Toronto Theatre Reviews

Review: Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera (Opéra Concept MP)

Photo of actors in Another Brick in the Wall: The OperaOpéra Concept MP brings Pink Floyd’s Another Brick int the Wall to Meridian Hall

As a Pink Floyd fan and an opera novice, I wasn’t sure what to expect going into Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera, produced by Opéra Concept MP and playing at Meridian Hall (formerly the Sony Centre). This performance is adapted from Pink Floyd’s 1979 rock operaThe Wall” (and the movie of the same name), conceived and written by Pink Floyd’s bassist Roger Waters.

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Review: Copy That (Tarragon Theatre)

Picture of Emma Ferreira and Tony Ofori in Copy That

Copy That at Tarragon starts strong but loses steam in the second act

Playwright Jason Sherman’s newest offering — Copy That — delves into questions of how the media that we consume is created, and how it shapes the reality of our world.

It tackles other issues as well, like how privilege — or lack thereof — impacts someone’s capacity to have influence. It studies how those who recognize their privilege can choose to wield their influence with purpose, and whether the choice to do so should always be theirs to make. The piece also addresses overt and systemic racism, which people are bound to confront in daily lives as victim, bystander, perpetrator, or a complex combination of those roles.

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Review: Girl in the Machine (Seven Siblings Theatre)

Photo of Madryn McCabe and Alex Clay in Girl in the Machine by Stephen KingGirl in the Machine is a dystopian exploration of the not so distant future

Girl in the Machine, Olivier Award-winning playwright Stef Smith’s 2017 one-act, has garnered a lot of comparisons to Black Mirror in its vision of a technological dystopia. Set in the not-too-distant future, it uses a fictional technology to explore our current technological addictions and their impact on our relationships with the here and now. This production, by Seven Siblings Theatre, is a hip, thoughtful, and discomfiting show from a promising young company. Just like in any new technical release, however, there are some bugs to work out.

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Review: Besbouss: Autopsy of a Revolt (Pleiades Theatre in association with Crow’s Theatre)

Photo of Adam Paolozza and Saïd BenyoucefBesbouss take on Arab Spring lacks commitment

There has been a death, and a government demands answers. Only an investigation can reveal the truth in Pleides Theatre’s Besbouss: Autopsy of a Revolt playing at Streetcar Crowsnest.

What’s discovered, however, is neither optimistic or eye-opening. The culprit? Too much drama and not enough substance.

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Review: Spirit (Bangarra Dance Theatre/Canadian Stage/TO LIVE)

Bangarra Dance Theatre brought traditional Australian Aboriginal dance to Toronto

Bangarra Dance Theatre, one of Australia’s top dance companies, make their Toronto premiere with Spirit, performing a collection of stories and dances in a celebration of the Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander’s traditions. With mesmerizing movement and captivating physicality, the large seventeen member company take to the Bluma Appel Theatre, co-presented by Canadian Stage and TO Live.

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