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BWW Review: CANADA: THE THINKING MAN'S AMERICA at The Second City BWW Review: CANADA: THE THINKING MAN'S AMERICA at The Second City
by Taylor Long - May 22, 2017

It's time to celebrate Canada's sesqui…sesquicen….sequisecent…150th birthday! What better way to celebrate than with The Second City and their new show, CANADA: THE THINKING MAN'S AMERICA. A mash of improv, stand-up and something involving racoons that words can't quite describe - the show delivers ... (more...)
BWW Review: Rent in the 6ix Meets Opera in Against the Grain Theatre's LA BOHÈME BWW Review: Rent in the 6ix Meets Opera in Against the Grain Theatre's LA BOHÈME
by Taylor Long - May 20, 2017

You've never seen a more boho Boheme. Against the Grain Theatre (AtG) presents Puccini's LA BOHÈME in a real Toronto dive bar, The Tranzac Club. AtG is doing something incredible in the world of opera right now - they're growing. When opera houses around the world are reporting declines in ticket sa... (more...)
BWW Review: Drink to Love and Love to Drink at The Musical Stage Company's ONEGIN BWW Review: Drink to Love and Love to Drink at The Musical Stage Company's ONEGIN
by Taylor Long - May 18, 2017

You don't always get a second chance at love. The Musical Stage Company's ONEGIN presents this cautionary moral tale in 120 minutes of energetic, interactive musical theatre. A mix of old and new, Pushkin's famous poem and Tchaikovsky's renowned opera meet music and lyrics by creators Veda Hille and... (more...)
BWW Review: Poetry is in Motion in Soulpepper's FOR COLORED GIRLS BWW Review: Poetry is in Motion in Soulpepper's FOR COLORED GIRLS
by Taylor Long - May 15, 2017

Ntozake Shange's poetry is in very capable hands with Soulpepper Theatre Company's captivating production of FOR COLORED GIRLS…(for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf). Described as a 'choreopoem', the work is a spirited unity of written word and dance. The text alone... (more...)
BWW Review: THE BOY IN THE MOON at Crow's Theatre is Not Flashy, and That's Okay BWW Review: THE BOY IN THE MOON at Crow's Theatre is Not Flashy, and That's Okay
by Taylor Long - May 14, 2017

Heart defects. Cognitive delay. Growth hormone deficiency. These are just some of the symptoms that Cardiofaciocutaneous (CFC) syndrome can present. THE BOY IN THE MOON, by Emil Sher, examines the love and labour involved in raising a child born into these symptoms. Based on a book by Ian Brown, and... (more...)
BWW Review: IT'S ALL TRU is an Intimate Lesson in Sexual Health BWW Review: IT'S ALL TRU is an Intimate Lesson in Sexual Health
by Taylor Long - May 06, 2017

'HIV…You mean, AIDS?' Presented by The Cabaret Company, as part of the Buddies in Bad Times Theatre 2016-2017 season, IT'S ALL TRU examines misconceptions surrounding HIV, preventative therapies and how it relates to the law. Written and directed by Sky Gilbert, the play is an intelligent, intimate ... (more...)
BWW Review: THE RETURN Contorts the Circus Cliche BWW Review: THE RETURN Contorts the Circus Cliche
by Taylor Long - May 04, 2017

Few things are as exhilarating as bodies being flung into the air without crash mats. This is what you expect when you hear the word 'circus', but THE RETURN by Circa is much more than lifts and flips. Presented by Canadian Stage as the last show in their Spotlight Australia series, THE RETURN doesn... (more...)
BWW Review: Canadian Opera Company's TOSCA is a Total Triumph BWW Review: Canadian Opera Company's TOSCA is a Total Triumph
by Taylor Long - May 02, 2017

