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Toronto Fringe

iPhoto caption: From top left: The Seagull (Soulpepper), Hypothetical Baby (The Howland Company), As You Like It, a radical retelling (Crow's/Mirvish), Letters from Max (Necessary Angel), Maanomaa, My Brother (Canadian Stage/Blue Bird), Monster (Factory), Maggie (Theatre Aquarius), Casey and Diana (Stratford Festival), The Master Plan (Crow's). All photos except Casey and Diana by Dahlia Katz; Casey and Diana photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

Our favourite theatre productions of 2023, in Toronto and beyond

These shows have stood the test of at least a few weeks, if not several months. Their pleasures are not transitory, but mature and long-lasting. We think of them often.

By Aisling Murphy, , Liam Donovan / Dec 22, 2023
A crowd awaits the 2023 Next Stage Theatre FEstival. iPhoto caption: Photo by Colleen Yates.

Beyond the Fringes: Next Stage guides artists into creative control

As artists experimented with form and design, the festival compelled audiences to reconsider the boundaries of traditional performance.

By Columbia Roy / Nov 8, 2023
iPhoto caption: Guildwood photo by Sean Stone, Dead Parents Society photo by Dahlia Katz.

REVIEW: Guildwood and Dead Parents Society traverse time and genre to examine community

Whether of laughter, sadness, or sympathy — there will be tears. And is that not what Aristotle said theatre was for?

By Zoe Marin / Nov 3, 2023

REVIEW: Black in Canada and Bremen Town at Next Stage offer something for everyone

From a triumphant dance piece about legacy and Blackness to a curious retelling of classic folk tales, Bremen Town and Black in Canada are standouts of this year's festival.

By Melissa Avalos / Oct 28, 2023