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Anand Rajaram in Buffoon, 2019

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Anand Rajaram triumphs in this inspired debut production of Anosh Irani's script about a clown's tragicomic life Read more

Theatre

Besbouss, Pleiades Theatre, 2019

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Stéphane Brulotte's play about the remains of Mohamed Bouazizi, whose self-immolation was the catalyst for the Arab Spring, is mesmerizing Read more

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Solo show about a man abandoned as a child by his mother is unnerving, intriguing and affecting Read more

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Trout Stanley

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Factory Theatre's production of Claudia Dey's manic comedy about twin sisters and a charismatic drifter fuses realism with fever dream Read more

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Tarragon season opener gives Seana McKenna a great role, but the play's characters don't develop far past their archetypes Read more

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The Book Of Life, 2019

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Odile Gakire Katese's multimedia solo show about the aftermath of Rwanda's 1994 genocide asks difficult questions that will hopefully fuel conversation Read more

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The Winter's Tale, Shakespeare in the Ruff, 2019

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Shakespeare in the Ruff's open-air production has some lovely elements, but an awkward departure from the text, though valid, feels pedantic Read more

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Rose Napoli and Jamie Robinson in Canadian Stage's Much Ado About Nothing in High Park, 2019

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Liza Balkan's production for Canadian Stage lacks subtlety, but Shakespeare's wit and wisdom still come through Read more

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Marianne Ihlen Marianne & Leonard

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Nick Broomfield's doc about Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen's relationship fails to penetrate the cliché of the poet-muse symbiosis Read more

Reviews

Four Sisters, at Luminato, 2019

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The final work in Susanna Fournier’s ambitious Empire Trilogy pays rich theatrical dividends Read more

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Njo Kong Kie in I Swallowed A Moon Made Of Iron, 2019

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Njo Kong Kie's song cycle offers up a meticulously crafted platform for the heartbreaking poems of factory worker Xu Lizhi Read more

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Rouvan Silogix's surrealist parable features an urgent message and go-for-broke performances Read more

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Diego Matamoros, Kawa Ada and Kyra Harper in Copenhagen, at Soulpepper

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Soulpepper’s production of the heady play about a meeting between brilliant scientific minds is interesting but often drowned by waves of verbiage Read more

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Son Of Saul filmmaker László Nemes looks at Budapest on the cusp of the Great War Read more

Reviews

Modern Times Stage Company's production of Chekhov's last play is straightforward, funny and affecting Read more

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Unsafe Sook-Yin Lee

Dahlia Katz

Canadian Stage's documentary theatre production addressing censorship, online call-outs and shaming plays it safe Read more

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The Venezuelan-Canadian's solo show about language, sexuality, identity and performance is powerful, but could use tightening Read more

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Lianna Makuch's epic play about a woman's journey to war-torn Ukraine to find a long-lost relative covers too much terrain, but there's lots of theatricality and fascinating reportage Read more

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Denis Côté’s film about a small Quebec town reeling from tragedy is a compassionate, subtle commentary on the casualties of urbanization Read more

Reviews

Documentary work drawing on drama classrooms from Canada and England to Taiwan and India is most affecting when its message is conveyed through people's interactions, not their proselytizing Read more

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