From the moment the orchestra plays its first note, the production is pure magic. The Canadian Opera Company (COC) ends their 2016-2017 season with a bang, with Puccini's TOSCA. Gorgeous music, grand sets and gripping performances coexist seamlessly in Paul Curran's production of one of opera's most... (more...)
BWW Review: Canadian Stage's MEETING and ENDINGS Awaken the Gamut of Human Emotion BWW Review: Canadian Stage's MEETING and ENDINGS Awaken the Gamut of Human Emotion
by Taylor Long - April 27, 2017

From fascination to fear, Canadian Stage's MEETING and ENDINGS are a rollercoaster ride of insight into the human condition. The two works are part of Canadian Stage's Spotlight Australia, a six-week showcase of cross-disciplinary performance running until May 7 and featuring the works of acclaimed ... (more...)
BWW Review: Opera Superstar ANNA NETREBKO Dazzles in Canadian Debut BWW Review: Opera Superstar ANNA NETREBKO Dazzles in Canadian Debut
by Taylor Long - April 26, 2017

Anna Netrebko performed to an adoring sold-out audience at Toronto's Four Seasons Centre on Tuesday evening. Netrebko was joined by husband and Azerbaijani tenor, Yusif Eyvazov and renowned Russian baritone, Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Led by Maestro Jader Bignamini, the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra br... (more...)
BWW Review: The Canadian Opera Company's LOUIS RIEL - A Step in the Right Direction BWW Review: The Canadian Opera Company's LOUIS RIEL - A Step in the Right Direction
by Taylor Long - April 24, 2017

Colonization is a controversial part of our heritage, and is central to the Canadian Opera Company's (COC) new production of Harry Somers' LOUIS RIEL. The production has sparked discourse on the use of Indigenous songs in opera, the portrayal of Indigenous men and women on stage and First Nations so... (more...)
BWW Review: Shakespeare's Reflection on Humanity is Powerfully Human in Why Not Theatre's PRINCE HAMLET BWW Review: Shakespeare's Reflection on Humanity is Powerfully Human in Why Not Theatre's PRINCE HAMLET
by Taylor Long - April 22, 2017

A gender-bending, English and American Sign Language (ASL) bilingual production of Shakespeare's Hamlet may sound ambitious - but it plays as compellingly human. Maybe you're not familiar with the story. Maybe you've seen it a hundred times. Regardless, Why Not Theatre's PRINCE HAMLET will defy your... (more...)
BWW Preview: 2017 Season is About to Raise the Curtain at the Shaw Festival BWW Preview: 2017 Season is About to Raise the Curtain at the Shaw Festival
by Roy Berko - April 05, 2017

Those nice people from the North who are getting ready to create great theater are beaconing people from CLE to be their guests.... (more...)
BWW Review: MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS Makes For A Fun Night of Frivolous Theatre BWW Review: MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS Makes For A Fun Night of Frivolous Theatre
by Alan Henry - March 24, 2017

Now officially open at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, Mrs. Henderson Presents is a light-hearted take on a rather heavy topic: the holocaust - specifically wartime London.... (more...)
Review Roundup: World Premiere of SOUSATZKA in Toronto - All The Reviews! Review Roundup: World Premiere of SOUSATZKA in Toronto - All The Reviews!
by Review Roundups - March 24, 2017

The reportedly Broadway-bound, world premiere engagement of SOUSATZKA, with book by Craig Lucas, music by David Shire, and lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr., based on the original novel 'Madame Sousatzka' by Bernice Rubens, opened last night in Toronto! Directed by Adrian Noble and choreographed by Grac... (more...)
BWW Review: Drabinsky's SOUSATZKA - Lackluster Material, Brilliantly Performed BWW Review: Drabinsky's SOUSATZKA - Lackluster Material, Brilliantly Performed
by Alan Henry - March 24, 2017

The much anticipated opening of Sousatzka, the musical billed as the comeback of Garth Drabinsky, took place last night at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto. Sousatzka tells the story of holocaust survivor Madame Sousatzka (Victoria Clark), her prodigy piano pupil Themba (Jordan Barrow) - and how the two... (more...)
BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON Will Make Toronto Believe All Over Again BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON Will Make Toronto Believe All Over Again
by Alan Henry - March 02, 2017

