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. 

CHICHO, Passe Muraille

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Globe and Mail – J. Kelly Nestruck

“… is a calling card for the many talents of rising theatre star Augusto Bitter” (subscribers only)

Toronto Star – Karen Fricker

“Bitter’s capacity to create community through audience interaction and the sheer force of his charisma is remarkable.”

NOW Magazine – José Teodoro

“Directed by Claren Grosz, Chicho considers such existential quandaries through a dizzying, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink array of performance styles while still making room for a testimonial on the curative powers of Vicks VapoRub and a monologue delivered by an avocado.

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.”

NEW MAGIC VALLEY FUN TOWN, Tarragon

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Globe and Mail – J. Kelly Nestruck

“…is Daniel MacIvor’s maritimes masterpiece” (subscribers only)

Toronto Star – Carly Maga

“… is a sympathetic character study on the difficulty of resurrecting long-buried pain.”

NOW Magazine – Lisa McKeown

“Richard Rose’s clear direction lays bare the humour and depth in MacIvor’s script, further amplified by a proficient cast.

SCHOOL GIRLS, Obsidian Theatre

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Globe and Mail – J. Kelly Nestruck

“…tackles issues such as shadeism and queries how exactly to measure that slippery concept known as privilege, but it is first and foremost a comedy, full of nostalgic (and sometimes ironic) references to 1980s pop culture.”

Toronto Star – Carly Maga

“Nailing the play’s distinctive tone, Aquino’s production explores the highs and lows of the story, the ugly and the beautiful, as Paulina’s fury over her new competition pushes her over the edge. ”

NOW Magazine – Debbie Fein-Goldbach

“Ultimately, it’s the superb casting that makes School Girls so credible. The actors really capture the volatility of adolescence: the tensions, erratic behaviour and giggling in hormonal overdrive.”

THE LAST SHIP, Mirvish

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Globe and Mail – J. Kelly Nestruck

“It sank on Broadway, but Sting’s The Last Ship finally floats in Toronto” (subscribers only)

Toronto Star – Carly Maga

“Sting, obviously a practised performer, is more than a marketing plug: he brings an intriguing shift in energy and stage presence beside his classically trained cast mates, noticeably relaxed and effortless.”

NOW Magazine – Glenn Sumi

“Sting and Morrison add warmth to their middle-aged couple, and Joe Caffrey, Marc Akinfolarin and Kevin Wathen breathe solid life into their contrasting blokes.

Stage Door Christopher Hoile

“The folk-tinged music is incredibly beautiful from first to last with choral writing that is especially gorgeous.”

UNSAFE, Canadian Stage

Toronto Star – Karen Fricker

“The show is a compilation of direct address to the audience; interactions between Lee and actor/pianist Christo Graham (who’s wonderful); and excerpts from video interviews with various people who have points of view about censorship.”

NOW Magazine José Teodoro

“In short, while Lee’s interest in her subject matter feels genuine, Unsafe resembles an artist’s workbook more than a finished work.