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BWW Review: ONE NIGHT ONLY is High Stakes Fun BWW Review: ONE NIGHT ONLY is High Stakes Fun
by Jason Carlos - February 07, 2016

ONE NIGHT ONLY: THE GREATEST MUSICAL NEVER WRITTEN is a unique night at a theatre; a fully improvised two-act musical featuring an all-star cast and a five-piece orchestra. As the name suggests, every night the musical is different based on audience interaction that drives the story. Every performan... (more...)
BWW Review: CHELSEA HOTEL Hits all the Right Notes BWW Review: CHELSEA HOTEL Hits all the Right Notes
by Jason Carlos - February 05, 2016

CHELSEA HOTEL: THE SONGS OF LEONARD COHEN is a celebration of the powerful and iconic anthems from Canadian music legend, Leonard Cohen. The production premiered in 2012 at Vancouver's Firehall Arts Centre and has since made stops across the country to critical acclaim. The Theatre 20 production is ... (more...)
BWW Review: Teale And McElhinney Led Gaslight Features Fantastic Performances But Feels Dated BWW Review: Teale And McElhinney Led Gaslight Features Fantastic Performances But Feels Dated
by Alan Henry - January 25, 2016

GASLIGHT, a thriller play which is the namesake for the term gaslighting (a form of psychological abuse in which false information is presented to the victim with the intent of making them doubt their sanity) opened in Toronto last week. The production stars Game of Thrones' Owen Teale and Ian McElh... (more...)
BWW Review: BIGMOUTH is Enormously Ambitious BWW Review: BIGMOUTH is Enormously Ambitious
by Jason Carlos - January 23, 2016

The Edinburgh Festival hit and critically acclaimed BIGMOUTH has finally landed in Canada with its Canadian premiere at the Panasonic Theatre. Belgian actor Valentijn Dhaenens seamlessly weaves together iconic speeches from the past 2,500 years. BIGMOUTH illustrates the profound power of rhetoric an... (more...)
BWW Review: The New Phantom of the Opera Will Always Live in the Original's Shadow BWW Review: The New Phantom of the Opera Will Always Live in the Original's Shadow
by Alan Henry - December 12, 2015

A new version of the iconic eighties mega musical, The Phantom of the Opera, opened tonight in Toronto at The Princess of Wales theatre - just a short distance away from what was once called The Pantages (now the Ed Mirvish) theatre where the original Canadian production of the musical ran for a dec... (more...)
BWW Review: CINDERELLA Will Enchant Toronto Over the Holidays BWW Review: CINDERELLA Will Enchant Toronto Over the Holidays
by Alan Henry - December 04, 2015

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella has arrived in Toronto and she will indeed be the belle of the ball this season amongst all the family friendly holiday shows. This touring production, derived from the 2013 Broadway version, is magical, funny, quirky, and full of heart.... (more...)
BWW Review: SEMINAR is Snappy, Sassy, and Smart BWW Review: SEMINAR is Snappy, Sassy, and Smart
by Jason Carlos - November 20, 2015

Theresa Rebeck's ambitious comedy, SEMINAR tells the story of four young writers who learn that sometimes the truth hurts after they hire Leonard, a famous novelist to mentor them for a 10-week master class. Rebeck is best known as the creator of the beloved television series Smash, and previous the... (more...)
BWW Review: JERSEY BOYS On Tour At Centre in the Square BWW Review: JERSEY BOYS On Tour At Centre in the Square
by Lauren Gienow - November 12, 2015

The touring company of JERSEY BOYS has made its current stop in Kitchener, Ontario at Centre in The Square. I had the opportunity to catch the first performance last night, and 'Oh What a Night' it was! This musical is clearly still going strong and the audience loved every moment of it.... (more...)
BWW Review: Strong Ensemble Cast Carries Factory Theatre's BANANA BOYS BWW Review: Strong Ensemble Cast Carries Factory Theatre's BANANA BOYS
by Jason Carlos - November 06, 2015

The second piece of Factory Theatre's Naked Season is Leon Aureus' BANANA BOYS, directed by Factory's artistic director Nina Lee Aquino. The ambitiously funny adaptation of the Terry Woo novel follows the lives of five Asian Canadians as they try to fit into the subculture of Canadian multiculturali... (more...)
BWW Review: Coal Mine's THE RIVER is the Epitome of Indie Theatre BWW Review: Coal Mine's THE RIVER is the Epitome of Indie Theatre
by Jason Carlos - November 03, 2015

If you're unfamiliar with The Coal Mine, venture off to Toronto's east-end for the best of indie theatre. Though their permanent space is currently under renovation, the new independent theatre company, entering their second season, shines in their temporary space in the heart of the Danforth. Descr... (more...)
BWW Review: Factory Theatre's AGE OF AROUSAL is Anything But Gritty BWW Review: Factory Theatre's AGE OF AROUSAL is Anything But Gritty
by Jason Carlos - October 23, 2015

Nina Lee Aquino, Artistic Director of the Factory Theatre describes their 2015/2016 Naked Season as 'pure theatrical encounters between the audience, the actor, the text, and the empty space that we all temporarily share'. Unfortunately, what was supposed to be reimagined, stripped down retelling of... (more...)
BWW Review: FUNNY GIRL at the Segal Centre is a Spunky and Sassy Success BWW Review: FUNNY GIRL at the Segal Centre is a Spunky and Sassy Success
by Meghan Pearson - October 16, 2015

The “Barbra Question” can often plague theatre companies when the idea of producing a Funny Girl musical is brought up. How can one produce the show in a way that even comes close to the iconic version that Streisand led in her breakout role? They face the additional obstacle of satisfying audience ... (more...)
BWW Review: Downton Abbey Fans Will Love UPSIDE DOWNTON, Others Not So Much BWW Review: Downton Abbey Fans Will Love UPSIDE DOWNTON, Others Not So Much
by Alan Henry - October 03, 2015

