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Friday, June 07, 2019

Laugh, Love and What She Wore - Little Black Dress - Musical Review

Little Black Dress - CAA Theatre - Toronto, ON - ****
Created by Amanda Barker, Natalie Tenenbaum, Danielle Trzcinski, & Christopher Bond
Music by Natalie Tenenbaum, Lyrics by Danielle Trzcinski, Book by Amanda Barker and Danielle Trzcinski, Directed by Christopher Bond
Runs until Jun 9th 2019, Continues on tour.
*Review based on a preview performance


A new girls night out musical has been sewed together with elements of sketch comedy, a bit of improv, catchy music, heartwarming moments, and a little bit of raunch (well, actually a big lot of dirty talk AND a male stripper!). Little Black Dress the Musical has been fabricated for a perfect drunken night out with the girls, a bachelorette's party without the actual need to get married (especially if you never want to, which is also covered as a song in the show!).

We meet Dee (a delightful Danni Davis) and her bff Mandy (always game Jennette Cronk) as they're introduced by Mom (Rachel McLaughlan) to the versatile little black dress as the one piece of clothing appropriate for any situation in life. Each song and scene brings us another piece of Dee and Mandy's lives with the little black dress as a threadbare link to a momentous time in their lives, as they weave through college, first interviews and jobs, first dates, bachelorette party, a wedding, pregnancy, parenthood, as the girls learn that life may not always live up to expectations, but the little black dress (and friendship), is all the support a girl needs. The scenes and songs have a sketch comedy structure but the songs about the little black dress strings it all together.

A super game cast lead by Davis in the central role that threads the musical together is surrounded by the versatile ensemble of Cronk, McLaughlan and Hromsco who all do multiple duties of various roles, sometimes within the same scene! Hromsco is particularly hilarious as the lone man on stage and used both for his body as the stripper while also playing dad, boyfriend, gay salesman, and taking on the brunt of the male jokes in a show designed for women, specifically drunk women, and Hromsco seem game for it all. McLaughlan, under various hilariously bad wigs, has the most varied things to do in the female cast and tirelessly changing dresses and wigs at a spitfire speed.

With some of the funniest songs working best when we see countering views (Like "I Knew It"(misconceptions of a first date), "Yes I Do" (to I do or not to I do), "F*ck All Night" (self explanatory) and "TV Birth vs Real Birth" (also self explanatory and cleverly directed with poor lone male actor Clint Hromsco running between both). The interludes probably had a extra beat at times due to the early preview (it was only the second performance) but I gather the pacing should improve as they get some more performances under their wings. The improv can be more self assured but with a winning Davis, there's a genuine charm and relatability to guide us on this silly fun girls night about a little black dress.


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Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Breaking Through the Square - ANTIGONE: 方 - Play Review

ANTIGONE: 方 - Young People's Theatre Mainstage - Toronto, ON - ****1/2 (out of 5 stars)
Written by Jeff Ho, Directed by Stephen Colella and Karen Gilodo
Runs until May 16th 2019


In an update of the Greek classic Antigone, Jeff Ho melds the old tale with allusions to Tiananmen Square and the Hong Kong Yellow Umbrella Movement in a haunting and chilling production being performed (and produced) by Young People's Theatre for its audience but reverberates for citizens of all ages.

In a transformed mainstage space with in-the-round seating, the high brick walls flanked by imposing red banners (are red banners ever not imposing?) and two giant loudspeakers surround the audience and square platform stage (方 from the title means square) lined with light patterns and a lighting design (by Rebecca Picherack) working seamlessly with Christine Urquhart's semi-futuristic, semi-timeless set and costume designs that mix apocalyptic future with hints of Communist China but leave it open to an anytime and place interpretation.

Adding to the mood with David Mesiha's sound design, Stephen Colella and Karen Gilodo's tone is set with the stark imagery of red umbrellas used as a prop that doubles as weapons, shields, bodies, in a tale of rebellion and and the law. With some subtle changes, Jeff Ho puts Antigone (Jasmine Chen) between her father Creon (John Ng) and her brothers Teo (Aldrin Bundoc) and Neikes (Jeff Yung) when Neikes finds himself opposing the injustice and violence incited by the state. When their mother gets taken and placed in re-education, family members begin taking different sides, as Creon follows the rule of law, with Teo finding himself fighting his own brother Neikes, who sees the truth behind the laws and fights to save the people's rights. The sisters, Antigone and Ismene (Rachel Mutombo) find their loyalties split, especially when a stranger, Haemon (Simon Gagnon) shows up at their door looking for help, and having information on Neikes while hiding from Creon.


Jeff Ho's new adaptation keeps us guessing on where the stakes lay as loyalties and ethical and moral sides begin taking shape under an oppressive regime. Watching the multicultural cast tell this tale is particularly exciting and gives the anytime/anyplace/future/now a particular urgency. The cast, made up of Toronto's talented pool, including John Ng (Kim's Convenience) and Soo Garay, and YPT's Selfie alums Rachel Mutombo and Christopher Allen, is a wonderful ensemble of actors to carry out Ho's complex retelling under Colella and Gilodo's tense and tight production.

This may be one of the more serious Young People's Theatre shows in recent times but it is not presented without humour. Ho has written a terrific new update on Antigone that manages to mix the elements of Greek Theatre, Chinese and Hong Kong history, and that also have hints of Toronto's G20 protests, that asks us as citizens to question what is the moral guideline one needs to follow, and is it ok to break out from the square peg?

Photos by Cylla von Tiedemann
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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Crossing the Atlantic - Old Stock and Small Island - Theatre Reviews

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story - 2b theatre company at Tarragon Theatre Mainstage - Toronto, ON - **** (out of 5 stars)
Created by Hannah Moscovitch, Ben Caplan & Christian Barry
Runs until May 26th 2019


Small Island - National Theatre in the Olivier Theatre - London, UK - **** (out of 5 stars)
Adapted by Helen Edmundson, based on the novel by Andrea Levy, Directed by Rufus Norris
Runs until Aug. 10th 2019



Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story tells the deeply personal tale of Hannah Moscovitch's paternal great-grandparents and the entry into Canada at the turn of the century as they escaped Romania and found a new life in Montreal. But the journey, and the love story between Chaim (Dani Oore) and Chaya (Mary Fay Coady) isn't as straight forward as the romance we all hope for and to tell this little refugee love story, we have Ben Caplan as The Wanderer, who opens up a shipping container to tell of this beautiful, heartfelt tale with his booming voice and oddball humour.

