BWW Interview: The Star of Stratford Festival's TIMON OF ATHENS on the Play's Upcoming Cinematic Release BWW Interview: The Star of Stratford Festival's TIMON OF ATHENS on the Play's Upcoming Cinematic Release
by Lauren Gienow - Apr 21, 2018

This Sunday, April 22nd, will mark the cinematic release of the 2017 Stratford Festival production of TIMON OF ATHENS - One of Shakespeare's later plays, for which productions are not nearly as common as some of Shakespeare's other stories. Directed for the stage by Stephen Ouimette, and directed for the screen by Barry Avrich, TIMON OF ATHENS is a story of a man who gives generously but does not pay close enough attention to his own debt. When the collectors come calling, Timon's friends do not show up for him like he did for them. This betrayal drastically changes his worldview and sends him into a tragic, reclusive life. Joseph Ziegler, who portrayed Timon in the production, was kind enough to chat with Broadway World about bringing this play to the big screen. (more...)

FUN HOME Sets Records and Adds Performances Through May 20 FUN HOME Sets Records and Adds Performances Through May 20
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2018

David Mirvish's presentation of The Musical Stage Company's production of FUN HOME has had its run extended by two weeks. The show will now play until Sunday May 20, 2018 at the CAA Theatre. (more...)

Photo Flash: Off-Mirvish Presents Tony Award-Winning Best Musical FUN HOME Photo Flash: Off-Mirvish Presents Tony Award-Winning Best Musical FUN HOME
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2018

The Musical Stage Company production of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, FUN HOME is now on stage and plays through May 6th, 2018 at the CAA Theatre.   (more...)

FUN HOME Begins Tonight as Final Show of 2017/18 Off-Mirvish Series FUN HOME Begins Tonight as Final Show of 2017/18 Off-Mirvish Series
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2018

Performances for The Musical Stage Company production of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, FUN HOME begins tonight and plays through May 6th, 2018 at the CAA Theatre.   (more...)

Photo Flash: Young People's Theatre Presents The World Premiere Of RISKY PHIL By Paula Wing Photo Flash: Young People's Theatre Presents The World Premiere Of RISKY PHIL By Paula Wing
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2018

Young People's Theatre (YPT) proudly presents the World Premiere of Risky Phil by the award-winning playwright Paula Wing. This comedy-drama about fathers and sons will be presented on the Mainstage from April 9 to 27. (more...)

BWW Review: ANIMAL FARM at Soulpepper Uses Humour to Reel You In BWW Review: ANIMAL FARM at Soulpepper Uses Humour to Reel You In
by Taylor Long - Mar 20, 2018

I would watch a Ravi Jain directed production of the phone book. ANIMAL FARM, presented by Soulpepper, is an adaption of George Orwell's famous novel by Canadian playwright Anthony MacMahon. Jain and MacMahon design a campy, satirical world for the farm animals, using humour as a reel to hook the audience into deeper discussions about humanity and society. It's persuasive, troubling, and honestly funny. (more...)

BWW Review: Soulpepper's IDOMENEUS Resonates Through Jarring Storytelling BWW Review: Soulpepper's IDOMENEUS Resonates Through Jarring Storytelling
by Taylor Long - Mar 15, 2018

'That's not what happened.' Soulpepper's IDOMENEUS tells the story of a famous Greek myth - but plays with the mode of storytelling to create something remarkable. Roland Schimmelpfennig's modern play comes to life in a timeless zone of monochromatic universality in Alan Dilworth's production, designed by Lorenzo Savoini. Using a chorus of voices, the narrative weaves between past and present, fact and fiction - presenting themes that resonate not only within the world of Soulpepper, but within the world at large. (more...)

BWW Review: National Ballet Delivers Grand Spectacle with THE SLEEPING BEAUTY BWW Review: National Ballet Delivers Grand Spectacle with THE SLEEPING BEAUTY
by Taylor Long - Mar 11, 2018

Tchaikovsky's exquisite score meets Nureyev's exhilarating choreography in a sensational grand ballet experience. The National Ballet of Canada brings back their celebrated production of Tchaikovsky's THE SLEEPING BEAUTY, choreographed by the late Rudolf Nureyev. A dancer himself, Nureyev's creative stamp on the piece expands the already technically challenging choreography originally created by Marius Petipa - adding depth to the Prince's role with variations of amplified difficulty. Even the most ardent ballet critic is sure to be impressed by the extreme athleticism required to dance this production. (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside THE SECRET GARDEN at Young People's Theatre Photo Flash: Inside THE SECRET GARDEN at Young People's Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2018

THE SECRET GARDEN by Paul Ledoux, adapted from the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Directed by Allen MacInnis. Featuring Simon Bracken, Vivien Endicott-Douglas, Natalia Gracious, Dan Lett, Sarah Mennell, Jake Runeckles and Benjamin Sutherland. (more...)

BWW Review: A DELICATE BALANCE at Soulpepper is Sophisticated Dysfunction at its Best BWW Review: A DELICATE BALANCE at Soulpepper is Sophisticated Dysfunction at its Best
by Taylor Long - Jan 30, 2018

Compared to the in-your-face absurdity of November's 'The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?' A DELICATE BALANCE displays a softer, more subtle Albee without softening the devastating impact. Directed by Diana Leblanc, Soulpepper's production simmers-exploring dysfunction through the lens of characters that are grounded in reality. (more...)

