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Theatre

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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Rhubarb Festival Preview 2014

Posted by Keith Bennie / February 10, 2014

rhubarb festival torontoThe Rhubarb Festival turns 35 this year, a milestone anniversary for the progressive and interdisciplinary theatre event. It happens in the shadow of government funding cuts, in the amount of $20,000-$25000, which arrived without any sort of explanation as to why the festival no longer qualifies for the Building Communities through Arts and Heritage programme. Buddies has soldiered on, curating a sprawling collection of performances under the direction of Laura Nanni that activate a variety of different spaces throughout the city. Here are some of this year's highlights.

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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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