's Factory Theatre now through March 24th.
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Crime of the week in Aurora, Colorado, USA
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Arlene Duncan and Michael Levinson
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The stage of 'Unreachable' - representing a stark film set - just prior to the play starting.
A scene from the Toronto play Mustard
A scene from the Toronto play Mustard
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A scene from the Toronto play Flesh and Other Fragments of Love
A scene from the Toronto play Flesh and Other Fragments of Love
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From the stage adaptation of The Tin Drum, performed by UnSpun Theatre
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The audience at the Garrick Theatre taking their seat prior to 'The Entertainer' beginning.
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Royal Shakespeare Company theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
Paul Downey
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Crime of the week in Aurora, Colorado, USA
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IN THE HEIGHTS North American Tour Company
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London's Royal Court Theatre spelled out, signage from the bar area of the venue.
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Ticket for the play 'X', playing in London in 2016.
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A scene from the theatrical adaptation of Of Human Bondage
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