BWW Review: MR. SHI AND HIS LOVER Croons at the Intersection of Musical and Opera BWW Review: MR. SHI AND HIS LOVER Croons at the Intersection of Musical and Opera
by Taylor Long - Dec 10, 2017

MR. SHI AND HIS LOVER, a new take on an old love story, manipulates perception in a tale of perception manipulation. Through seven non-linear scenes, performed in Mandarin with Chinese and English surtitles, MR. SHI AND HIS LOVER integrates a mix of introspective arias and narrative songs. The themes and boundaries of love are explored in an exploration of music that is difficult to pin down. Is it an opera? Or is it more of a musical? (more...)

BWW Review: Predictability Increases Unpredictability in Canadian Stage's HEISENBERG BWW Review: Predictability Increases Unpredictability in Canadian Stage's HEISENBERG
by Taylor Long - Dec 4, 2017

Uncertainty, or the state of being uncertain, involves not being able to clearly identify or define something. Simon Stephens' HEISENBERG thrives on uncertainty. Using physicist Werner Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle as the underlying theme, Canadian Stage's Canadian premiere production fuses science and love in a hard-to-follow tale of opposites attract. (more...)

BWW Review: The National Ballet's NIJINSKY; The Dancer Trapped in the Man BWW Review: The National Ballet's NIJINSKY; The Dancer Trapped in the Man
by Taylor Long - Nov 25, 2017

The mind is a fascinating, terrifying and often incomprehensible place. The National Ballet of Canada's production of John Neumeier's NIJINSKY explores the mind through the lens of one of the world's most famous ballet dancers, Vaslav Nijinsky. Neumeier's skilled theatricality encompasses the piece, informing the set, costumes and choreography - creating a work of art that is deliriously captivating. (more...)

BWW Review: Gasps All Around at Mirvish's DISGRACED BWW Review: Gasps All Around at Mirvish's DISGRACED
by Taylor Long - Nov 17, 2017

A lesson in what not to say at a dinner party, Mirvish's presentation of Ayad Akhtar's DISGRACED is tense and unsettling. Originally a production from the Hope and Hell Theatre Company, director Robert Ross Parker discusses the play as having 'the power to make us uncomfortable.' Certainly true. As the play dove into controversial discussions of identity politics, gasps were audible all around. (more...)

BWW Review: Soulpepper's THE GOAT OR, WHO IS SYLVIA? Shocks with Gripping Performances BWW Review: Soulpepper's THE GOAT OR, WHO IS SYLVIA? Shocks with Gripping Performances
by Taylor Long - Nov 9, 2017

'You don't understand,' repeats Martin. You'll have to see it to really understand. Soulpepper presents Edward Albee's shocking Tony Award-winning play, THE GOAT OR, WHO IS SYLVIA? (2002) Featuring an outstanding cast, including Soulpepper's Artistic Director, Albert Schultz, this production is proof that tremendous performances can sell any subject matter - no matter how taboo. (more...)

Photo Flash: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Opens Tonight at Young People's Theatre Photo Flash: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Opens Tonight at Young People's Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2017

Young People's Theatre has become known for their joyous Holiday shows and this season's offering couldn't be better! (more...)

DISGRACED Returns to Toronto With A Vengeance Next Month DISGRACED Returns to Toronto With A Vengeance Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2017

David Mirvish has just announced the return of DISGRACED to the Panasonic Theatre for a strictly limited encore engagement, November 11 to 26, 2017. (more...)

The National Ballet of Canada to Bring NIJINSKY to Paris The National Ballet of Canada to Bring NIJINSKY to Paris
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2017

Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced the principal casting for the company's upcoming tour to Paris with performances of Nijinsky, a ballet by John Neumeier. (more...)

BWW Review: THE BREATHING HOLE at the Stratford Festival Offers Beautiful Design and Compelling Storytelling BWW Review: THE BREATHING HOLE at the Stratford Festival Offers Beautiful Design and Compelling Storytelling
by Lauren Gienow - Sep 23, 2017

Marking its world premiere, the Stratford Festival Commissioned production of Colleen Murphy's THE BREATHING HOLE is an incredible piece of theatre that is both groundbreaking and deeply moving. Directed by Reneltta Arluk, this production boasts a fantastic cast, beautiful design, and marvellous and endearing polar bear puppets. Tickets are hard to come by, but if you can see this production, you MUST. (more...)

BWW Review: The Story of THE KOMAGATA MARU INCIDENT Gets Lost in this Underwhelming Production at the Stratford Festival BWW Review: The Story of THE KOMAGATA MARU INCIDENT Gets Lost in this Underwhelming Production at the Stratford Festival
by Lauren Gienow - Sep 20, 2017

In 1914, hundreds of British subjects of the Sikh faith were not allowed off of the boat they traveled to Canada on, and denied entry at the Vancouver harbour based on xenophobia and racist immigration policies. This story of the people aboard the Komagata Maru is an important part of Canadian history to be remembered and an important story to tell. The story is told on stage this season at the Stratford Festival in THE KOMAGATA MARU INCIDENT written by Sharon Pollock and directed by Keira Loughran. Unfortunately, the choices made in the way the story is told, cause the power of its message to not resonate nearly as much as it should be resonating at a time when it is so incredibly relevant in society. (more...)

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