From within the shipping container, Coady and Oore doubling up as musicians and playing Chaya and Chaim, and Graham Scott on keyboard and accordion and Jamie Kronick on drums, with Caplan leading the way, introduce us to two very different Romanian Jewish refugees as they land in Halifax, sending a spark through Chaim. They meet up again later in Montreal where Chaim has won over Chaya's father, but less so for Chaya, but she enters a marriage more for convenience and survival, and Coady plays Chaya's bluntness and side-eyes to perfection against Oore's naive smitten romantic notions.


The songs by Ben Caplan and director Christian Barry offer more side commentary than it does to move the story along, and the narration adds some humour to a tale that becomes increasingly dark as realities begin to derail what a sweet love story we all root for, and it gives the piece a balance that feels in spirit to the Jewish resilience. While it may be the specific tale of Hannah's great-grandparents, there's of course the universality, especially as Chaya and Chaim's love story must react to the realities of being refugees in a new country, one that may or may not live up to the refugees' expectations.

While Caplan's voice and songs are stirring and sometimes silly and sly, it's when we finally have moments where Chaim and/or Chaya duet, either with Caplan himself or saving the best for last, when they finally duet together, where we truly get the emotional peak of the story but also the theatrical presentation of this musical that felt like it may have held out too long for. While the musical runs only 90 minutes, it is in Chaim and Chaya's final duet where it all culminates into the special little show that Old Stock aims to be.



Over on Small Island, a large, epic sprawling tale of different lives collide in Britain after the war pulls Jamaicans who stay in the UK after helping with the war efforts. Based on Andrea Levy's novel, the new stage adaptation is pretty basic in its theatrical retelling, but the National Theatre production spares nothing with a large cast of 40 on its Olivier stage that sweeps us into the world of three lives that intertwine across the Atlantic.


This time, we follow the journey of Jamaicans crossing the other way over the Atlantic as war eventually brings Jamaican colonials to help in Britain's war efforts. Hortense (Leah Harvey), a Jamaican teaching assistant yearns to live in England, and while her childhood love Michael (CJ Beckford) has moved on to new loves and a new future by enlisting in the English army, she eventually meets Gilbert (Gershwyn Eustache Jnr), and marries him for the sake of convenience, and as an excuse to move to London.  Meanwhile in England, White Brit Queenie (Aisling Loftus) escapes her family's farm in Lincolnshire to live with her forward-thinking Aunt Dorothy (Beatie Edney), then marries the stiff Bernard (Andrew Rothney) so that she can remain in London when her aunt dies. Lives intercross, the war takes its toll on everyone, and changes the lives forever, as each person tries to survive in their own way.


Hortense's expectations of London are abruptly shattered when she walks into Gilbert's tiny one-room apartment, rented from Queenie's house, as she's left to fend for herself when Bernard disappears in the war. Lives collide and Hortense naively discovers the racial divide still lurking about in England. There's a lot of story to tell but Norris and Edmundson manage to make the 3 hour 10 minute (including intermission) tale flow by with ease. It is wonderful storytelling at its purest, without any necessary fancy theatrical tricks, and I was enthralled the entire time.



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Monday, December 31, 2018

Best of Stage 2018

2018 total: 190 Shows (including repeats) in Toronto (and surrounding), London, New York City, San Francisco, and Dublin.

As with any lists, I have my own made up rules for basically is what I deem best things I saw on stage for my first time in 2018. A ridiculous notion since what is best anyways, but alas, my dying blog, my rules, and thus my list of favourites. And was is even "first time"?

Anyways, again, any shows (same production version) I had seen in previous years are ineligible for this year's list (including )
For previous years Best of Stage Lists:
Best of Stage 2017 (including Angels in America, Network)
Best of Stage 2016 (including Waitress, Cacti)
Best of Stage 2015 (including Come From Away, Hamilton, The King and I)
Best of Stage 2014 
Best of Stage 2013  
Best of Stage 2012
Best of Stage 2011 
Best of Stage 2010
Best of Stage 2009 (including Emergence)
Best of Stage 2008 
Best of Stage 2007


Alas, here's my take from everything "new" I saw this year. Felt like I saw a lot of good stuff this year, though I was also catching up with a lot of acclaimed shows from previous years so maybe it's why I felt there was an abundance of great things on stage this year:

Here's the Best of Stage 2018:

1. Lewiston/Clarkston - Rattlestick Playwrights Theater - Off-Broadway - New York City, NY
Written by Samuel D. Hunter, Directed by Davis McCallum

               

I saw a workshop reading last year so I was already prepped and yet Samuel D. Hunter still slays me every time with his brutally honest and simple plays about the heart and loneliness of a bunch of lost souls searching for something in the middle of America. Like many of Hunter's plays, we are again in Idaho, with two separate plays taking place in the twin cities of Lewiston and Clarkston, where famed explorers once found themselves, much as their distant descendants now feel lost in.

               

In Rattlestick's beautifully simple double bill, the two plays are presented in one evening where the tiny theatre space becomes first roadside fireworks stand in Lewiston, where an estranged granddaughter has returned to claim her land, then we find ourselves later in a Costco warehouse as a new Clarkston transplant works side by side with a local as both figure out their futures. Each play charming and haunting on their own, but the thematic lost and found bookends only adds to the layers in this theatrical double bill.



2. What The Constitution Means To Me - New York Theatre Workshop - Off-Broadway - New York City, NY
By Heidi Schreck, Directed by Oliver Butler

               

I'm not even American yet Heidi Schreck's play that sounded at first like it was going to be a lecture but then turns out to be so much more, managed to enthral me in the US Constitution. She turned her grade school obsession with the Constitution into this breakdown of US politics and the structure America has created (and why it basically feels like it is currently breaking down). Schreck's enthusiasm highlights why our civic duties are so important, while weaving in personal stories of her family as examples of how country and the men governing the country have failed her, her mother, her grandmother, and women and Americans in this pursuit of Happiness who might have a Life and Liberty.



3. The Runner - Human Cargo at Theatre Passe Muraille Mainstage - Toronto, ON
Written by Christopher Morris, Directed by Daniel Brooks

               

Gord Rand plays Jacob, a member of Z.A.K.A., an Orthodox Jewish volunteer force tasked to clean up the remains of Jews killed in accidents. While director Daniel Brooks puts Rand on a treadmill for the entire show, Rand's Jacob must contemplate the moral and ethical duties when he decides to save a woman's life. Shocking, exhausting, and harrowing, yet never running out of steam, this is an adrenaline rush in mind and body as it speeds through a vivid telling of a real life Z.A.K.A. member.



