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Theatre

Beatrice & Virgil stuffed and mounted at Factory Theatre

Posted by Keith Bennie / April 24, 2014

beatrice virgil torontoThe follow-up to his Man Booker Prize Winning Life of Pi, Yann Martel's 2010 Beatrice & Virgil is yet another tale in which animals stand in for humans at the height of crisis. In the shadow of Pi, but judged on the merits of its own literary construction, the novel was unfavourably received by critics and readers. It was with hope then that, given the novel's overt allusions to Samuel Beckett, an adaptation for the stage might potentially better translate the spirit of Martel's Holocaust parable.

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Company Theatre's Belleville a nail-biting drama

Posted by Keith Bennie / April 15, 2014

belleville torontoAmy Herzog's Belleville is frighteningly intense. So intense, even, that you may find yourself holding your breath and digging fingernails into your seat during one of the many unnerving scenes. These moments usually find their home in silence, which arrives after the tumult subsides.

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The top live theatre shows in Toronto April 2014

Posted by Keith Bennie / April 1, 2014

top live theatre torontoEach month we round up the most noteworthy live theatre playing in Toronto.


Belleville
/ Berkeley Street Theatre / April 10 - May 4 / $22-$49

After a galvanizing evening courtesy of The Company Theatre some years back, I made a promise to myself to check out each and every play they take on. Their bold and in-your-face presentations are some of the city's most memorable contemporary productions: A Whistle in the Dark, Festen, Through the Leaves, The Test, Speaking in Tongues. Their newest, Amy Herzog's Belleville, features Allan Hawco (Republic of Doyle) in a parable about the entitlement of a generation struggling under the weight of its own potential. Let's hope Canadian Stage renews their partnership with Company or that another theatre offers them residency soon.

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A Beautiful View at Factory Theatre for a limited run

Posted by Keith Bennie / March 2, 2014

A Beautiful ViewIt's been less than a decade since Daniel MacIvor's A Beautiful View premiered with Tracy Wright and Caroline Gillis to critical acclaim in Toronto. Volcano Theatre has remounted the show for an Ontario tour, proving that great stories will continue to be told and re-told.

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The top live theatre shows in Toronto March 2014

Posted by Keith Bennie / March 2, 2014

live theatre shows torontoEach month we round up the most noteworthy live theatre playing in Toronto.

Lungs / Tarragon Theatre / February 25 - March 30 / $27-$53
In his latest project, Lungs, British Playwright Duncan Macmillan explores an intriguing contemporary question -- is it ethical to bring children into a world that seems headed for environmental disaster? And second to that, will a child whose parents have willfully contributed to the destruction inevitably grow to judge our wasteful ways? A stripped down stage with one man and one woman, and plenty of moments to breathe, is the setting for a probing and illuminating conversation.

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Play about Rob Ford to debut at Edinburgh Fringe Fest

Posted by Aubrey Jax / February 12, 2014

Rob Ford PlayA play about Rob Ford is set to debut this summer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the largest arts festival in the world. This is totally unrelated to the fresh ink on that movie deal announced in Toronto on Monday, but it's not altogether that surprising that our mayor would serve as inspiration for the dramatic arts. Toronto-born, UK-based playwright Jason Hall's 21 Things You Should Know About Toronto's Crack-Smoking Mayor is based on the New York Magazine article of the same title.

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