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Hedda Gabler wants to make some decisions, some art, feel some fire, and have a life!

(An Activist Classroom performance review)

(All promotional images by Dahlia Katz)

I’m an Ibsen fanatic. I’m not sure when this happened! For a long time I hated stage realism and would happily tell anyone why the work of Bertolt Brecht, the man behind the “alienation effect”*, was politically superior to that of every one of the avant-garde realists who worked circa 1890 as Freud was storming Vienna, the first world war was still just a paper monster on the horizon, and every piece of theatre seemed to be set in a drawing-room near you. 1,437 more words

Performance Reviews

10 Questions for Matthew Jocelyn

If you were to read Matthew Jocelyn’s biography on the Canadian Stage website you might be surprised.

Originally from Toronto and later based in France, Jocelyn is an internationally acclaimed producer and director of theatre, dance and opera as well as arts administrator and educator. 1,277 more words

Questions, Questions

Luyanda Sidiya’s SIVA at Grahamstown

Standard Bank Young Artist for Dance Luyanda Sidiya will present his new work, SIVA (Seven), at the National Arts Festival from July 6 to 8. 325 more words


Nongogo shines in Canada

Athol Fugard’s vibrant play Nongogo, directed by the Market Theatre’s award winning Artistic Director, James Ngcobo is in the running for a prestigious award in Canada. 281 more words


Casting for Julie announced

The casting for Philip Boesmans’ chamber opera Julie, to be staged by Soundstrams and Canadian Stage in November has been announced.  The title role will be sung by London, Ontario mezzo  165 more words

Toronto Opera News And Views

Photos: Canadian Stage’s Theatre Ball 2015 @ Arcadian Court

Photos by: George Pimente – 

Canadian Stage’s Theatre Ball 2015 was held last night (March 26) at Arcadian Court celebrating the company’s innovative vision and a season of thought-provoking performances from Canada and around the world. 633 more words


Dear Matthew Jocelyn (Or, The Soulful Text and The De-Souled Actor)

Dear Matthew,

I like your taste in plays. I was thrilled to hear that you’d programmed Simon Stephens’s 2008 play Harper Regan, a longtime favourite of mine, at Canadian Stage, the large Toronto theatre company of which you’re the artistic and general director. 2,561 more words