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BWW Review: Toronto Audiences Will Fall In Love With ONCE All Over Again Review BWW Review: Toronto Audiences Will Fall In Love With ONCE All Over Again
by Alan Henry - February 23, 2015

I never saw Once, now playing at The Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto, during the National Tour's engagement here last year. After attending the media opening of the all-Canadian production Sunday afternoon, I can see why a return engagement was needed. Audiences will fall in love with this show, over and over again. (more...)


BWW Review: CANNIBAL! THE MUSICAL Doesn't 'Meat' My Expectations Review BWW Review: CANNIBAL! THE MUSICAL Doesn't 'Meat' My Expectations
by Alan Henry - February 18, 2015

If you bill a show as 'From the co-creator of South Park and The Book of Mormon' you're going to set the expectations pretty high. Cannibal! The Musical opened last night in Toronto, and as much as I really wanted to like it - it came across rather flat, even in the intimate Panasonic Theatre. (more...)


BWW Review: BLITHE SPIRIT, Starring Angela Lansbury, is Perfection Review BWW Review: BLITHE SPIRIT, Starring Angela Lansbury, is Perfection
by Alan Henry - February 13, 2015

Last night, Blithe Spirit, starring Angela Lansbury opened in Toronto at the Princess of Wales Theatre. Noel Coward's witty and charming play has stood the test of time and had the opening night audience laughing out loud at the brilliant performances on stage. (more...)


BWW Review: HOW DO I LOVE THEE? Review BWW Review: HOW DO I LOVE THEE?
by Dennis Kucherawy - February 10, 2015

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Artistic Director Ken Gass' new Canadian Rep Theatre (CRT) has given us a theatrical bouquet of eloquence, elegance and excellence in a story of the marriage of true minds with impediments. (more...)


BWW Review: SMALL AXE at The Theatre Centre Review BWW Review: SMALL AXE at The Theatre Centre
by Dennis Kucherawy - February 02, 2015

Five years in development, 'Small Axe' is a compelling, timely, provocative and inspiring new piece of Verbatim Theatre now playing at the Theatre Centre. It is presented by The Theatre Centre and Project: Humanity (PH). Founded in 2008, PH calls itself 'a non-profit organization raising awareness of social issues through the arts.' It reunites actor/writer Andrew Kushnir and director Alan Dilworth, who previously collaborated in 2010 on PH's 'The Middle Place,' a successful play about Toronto's homeless youth. Premiered at SummerWorks, it was restaged as a coproduction of Theatre Passe Muraille, Canadian Stage and PH. (more...)


BWW Review: Crow's Theatre THE SEAGULL Review BWW Review: Crow's Theatre THE SEAGULL
by Dennis Kucherawy - January 26, 2015

The production of Chekov's 'The Seagull,' now on at the Berkley Street Theatre, is an uneven disappointment. It fails to engage. Like Theatre 20's production of Stephen Sondheim's 'Company,' presented in the same venue last year, this Crow's Theatre production does not deliver on its exciting promise. (more...)


BWW Review: Off-Mirvish's BOOM is an Impressive Undertaking Review BWW Review: Off-Mirvish's BOOM is an Impressive Undertaking
by Alan Henry - January 22, 2015

Rick Miller's new show, Boom, now playing the Panasonic theatre via the off-Mirvish season is an impressive undertaking for Miller - who through his two hour one man show, shows audiences he has chutzpah galore but doesn't leave them completely satisfied. (more...)


BWW Review: Broadway-Bound THE HEART OF ROBIN HOOD Opens To Great Fanfare in Toronto Review BWW Review: Broadway-Bound THE HEART OF ROBIN HOOD Opens To Great Fanfare in Toronto
by Alan Henry - January 15, 2015

The Toronto production of 'The Heart of Robin Hood' opened to great fanfare yesterday evening at The Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto. The audience leapt to its feet at curtain call to cheer on the cast - and it was well deserved. 'The Heart of Robin Hood' is a great, feel-good night out at the theatre - with a fun twist on the story you probably already know and love. (more...)


BWW Review: Stephanie Martin in Concert Review BWW Review: Stephanie Martin in Concert
by Dennis Kucherawy - December 21, 2014

One of the last times I heard Toronto singer-songwriter Stephanie Martin in concert, she brought down the house performing before more than 2,000 people at Toronto's lavish and vast Elgin Theatre at the venue's 100th anniversary celebration. With her customary charisma, she performed a duet as Josephine (I've long forgotten the guy) from the Canadian musical "Napoleon," co-written by her husband, lyricist Andrew Sabiston with composer Timothy Williams. (more...)


