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shaw festival iPhoto caption: Production still from The Secret Garden by Michael Cooper; production still from One Man, Two Guvnors by David Cooper.

Shaw Festival review: A fabulous physical comedy and moody garden show off the festival’s extremes

If all is fair in this world, One Man, Two Guvnors will be a smash for the Shaw Festival. The Secret Garden is a more mixed affair, but Gabriella Sundar Singh shines in the title role.

By Aisling Murphy / Jul 1, 2024
crow's theatre iPhoto caption: Crow's associate artistic director Paolo Santalucia and artistic director Chris Abraham.

For the leadership at Crow’s Theatre, investing in local talent is crucial

“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.”

By Aisling Murphy / May 14, 2024
iPhoto caption: Cliff Cardinal plays a gig at Mahtay Cafe in St. Catharines, ON. Photo by Dahlia Katz.

How Cliff Cardinal found his inner rock star

What I'm finding out through the beauty of music is that there are things we can't talk about, says Cardinal. But through our relationship with a rock star, we can experience those things in a more real way. We can experience them communally.

Written by Aisling Murphy / Mar 13, 2024
iPhoto caption: Photo by Dahlia Katz.

REVIEW: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 is an exhausting, maximalist delight

I find myself comparing the Canadian premiere of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 to the caviar the ensemble sings about in the show’s prologue. The production is frequently marvellous, and oozes with luxury in its trimmings and performances. But the show itself, as well as its direction, won’t be for everyone.

By Aisling Murphy / Dec 22, 2023