4. The Inheritance: Part 1 and 2 - Young Vic Theatre - London, UK, and Young Vic Theatre at the Noël Coward Theatre - West End - London, UK
Written by Matthew Lopez, inspired by the novel Howards End by E.M. Forster, Directed by Stephen Daldry

               

A two part play about gays in New York City that stretches over 7hours and yes, there will be comparisons and expectations but when you let it all go and accept The Inheritance for what it is, and what it does with its inherited expectations (and yes, it still basically a play about fit white gays), there is much to savour and enjoy in Matthew Lopez's modern day homage to Howards End. This is not about millennium approaching, this is the state of (middle-ish class white) gays in New York City now (or at least 2016 to 2017) and the situation gays have currently inherited, for better or for worse, and as a result of losing almost an entire generation while fighting for gay rights. Weaved into some pointed political speeches is a poignant melodrama that follows E.M. Forster's Howards End as an outline. While Forster himself becomes a character in this play that toys with structure, Daldry's lean production plays around with the framing device and double casting in its lean (in more ways than one) all-male cast (save for a late-in-the-game cameo by the sole female cast member who happens to be Vanessa Redgrave who was in the film adaptation of Howards End and it is noted in the play). Still, for everything the play is not, it is rich with humour and poignancy and fun references that made me recognize our own stories represented on stage and it was beautiful.



5. Betroffenheit - Kidd Pivot, Electric Company Theatre at Canadian Stage at the Bluma Appel Theatre in the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts
Written by Jonathon Young, Choreographed and Directed by Crystal Pite

               

Shocking, erratic, pounding, and ultimately heartbreaking, I was finally able to catch Jonathon Young's very personal, now very public piece on his own family tragedy. Yet in Crystal Pite's choreography, this dance piece with words is exciting and gripping and strangely beautiful and peaceful piece of art.



6. Straight White Men - 2nd Stage at the Helen Hayes Theatre - Broadway - New York City, NY
Written by Young Jean Lee, Directed by Anna D. Shapiro

               

Finally a play about straight white men. Because we never knew them enough before. But no, Young Jean Lee's satire plays it basically... well... straight, with apparently a new framing device with the help of non-binary narrators who guide us into the poor ol world of four straight white men, as we study their behaviours as they interact with each other and see how they function in a world that seems catered to them. An entire company of, surprisingly, Broadway debuts (also with Stephen Payne, Josh Charles, Armie Hammer, and Paul Schneider), manages to keep the gentle satirical balance just right in Anna D. Shapiro's carefully calculated examination of an endangered species (or so the straight white men themselves seem to think). The brilliancy in Lee's satire is the group of straight white brothers and their father are not your easy targets but supposedly "woke" men who are actually "nice" guys, or try to be, but as one brother seems incapable of moving forward, the unraveling of the others in reaction starts showing what is behind a real man. Clever and funny in a gentle way (just like how straight white men need to be handled) and getting Josh Charles and Armie Hammer to dance is just bonus points.




7. Oklahoma! - St. Anne's Warehouse - Brooklyn, NY
Music by Richard Rodgers, Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, based on the play Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs, Directed by Daniel Fish, Choreography by John Heginbotham, New Music Arrangements by Daniel Kluger

               

Turning a joyous American classic into a soulful brooding dark sexy by flipping the lights off, or with differing line interpretations makes the inherent darker elements that were always in Oklahoma! make much more sense. With Jud as an incel of sorts brooding in his cabin and even Curly and Laurey being sexually frustrated in a constant yearning that the times had demanded, Daniel Fish has flipped a musical classic into an intimate, haunting study of the nostalgic America we remember and the reality of what his hidden away in the darker cracks of the land.



8. Good Morning, Viet Mom - Next Stage Festival at Factory Theatre Studio - Toronto, ON
Written by Franco Nguyen, Directed by Byron Abalos

               

Canadian born Franco Nguyen's trips back to Vietnam to visit his grandmother gives him new insight into his mom, who braved a new cold world to bring Franco up in Canada. From hilarious stories to moments of heartbreak and back, Nguyen's one-man solo show takes us on this personal journey that feels universal to any son trying to connect to his mother or anybody trying to connect to their immigrant parent.



9. Amadeus - National Theatre in the Olivier Theatre - London, UK
Written by Peter Shaffer, Directed by Michael Longhurst

               



10. Translations - National Theatre in the Olivier Theatre - London, UK
Written by Brian Friel, Directed by Ian Rickson

               



11. Unrelated London Revivals I Was Gonna Put In The Next 2 Spots And Then Realized Jonathan Bailey Was In Both
The York Realist - Donmar Warehouse - London, UK
Written by Peter Gill, Directed by Robert Hastie

Company - Gielgud Theatre - West End - London, UK
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by George Furth, Directed by Marianne Elliott

               
             
               



12. Bang Bang - Factory Theatre - Toronto, ON
Written and Directed by Kat Sandler

               



13. The Royale - Soulpepper Theatre Company in the Bailie Theatre at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts - Toronto, ON
Written by Marco Ramirez, Directed by Guillermo Verdecchia 

               



14. The Wild Duck - Almeida Theatre - London, UK
After Henrik Ibsen, In a new version created by Robert Icke

               



15. Girl From the North Country - The Old Vic at the Noël Coward Theatre - West End - London, UK
Music and Lyrics by Bob Dylan, Written and Directed by Conor McPherson

               



16. Family Circus  
Bromance - Barely Methodical Troupe at the New Victory Theater - New York City, NY
Created by Beren D'Amico, Louis Gift, and Charlie Wheeller, in collaboration with Director Eddie Kay

Réversible - Les 7 Doights De La Main/The 7 Fingers at CAA Theatre - Toronto, ON
Directed by Gypsy Snider

                              

               


17. Who Run The World? Girls
School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play - MCC Theater at The Lucille Lortel Theater - Off-Broadway - New York City, NY
Written by Jocelyn Bioh, Directed Rebecca Taichman

Usual Girls - Roundabout Theater Company's Roundabout Underground in the Black Box at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre
Written by Ming Peiffer, Directed by Tyne Rafaeli

The Code - Green Thumb Theatre in the Studio at Young People's Theatre - Toronto, ON
Written by Rachel Aberle, Directed by Patrick McDonald

Selfie - Young People's Theatre - Studio - Toronto, ON
Written by Christine Quintana, Directed by Stephen Colella








18. Bed and Breakfast - Soulpepper Theatre Company in the Bailie Theatre at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts - Toronto, ON
Written by Mark Crawford, Directed by Ann-Marie Kerr




19. Bunny - Tarragon Theatre - Toronto, ON
Written by Hannah Moscovitch, Directed by Sarah Garton Stanley




20. The Wedding Party - Crow's Theatre at Streetcar Crowsnest Guloien Theatre - Toronto, ON
Written by Kristen Thompson, Based on the characters created with Trish Lindström, Tony Nappo, Moya O'Connell, Tom Rooney, and Bahia Watson, Directed by Chris Abraham





Honourable Mentions:

A Christmas Carol - The Three Ships Collective with SoupCan Theatre at Campbell House Museum - Toronto, ON
With an original text by Justin Haigh, based on the the story by Charles Dickens, Directed by Sarah Thorpe

