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. See something you like? Simply visit our Theatre Listings tab in the navigation bar under What’s On or click here for everything you need to know so you don’t miss the show!

BEAUTIFUL MAN, Factory Theatre

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NOW Magazine – Samantha Edwards

“It’s remarkable – and equally troubling – how Beautiful Man was so prophetic that, four years later, the issues it tackles feel just as resonant and even more urgent.”

The Slotkin Letter – Lynn

“Erin Shields adds more pop to her exploration of gender attitudes with the man having a monologue as a woman, complete with insecurities about her looks, or abilities and how others perceive her. Shields takes every stereotype about the sexes and makes us examine them afresh because of who is expressing them.”

Toronto Star – Karen Fricker

“Here, without a historical source, [Erin Shields is] still writing directly in dialogue with contemporary culture, getting inside it, wrestling with it, taking the royal piss and then throwing it down. Every new play from her is a challenge, and a treat.”


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NOW Magazine – Glenn Sumi

“The actors […] expertly bring McCraney’s vivid, poetic language to life.”

Toronto Star – Carly Maga

“McCraney’s heightened language gives his play the anachronistic, surreal weight of a myth, which Tindyebwa Otu’s production emphasizes with live music by Kobèna Aquaa-Harrison and movements by dancer and choreographer Jasmyn Fyffe.”

Stage Door – Christopher Hoile

The Brothers Size is a play that no lover of theatre should miss.”


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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.”


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Toronto Star – Carly Maga

“Alvis’s production-from the sheer amount of names credited in the program to the fundamental purpose of the project- extends far beyond the walls of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, beyond Canadian queer theatre history, and into our concepts of stories, meaning, power and reconciliation.”

NOW Magazine – Kevin Ritchie

“This version of Lilies is full of intricate layers that don’t always coalesce, but it’s electrifying when they do.”

WELCOME TO MY UNDERWORLD, Rare Theatre, Soulpepper

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Toronto Star – Carly Maga

“You can expect to see several of these faces again soon, and Thompson is likely correct in predicting that these stories and others like them are the ones that we’ll be hearing on bigger and bigger stages in the future.”

The Slotkin Letter – Lynn

Welcome to My Underworld is a bracing, sobering, often funny, always poignant look at the world of these gifted playwrights. I can’t recommend it highly enough.”