BWW Review: Potted Potter Will Have You Cracking Up Just in Time For the Holidays Review BWW Review: Potted Potter Will Have You Cracking Up Just in Time For the Holidays
by Alan Henry - December 20, 2014

I have to admit, I was skeptical when I heard that Potted Potter promises all seven Harry Potter books in just seventy minutes. And several times throughout the night, when the story telling stopped for comedic moments, I was worried they wouldn't finish in time. (more...)


BWW Review: INTO THE WOODS is a Phenomenal Adaptation of the Classic Stephen Sondheim Musical Review BWW Review: INTO THE WOODS is a Phenomenal Adaptation of the Classic Stephen Sondheim Musical
by Alan Henry - December 19, 2014

It's no surprise Walt Disney Pictures has decided to bank on the popularity of the movie musical following the box office success of Les Miserables - what is a surprise is how successfully they've done so. Their first foray into the live-action movie musical, Into the Woods is everything you'd want from a movie musical - but doesn't compromise any of the brilliance of the original even if some modifications were made to fit the medium. (more...)


BWW Review: Mary Poppins at Theatre Aquarius is the Best Holiday Show of the Season Review BWW Review: Mary Poppins at Theatre Aquarius is the Best Holiday Show of the Season
by Dennis Kucherawy - December 11, 2014

Toronto's best holiday family show is actually in Hamilton at Theatre Aquarius. It's Disney/Cameron Mackintosh's "Mary Poppins," featuring a stellar cast of Shaw, Stratford and Charlottetown Festival vets. It also stars Broadway vets award-winning Steven Sutcliffe and Chilina Kennedy as the beloved, magical nanny. This fabulous, fun-filled production runs until Dec. 28th. (more...)


BWW Review: The Mythbusters Get Theatrical at the Sony Centre Review BWW Review: The Mythbusters Get Theatrical at the Sony Centre
by Alan Henry - December 03, 2014

If you've seen the Mythbusters on television, you'll know their television show is all about theatrics. They love to test myths from every-day phrases all the way down to things out of science fiction. And if they don't get the result they were hoping for, odds are they'll blow something up just for fun before the hour is out. (more...)


BWW Review: Ross Petty's CINDERELLA is Good Ol' Fashioned Family Entertainment Review BWW Review: Ross Petty's CINDERELLA is Good Ol' Fashioned Family Entertainment
by Alan Henry - November 29, 2014

Ross Petty's annual pantomime has become, if anything, a tradition and staple in Toronto of the holiday season. As downtown storefronts are transformed from 'pumpkin spice' to 'naughty or nice,' the cast and creative team at Ross Petty Productions work on their whimsical, magical, and hilarious takes on traditional children's stories. (more...)


BWW Review: Rita Carrey's AROUND EACH CHRISTMAS TREE Album Review BWW Review: Rita Carrey's AROUND EACH CHRISTMAS TREE Album
by Dennis Kucherawy - November 19, 2014

Listening to Rita Carrey's debut CD Around Each Christmas Tree, it's obvious baby brother Jim, one of filmdom's greatest and most successful comic-actors, didn't get all the talent in the family. This is a wonderful, fun-filled celebration of seasonal classics with performances so infectious you are tempted to toss away your holiday stress and just sing along. The star capping this Christmas pine of musical pleasure is Rita's own, original song that gives the CD its title ... Around Each Christmas Tree. It's the rum in your egg nog with a catchy, pop-rock, maybe even country, melody and lovely lyrics celebrating the true meaning of our Yuletide season. (more...)


BWW Review: Audiences Will Love BUYER AND CELLAR at the Panasonic Theatre Review BWW Review: Audiences Will Love BUYER AND CELLAR at the Panasonic Theatre
by Alan Henry - November 15, 2014

Sometimes an idea is so crazy, it just might work. The premise behind the hit Off-Broadway play, Buyer and Cellar is simple – Barbra Streisand has an underground mall in her basement and hires an out of work actor to tend to the shops. The first part of the premise is based in reality; Streisand really does have an underground mall – which she discusses in her book My Passion for Design. The out of work actor working there is the brainchild of playwright Jonathan Tolins. (more...)