Catch As Catch Can - Page 73 at New Ohio Theatre - Off-Broadway - New York City, NY
Written by Mia Chung, Directed by Ken Russ Schmoll 

Good Grief  - Vineyard Theatre - Off-Broadway - New York City, NY
Written by Ngozi Anyanwu, Directed by Awoye Timpo

Robert. - Lark and Whimsy Theatre Collective at Toronto Fringe Festival in St. George The Martyr - Toronto, ON
Written by Briana Brown, Directed by Rob Kempson



Solid revivals of:

Anthony and Cleopatra - National Theatre's Lyttleton Theatre - London, UK
Written by William Shakespeare, Directed by Simon Godwin

Coriolanus - Stratford Shakespeare Festival in the Avon Theatre
Written by William Shakespeare, Directed by Robert Lepage

Fun Home - The Musical Stage Company at the CAA Theatre - Toronto, ON
Music by Jeanine Tesori, Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron, based on the Graphic Novel by Alison Bechdel, Directed by Robert McQueen, Choreographed by Stephanie Graham

Hamlet - Tarragon Theatre - Toronto, ON
Written by William Shakespeare, Directed by Richard Rose

Julius Caesar - The Bridge Theatre - London, UK
Written by William Shakespeare, Directed by Nicholas Hytner

Krapp's Last Tape - Theatre Passe Muraille - Toronto, ON
Written by Samuel Beckett, Directed by Mac Fyfe

Lobby Hero - 2nd Stage at the Helen Hayes Theatre - Broadway - New York City, NY
Written by Kenneth Lonergan, Directed by Trip Cullman

Long Day's Journey Into Night - Bristol Old Vic at Wyndham Theatre - West End - London, UK
Written by Eugene O'Neill, Directed by Richard Eyre

Mary Poppins - Young People's Theatre - Toronto, ON
A Musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film
Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, Book by Julian Fellowes, New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe
Co-Created by Cameron Mackintosh, Directed by Them Allison, Choreographed by Kerry Gage

Measure for Measure - Donmar Warehouse - London, UK
By William Shakespeare, Directed by Josie Rourke

The Music Man -  Stratford Shakespeare Festival in the Festival Theatre - Stratford, ON
Music, Lyrics, and Book by Meredith Wilson, Story by Meredith Wilson and Franklin Lacey, Directed and Choreographed by Donna Feore

Once On This Island - Circle in the Square Theatre - Broadway - New York City, NY
Music by Stephen Flaherty, Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Directed by Michael Arden, Choreographed by Camille A. Brown

The Rocky Horror Show - Stratford Shakespeare Festival in the Avon Theatre - Stratford, ON
Music, Lyrics, and Book by Richard O'Brien, Directed and Choreographed by Donna Feore

To Kill A Mockingbird - Lincoln Center Theater at Shubert Theatre - Broadway - New York City, NY
Written by Aaron Sorkin based on the book by Harper Lee, Directed by Bartlett Sher

Twelfth Night - The Public Theater at Young Vic Theatre - London, UK
Conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub, Music and Lyrics by Shaina Taub, Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Oscar Eustis

The Waverly Gallery - Golden Theatre - Broadway - New York City, NY
Written by Kenneth Lonergan, Directed by Lila Neugebauer



Breakthrough Performances (in alphabetical order):

The cast of Bromance: Beren D'Amico, Louis Gift, Charlie Wheeller

The cast of The Code: Elizabeth Barrett, Nathan Kay, Mason Temple

The cast of Réversible: Maria Del Mar Reyes, Vincent Jutras, Jérémi Levesque, Natasha Patterson, Hugo Ragetly, Émilie Silliau, Julien Silliau, Emi Vauthey

The cast of School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play: MaameYaa Boafo, Latoya Edwards, Paige Gilbert, Joanna A. Jones, Abena Mensah-Bonsu, Mirirai Sithole, Myra Lucretia Taylor, Zenzi Williams

The cast of Straight White Men: Kate Bornstein, Josh Charles, Ty Defoe, Armie Hammer, Stephen Payne, Paul Schneider

Ngozi Anyanwu in Good Grief
Sheila Atim in The Girl From North Country and Othello
Jonathan Bailey in Company and TheYork Realist
Ben Batt in The York Realist
Kenton Blythe in The Princess of the Tower 
Gabrielle Brooks in Twelfth Night
Andrew Burnap in The Inheritance
Rachel Cairns in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Bunny and Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet
Belinda Corpuz in Prairie Nurse
Kelley Curran in Mother of the Maid
Edmund Donovan in Clarkston
Omari Douglas in Wise Children
Daniel Ellis in Risky Phil
Dylan Evans in Entrances and Exits
Sam Fogell in The Comedy About a Bank Robbery
Midori Francis in Usual Girls
Adam Gillen in Amadeus
Natalia Gracious in The Secret Garden
Gabe Grey in After Wrestling
Janelle Hanna in Prairie Nurse and Robert.
Joe Idris-Roberts in Pinocchio
Melissa James in Wise Children
Isabel Kanaan in Prairie Nurse
Arinzé Kene in Girl From the North Country
Hailey Kilgore in Once On This Island
Jesse LaVercombe in Bunny and Hamlet
Jeremy Legat in The Last Party
Samuel H. Levine in The Inheritance
Bonnie Milligan in Head Over Heels
Rachel Mutombo in Selfie
Bob Nasmith in Krapp's Last Tape
Franco Nguyen in Good Morning, Viet Mom
Jeremy Pope in Ain't Too Proud
Sam Reid in Girl From the North Country
Lauren Ridloff in Children Of a Lesser God
Heidi Schreck in What The Constitution Means To Me
Jack Shalloo in Girl From the North Country
Anthony Shim in After Wrestling
Ethan Slater in Spongebob Squarepants
Ordena Stephens-Thompson in Risky Phil and Harlem Duet
Benjamin Sutherland in The Secret Garden
Ephraim Sykes in Ain't Too Proud



Great Performances (in alphabetical order):

The cast of A Christmas Carol (The Three Ships Collective with SoupCan Theatre): Jim Armstrong, Makenna Beatty, Chloe Bradt, Alex Dallas, Christopher Fowler, John Fray, Tamara Freeman, Mike Hogan, Thomas Gough, Christopher Lucas, Margo MacDonald, Tiffany Martin, William Matthews, Amy Marie Wallace, Kholby Wardell

