Review: Circle Mirror Transformation (Play Practice Collective)

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Play Practice’s Circle Mirror Transformation is Mind-Opening and Entertaining

Circle Mirror Transformation, a play performed by the Play Practice Collective in the cozy Bloor Street space of the Storefront Theatre, explores the intersecting lives of five individuals who enroll in a creative drama class for adults. Written by American playwright Annie Baker, the show peers behind the awkward curtain of first encounters, and touches upon the way the people we meet, even for a short time, can have a big effect on our lives.

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Review: To Kill A Mockingbird (Young People’s Theatre)

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Toronto’s Young People’s Theatre presents To Kill A Mockingbird as a play adapted for young audiences

When I first heard that Young People’s Theatre was opening their forty-ninth season with To Kill A Mockingbird I was admittedly a little skeptical. Could a play with such heavy subject matter be successfully staged for younger audiences? The answer is, undoubtedly, yes. YPT’s solid production manages to embody this story’s message of conviction and courage without shying away from its harsher themes of racism and injustice.

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Cheap Theatre for the Week of October 14th, 2014

Sometimes we go to the theatre to see shows that we’re totally familiar with – I’m definitely guilty of seeing every production of Spring Awakening that I come across. But sometimes we go to the theatre to be surprised, and dare I say it… shocked! This week’s Cheap Theatre is a selection of shows that rely on the power of surprise and creativity. And they’re all $25 or less per ticket!

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Review: What Makes a Man (Necessary Angel Theatre Company and Canadian Stage)

The music of Charles Aznavour is brought to the Toronto stage at the Berkeley Street Theatre

Necessary Angel Theatre Company has paired with Canadian Stage to present a musical revue, What Makes a Man, highlighting the works of French-Armenian multilingual singer-songwriter Charles Aznavour, a “showman” still touring the world at the age of 90. He and his work have appeared in multiple films and both CNN and the readers of Time magazine have heralded him as ‘Entertainer of the Century’ beating out both Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley.

Honestly, I’ve never heard of him — don’t know anyone that does either. And if his work has won over global audiences, there’s a big chance I’m missing out on something spectacular. That was all the reason I needed to catch a performance with the hopes I’d be blown away and perhaps become a new fan.

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