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Aisling Murphy
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Aisling Murphy

Aisling is Intermission's senior editor and an award-winning arts journalist with bylines including the Toronto Star, NEXT Magazine, CTV News Toronto, and Maclean's. She likes British playwright Sarah Kane, most songs by Taylor Swift, and her cats, Fig and June.

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Murder at Ackerton Manor pays homage to Agatha Christie with a puzzle box of laughs

“All the tropes are in there,” assures playwright-director Steven Gallagher. “There’s a German professor, a dowdy British monarchist, a Southern belle.” Naturally, a murder ensues, and the culprit must be found.

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crow's theatre iPhoto caption: Crow's associate artistic director Paolo Santalucia and artistic director Chris Abraham.

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“We want a sustainable future, where Toronto is a theatre city, a destination,” says artistic director Chris Abraham. “There is tremendous potential for that. But in order to be a big international theatre city, we have to take big swings.”

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Speaking in Draft: Rachel Forbes

Rachel Forbes’ wide-ranging career has set this artist in a league of her own. The award-winning set and costume designer’s work has appeared across the country in productions by the ​​Shaw Festival, Buddies in Bad Times, Obsidian Theatre, Neptune Theatre, Centaur Theatre, and more.

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iPhoto caption: Photo courtesy of Cirque du Soleil.

REVIEW: Cirque du Soleil is back in town, an echo of circuses past

It should say something about the Cirque du Soleil brand that even a show like ECHO — unclear in concept and messy around the edges — is a great time for audience members of all ages.

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iPhoto caption: Troy Adams image courtesy of Tarragon Theatre.

The Legend of Daddy Hall makes music from an epic life and a neglected history

Come Home — The Legend of Daddy Hall, written by Audrey Dwyer and staged by Tarragon artistic director Mike Payette, pays tribute to the extraordinary life of John “Daddy” Hall.

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