The cast of Anywhere: Courtney Ch'ng Lancaster, Cass Van Wyck

The cast of Bed and Breakfast: Gregory Prest, Paolo Santalucia

The cast of Catch As Catch Can: Jeff Biehl, Michael Esper, Jeanine Serralles

The cast of Clarkston: Heidi Armbruster, Edmund Donovan, Noah Robbins

The cast of Fun Home (Musical Stage Company): Evan Buliung, Laura Condlln, Cynthia Dale, Sara Farb, Hannah Levinson, Jasper Lincoln, Liam MacDonald, Eric Morin, Sabryn Rock

The cast of The Lehman Trilogy: Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, Ben Miles

The cast of Lewiston: Arnie Burton, Kristin Griffiths, Leah Karpel

The Tyrones in Long Day's Journey Into Night (West End): Matthew Beard, Jeremy Irons, Rory Keenan, Lesley Manville

The cast of Men on Boats (A.C.T. SF): Arwen Anderson, Rosie Hallett, Lisa Hori-Garcia, Libby King, Amy Lizardo, Sarita Ocón, Annemaria Rajala, Katherine Romans, Liz Sklar, Lauren Spencer

The cast of Morro and Jasp: Save the Date: Heather Marie Annis, Amy Lee

The cast of The Rocky Horror Show (Stratford): Dan Chameroy, George Krissa, Robert Markus, Trevor Patt, Erica Peck, Jennifer Rider-Shaw, Sayer Roberts, Steve Ross, and ensemble members Eric Abel, Gabriel Antonacci, Colton Curtis, Bonnie Jordan, Bethany Kovarik, Jason Sermonia

The cast of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Tooting Arts Club Off-Bway): Stacie Bono, Michael James Leslie, Zachary Noah Piser, John Rapson, Thom Sesma, Billy Harrigan Tighe, Sally Ann Triplett, Delaney Westfall

The main cast of To Kill a Mockingbird (Broadway): Gbenga Akinnagbe, Jeff Daniels, Gideon Glick, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Dakin Matthews, Will Pullen, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Stark Sands, Frederick Weller, Erin Wilhelmi, Danny Wolohan

The cast of The Wedding Party: Jason Cadieux, Virginia Griffith, Trish Lindström, Moya O'Connell, Tom Rooney, Kristen Thomson

Marc Antolin in Little Shop of Horrors
Brooks Ashmanskas in The Prom
Hayley Atwell in Measure for Measure
Quincy Tyler Bernstine in Our Lady of 121st Street
Sara Bareilles in Waitress
Maev Beaty in Bunny
Ashley Botting in Ashley with a Y
Gerard Carey in Twelfth Night
Lana Carillo in The Princess of the Tower
Adam Chanler-Berat in Saint Joan
Glenn Close in Mother of the Maid
Rosalie Craig in Company
Damon Daunno in The Lucky Ones and Oklahoma!
Robin De Jesús in The Boys in the Band
Raúl Esparza in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
Ralph Fiennes in Anthony and Cleopatra
Freddie Fox in An Ideal Husband
Russell Harvard in I Was Most Alive With You
Shirley Henderson in Girl From the North Country
Daren A. Herbert in The Music Man
Ciarán Hinds in Girl From the North Country
Geordie Johnson in The Children
Dion Johnstone in The Royale
Debbie Kurup in Girl From the North Country
Beth Leaves in The Prom
Hannah Levinson in Fun Home and The Preposterous Predicament of Polly Peel
Caissie Levy in Frozen
Jeff Lillico in Bang Bang
Laura Linney in My Name Is Lucy Barton
Jack Lowden in Measure for Measure
Patti LuPone in Company
Elaine May in The Waverly Gallery
David Morrissey in Julius Caesar
Lucian Msamati in Amadeus
Michael Nathanson in Oklahoma!
Alex Newell in Once On This Island
Lesley Nicol in The York Realist
Sophie Okonedo in Anthony and Cleopatra
Laurie Paton in The Children
Gord Rand in The Runner
Noah Reid in Hamlet
Karen Robinson in Bang Bang
Sabyrn Rock in Fun Home and The Royale
Jenna Russell in Fun Home
Vanessa Sears in Mary Poppins
André Sills in Coriolanus
Kyle Soller in The Inheritance
Corey Stoll in Othello
Ali Stroker in Oklahoma!
Uma Thurman in The Parisian Woman
Grace Van Patten in Mother of the Maid
Tony Yazbeck in The Beast in the Jungle

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Here is every Stage Show I saw in 2018 in alphabetical order. All reviews are based on a 5 stars system (Workshop Labs, Readings, Concerts and Cabarets are not graded):



A Christmas Carol (Play) - The Three Ships Collective with SoupCan Theatre at Campbell House Museum - Toronto, ON - ****

After Wrestling (Play) - Factory Theatre - Toronto, ON - ***1/2 (Review)

Ain't Too Proud (Musical) x2 - Princess of Wales Theatre - Toronto, ON - ***

A Kev 'n Cal Mystery (Play) - Toronto Fringe Festival at Annex Theatre - Toronto, ON - **1/2

Allelujah! (Play) - The Bridge Theatre - London, UK - ***1/2

Amadeus (Play Revival) - National Theatre's Olivier Theatre - London, UK - ****1/2

A Midsummer Night's Dream (Play Revival) - Canadian Stage Company in High Park Amphitheatre - Toronto, ON - ***1/2

A Monster Calls (Play) - The Old Vic Theatre - London, UK - ****

An American in Paris (Musical) - National Tour at Princess of Wales Theatre - Toronto, ON - ***

Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches and Part Two: Perestroika (Play Revival) - National Theatre at the Neil Simon Theatre - Broadway - New York City, NY - ****1/2 (Best of Stage 2017)

An Ideal Husband (Play Revival) - Vaudeville Theatre - West End - London, UK - ****

Animal Farm (Play) - Soulpepper Theatre Company in the Bailie Theatre at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts - Toronto, ON - ****

Anna Karenina (Ballet) - National Ballet of Canada at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts - Toronto, ON - ****

Annie (Musical Revival) - Ed Mirvish Theatre - Toronto, ON - ***

Anthony and Cleopatra (Play Revival) - National Theatre's Lyttleton Theatre - London, UK - ****

Anywhere (Play) - Toronto Fringe Festival at Factory Theatre Studio - Toronto, ON - ****

Ashley with a Y (Musical) - Toronto Fringe Festival at Factory Theatre Studio - Toronto, ON - ****

A Very Very Very Dark Matter (Play) - The Bridge Theatre - London, UK - **1/2

Bang Bang (Play) - Factory Theatre - Toronto, ON - ****

The Beast in the Jungle (Play) - Vineyard Theatre - Off-Broadway - New York City, NY - ***1/2

Bed and Breakfast (Play) - Soulpepper Theatre Company in the Bailie Theatre at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts - Toronto, ON - ****

Bernhardt/Hamlet (Play) - Roundabout Theatre Company at the American Airlines Theatre - Broadway - New York City, NY - **1/2

