On stage at the Factory Theatre, Bombay Black makes its return to Toronto
I’m feeling divided when it comes to Bombay Black, on stage at the Factory Theatre. On one hand, there is so much going on with the entire performance that is visually stunning — the dialogue, the movement, the lighting and music. It’s the most creative use of a bare stage that I’ve seen in a while. On the other hand, I feel disconnected from it. It’s not gelling with me in a way that I want to shout it to the rafters which is what great theatre does for me. So I’m torn.
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Wormwood, on stage in Toronto, is a story both “magnificent” and “heartbreaking”
Wormwood, playing at the Tarragon Theatre, is a carefully constructed story that interweaves aspects of nationalistic pride, folklore, love story, history, and Ukrainian diaspora, the result of which is a wonderful and delicate piece of crafted theatre that is provoking and powerful — one you won’t want to miss.
Built against the backdrop of the Orange Revolution — a time of mass political upheaval in Ukraine — this story takes a closer look at a nation divided and the misplaced intentions of North American ideals.
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Canadian Stage’s Julie is an opera that fails to be the sum of its parts, playing in Toronto
Canadian Stage presents Julie, an opera by Philippe Boesmans based on the play Miss Julie written by Swedish playwright August Strindberg. This version has been shaved down to an hour-long production — a bare bones opera with three performers and a small chamber orchestra.
On the surface, there are plenty of aspects to Julie that are the prime ingredients for a fantastic hour of theatre. Unfortunately, though the individual components were amazing, the final product left much to be desired.
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Soup Can Theatre brings the story of Joan of Arc to life in HERETIC for Toronto audiences
Joan of Arc is one of my favourite women in history and her story is a fascinating one. Without any proper education, let alone military education, she lead the French army to victory during the Hundred Years’ War against the English — and to the crowning of Charles VII — as based on divine visions she received as a young teen. Soup Can Theatre‘s production of HERETIC is a mesmerizing one-woman show about the life of a young Jeanne D’Arc.
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Marat/Sade is delightful and chaotic on stage at the Young Centre in Toronto
Soulpepper presents Marat/Sade, written by Peter Weiss in 1963 and originally performed in German. The production explores the persecution and assassination of French revolutionist Jean-Paul Marat at the hands of Charlotte Corday in a play performed by inmates in the Asylum of Cherenton, which is directed by the Marquis de Sade.
There’s a lot going on and plenty to take in with this play within a play, and not having known much background on the play, I didn’t know what to expect. Two and a half hours later, I can tell you it’s one of the best productions I’ve seen in a while and the most fun I’ve had during a Soulpepper production.
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