Interested in checking out what’s on this week? We’ve rounded up some reviews so you can pick the play that’s right for you. 

CHAUTAUQUA, Theatre Passe Muraille

Photo by Dahlia Katz

Toronto Star – Carly Maga

“And, as Pearle, Miller can turn on the soothing croons right after trembling about the evils and stresses that wait outside of the tent — this isn’t her first Chautauqua, and at the performance I was at, her followers were putty in her hand.”

NOW Magazine – Debbie Fein-Goldbach

“It is riveting to watch Pearle interacting up close, encouraging everyone through humour, audience participation and her empowering catchphrase, ‘You betcha!'”

The Slotkin Letter – Lynn Slotkin

“There are of course moments when Pearle, and her gifted alter ego Justin Miller, rise to the occasion and banter with the audience. The quips are good natured with just a little bit of edge occasionally. She is never insulting. It’s all directed with easy care by Byron Laviolette.”

COME FROM AWAY, Mirvish

Globe and Mail – J. Kelly Nestruck

“And the new Toronto cast provides a chance for some Canadian performers you may know from ‘supporting’ or ‘featured’ roles to take the lead in this kinetic ensemble production directed by Christopher Ashley.”

Toronto Star – Carly Maga

“This new cast reveals humour as one of the driving forces behind the musical’s identity and message — it builds bonds, it invites, and it makes unimaginable circumstances bearable to start, and eventually joyous.

NOW Magazine – Susan G. Cole

“Christopher Ashley, who won a Tony award for direction, keeps everyone moving non-stop, ingeniously recreating the vibe on a plane, on a careening bus or in a packed bar. If anything, it all moves at almost too much of a breakneck speed.

The Slotkin Letter – Lynn Slotkin

“It’s a wonderful story told in this glorious musical and yes, in these troubled times, this show is needed. See it and take Kleenex.”

Stage Door Christopher Hoile

“The result is a musical where the acting and singing of the cast and the folk music–inspired playing of the nine onstage musicians combine in the united goal of telling a story in the most effective way possible.”

HARLEM DUET, Tarragon Theatre

Cylla Von Tiedemann

The Globe and Mail – J. Kelly Nestruck

“The primary reason to see this Tarragon production is Griffith’s commanding performance as Billie – a brilliant blend of intelligence and emotion. She vibrates with aliveness at all times in the three-pronged part she plays, even in the most written passages set in the visions of the past.”

Toronto Star – Carly Maga

“But for a more accurate and sobering take on the way Harlem Duet’s heartbreaking exploration of Black trauma — of Black women and artists in particular — still electrifies today, don’t cast Sears as a fortune-teller, but as a documentarian.”

NOW Magazine – Glenn Sumi

“Griffiths’s Billie grows from a despairing, wronged woman to a tragic and haunted figure near the end, while Dixon demonstrates charm, affability and earnest dignity in his various roles.”

The Slotkin Letter Lynn Slotkin

“Certainly recent events in the news inform this play unintentionally. Most important is that Sears has written a powerful analysis of race, relationships, guilt and love.”

Stage Door – Christopher Hoile

“If you happen not to have seen Harlem Duet in 2006, now is the time to do so.  This is one of the authentically great Canadian plays …”

NOW YOU SEE HER, Nightwood Theatre

Photo by Dahlia Katz

The Globe and Mail – J. Kelly Nestruck

“While Mouthpiece had a cohesive style and two physical-theatre performers perfectly in sync, Now You See Her embraces diversity in aesthetic, not just in its cast.”

Toronto Star – Carly Maga

Now You See Her knows that making these stories personal takes it deeper, and its creators aren’t afraid to let those details show. Do them a favour and look at them.”

THE MEN IN WHITE, Factory Theatre

Joseph Howard

The Globe and Mail – J. Kelly Nestruck

“In director Philip Akin’s production, which I saw in its final preview, The Men in White mostly came to life in the lively locker-room monologues about the players’ different experiences of (non-)integration into Canadian society as South Asian immigrants. Both Singh and Varughese are stand-outs at opposite ends of the economic spectrum.”

Toronto Star – Karen Fricker

“I left this production more knowledgeable than before about the cultures that feature in it, but surprised that the education did not come in a more accomplished theatrical package.”

THE NETHER, The Coal Mine/Studio 180

Tim Leyes

The Globe and Mail – J. Kelly Nestruck

“The Nether is getting a virtually perfect production at the Coal Mine Theatre – the only question is whether you really want to sink into the dark depths of playwright Jennifer Haley’s virtual reality for 75 minutes.”

Toronto Star – Carly Maga

“Though she creates a believable world with creative details […] the incendiary ideas in The Nether don’t seem as radical as they did when it premiered five years ago.”

NOW Magazine – Glenn Sumi

“Keep in mind that the show comes with a content warning. As the woman next to me exclaimed before one reveal: “Oh. My. God. No.” What stronger proof of a work’s haunting, visceral power?”

The Slotkin Letter – Lynn Slotkin Letter

“It’s beautifully directed, designed and acted by these gifted people. I love that it makes us feel uncomfortable for all the right reasons. And gives us lots to chew on.”

THE ROYALE, Soulpepper

Cylla Von Tiedemann

Toronto Star – Karen Fricker

“Ramirez is a successful writer for screen (Orange is the New BlackSons of AnarchyDaredevil) but this, his much-produced first play, reveals a deep understanding of how to compel audiences onstage. This Soulpepper production does it proud.”

The Slotkin Letter – Lynn Slotkin

“Dion Johnstone plays Jay with a sheen of elegance, drive, laser focus and a determination that is breathtaking. The cast is superb.”

THE WOLVES, The Howland Company/Crow’s Theatre

Dahlia Katz

Toronto Star – Karen Fricker

“Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster’s co-production for the Howland Company and Crow’s Theatre perfectly delivers the script’s frankness and intensity. The focus and precision of the nine actors playing the team is quite extraordinary…”

NOW Magazine – Christopher Hoile

“It’s a gripping production of a brilliantly conceived, urgently relevant play.”

The Slotkin Letter – Lynn Slotkin

The Wolves is a terrific play given a wonderful, compelling production.”

XENOS, Canadian Stage

NOW Magazine – Kathleen Smith

“Yet Xenos is a powerful achievement by an artist at the top of his game, full of potent images that keep us thinking long after we leave the theatre.”