Glenn Sumi


Glenn started writing for NOW’s theatre section in 1997 with his much-missed colleague Jon Kaplan. Currently, he edits and contributes to the film and stage sections. He sees approximately 280 live stage shows (plays, comedy shows, dance and opera) and 150 movies a year. His mother once described his job to someone as “Seeing The Lion King.” For three years he was a weekly pop culture commentator on CTV News Weekend With Scott Laurie, and he still reports occasionally on CBC, CTV, TVO and Global TV when he’s not in a dark theatre, editing or writing reviews, or reading a book. He can’t stand people who talk or use their phones at the theatre.

Justin Haigh's walkabout production of the Dickens tale will haunt you with its warmth and generosity Read more


Salt-Water Moon, Assassins and Terminus head up our list of the best plays and musicals from the last 10 years Read more


The Broadway fantasy about the last surviving Romanov isn't very complex, but it receives a handsome, elegant staging Read more


Toronto finally plays itself in Enemy, The Stairs, The F Word and other standout movies set in the 6ix Read more

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Peter Strickland's retro thriller about consumerism, dating and ennui is drenched in genre excess Read more


Between Riverside And Crazy, Coal Mine Theatre, 2019

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Coal Mine Theatre's production of Stephen Adly Guirgis's timely Pulitzer winner features some good performances, but it feels cramped Read more


Between Breaths, Factory Theatre, 2019

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Robert Chafe's play drains all the life from the story of Newfoundland animal behaviourist Jon Lien, who saved over 500 whales from fishing nets Read more

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The Adventures Of Pinocchio, YPT, 2019

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Young People's Theatre's imaginative musical is surprising, charming and relevant – and that's no lie Read more


A Midsummer Night's Dream, 2019

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Although the Monarch Tavern isn't the best site for it, there are lots of imaginative, forward-thinking flourishes in this Shakespeare BASH'd production Read more


Swim Team, 2019

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Remount of SummerWorks hit about aspiring swimmers could have been expanded to include more details Read more


Mona Golabek's memoir about her pianist mother's life resonates in today's era of intolerance toward minorities and refugees Read more


From intriguing docs to poignant features, here, arranged by screening, are reviews of some festival highlights Read more

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Now at a turning point in his career, the fest's Canadian spotlight subject screens his very first doc and teases his debut fiction feature Read more

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Opera Atelier, Don Giovanni, 2019

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Marshall Pynkoski's stylish staging of the Mozart opera has a velocity that makes the three music-filled hours pass by quickly Read more


Another Brick In The Wall

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From an opera based on a classic rock album to a site-specific production of Shakespeare's best-loved comedy, here, in chronological order, are some of the month's buzziest shows Read more

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Rusalka, COC, 2019

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Sondra Radvanovsky proves yet again she's one of the best singing actors of our time in this gorgeous version of Dvorak's fairy-tale opera Read more


Shannon Currie and Matthew Gin in The Jungle, Tarragon, 2019

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Two-hander based on Upton Sinclair's eye-opening novel about exploited workers is urgent and timely, especially in an election year Read more


The Flick, 2019

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Under director Mitchell Cushman, Annie Baker's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about three minimum-wage workers at an old movie theatre deserves our full attention Read more

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Immersive show about a lesser-known figure associated with Andy Warhol's Factory has lots of style but could use more substance Read more


Rocky Horror Show, 2019

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Director Jennifer Walls mounts an imaginative and energetic production of the cult sci-fi musical at Hart House Theatre Read more