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The Odd Couple: Review

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Comedy can be tough. Jokes either work or they don’t, references can be missed, and physical gags can fail miserably in the wrong hands. But it gets worse: humour goes through trends and changes over time. What was funny in … The Odd Couple: Review continued…
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Shakespeare Double Feature

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This summer, Shakespeare lovers have their pick of plays to see. Whether you want to take the drive to Stratford or the subway to High Park, there’s a handful of productions for the Bard Lover in all of us to … Shakespeare Double Feature continued…
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Brothel #9 Review

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Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending a play called Brothel #9 at Toronto’s Factory Theatre. Brothel #9, by Anusree Roy, is a riveting play that follows the story of Rekha, a young Indian girl sold into prostitution … Brothel #9 Review continued…
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Barrymore’s Triumph in Elgin Theater

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The audience crowds the ornate Elgin Theater. The lights dim. The curtain rises. There’s an empty stage, but two men are shouting from either side. And then, Christopher Plummer strides to center stage in a crisp 1920s navy suit and … Barrymore’s Triumph in Elgin Theater continued…
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Mariinsky Ballet’s Swan Lake

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The recent success and critical acclaim for Darren Aronofsky’s magnificent film ‘Black Swan’ has brought ballet back to center stage. Torontonians in particular are in for a real treat: Russia’s Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet, who first performed the dance in 1895, will … Mariinsky Ballet’s Swan Lake continued…
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Barefoot In The Park Review

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The Fairview Library Theatre is no special venue: essentially, it’s a concrete encased space with rows of comfy seats. It feels subterranean and industrial… that is, until the curtain rises. With Amicus Productions’ presentation of Neil Simon’s classic anti-romantic comedy … Barefoot In The Park Review continued…
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Soulpepper’s A Christmas Carol: A Feast For The Imagination

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In some respects, Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is a tale about stepping back from the commercialism of the holiday season. It is a tale that strips down the decked out holiday, revealing that, at its core, Christmas is about … Soulpepper’s A Christmas Carol: A Feast For The Imagination continued…
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Hart House Theatre’s Production of Equus: Stabbing, Stables, and Instability

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Equus has come to be known as one of the twentieth century’s finest psychological dramas. The riveting play concerns seventeen year old Alan Strang, recently institutionalized for the unsettling crime of blinding five horses in the middle of the night. … Hart House Theatre’s Production of Equus: Stabbing, Stables, and Instability continued…
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The National Ballet of Canada’s Cinderella: A Jazz Age Fairy Tale

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As a child, I found Cinderella to be the least intriguing of all the Disney princesses: she was simperingly sweet, had no backbone, and needed an entire cast of characters to help her get a leg up. My conception of … The National Ballet of Canada’s Cinderella: A Jazz Age Fairy Tale continued…
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