Betroffenheit (Dance) - Kidd Pivot, Electric Company Theatre at Canadian Stage at the Bluma Appel Theatre in the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts - ****1/2

Bikeface (Play) - Toronto Fringe Festival at Annex Theatre - Toronto, ON - ***

The Boys in the Band (Play Revival) - Booth Theatre - Broadway - New York City, NY - ***1/2

Bridget Everett (Concert) - JFL at the Winter Garden Theatre - Toronto, ON

Bromance (Circus) - Barely Methodical Troupe at the New Victory Theater - New York City, NY - ****

Bunny (Play) - Tarragon Theatre - Toronto, ON - ****

Cabaret (Musical Revival) - Fallsview Casino Resort Theatre - Niagara Falls, ON - ***1/2

Canadian Music Theatre Project (Musical Workshop) - Sheridan Theatre at Sheridan College - Oakville, ON
erik with a k (Musical)
In Real Life (Musical)
Kelly vs. Kelly (Musical)
Stars of Mars (Musical)

Cardinal (Play) - 2nd Stage in the Tony Kisser Theatre - Off-Broadway - New York City, NY - *1/2

Carousel (Musical Revival) - Imperial Theatre - Broadway - New York City, NY - **

Catch As Catch Can (Play) - Page 73 at New Ohio Theatre - Off-Broadway - New York City, NY - ****

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Musical) - National Tour at Princess of Wales Theatre - Toronto, ON - ** (Review)

Charlie Puth: The Voicenotes Tour (Concert) - Budweiser Stage - Toronto, ON

The Children (Play) - Canadian Stage Company in the Berkeley Street Theatre - Toronto, ON - ***1/2

Children Of a Lesser God (Play Revival) - Studio 54 - Broadway - New York City, NY - ***

Clueless The Musical (Musical) - The New Group in The Griffin Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center - Off-Broadway - New York City, NY - **1/2

The Code (Play) - Green Thumb Theatre in the Studio at Young People's Theatre - Toronto, ON - **** (Review)

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery (Play) - Criterion Theatre - West End - London, UK - ***1/2

Come From Away (Musical) x2 - Royal Alexandra Theatre - Toronto, ON - ***** (Best of Stage 2015)
Come From Away - Abbey Theatre - Dublin, IE - *****

Comfort Women (Musical Revival) - Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Playwrights Horizons - Off-Broadway - New York City, NY - **

Company (Musical Revival) - Gielgud Theatre - West End - London, UK - ****1/2

Compulsion (Musical) - Toronto Fringe Festival at Factory Theatre - Toronto, ON - **

Coriolanus (Play Revival) - Stratford Shakespeare Festival in the Avon Theatre - ****

Dance Nation (Play) - Almeida Theatre - London, UK - ***1/2

Days of Rage (Play) - 2ndStage in the Tony Kiser Theater - Off-Broadway - New York City, NY - ***

Declarations (Play) - Canadian Stage at the Berkeley Street Theatre - Toronto, ON - **1/2

The Dream and Being and Nothingness (Ballet) - National Ballet of Canada at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts - Toronto, ON - ***1/2
Being and Nothingness - ***
The Dream - ****

Dr. Silver: A Celebration of Life (Musical) - The Musical Stage Company at the Heliconian Hall - Toronto, ON - ***

Elton John: Farewell Yellow Brick Road (Concert) - Scotiabank Arena - Toronto, ON

Entrances and Exits (Improv Play) - Toronto Fringe Festival at Factory Theatre Mainstage - Toronto, ON - ****

Escape from Margaritaville (Musical) - Marquis Theatre - Broadway - New York City, NY - **

The Evolution of Mann (Musical) - the cell - Off-Broadway - New York City, NY - ***

The Fall (Play) - National Youth Theatre at Southwark Playhouse - London, UK - ***1/2

Fanny and Alexander (Play) - The Old Vic Theatre - London, UK - ***

Frozen (Musical) - St. James Theatre - Broadway - New York City, NY - ***1/2

Fun Home (Musical Revival) - The Musical Stage Company at the CAA Theatre - Toronto, ON - ****

Fun Home (Musical) - Young Vic Theatre - London, UK - ***1/2

Gay Play Day - Pink Shows (Play) - The Alumnae Theatre Studio - Toronto, ON
Fade to Black (Play) - ***1/2
Labels (Play) - ***
Diamonds on Plastic (Play) - **
Point and Click (Play) - ***

Girl From the North Country (Musical) - The Old Vic at the Noël Coward Theatre - West End - London, UK - ****

Good Grief (Play) - Vineyard Theatre - Off-Broadway - New York City, NY - ****

Good Morning, Viet Mom (Play) - Next Stage Festival at Factory Theatre Studio - Toronto, ON - ****1/2

Grand Finale (Dance) - Hofesh Schecter Company at Canadian Stage Company in the Bluma Appel Theatre at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts - ****

The Grass is Greenest at the Houston Astrodome (Play) - Toronto Fringe Festival at Freedom Factory - Toronto, ON - ***

Hamilton (Musical) x2 - Victoria Palace Theatre - London, UK - **** (Best of Stage 2015)

Hamlet (Play Revival) - Tarragon Theatre - Toronto, ON - ****

Harlem Duet (Play Revival) - Tarragon Theatre - Toronto, ON - ***

Head Over Heels (Musical) - Hudson Theatre - Broadway - Toronto, ON - ***1/2

Hello, Dolly! (Musical Revival) x2 - Shubert Theatre - Broadway - New York City, NY - ****

Idomeneus (Play) - Soulpepper Theatre Company in the Michael Young Theatre at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts - Toronto, ON - ***

Inescapable (Play) - Toronto Fringe Festival at Tarragon Theatre Mainspace - Toronto, ON -  **1/2

The Inheritance: Part 1 and 2 (Play) - Young Vic Theatre - London, UK - Part 1 x 2.3x, Part 2 x3,
Young Vic Theatre at the Noël Coward Theatre - West End - London, UK - Part 1 x1 - ****1/2

I Was Most Alive With You (Play) - Playwrights Horizons Mainstage - Off-Broadway - New York City, NY - ***

Jerry Springer the Opera (Musical Revival) - The New Group in the Linney Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center - Off-Broadway - New York City, NY - ***

Jimmy's Hall (Play) - Abbey Theatre - Dublin, IE - ****

Judas Star Supersong (Musical) - Toronto Fringe Festival at St. Stephen-in-the-Fields - Toronto, ON - **

Julie (Play) - National Theatre's Lyttleton Theatre - London, UK - ***

Julius Caesar (Play Revival) - The Bridge Theatre - London, UK - ****

The Jungle (Play) - Young Vic Theatre at the Playhouse Theatre - West End - London, UK - ****

