Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s 46th Season Announced
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2d ago
The Toronto Theatre Report: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre Season 2024-25 ted witzel, Artistic Director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, announced the company’s 46th season, a full year of programming, held by the phrase “Queerness is Divine Mystery,” co-curated with Buddies’ Artistic Associate Erum Khan. The works in this season, witzel’s first at the helm of the mainstay queer institution, seek out queerness not only as identity but as a way of being and acting in the world. Together Khan and witzel have pulled together works that gesture at audacious, poetic expressions of queerness, re ..read more
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A Wickedly Fun Gothic Horror Play, “The Bluffs” Storms the Toronto Fringe Festival
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5d ago
The Toronto Fringe Festival Report: Midtwenties Theatre’s The Bluffs By Ross This might be the first time in decades that I was in town and available to catch at least a few shows at Toronto’s exciting and diverse Fringe Festival, a ground-breaking theatrical platform for indie artists founded in 1989. It’s a wildly popular early-summer extravaganza with more shows than I can even comprehend, let alone take in. I hope to see at least two or three shows this time around as I settle into my new sublet in downtown Toronto, and it all started out extremely well. I was lucky enough to make my way ..read more
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The 2024 Winners of TAPA’s Dora Awards
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2w ago
The Toronto Theatre Report: 2024 TAPA’s Dora Award Winners Were Announced Last Night The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) announced the 44th annual Dora Award winners at a historic Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre ceremony on Monday, June 24. The wonderful Ryan G. Hinds, who I recently captivated the crowd at the Buddies in Bad Times 45th Anniversary celebration, hosted the ceremony along with award-winning music director & composer Adam Sakiyama, featuring musical guests and surprise presenters. According to TAPA, there are 228 nominations in this year’s awards, as w ..read more
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Crow’s Theatre, Musical Stage Company, and Soulpepper Theatre Company Take Home Numerous 2024 Toronto Theatre Critics’ Awards
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3w ago
The Company in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. Photo: Dahlia Katz. The Toronto Theatre Report: The 2024 Toronto Theatre Critics’ Awards Announced After a four-year hiatus, the Toronto Theatre Critics’ Awards (S) returned to honor excellence from the 2023-24 professional theatre season. The 11th TTCAs, announced Tuesday morning, June 11th, boast 19 winners across 14 categories, including a special citation for artistic achievement.  Crow’s Theatre and Soulpepper Theatre Company were the big winners this year, each receiving seven awards, with the sensationally well-received ..read more
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Canadian Stage’s Dream in High Park Gives Toronto a “Hamlet” Under the Stars
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1M ago
Beck Lloyd (top) and Qasim Khan. Photo by Dahlia Katz. Canadian Stage celebrates 41 years of High Park performances with a production of one of Shakespeare’s most iconic plays   HAMLET   Directed by Jessica Carmichael   Featuring a luminous cast led by Qasim Khan as Hamlet,  with Prince Amponsah, Raquel Duffy, Christo Graham, Stephen Jackman-Torkoff, Sam Khalilieh, Breton Lalama, Beck Lloyd, Dan Mousseau, Amelia Sargisson, James Dallas Smith,  and featuring Diego Matamoros as Claudius.   On stage July 21 – September 1 in the glorious High Park Amphitheatre h ..read more
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Stratford’s “Romeo and Juliet” Never Truly Finds its Originality
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Jonathan Mason as Romeo and Vanessa Sears as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. Stratford Festival 2024. Photo: David Hou. The Stratford Festival Theatre Review: Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet By Ross Drumming up a goddess in white, she sings from the opening monologue that lays the groundwork for Stratford Festival‘s Romeo and Juliet. It’s a sparkling starry opening, drawing forth images of star-crossed lovers that look to the heavens for guidance. Captivating and engaging in its creation, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is getting the full treatment this year playing well and true. Directed with det ..read more
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Stratford Festival’s “La Cage Aux Folles” Is The Pride and Joy of This Ontario Town
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1M ago
Steve Ross as Albin playing Zaza (centre) with from left: Jordan Goodridge as Mercedes, Josh Doig as Chantal, David Andrew Reid as Bitelle, Eric Abel as Hanna, David Ball as Phaedra, and George Absi as Angelique in La Cage aux Folles. Stratford Festival 2024. Photo: David Hou. The Stratford Festival Theatre Review: La Cage Aux Folles By Ross Surrounded on all sides by an excited opening night crowd, that’s not exactly gaudy, but certainly glittery, Stratford Festival gloriously presents a thrilling production of the 1983 Tony Award-winning musical, La Cage Aux Folles. With a delightful endeari ..read more
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Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler” and Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline”: Illuminated Majestically at the Stratford Festival 2024
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1M ago
The Stratford Theatre Review: Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler and Shakespeare’s Cymbeline By Ross Tom Patterson was a man of great vision. He was a Stratford, Ontario-born journalist who founded the Stratford Festival, then called the Stratford Shakespearean Festival, the largest theatre festival in Canada. He saw something in this small town that maybe no one else saw. Now his namesake theatre, the lovely Tom Patterson Theatre is home to two ultra-captivating and illuminating revivals, shedding light on two classics that sometimes can overwhelm and conquer others. But not here. Both ..read more
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The Stratford “Something Rotten!” Ensemble Delivers Farcical Fun in Fantastic Abundance
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1M ago
Mark Uhre as Nick Bottom with members of the company in Something Rotten!. Stratford Festival 2024. Photo: Ann Baggley. The Stratford Festival Theatre Review: Something Rotten! By Ross “Welcome to the Renaissance“, indeed! Captivatingly sung by the jaunting minstrel, joyfully delivered by Jeremy Carver-James (Citadel’s 9 to 5) standing tall on his soap box, the energy and excitement of this show are lit from within almost instantaneously. Soaring like a sweet violin, the Stratford Festival has delivered the goods to the highest of levels with its solidly hilarious and well-performed production ..read more
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Stratford Festival’s “Twelfth Night” Charms Endearingly, Miro-Style
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Members of the company in Twelfth Night. Stratford Festival 2024. Photo: David Hou. The Stratford Theatre Review: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night By Ross Two siblings stand tall, side by side, in the beautiful warm light of connection at the Stratford Festival‘s premiere opening night. There’s a crack of light and sound, ushering forth a storm, a shipwreck, and a forced disconnect, all to the glorious emotional sound of a slide trombone played to strong effect in the first few moments of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Written somewhere around 1601–1602, this favored romantic comedy, as directed lovi ..read more
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