Buffalo News praises the Acting Up Stage / Obsidian collaboration!


Buffalo News caught our production of Caroline, or Change and raved about the “stunning” production and the innovative partnership with Obsidian Theatre Company, suggesting that our model of collaboration could be a template for companies in Buffalo.

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Our 2012-2013 season featured in The Toronto Star

Acting Up Stage Company’s 2012-2013 season was featured in The Toronto Star on Tuesday, April 3, 2012.

Richard Ouzounian called Acting Up Stage “[One] of Toronto’s leading theatre companies”, praising our 2012-2013 season announcement as “offering strong programming for the year ahead.”

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A Look Back: 2011-2012 in Photos

Look back at some amazing photographs from our 2011-2012 season including images from Caroline, or Change, Ride The Cyclone, One Song Glory, The Long and Winding Road and our Virtuoso launch:

Background music is “Jawbreaker/Sugar Cloud” from Ride The Cyclone.
Music by Brooke Maxwell, lyrics by Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell

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 »