The King and I (Musical Revival) - National Tour at Princess of Wales Theatre - Toronto, ON - ***1/2 (Best of Stage 2015)

Kiss of the Spider Woman (Play) - Menier Chocolate Factory - London, UK - ***1/2

Krapp's Last Tape (Play Revival) - Theatre Passe Muraille - Toronto, ON - ****

The Last Party (Musical) - Toronto Fringe Festival at Tarragon Theatre Mainspace - Toronto, ON - ***

Latin History for Morons (Play) - Studio 54 - Broadway - New York City, NY - ***1/2

The Lehman Trilogy (Play) - National Theatre's Lyttleton Theatre - London, UK - ****

Lewiston/Clarkston (Play Revival) - Rattlestick Playwrights Theater - Off-Broadway - New York City, NY - *****

Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (Play Revival) - New York Theatre Workshop - Off-Broadway - New York City, NY - ***

The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales (Play) - Shakespeare's Globe Theatre - London, UK - ***1/2

Little Shop of Horrors (Musical Revival) - Regent Park's Open Air Theatre - London, UK - ****

Lobby Hero (Play Revival) - 2nd Stage at the Helen Hayes Theatre - Broadway - New York City, NY - ****

Long Day's Journey Into Night (Play Revival) - Bristol Old Vic at Wyndham Theatre - West End - London, UK - ****

The Lucky Ones (Musical) - Ars Nova at the Connelly Theatre - Off-Broadway - New York City, NY - ***

Made in Canada (Ballet) -  National Ballet of Canada at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts - Toronto, ON - ****
The Dreamers Ever Leave You - ***1/2
The Four Seasons - ****
Emergence - ***** (Best of Stage 2009)

Mankind (Play) - Playwrights Horizons Mainstage - Off-Broadway - New York City, NY - *

Mary Page Marlowe (Play) - 2nd Stage at the Tony Kisser Theatre - Off-Broadway - New York City, NY - ***

Mary Poppins (Musical Revival) - Young People's Theatre - Toronto, ON - **** (Review)

Mean Girls (Musical) - August Wilson Theatre - Broadway - New York City, NY - ***

Measure for Measure (Play Revival) - Donmar Warehouse - London, UK - ****

Men on Boats (Play) - A.C.T. American Conservatory Theater's Strand Theater - San Francisco, CA - ****

Voter's Choice: The Merchant of Venice (Play Revival) - Shakespeare's Globe Theatre - London, UK - ****

Miles for Mary (Play) - Playwrights Horizons in the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre - Off-Broadway - New York City, NY - ***

Mlima's Tale (Play) - The Public Theater in Martinson Hall - Off-Broadway - New York City, NY - ****

The Monument (Play Revival) - Factory Theatre - Toronto, ON - **1/2

Mood Music (Play) - The Old Vic Theatre - London, UK - ***

Moonstruck (Play) - Toronto Fringe Festival at Tarragon Theatre Mainstage - Toronto, ON - **

Morro and Jasp: Save the Date (Play) - Toronto Fringe Festival at Tarragon Theatre Mainstage - Toronto, ON - ****

Mother of the Maid (Play) - The Public Theater in the Anspacher Theater - Off-Broadway - New York City, NY - ***1/2

The Music Man (Musical Revival) -  Stratford Shakespeare Festival in the Festival Theatre - Stratford, ON - ****

My Name Is Lucy Barton (Play) - The Bridge Theatre - London, UK - ***1/2

Mythos: A Trilogy - Gods. Heroes. Men (Play) - Shaw Festival in the Festival Theatre - Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON - ***1/2

Network (Play) - National Theatre's Lyttleton Theatre - London, UK - **** (Best of Stage 2017)

Oklahoma! (Musical Revival) - St. Anne's Warehouse - Brooklyn, NY - ****1/2

Once On This Island (Musical Revival) - Circle in the Square Theatre - Broadway - New York City, NY - ****

One Small Step (Musical) - Toronto Fringe Festival at Randolph Theatre - Toronto, ON - ***1/2

Othello (Play Revival) - The Public Theater at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park - New York City, NY - ***1/2

Othello (Play Revival) x2 - Shakespeare's Globe Theatre - London, UK - ****

Our Lady of 121st Street (Play Revival) - Signature Theatre in The Diamond at the Pershing Square Signature Center - Off-Broadway - New York City, NY - ***1/2

The Overcoat: A Musical Tailoring (Musical) - Tapestry Opera and Vancouver Opera at Canadian Stage at the Bluma Appel Theatre in the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts - ***

The Parisian Woman (Play) - Hudson Theatre - Broadway - London, UK - **1/2

Paz de la Jolla & The Man in Black with Cacti (Ballet) - National Ballet of Canada at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts - Toronto, ON - ****
Paz de la Jolla - ****
The Man in Black - ****
Cacti - ***** (Best of Stage 2016)

Picnic in the Cemetery (Musical) - Canadian Stage at the Berkeley Street Upstairs Theatre - Toronto, ON - ***1/2

Pinocchio (Musical) x2 - National Theatre's Lyttleton Theatre - London, UK - *** (Review)

Prairie Nurse (Play) - Factory Theatre - Toronto, ON - ****

The Preposterous Predicament of Polly Peel (Musical) - Toronto Fringe Festival at Tarragon Theatre Mainspace - Toronto, ON - ***

The Princess of the Tower (Musical) - Toronto Fringe Festival at George Ignatief Theatre - Toronto, ON - ****

The Prom (Musical) - Longacre Theatre - Broadway - New York City, NY - ***

Puffs (Play) - New World Stages in Stage 5 - Off-Broadway - New York City, NY - ***

The Red Shoes (Play) - The Gate Theatre - Dublin, IE - ***

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Play Revival) - Classic Stage Company - Off-Broadway - New York City, NY - **1/2

Réversible (Circus) - Les 7 Doights De La Main/The 7 Fingers at CAA Theatre - Toronto, ON - ****

The Rink (Musical Revival) - Southwark Playhouse in The Large - London, UK - ***

Risky Phil (Play) - Young People's Theatre - Toronto, ON - **** (Review)

Robert. - Lark and Whimsy Theatre Collective at Toronto Fringe Festival in St. George The Martyr - Toronto, ON - ****

The Rocky Horror Show (Musical Revival) - Stratford Shakespeare Festival in the Avon Theatre - Stratford, ON - ****

Romeo and Juliet (Play Revival) - Canadian Stage Company in High Park Amphitheatre - Toronto, ON - ***1/2

The Royale (Play) - Soulpepper Theatre Company in the Bailie Theatre at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts - Toronto, ON - ****

Rumspringa Break! (Musical) - Next Stage Festival at Factory Theatre Mainstage - Toronto, ON - ****