One of Broadway's biggest hits is back in Toronto and charming audiences for the third time. The Book of Mormon, which today is still one of Broadway's hottest tickets, is back due to overwhelming popular demand.... (more...)
BWW Review: COME FROM AWAY Is A Loving Tribute To The Best In All Of Us BWW Review: COME FROM AWAY Is A Loving Tribute To The Best In All Of Us
by Alan Henry - November 23, 2016

Come From Away is not a musical about the September 11th terrorist attacks - if anything it is the exact opposite. Come From Away is a musical about all that is good in people - compassion, care, love, acceptance, equality, and treating others with kindness. Truly, it is a musical written for now.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE AENEID at the Stratford Festival is an Important Piece of Art BWW Review: THE AENEID at the Stratford Festival is an Important Piece of Art
by Lauren Gienow - September 03, 2016

The Stratford Festival's production of THE AENEID, currently playing in repertory at the Studio Theatre, is not your standard version of Virgil's classic epic. Director, Keira Loughran brings an old story into the modern world-and does so to great effect with the World premiere of Maureen Labonte's ... (more...)
BWW Review: JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN at the Stratford Festival is a Powerful Night at the Theatre BWW Review: JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN at the Stratford Festival is a Powerful Night at the Theatre
by Lauren Gienow - August 29, 2016

Director, Carey Perloff has assembled a stellar cast for the Stratford Festival's production of Henrik Ibsen's JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN at the Tom Patterson Theatre. The Festival has commissioned the World Premiere of the English translation by Paul Walsh. The combination of an extraordinary cast, and t... (more...)
BWW Review: THE HYPOCHONDRIAC at the Stratford Festival is a Clever Laugh-Riot BWW Review: THE HYPOCHONDRIAC at the Stratford Festival is a Clever Laugh-Riot
by Lauren Gienow - August 22, 2016

A hysterical production of THE HYPOCHONDRIAC opened on Thursday night at the Stratford Festival and the audience clearly enjoyed it thoroughly. Directed by Artistic Director, Antoni Cimolino, and starring Stephen Ouimette, this production is a version by Richard Bean based on Chris Campbell's litera... (more...)
BWW Review: FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS BWW Review: FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS
by Maral Chouljian - August 06, 2016

Mixing elements from the traditional epic poem with modern theatre, FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (PART I, II, III), which opened at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts on Thursday, creates a thought-provoking exploration of both oppression and freedom.... (more...)
BWW Review: SWEENEY TODD at Shaw Festival BWW Review: SWEENEY TODD at Shaw Festival
by Michael Rabice - August 01, 2016

From it's ominous sounding opening organ chords, Stephen Sondheim makes it clear that you are in for a macabre evening of theatre as his masterpiece SWEENEY TODD begins. What sounds almost too gruesome to be appropriate for a musical has over the years had audiences and critics alike arguing whether... (more...)
BWW Review: Victorian Charmer ENGAGED Right at Home at Royal George Theatre BWW Review: Victorian Charmer ENGAGED Right at Home at Royal George Theatre
by Michael Rabice - July 11, 2016

The Shaw Festival has unearthed a bit of a gem, that in lesser hands may be considered no more than a cubic zirconium. W.S. Gilbert's ENGAGED is a frothy trifle that seems perfect for a midsummer's night. This delightful piece of Victoriana theatre can best be thought of as a play with thin operet... (more...)
BWW Review: MATILDA is the Must See Summer Musical BWW Review: MATILDA is the Must See Summer Musical
by Alan Henry - July 08, 2016

A brilliant production of Matilda the Musical opened last night in Toronto at The Ed Mirvish Theatre. The show, which I saw in in London with the original cast, is truly a family musical for the age we currently live in.... (more...)