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BWW Review: HGJTC's THEREFORE CHOOSE LIFE is Sheer Perfection Review BWW Review: HGJTC's THEREFORE CHOOSE LIFE is Sheer Perfection
by Alan Henry - April 25, 2015

I wasn't quite sure what to expect when walking into Therefore Choose Life, a new play based on a true story by Broadway leading man Jake Epstein and his mother Kathy Kacer, produced by The Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company. The play is about a man (Joseph, played by Avery Saltzman) who is married during the holocaust, and presumes his wife dead after being separated in a concentration camp. After the war he moves to Toronto and eventually remarries and has a son, never forgetting the love he lost. Thirty years later, just before his 25th wedding anniversary, he learns his first wife is alive and coming to see him.  (more...)


BWW Review: HERETIC Misses a Few Targets Review BWW Review: HERETIC Misses a Few Targets
by Jason Carlos - April 12, 2015

Perfect? Far from it - but the Soup Can Theatre's latest production, HERETIC still showcases the beauty of indie theatre. Framed as a one-woman show, Sarah Thorpe both directs and stars in this new retelling of the story of Joan of Arc. The 50-minute production highlights the complex aspects of Joan, while speaking in a contemporary and modern tone. (more...)


BWW Review: DAME EDNA Bids Her Possums A Glorious Goodbye in Toronto Review BWW Review: DAME EDNA Bids Her Possums A Glorious Goodbye in Toronto
by Alan Henry - April 12, 2015

It's very rare that you see a performer so skilled in his/her craft that that performer can command the attention of two thousand patrons for two and a half hours single handedly. On Thursday night I had the pleasure of witnessing such a performance: that of Barry Humphries - or as he's best known, Dame Edna. (more...)


BWW Review: THE DAISY THEATRE Is A Wild Ride Review BWW Review: THE DAISY THEATRE Is A Wild Ride
by Jason Carlos - March 23, 2015

Ronnie Burkett's THE DAISY THEATRE is a unique night of live entertainment. His unscripted and over the top show featuring over forty marionette puppets will have you laughing out loud for the whole 90(ish) minute run. At the beginning of the show Ronnie explains that it may run over depending what crazy acts and puppets he decides to bring out - regardless, you are guaranteed to have a night you will never forget. (more...)


BWW Review: BULL is a Thrilling Fight Full of Punch Review BWW Review: BULL is a Thrilling Fight Full of Punch
by Jason Carlos - March 19, 2015

The Coal Mine Theatre's second production, Mike Bartlett's BULL, offers a cutthroat and ruthless look into a highly competitive workplace situation. This small independent theatre company located at the bottom of a Danforth pizza joint offers a new experience for Toronto theatregoers in the East End. (more...)


BWW Review: VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE Has All The Makings Of A Hit Broadway Play Review BWW Review: VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE Has All The Makings Of A Hit Broadway Play
by Alan Henry - March 18, 2015

Christopher Durang's Tony Award winning play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, opened last night at the Panasonic Theatre. The play's premise is reminiscent of a sitcom: Masha, a famous actress past her prime (and the most successful sibling) returns home for a weekend to visit her siblings Sonia and Vanya. Sonia and Vanya have spent the last 15 years caring for their aging parents who have since passed away. Sonia is especially jealous of the success Masha has had. (more...)


BWW Review: TIME STANDS STILL is a Cathartic Theatrical Journey Review BWW Review: TIME STANDS STILL is a Cathartic Theatrical Journey
by Jason Carlos - March 17, 2015

The TSS Collective is presenting a remount of last summer's hit Toronto Fringe show, TIME STANDS STILL by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies. Director Jordan Merkur expertly stages this Tony Award-nominated play with a strong cast, set and direction. From start to finish, the audience was captivated by the heartbreaking screenplay and moved by the vulnerability of the actors. (more...)


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...)