Toronto Theatre Reviews

Review: Twisted (Factory Theare/b current)

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Toronto’s Factory Theatre presents Twisted, a play that’s a gritty, raw, intense reimagining of Oliver Twist

Playing now as part of Factory Theatre’s season is Twisted, presented by Factory Theatre & b current. Factory Theatre promises ‘theatre with grit’, and this show certainly delivers on that promise. Less a retelling of Dickens’ classic Oliver Twist than a complete reimagination of it, the show is undeniably gritty, raw and intense. Continue reading Review: Twisted (Factory Theare/b current)

Review: Die Walküre (Canadian Opera Company)

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Awe-inspiring performances in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Wagner’s Die Walküre

Richard Wagner changed opera when he fathered the concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk – the Total Work of Art. In his vision, beautiful music and singing were not enough. All aspects of the production, story, set, costumes, lights and score, needed to fit together as equal components of a harmonious spectacle. The Canadian Opera Company’s 2015 production of Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), the second installment of the renowned Ring Cycle, paid homage to Wagner’s vision with a modern spin on this larger-than-life mythological epic. Continue reading Review: Die Walküre (Canadian Opera Company)

Review: Queens Calling (Dance Immersion)

Eight award-winning choreographers’ work takes the stage for Toronto’s Black History Month celebrations

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Queens Calling, presented by Dance Immersion at Harbourfront Centre Theatre, features the work of eight female choreographers from across Canada, the US and the UK and is part of the TD Then and Now series for Black History Month.

When I read that it was dedicated to the 219 girls abducted from a boarding school in Chibok, Nigeria I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was bracing myself for something very bleak. I won’t lie, I was pretty thankful that it wasn’t two hours of doom and gloom.

Each choreographer presented a 10 minute piece, which was great because it meant that if there was a piece you didn’t like, you knew you’d be onto a new one soon enough.

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2015 Progress Festival Review: D-SISYPHE (décisif) دون-سسيسيفوس (Volcano Theatre)

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One of the things I love about the new Progress Festival is that it brings international works to the Toronto stage that audiences here might not otherwise have a chance to be exposed to. While not every show will hit the mark; if you take the chance, you may discover a performance that surprises you and affects you in an unexpected way. D-Sisyphe (décisif) created and performed by Tunisian actor, dancer and playwright Meher Awachri is such a show for me. I went in with a bit of a detached, academic curiosity and emerged surprisingly moved by the performance.

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