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Review: Soulpepper rides a streetcar to success with bold new remount Special

Toronto - What a work of art “A Streetcar Named Desire” is. Brutal yet sensitive; poetic and tragic, but loaded with raw, frightening energy – Tennessee Williams’ classic play is no less powerful now than it was in 1947, even as norms have changed.

Review: New Soulpepper staging lights few real sparks in Pinter classic Special

Toronto - Harold Pinter is one of those playwrights whose work should be tough to screw up. His 1977 masterpiece “Betrayal” is deceptively simple and rich in dry, smart dialogue with a meaty level of subtext that actors love to chew on.

Review: Reza’s ‘Art’ loses little of its bite in new Soulpepper remount Special

Toronto - It’s easy to satirize modern art, especially if you don’t get it. It’s harder to turn a disagreement on art into a funny, biting examination of male fragility. The latter achievement is why Yasmina Reza’s 1994 play “‘Art’” holds up well.

Review: Soulpepper’s ‘August: Osage County’ is a must-see powerhouse Special

Toronto - Now this is why we go to live theatre. Soulpepper’s explosive new production of Tracy Letts’ “August: Osage County” makes you feel as if you’re being smacked on the head a hundred times with the Frying Pan of Truth. In the best way.

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 But Tarell Alvin McCraney, on whose unpublished 2003 play the movie was based, is himself a distinctive creative voice to behold.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?

‘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.

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.

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.

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.

‘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.

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.

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: 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.

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?”

'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.

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.

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.

'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.

Review: Soulpepper's Dickens adaptation in Toronto meets expectations Special

Toronto - Sometimes you have to approach a new adaptation of a familiar classic with an open mind. Nothing could ever match how you see it in your head or how you've seen it staged or filmed before; letting that go is the only way to be objective.

Review: Toronto's Soulpepper fills Stoppard classic with energy, flair Special

Toronto - “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” is a play in danger of becoming overly familiar, another “modern classic” ruined by time and too many revivals. It takes an energetic cast and vision to make Tom Stoppard's great tragicomedy seem new again.

Alligator Pie comes to the stage Special

Toronto - Alligator Pie is a book beloved by generations of kids and parents since its publishing in 1974. Now a theatre group in Toronto is translating Dennis Lee's work to the stage.
 

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From left: Diego Matamoros  Christopher Morris   Katherine Gauthier and Oyin Oladejo  in Soulpepper ...
From left: Diego Matamoros, Christopher Morris, Katherine Gauthier and Oyin Oladejo in Soulpepper's production of Ibsen's "A Doll's House".
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Things start getting a little hairy in Soulpepper s new production of Reginald Rose s  Twelve Angry ...
Things start getting a little hairy in Soulpepper's new production of Reginald Rose's "Twelve Angry Men", which opened Tuesday night in Toronto.
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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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Emma (Virgilia Griffith) has an unpleasant admission for her husband Robert (Jordan Pettle) in Harol...
Emma (Virgilia Griffith) has an unpleasant admission for her husband Robert (Jordan Pettle) in Harold Pinter's "Betrayal".
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Blanche DuBois (Amy Rutherford  left) gets to know Mitch (Gregory Prest) in Soulpepper s  A Streetca...
Blanche DuBois (Amy Rutherford, left) gets to know Mitch (Gregory Prest) in Soulpepper's "A Streetcar Named Desire".
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The visually striking set of Soulpepper s  Copenhagen . From left: Diego Matamoros  Kawa Ada and Kyr...
The visually striking set of Soulpepper's "Copenhagen". From left: Diego Matamoros, Kawa Ada and Kyra Harper.
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Daren A. Herbert (left) and Mazin Elsadig in Soulpepper s production of  The Brothers Size .
Daren A. Herbert (left) and Mazin Elsadig in Soulpepper's production of "The Brothers Size".
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Ted Dykstra  left  and Jordan Pettle hide from pirates in Soulpepper s production of  Rosencrantz an...
Ted Dykstra, left, and Jordan Pettle hide from pirates in Soulpepper's production of "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead", in Toronto.
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Old Major (Jennifer Villaverde  top centre) leads the animals into revolution in Soulpepper s adapta...
Old Major (Jennifer Villaverde, top centre) leads the animals into revolution in Soulpepper's adaptation of "Animal Farm".
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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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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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Philip Carey (Gregory Prest)  right  finds possible new love with Nora (Sarah Wilson)  in Soulpepper...
Philip Carey (Gregory Prest), right, finds possible new love with Nora (Sarah Wilson), in Soulpepper's adaptation of "Of Human Bondage".
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Kate (Maev Beaty  centre left) reluctantly marries the brutal Henry (Joseph Ziegler  centre right)  ...
Kate (Maev Beaty, centre left) reluctantly marries the brutal Henry (Joseph Ziegler, centre right), with Eddie (Jonah Q. Gribble, left) and Bess (Bahia Watson), in "The Last Wife".
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Young Pip (Jeff Lillico)  left  encounters the mysterious convict Magwitch (Oliver Becker) in the ch...
Young Pip (Jeff Lillico), left, encounters the mysterious convict Magwitch (Oliver Becker) in the churchyard in Soulpepper's "Great Expectations", now running in Toronto.
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Vladimir (Diego Matamoros  left) and Estragon (Oliver Dennis) are in it for the long haul in Soulpep...
Vladimir (Diego Matamoros, left) and Estragon (Oliver Dennis) are in it for the long haul in Soulpepper's "Waiting for Godot" in Toronto.
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Serge (Diego Matamoros  right) tries to convince Marc (Oliver Dennis) that his new painting is a mas...
Serge (Diego Matamoros, right) tries to convince Marc (Oliver Dennis) that his new painting is a masterpiece in Yasmina Reza's "'Art'".
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Things get crazy in Soulpepper s  August: Osage County   as Barbara (Maev Beaty) confronts her mothe...
Things get crazy in Soulpepper's "August: Osage County", as Barbara (Maev Beaty) confronts her mother (Nancy Palk) at a family funeral dinner.
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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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Tobias (Oliver Dennis  far left) opens up to Harry (Derek Boyes  far right)  with others looking on ...
Tobias (Oliver Dennis, far left) opens up to Harry (Derek Boyes, far right), with others looking on, in Edward Albee's "A Delicate Balance".
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Richard Hannay (Kawa Ada  right) takes shelter with a demented religious fanatic (Andrew Shaver) and...
Richard Hannay (Kawa Ada, right) takes shelter with a demented religious fanatic (Andrew Shaver) and his young wife (Raquel Duffy) in Soulpepper's "The 39 Steps".
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