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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...)


BWW Review: THE LAST FIVE YEARS Movie is a Marvelous Adaptation of Jason Robert Brown's Off-Broadway Musical Review BWW Review: THE LAST FIVE YEARS Movie is a Marvelous Adaptation of Jason Robert Brown's Off-Broadway Musical
by Alan Henry - September 08, 2014

The film adaptation of 'The Last Five Years,' based on the musical by Jason Robert Brown, had its world premiere last night at the Toronto International Film Festival. 'The Last Five Years' is a musical chronicling a relationship taking place over a five year period. Jamie Wallerstein is a young, talented up and coming novelist who falls in love with Cathy Hiatt, a struggling actress. Their story is told almost entirely through song. All of Cathy's songs begin at the end of their marriage and move backwards in time to the beginning of their love affair, while Jamie's songs start at the beginning of their affair and move forward to the end of their marriage. They meet in the center when Jamie proposes. (more...)


BWW Review: WICKED Continues To Amaze Audiences 9 Years After Toronto Debut Review BWW Review: WICKED Continues To Amaze Audiences 9 Years After Toronto Debut
by Alan Henry - September 05, 2014

One can't help but leave the Ed Mirvish Theatre on a high after a performance of 'Wicked,' a musical now in its 11th year on Broadway. The Wizard sings a tune in the show which begins with 'I am a sentimental man,' and as I watched him call the guards just before Elphaba (the Wicked Witch) takes flight at the close of the first act - I realized that this lyric perfectly summed up my thoughts on the production I was seeing tonight. (more...)


BWW Review: 'A TENDER THING' Fizzles and Frustrates Review BWW Review: 'A TENDER THING' Fizzles and Frustrates
by Catherine Kustanczy - August 20, 2014

Ben Power's 2009 play A Tender Thing is a creative re-imagining of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, with the two title characters as older figures in a lifelong relationship. Soulpepper Theatre Company's current production (on at the Young Centre through October 1st) features real-life couple Joseph Ziegler and Nancy Palk as the two star-crossed lovers. Though their performances are filled with warmth and knowing, they can't escape an essentially dreary production that pulls away the beauty of Shakespeare's language, even as it revels in some over-theatricalized decisions that mute the genuine emotion sitting at the heart of a less-than-perfect work. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Stratford Festival's 'THE BEAUX' STRATAGEM' Review BWW Reviews: Stratford Festival's 'THE BEAUX' STRATAGEM'
by Lauren Gienow - August 18, 2014

THE BEAUX' STRATAGEM, directed by Stratford Festival Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino opened to raucous laughter and thunderous applause Friday night at the Stratford Festival. With a cast like this, I would not expect anything less. This fun and thoughtful restoration comedy by George Farquhar, presents audiences with many players, harboring many talents... leading to many laughs. Needless to say, I suspect MANY tickets will be sold. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Stratford Festival's 'ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA' Review BWW Reviews: Stratford Festival's 'ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA'
by Lauren Gienow - August 16, 2014

William Shakespeare's ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA opened on Thursday night at Stratford Festival's Tom Patterson Theatre. Last performed at the festival in 2003, this production stars Geraint Wyn Davies and Yanna McIntosh as the famed Roman General and Queen of Egypt, respectively. Directed by Gary Griffin, and featuring many stellar performances, Shakespeare's perspective of this historic relationship is brought to life. (more...)


BWW Reviews: 'TARTUFFE' Sparkles With Comedy And Drama Review BWW Reviews: 'TARTUFFE' Sparkles With Comedy And Drama
by Catherine Kustanczy - August 15, 2014

Underneath the riotous comedy of Moliere's 1664 play Tartuffe is a tough family drama examining ideas of trust, power, and hypocrisy. Soulpepper Theatre Company's new production (on now through September 20th at the Young Centre) underlines these themes while providing plenty of laughs and a smart, contemporary take on a classic work. (more...)


BWW Review: Do You Hear The People Sing? Drayton's LES MISERABLES Shines Review BWW Review: Do You Hear The People Sing? Drayton's LES MISERABLES Shines
by Mary Alderson - August 13, 2014

The classic story turned epic musical has finally made its way to Grand Bend's Huron Country Playhouse. Based on Victor Hugo's novel, LES MISERABLES follows the life of prisoner 24601, Jean Valjean, who was thrown in jail for stealing a loaf of bread for a hungry child. (more...)


BWW Reviews: KING JOHN Impresses at the Stratford Festival Review BWW Reviews: KING JOHN Impresses at the Stratford Festival
by Roy Berko - August 07, 2014

King John, who reigned as the monarch of England from 1199-1216, was the son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, and the father of Henry III. The Shakespearean script concerning his reign is one of the true history plays by the Bard and is one of only two of his plays, the other being 'Richard II,' that are written entirely in script. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Stratford Festival's A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Chamber Play Review BWW Reviews: Stratford Festival's A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Chamber Play
by Lauren Gienow - August 02, 2014

From the moment the Stratford Festival production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM: A CHAMBER PLAY begins, it is clear that it will be an experience unlike any production of 'Dream' you have ever seen before. In fact, it will likely be a new experience to most Stratford Festival audiences. (more...)


BWW Reviews: 'NO CHANCE IN HELL' at the Best of Fringe is Heavenly Review BWW Reviews: 'NO CHANCE IN HELL' at the Best of Fringe is Heavenly
by Alan Henry - July 17, 2014

I am a huge fan of the Toronto Fringe Festival! It's a great platform for new shows to be presented to audiences. Some get picked up for the Mirvish Season - or by other theatre companies, and one has even made it all the way to Broadway (The Drowsy Chaperone.) (more...)


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