BWW Review: The Motherf**ker with the Hat Review BWW Review: The Motherf**ker with the Hat
by Dennis Kucherawy - November 12, 2014

Simply put, Juan Chioran, with his at times hilarious, at times heartbreaking, performance as Cousin Julio, is the reason to see the Toronto premiere of Stephen Adly Guirgis' 'The Mother f**ker with the Hat.' (MOFO). (more...)


BWW Review: Shaw's ARCADIA at The Royal Alexandra Theatre Review BWW Review: Shaw's ARCADIA at The Royal Alexandra Theatre
by Dennis Kucherawy - November 11, 2014

At the Shaw Festival in its record-breaking 2013 season, all performances of Tom Stoppard's 'Arcadia' sold-out before it opened. With its current revival engagement at Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre (with the original Niagara-on-the-Lake cast), many disappointed theatergoers will finally get their chance to enjoy this exceptional production of what is generally regarded as the playwright's most brilliant work... and his most moving. (more...)


BWW Review: BELLES SOEURS the Musical at the Segal Centre Review BWW Review: BELLES SOEURS the Musical at the Segal Centre
by Toronto Newsdesk - October 30, 2014

When a 23-year-old first-time playwright named Michel Tremblay wrote Les Belles-soeurs in 1965, no one could have predicted how it would turn into an international sensation over the next four decades and go on to be produced in over 30 languages. (more...)


BWW Review: Soulpepper's GLOBAL CABARET Review BWW Review: Soulpepper's GLOBAL CABARET
by Dennis Kucherawy - October 30, 2014

Without a doubt, Soulpepper Theatre Company's Global Cabaret Festival is my favorite Toronto arts festival. It's like a box of chocolates - you never know what you're going to get. Forrest Gump would dig it. Each year I'm tempted to bring my sleeping bag and just camp out for the weekend. (more...)


BWW Review: Factory Theatre's THE ART OF BUILDING A BUNKER Review BWW Review: Factory Theatre's THE ART OF BUILDING A BUNKER
by Dennis Kucherawy - October 25, 2014

The award-winning one-man play 'The Art of Building a Bunker' now on at Factory Theatre Lab, is about a desperate outsider named Elvis Goldstein who is incapable of experiencing love and the consequences that follow. His namesake, of course, was the King of Rock n' Roll. This homunculus is the King of Pain. He is also a vicious bigot. (more...)


BWW Review: WHAT MAKES A MAN at the Berkley Street Theatre Review BWW Review: WHAT MAKES A MAN at the Berkley Street Theatre
by Dennis Kucherawy - October 22, 2014

While reviewing What Makes a Man (WMAM), now playing at the Berkley Street Theatre, it's tempting to comment on what's not there, what could and should be there, rather than what is there. What is on display is a marvelous musical stage portrait of Charles Aznavour, the world renowned French singer/songwriter, actor and political activist/diplomat. A man of the world, he is capable of singing in five languages. One of the last surviving 'showmen,' he still is capable of filling the world's most prestigious concert halls. For example, a year ago he performed for the first time in 25 years at London's Royal Albert Hall. Demand was so great, a second concert was booked there for this past June. (more...)


BWW Review: Second City's REBEL WITHOUT A COSMOS is an Evening of Pure Joy Review BWW Review: Second City's REBEL WITHOUT A COSMOS is an Evening of Pure Joy
by Alan Henry - September 29, 2014

I don't know how to even being describing the sheer joy I experienced while attending last night's performance of Rebel Without A Cosmos at the Second City. The entire production is smart, sharp, and lough out loud funny. (more...)


BWW Review: 'AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE' Gets Lost in Translation Review BWW Review: 'AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE' Gets Lost in Translation
by Catherine Kustanczy - September 27, 2014

Henrik Ibsen's 1882 play An Enemy of the People is a powerful examination of the difficult and disturbing relationship between truth and power. It examines what happens to a scientist, Dr. Stockmann, and his family when he exposes ugly truths about health concerns related to the economically-vital baths in his town, and the social, political, and familial ramifications involved in his decision to stand by his work. (more...)


BWW Review: Mirvish's OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD is Brilliant and Imaginative Review BWW Review: Mirvish's OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD is Brilliant and Imaginative
by Alan Henry - September 18, 2014

The play Our Country's Good had its opening night last night at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto. The play, which has been brought across the pond by presenter David Mirvish is about a colony of convicts who are cast in a play by an officer of the navy at the urging of his captain. Of course, not all members of the colony take kindly to the sentiment of using convicts as actors over laborers. Ultimately, the underdogs do triumph and the play is a hit. (more...)