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BWW Review: Stratford's OEDIPUS REX is Phenomenal Review 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 Review 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 Festival this season. Thought-provoking, imaginative, and at times bizarre, this play may not be everyone's cup of tea, but anyone who sees it will certainly exit the theatre with an appreciation for the talented cast and crew who brought it to life. They will also likely find themselves thinking about it for the duration of the evening. (more...)


BWW Review: NEWSIES in Toronto is a Hit Full of Heart Review 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 of the great Disney quality music they've come to expect from legendary composer Alan Menken along with a story line that is as timely as ever with university, teacher, and grocery workers strikes appearing almost daily in the headlines. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Stratford Festival's THE TAMING OF THE SHREW  is a Must See Review 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 patrons wondering what surprises he had up his sleeve for this production. Although SHREW was not altered nearly as much as MIDSUMMER was, Mr. Abraham certainly had fun with the first few scenes and also skillfully managed to find the right tone for what is one of Shakespeare's more unsettling comedies. (more...)


BWW Review: Toronto Says 'YEAH' To Kinky Boots Review BWW Review: Toronto Says 'YEAH' To Kinky Boots
by Alan Henry - June 29, 2015

There's a party happening every day at The Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto - and that party is the Canadian production of Kinky Boots which opened Sunday night. The mostly Canadian cast, save for American newcomer Alan Mingo Jr. as Lola earned a standing ovation from the opening night audience. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Stratford Festival's SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER Review BWW Reviews: Stratford Festival's SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER
by Lauren Gienow - June 24, 2015

SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER opened recently at Stratford Festival's Avon Theatre. As you watch it, it quickly becomes apparent as to why this play has withheld the test of time. Laugh out loud humour, beautiful set design, and an excellent cast make for an enjoyable evening (or matinee) at the theatre. (more...)


BWW Review: THE ADVENTURES OF PERICLES at the Stratford Festival is Moving and Fun Review BWW Review: THE ADVENTURES OF PERICLES at the Stratford Festival is Moving and Fun
by Lauren Gienow - June 05, 2015

THE ADVENTURES OF PERICLES by William Shakespeare, and directed by Scott Wentworth, opened at Stratford Festival's Tom Patterson Theatre on Saturday night. Starring Evan Buliung as the title character, this production was moving and fun from beginning to end. (more...)


BWW Reviews: SWEET CHARITY at SHAW FESTIVAL Review BWW Reviews: SWEET CHARITY at SHAW FESTIVAL
by Michael Rabice - June 01, 2015

Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields iconic 1960's musical SWEET CHARITY is playing on the stage of the Festival Theatre as this year's musical offering at the Shaw Festival in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario. Visually stunning and often energetically infectious, this musical, with book by Neil Simon, comes at a time when everything mod is new again. The 'MAD MEN' era has made a resurgence in clothing and home furnishings, so this nod to the past seems perfectly placed. Coleman's score includes such standards as 'Big Spender' and 'If My Friends Could See Me Now.' (more...)


BWW Review: The Performers Rise to the Challenge in Stratford Festival's CAROUSEL Review BWW Review: The Performers Rise to the Challenge in Stratford Festival's CAROUSEL
by Lauren Gienow - June 01, 2015

Stratford Festival's production of CAROUSEL opened on May 29th at the Avon Theatre. Despite an unsettling story with challenging themes, the performers in this production are able to rise to the challenge and present some of the finest song and dance that this stage has seen. (more...)


BWW Review: Stratford Festival's THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK is an Honest and Stunning production Review BWW Review: Stratford Festival's THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK is an Honest and Stunning production
by Lauren Gienow - May 31, 2015

On Thursday May 29th, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK opened at the Stratford Festival. It was an honest, stunning production that featured beautiful performances by all involved. (more...)


BWW Review: Stratford Festival's THE PHYSICISTS is Delightfully Disturbing Review BWW Review: Stratford Festival's THE PHYSICISTS is Delightfully Disturbing
by Lauren Gienow - May 31, 2015

If you happen to be coming to Stratford Festival looking for a show that makes you laugh, think, and question whether the human race is doomed-all in equal measure…then look no further than director Miles Potter's disturbingly delightful production of THE PHYSICISTS. If you did not know you were looking for a show that did those things to you…well, trust me. You are. Come see this show. (more...)