The Runner (Play) - Human Cargo at Theatre Passe Muraille Mainstage - Toronto, ON - ****1/2

Saint Joan (Play Revival) - Manhattan Theatre Club at the Samuel Friedman Theatre - Broadway - New York City, NY - ***

School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play (Play) - MCC Theater at The Lucille Lortel Theater - Off-Broadway - New York City, NY - ****

School of Rock (Musical) - National Tour at Ed Mirvish Theatre - Toronto, ON - **1/2

The Secret Garden (Play Revival) - Young People's Theatre - Toronto, ON - **** (Review)

Selfie (Play) - Young People's Theatre - Studio - Toronto, ON - **** (Review)

Sisters (Play) - Soulpepper Theatre Company in the Bailie Theatre at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts - Toronto, ON - ***

Skintight (Play) - Roundabout Theatre Company in the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre - Off-Broadway - New York City, NY - ***1/2

Smokey Joe's Cafe (Musical Revival) - Stage 42 - Off-Broadway - New York City, NY - ***

Spongebob Squarepants (Musical) - Palace Theatre - Broadway - New York City, NY - ***1/2

Straight White Men (Play Revival) - 2nd Stage at the Helen Hayes Theatre - Broadway - New York City, NY - ****1/2

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Musical Revival) - The Tooting Arts Club at the Barrow Street Theatre - Off-Broadway - New York City, NY - ****1/2

Swordplay: A Play of Swords (Play) - Sex-T-Rex at Next Stage Festival at Factory Theatre Mainstage - Toronto, ON - ***

Sylvia (Musical) - The Old Vic Theatre - London, UK - ***1/2

This Flat Earth (Play) - Playwrights Horizons Mainstage - Off-Broadway - New York City, NY - ***

Thoroughly Modern Millie (Musical Revival) - Fallsview Casino Resort Theatre - Niagara Falls, ON - ***

To Kill A Mockingbird (Play Revival) - Lincoln Center Theater at Shubert Theatre - Broadway - New York City, NY - ****

To Kill A Mockingbird (Play Revival) - Stratford Shakespeare Company in the Festival Theatre - Stratford, ON - ***1/2

Translations (Play Revival) - National Theatre in the Olivier Theatre - London, UK - ****1/2

Travesties (Play Revival) - Roundabout Theatre Company at the American Airlines Theatre - Broadway - New York City, NY - **1/2

True Crime (Play) - Crow's Theatre at the Streetcar Crowsnest Studio - Toronto, ON - ***

Twelfth Night (Musical) - The Public Theater at Young Vic Theatre - London, UK - ****

The Twilight Zone (Play) - Almeida Theatre - London, UK - ***

Usual Girls (Play) - Roundabout Theater Company's Roundabout Underground in the Black Box at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre - ****

Waitress (Musical) - Brooks Atkinson Theater - Broadway - New York City, NY - **** (Best of Stage 2016)

The Waverly Gallery (Play Revival) - Golden Theatre - Broadway - New York City, NY - ****

The Way Of The World (Play Revival) - Donmar Warehouse - London, UK - *

The Wedding Party (Play) - Crow's Theatre at Streetcar Crowsnest Guloien Theatre - Toronto, ON - ****

What I call her (Play) - Crow's Theatre at Streetcar Crowsnest Studio - Toronto, ON - ***

What The Constitution Means To Me (Play) - New York Theatre Workshop - Off-Broadway - New York City, NY - *****

The Wild Duck (Play Revival) - Almeida Theatre - London, UK - ****

Wild Goose Dreams (Play) - The Public Theater in Martinson Hall - Off-Broadway - New York City, NY - **1/2

Wise Children (Play) - The Old Vic Theatre - London, UK - ***1/2

The Wizard of Oz: A Toto-ly Twisted Family Musical! (Musical Pantomime) - Ross Petty Productions in the Elgin Theatre - Toronto, ON - ****

The Wonder Pageant (Improv Play) - Coal Mine Theatre - Toronto, ON - ***

The York Realist (Play Revival) - Donmar Warehouse - London, UK - ****1/2

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Previous Best-of Lists:

Best of 2017 List:
Best of Stage 2017

Best of 2016 List:
Best of Stage 2016

Best of 2015 List:
Best of Stage 2015

Best of 2014 List:
Best of Stage 2014

Best of 2013 List:
Best of Stage 2013

Best of 2012 Lists:
Best of Music 2012
Best of Stage 2012

Best of 2011 Lists:
Best of Music 2011
Best of Television 2011
Best of Stage 2011


Best of 2010 Lists:
Best of Music 2010
Best of Television 2010
Best of Stage 2010
Best of Movies 2010


Best of 2009 Lists:
Best of Music 2009
Best of Television 2009
Best of Stage 2009
Best of Movies 2009


Decadeworthy - The Best of 2000-2009 Lists:
SYTYCDworthy (w/ Videos) - List Format
Theatre of the Decade
Best Films of the Decade
Favorite Films of the Decade
Television of the Decade
Television of the Decade - 1 Season Wonders


Best of 2008 Lists:
Best of Music 2008
Best of Television 2008
Best of Stage 2008
Best of Movies 2008
Best of Television Fall '07 - Winter '08 List


Best of 2007 Lists:
Best of Music 2007
Best of Television 2007
Best of Movies 2007
Best of Stage 2007
Best of 2007 (The Final Wrap Up)
Best of Television Fall '06 - Winter '07 List


Best of 2006 Lists:
Best of Music 2006
Best of Television 2006
Best of Movies 2006
Best of 2006
Best of Television Fall '05 - Winter '06 List


Best of 2005 Lists:
Best of Television 2005
Best of Movies 2005


Photo of Amadeus by Marc Brenner
Photo of Bang Bang by Joseph Michael Photography
Photos of Bed and Breakfast, Bunny, and The Royale by Cylla von Tiedemann
Photo of Bettrofenheit by Wendy D
Photo of Bromance by Chris Nash
Photo of The Code by Leah Gair
Photo of Company by Brinkhoff Mogenburg
Photos of Girl from the North Country and The Wild Duck by Manuel Harlan
Photo of Good Morning, Viet Mom by Christine Urquhart
Photo of The Inheritance by Simon Annand
Photos of Lewiston/Clarkston by Sandra Coudert Graham
Photo of Oklahoma! by T
eddy Wolff
Photo of Réversible by Chantal Lévesque
Photo of The Runner by Graham Isador
Photo of School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play by Craig Schwartz
Photo of Selfie by Ali Sultani
Photos of Straight White Men, Usual Girls, and What the Constitution Means To Me by Joan Marcus
Photo of Translations by Catherine Ashmore
Photo of The Wedding Party by Guntar Kravis
Photo of The York Realist by Johan Persson
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