Upside Downton, a parody of the hit television show Downton Abbey has made its way to Toronto after successful runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in London. Starring Luke Kempner, who provides all the voices for 36 characters, this innovative one man show clocks in at just over an hour and is... (more...)
BWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Underwhelms in Toronto BWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Underwhelms in Toronto
by Alan Henry - September 26, 2015

Motown the Musical, the Broadway show which dramatizes the rise and fall of the record label of the same name, opened yesterday in Toronto at The Princess of Wales Theatre. Though full of hit songs you will recognize, overall the show was underwhelming and lacked enough exposition to hold the audien... (more...)
BWW Review: Soulpepper's HAPPY PLACE is Full of Honest Emotion BWW Review: Soulpepper's HAPPY PLACE is Full of Honest Emotion
by Jason Carlos - September 14, 2015

Another piece in Soulpepper's fall season is the sophomore production from Dora-Award winning playwright Pamela Mala Sinha.... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: Soulpepper's THE PLAY'S THE THING is Charmingly Clever BWW REVIEW: Soulpepper's THE PLAY'S THE THING is Charmingly Clever
by Jason Carlos - September 13, 2015

The latest revival of THE PLAY'S THE THING is another take at the Soulpepper favourite. Based on P.G. Wodehouse's adaptation of the 1926 classic, The Play at the Castle, and directed by Laszlo Marton who also took a stab at this production in both 1999 and 2003, you are sure in for a treat.... (more...)
BWW Review: The World Premiere of THE LAST WIFE at Stratford Festival BWW Review: The World Premiere of THE LAST WIFE at Stratford Festival
by Lauren Gienow - August 31, 2015

The World Premiere of THE LAST WIFE, written by Kate Hennig and directed by Alan Dilworth, took place earlier this month at the Stratford Festival's Studio Theatre. BWW recently had the opportunity to see the show, and found it to present an intriguing combination of history, drama, humour and femin... (more...)
BWW Review: Second City's CLICK BAIT & SWITCH is a Guaranteed Great Night Out BWW Review: Second City's CLICK BAIT & SWITCH is a Guaranteed Great Night Out
by Jason Carlos - August 29, 2015

CLICK BAIT & SWITCH, the latest mainstage revue at The Second City is a downright hilarious take of the ridiculousness of the current digital age we live in. Set against a backdrop of typical Internet click bait headlines, the cast of top-notch comedians perform sketch performances that are sure to ... (more...)
BWW Review: Stratford's THE ALCHEMIST is a Riot! BWW Review: Stratford's THE ALCHEMIST is a Riot!
by Lauren Gienow - August 20, 2015

If you are looking for a good laugh, 17th Century-style, then look no further than this season's production of Ben Jonson's THE ALCHEMIST, currently on stage at the Stratford Festival's Tom Patterson theatre. What a riot! This production, directed by Artistic Director, Antoni Cimolino, had the audie... (more...)
BWW Review: Stratford's LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST Hits a Home Run! BWW Review: Stratford's LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST Hits a Home Run!
by Lauren Gienow - August 19, 2015

LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST opened at the Stratford Festival's Festival Theatre on Friday night…and it hit a home run with the audience! Director, John Caird takes one of Shakespeare's earlier plays and makes it feel shiny and new. Assisting with this is an exceptional cast, captivating set design, and bea... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Shaw Festival's LIGHT UP THE SKY: Aging Script Not So Bright BWW Reviews: Shaw Festival's LIGHT UP THE SKY: Aging Script Not So Bright
by Michael Rabice - August 03, 2015

The Shaw Festival is known for dusting off old chestnuts and breathing new life into them. Unfortunately, its new production of Moss Hart's LIGHT UP THE SKY is  a chestnut better left in the attic to continue gathering dust.  Compared to his successful plays, like THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER  (with 7... (more...)
BWW Review: Stratford's OEDIPUS REX is Phenomenal BWW Review: Stratford's OEDIPUS REX is Phenomenal
by Lauren Gienow - August 01, 2015

This season, audiences are being thrilled by a phenomenal production of OEDIPUS REX at the Stratford Festival's Tom Patterson Theatre to thunderous applause. Superb performances by all bolstered this production of the famous play by Sophocles to the top of my 'Must See' list for this season.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: POSSIBLE WORLDS at Stratford Festival BWW Reviews: POSSIBLE WORLDS at Stratford Festival
by Lauren Gienow - July 19, 2015

Stratford Festival's Production of POSSIBLE WORLDS, directed by Mitchell Cushman, opened at the Studio Theatre this week. I had the opportunity to see this play one day early, during its very last preview performance. I can assure you that this play is unlike anything else you will at the Stratford ... (more...)
BWW Review: NEWSIES in Toronto is a Hit Full of Heart BWW Review: NEWSIES in Toronto is a Hit Full of Heart
by Alan Henry - July 09, 2015

You can't help but cheer for the loveable Newsies in Disney's Broadway musical based on the real news boy strike of 1899 and the financial flop film they produced on the matter in 1992. Disney's Newsies is a well written, incredibly designed, choreographed, and acted hit! Audiences are getting all o... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Stratford Festival's THE TAMING OF THE SHREW  is a Must See BWW Reviews: Stratford Festival's THE TAMING OF THE SHREW is a Must See
by Lauren Gienow - July 06, 2015

Shakespeare fans will be flocking to an exciting production of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW that is featured on the Festival Theatre stage at the Stratford Festival this season. Director Chris Abraham's recent contributions to the festival (particularly last season's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM) left patro... (more...)




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