BWW Review: A Star is Born in Stratford's THE SOUND OF MUSIC Review BWW Review: A Star is Born in Stratford's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
by Alan Henry - May 30, 2015

It's rare that you walk out of a show knowing you've witnessed history - and that is just what those seeing The Sound of Music at The Stratford Festival will be experiencing. Stratford's staging of the classic show, by director/choreographer Donna Feore will be talked about for years to come. (more...)


BWW Review: M'DEA UNDONE, Not Your Typical Opera Review BWW Review: M'DEA UNDONE, Not Your Typical Opera
by Jason Carlos - May 27, 2015

Adapted from a scene of Euripides' Medea, the Tapestry Opera's latest production of M'DEA UNDONE brings the myth and tragedy of this classic story to modern times. The opera takes place in the twenty-first century as Jason, a former army captain, begins a new political career and begins to distance himself from his wife M'dea and son Chase. A complicated and powerful piece, themes of love, revenge, and jealousy are explored. Librettist Marjorie Chan and Composer John Harris compliment each other perfectly in this stunning new work. (more...)


BWW Review: Stratford Festival's HAMLET is Exciting from Start to Finish Review BWW Review: Stratford Festival's HAMLET is Exciting from Start to Finish
by Lauren Gienow - May 26, 2015

HAMLET opened the 63rd season of the Stratford Festival to resounding applause at the Festival Theatre on Monday night. Directed by the Festival's Artistic Director, Antoni Cimolino, this HAMLET is exciting from start to finish. The entire ensemble shines as brightly as the light used to represent King Hamlet's ghost (Note: It is a very bright light). (more...)


BWW Review: TITANIC Doesn't Sink At The Princess of Wales Theatre Review BWW Review: TITANIC Doesn't Sink At The Princess of Wales Theatre
by Alan Henry - May 25, 2015

Titanic the Musical opened yesterday afternoon in Toronto, and was met by thunderous applause and a standing ovation following the performance. The musical, which opened in 1997 on Broadway and pre-dates the James Cameron film went on to win five Tony Awards including 'Best Musical' - but still closed at a significant financial loss on Broadway and was negatively received by critics. (more...)


BWW REVIEW: Julia Cho's DURANGO is Driven by Complex Characters Review BWW REVIEW: Julia Cho's DURANGO is Driven by Complex Characters
by Jason Carlos - May 25, 2015

Theatre Smash and fu-GEN Theatre Company present the world premiere of Julia Cho's DURANGO - a complex and character-driven piece that tells the story of a Korean-American family who's lives change after a family road trip to Durango, Colarado. (more...)


BWW Review: MORRO AND JASP 9-5 is Charmingly Entertaining! Review BWW Review: MORRO AND JASP 9-5 is Charmingly Entertaining!
by Jason Carlos - May 20, 2015

What do you get you put two clowns in an office with a water cooler and a bag of Cheetos? Absolute. Perfection. Morro and Jasp's latest production, 9-5 created and performed by Heather Marie Annis and Amy Lee in their signature roles is a 'high-quality', laugh out loud night at the Factory Theatre. (more...)


BWW Review: The LOT's AMERICAN IDIOT Is High Energy Rock And Roll Review BWW Review: The LOT's AMERICAN IDIOT Is High Energy Rock And Roll
by Brittany Goldfield Rodrigues - May 14, 2015

Greenday's musical AMERICAN IDIOT is as close as most theatregoers will get to a rock concert - save for THE ROCK OF AGES. The Lower Ossington Theatre's production of the Tony Award winning musical written by Billie Joe Armstrong stays true to the show's rock and roll energy, but makes it its own with impeccable casting. (more...)


BWW Review: BEDROOM FARCE is Messy and Hilarious! Review BWW Review: BEDROOM FARCE is Messy and Hilarious!
by Jason Carlos - May 12, 2015

Soulpepper's latest production of BEDROOM FARCE by Alan Ayckbourn is a laugh out loud performance. Centered around dysfunctional couple Trevor and Susannah, played by Ron Pederson and Amy Matysio, the comedy weaves together the hilarious night of four very different marriages - with all the chaos happening in the bedroom. Problems of intimacy, a ruined dinner party and the question of whether to eat sardines on toast in bed all add up to create a ridiculously funny jumble of commotion. (more...)


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...)






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