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    Live Theatre in Toronto

    Kim's Convenience - Soulpepper "Kim's Convenience" is just terrific! I'm glad to say that its translation from Fringe Festival hit, to a larger, more formal venue hasn't hurt it one bit. Inis Choi, the playwright and actor, has written a marvelously funny and touching play about life in a...
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    Live Theatre in Toronto

    The Golden Dragon-Tarragon Theatre Pink Lucy, I get to see the Blue Dragon at the end of the month. Your take on the play is what I've always thought of Lepage’s work: a lot of cold, "cool tricks". But, speaking of dragons... "The Golden Dragon" by Roland Schimmelpfennig amazed me with...
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    Urban Shocker's Neighbourhood Watch

    Happy New Year to you, bacolod, and to all on Urban Toronto ca!
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    Live Theatre in Toronto

    American Idiot- Toronto Centre for the Arts-Dancap Productions "...the first great musical of the 21st century." Richard Ouzounian Really? Good thing we've got 89...88 years left. I enjoyed the same 95 minutes of "American Idiot" that Ouzounian saw, but thought "Oh, no! How much more of this...
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    Live Theatre in Toronto

    Red-Canadian Stage I'm glad to agree with Canmark's review of this play, and after my sugar overdose at Mary Poppins, it was refreshing to be fed some high quality protein. Red, features Jim Mezon (Mark Rothko) and David Coomber (Ken). In 1958, Rothko was commissioned to paint murals for the...
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    Live Theatre in Toronto

    Mary Poppins-Princess of Wales Theatre Mary Poppins...Mary Poppins... I agree completely with Pink Lucy; I enjoyed, but didn't love it. The ingredients for a top-notch musical were there: excellent voices, dancing and a really marvelous set, but there were too many spoonfuls of sugar to make it...
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    Live Theatre in Toronto

    Memphis-Dancap-Toronto Centre for the Arts "Memphis" is a rare bird;a musical about the integration of the American music scene in 1950's Memphis that resisted becoming a "jukebox", forcing top-ten hits to fit a narrative. Instead, we're given new music, inspired by the era, but original to the...
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    Toronto | Ryerson's Mattamy Athletics Centre + Loblaws at the Gardens | ?m | ?s | Ryerson University | Turner Fleischer

    Hume likes it! He really likes it! http://www.thestar.com/videozone/1095035--hume-maple-leaf-gardens
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    Live Theatre in Toronto

    I saw "The Adams Family" too, and I agree with you, Canmark; it was fun! I loved the set! The production was very slick, and some of the numbers were very touching, especially Uncle Fester's ode to the moon! I have to encourage people to go and see "The Sankofa Trilogy", d'bi.young...
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    Live Theatre in Toronto

    White Biting Dog-Soulpepper Theatre Last night was the final performance of Soulpepper's production of "White Biting Dog" Judith Thompson's 1984 Governor General's award wining play. "Cape Race, a desperate lawyer, is prevented from committing suicide by a small white dog as he stands atop...
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    Live Theatre in Toronto

    Another Africa-Volcano Theatre-Canadian Stage I agree with Tewder and Pink Lucy: Chess was less than the sum of its parts. “Another Africa", that debuted at Luminato as part of “The Africa Trilogy", has too many parts, all thrown on the stage at once. There are two plays: "Shine Your Eye"...
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    Live Theatre in Toronto

    The Normal Heart- Studio 180-Buddies in Bad Times Theatre I know I’m watching a terrific play when I forget I'm watching a play. That's a rare occurrence, and Studio 180's production of "The Normal Heart", Larry Kramer's 1985 autobiographical take on the early years of the AIDS epidemic New...
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    Live Theatre in Toronto

    I'm not seeing anything at Stratford this year, but I'm happy to hear it was so successful a season! "Private Lives" at The Royal Alex was a nice way to pass an evening; Paul Gross and Kim Cattrall are an engaging pair. "Chess" I liked because it had a great set and some superb voices. Also, I'm...
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    Urban Shocker's Neighbourhood Watch

    I loved the voices in Iphigenia, but the set was so dark it lulled me to sleep. I did perk up in the second act during the gay parts! Rigoletto: loved the voices, but the stage direction was too static...and there were no gay parts.LOL!
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    Live Theatre in Toronto

    Welcome, Canmark! I recognize your name from the Broadway World Message board!
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    Live Theatre in Toronto

    Exit the King - Soulpepper Theatre I didn't get to see any of Summerworks, but I did see Soulpepper's terrific production of Eugène Ionesco's play Exit the King. King Berenger the First, (Oliver Dennis) is the ruler of a crumbling kingdom, and is informed he will die at the end of the play. He...
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    Live Theatre in Toronto

    Come Fly Away-Four Seasons Centre for the Perfoming Arts-DanCap Productions Thursday night was opening night for "Come Fly Away", the dance tribute to the music of Frank Sinatra, choreographed by Twyla Tharp. Great dancers (fourteen of them!), a hot big-band (on stage), a cool set ( a dance...
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    Live Theatre in Toronto

    The Glass Menagerie- Soulpepper Theatre A wonderful production of Tennessee Williams' play; I hadn't remembered the humour he uses to sheath his knife. Poor Amanda Wingfield, abandoned by a charming, good-for-nothing husband to raise two children on her own , her son, Tom, champing at the bit...
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    Live Theatre in Toronto

    Wishful Drinking- Royal Alexandra Theatre Carrie Fisher was once Princess Leia in Star Wars. She's never been allowed to forget (or escape) the role she landed when she was just nineteen. Carrie Fisher is also the daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, once major stars. She's never been...

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