The reviews are in and Caroline, or Change is a hit!

Take a look at what the critics are saying!

Far superior to what I saw on Broadway and is the best production Acting Up Stage has produced!

Arlene Duncan delivers, hands down, one of the finest musical theatre performances ever seen in this city.

A wonderful production that shows you the quality of work available in this city.

—Richard Ouzounian, The Toronto Star, Full review »

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

A sharp-as-a-tack Canadian premiere thanks to Acting Up Stage Company and Obsidian Theatre Company.

—J. Kelly Nestruck, The Globe and Mail, Full review »

***** (out of 5)

Get down to the Berkeley Street Theatre to catch the beautifully staged version of the Tony Kushner/Jeanine Tesori collaboration that opened Monday.

In the title role, Duncan is a revelation, a living, breathing monument to the power of human dignity, perfectly balanced by Levinson’s beautifully and hugely disciplined performance, blessedly as long on humanity as it is short on cute.

If you’re one of those who like theatre that risks much and wins big, Caroline, or Change is a must-see.

—John Coulbourn, The Toronto Sun, Full review »

NNNNN (out of 5)

The Tony Kushner/Jeanine Tesori musical gets a first-class production, directed by Robert McQueen and produced by Acting Up Stage in association with Obsidian Theatre.

Come prepared to think and feel deeply.

—Jon Kaplan, NOW, Full review »

The most exciting, the most moving, simply the most.

A triumphant joint production by Acting Up Stage and Obsidian.

Michael Levinson’s Noah is a phenomenal child performance and Deborah Hay’s Rose a dazzling grown-up one… also blazing work from Alana Hibbert … and from Sabryn Rock

Reza Jacobs’ musical direction is immaculate.

—Robert Cushman, National Post, Full review »

A piece that has the potential to move and inspire.

I found myself bursting into tears on and off throughout the musical.

It is this year’s must-see.

—Mary Lea, The Charlebois Post, Full review »

This Canadian Premiere production of Caroline, or Change is first rate!

The cast is exceptional …much better than the original Broadway cast.

—Michael Engelbert, AM 740

This Canadian Premiere production of Caroline, or Change is first rate!

The cast is exceptional …much better than the original Broadway cast.

—Michael Engelbert, Torontoist, Full review »

**** 1/2 (out of 5)

A big, bold, belting delight.

—Carly Maga, Stage Door, Full review »

An embarrassment of vocal riches.

A superb production featuring a phenomenally talented cast.

—Wayne Leung, Mooney On Theatre, Full review »


The Toronto Star interviews Tony Kushner about Caroline, or Change

Caroline, or Change in the Toronto Star

Looks what was on the front page of The Toronto Star Entertainment Section this morning!!!!

Read Richard Ouzounian’s fantastic interview with Tony Kushner about our production of Caroline, or Change.


NOW talks Caroline, or Change with Deborah Hay

Jon Kaplan and Deborah Hay chat about Caroline, or Change in this week’s NOW Magazine.

Read the full story »


Caroline, or Change’s Deborah Hay talks about the show with Torontostage.com!

The amazing Deborah Hay talks to Torontostage.com about her role in Caroline, or Change.

Click here to see this wonderful video »


The reviews are in… Ride The Cyclone is a unanimous hit!

Toronto critics are raving about Ride The Cyclone, take a look at what they are saying:

**** (out of 4)

Stop waiting for the next big thing, Toronto, because it’s finally here.

Ride the Cyclone, which opened at Theatre Passe Muraille Monday night is not only as good as all the advance hype would lead you to believe, but it’s the most awe-inspiring, truly entertaining, heart-tugging, toe-tapping musical I’ve seen in years.

It may not sound like the premise on which musical theatre dreams are built, but believe me, it is.

—Richard Ouzounian, The Toronto Star, Full review »

**** (out of 4)

My love for it is beginning to exceed the bounds of critical propriety. Like other early adopters, I’ve grown so attached to the quirky characters Richmond and Maxwell have created, it almost feels as if they’re my children too – and I just want them to go out and conquer the world.

This is a show where you don’t want to miss a word.

—Kelly Nestruck, The Globe and Mail, Full review »

Take this ride over and over again.

—John Coulbourn, The Toronto Sun, Full review »

NNNN (out of 5)

Ride The Cyclone lights up the Passe Muraille Mainspace, and the local theatre scene, like a crazy carnival.

This production by Atomic Vaudeville, TPM and Acting Up is an outrageously fun show performed by young artists you’ll be hearing lots about in years to come.

—Glenn Sumi, NOW Magazine, Full review »

Puts bigger shows to shame.

It’s already a super hit and on its way to becoming a cult. Or maybe vice versa.

—Robert Cushman, The National Post, Full review »

***** (out of 5)

Not everyone is a “theatre person,” even fewer consider themselves a “musical theatre person,” but really you just have to be a “person” to enjoy this undeniably strange yet completely endearing concert from six deceased choir kids from Uranium, Saskatchewan.

If there is one show to say you “saw it when…,” it’s Ride the Cyclone. So skip the ring toss and the deep-fried butter, and get in line now for this roller coaster of a show.

—Carly Maga, The Torontoist, Full review »

Ride The Cylone is a blast. It’s a total blending of a hugely creative story, an interesting mix of musical genres, lyrics that dazzle with their wit and irony, and a strong cast that can do everything from sing, dance and act.

The result is a raucous, lively, tongue-in-cheek hilarious show. I want to see more of Atomic Vaudeville and I want to see it soon.

—Lynn Slotkin, The Slotkin Review, Full review »

Ride the Cyclone is probably review-proof. Only a few minutes in, when the fortune-telling puppet Karnak’s deep mysterious tones flood the theatre with anticipation and hilarity, any pretense of doing anything other than surrendering to the ride becomes impossible. And what a ride it is.

If you can get a ticket, go. Surrendering to Ride the Cyclone is like taking a roller coaster ride, with all the twists, turns and sudden veers into unexpected places. And the end effect is just as exhilarating — a shot of adrenaline that sticks around long after the neon Cyclone sign blinks into blackness.

—Drew Rowsome, Fab Magazine, Full review »

Ride the Cyclone is one of the most memorable Canadian musical creations we’ve seen.

—Emerging Arts Productions, Full review »