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Jeff Cottrill

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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.

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.

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.

Review: New Second City T.O. revue takes on Trudeau, Trump and more Special

Toronto - Second City wouldn’t be Second City if it weren’t topical, and the latest revue by the comedy company’s Toronto team is tightly focused on what’s current in both T.O. and Canada: everything from Justin Trudeau to Syrian refugees gets a mention.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?”

Kim Novak praises Canadians, defends Hitchcock at Toronto fest Special

Toronto - The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is known as a launching pad for future Oscar-winning films, but on its final day yesterday, the festival hosted a special free screening of a past masterpiece: Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo”.

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.”

Review: New book on unfinished movie a must-read for Orson Welles fans Special

May 6 of this year marked the hundredth anniversary of Orson Welles' birth. But despite the name recognition and the wide film-school reverence for “Citizen Kane”, it sometimes seems as if Welles is still being neglected, even posthumously.

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: 'Go Set a Watchman' — An incoherent, frustrating first draft Special

It's a mistake to read Harper Lee's “Go Set a Watchman” as a proper sequel to her 1960 classic “To Kill a Mockingbird." Fans would best approach it as a curio, as a wildly uneven first draft with too few moments of real inspiration.

'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.
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