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Theatre

Sherwood revival doesn't quite delight at Soulpepper

Posted by Keith Bennie / February 5, 2014

Idiots delight SoulpepperRobert E. Sherwood's 1936 play Idiot's Delight is a unique one to be sure. Part romantic comedy and part harbinger of war, the play's focuses often battle for top billing. Sherwood himself was aware of the duality, once confessing to his contemporary Lucius Beebe that, "The trouble with me is that I start with a big message and end up with nothing but good entertainment."

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The top theatre shows in Toronto February 2014

Posted by Keith Bennie / January 30, 2014

theatre toronto january 2014Each month we round up the most noteworthy live theatre playing in Toronto.

World Stage / Harbourfront Centre / Various Times / $10-$39
Harbourfront's annual series showcases celebrated artists and their latest obsessions in contemporary performance modes. This year's festival launches with the #artlive Vogue Ball presented by the House of Nuance, an inclusive jam that hearkens back to the golden days of queer balls. Performances that kick off the series in February include The Radio Show (Kyle Abraham), UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW (Young Jean Lee), and Major Tom (Victoria Melody). Check out our full World Stage preview.

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London Road, a fascinating, um, verbatim musical hits Toronto

Posted by Keith Bennie / January 26, 2014

London Road Musical TorontoAs the collected works of Agatha Christie demonstrate, crime and scandal never fail to pique interest when stoked by gossip, conjecture, and the press. So many of Christie's novels, set in quiet English towns, examine how the surrounding community responds to a violent social transgression.

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5 shows to watch at World Stage 2014

Posted by Keith Bennie / January 20, 2014

World Stage 2014World Stage 2014, as is the case each year, showcases a group of innovative artists and their latest obsessions in contemporary performance modes at Harbourfront Centre. It's a breeding ground for bold, new approaches, across a number of different disciplines that take performance further. This year's festival will launch with the #artlive Vogue Ball, an inclusive jam that hearkens back to the golden days of queer balls, which took place in a trangressive 1980s New York.

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Flesh and Other Fragments of Love wows at Tarragon

Posted by Keith Bennie / January 19, 2014

Flesh and other fragments of LoveAt the centre of Evelyne de la Chenelière's Flesh and Other Fragments of Love lies the pale, lifeless corpse of a young woman which has washed up on the beach of an Irish vacation village. The body presents less an invitation into the events that led to her demise and more an entry point into the relationship of a married couple transfixed by her discovery and by that which she represents.

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Next Stage Theatre Festival preview 2014

Posted by Keith Bennie / January 3, 2014

Next Stage Theatre FestivalThe Toronto Fringe Festival took a small hit this past summer when clouds moved in and delivered more rain in one day than ever on record in the city. The weather wasn't able to dampen the spirit of the 25th annual indie festival though -- there were record ticket sales during the first four days and spontaneous pop-up performances in the wake of cancellations. The Next Stage Theatre Festival, the Fringe's winter programme, provides an annual jump start to another year of theatre. Here are some of the most exciting on offer in 2014.

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