Stage Door Review

The 50 Most Read Reviews of 2018

Jan 4, 2019

In 2018 Stage Door received 144,975 pageviews from 62,260 unique visitors from 155 countries. Of the unique visitors 42,120 were from Canada, 10,273 from the US and 2,352 from the UK. The Fate of a Cockroach by Tawfiq al-Hakim maintained its hold on the number one spot again this year and that other top-ten mainstay Zone by Marcel Dubé held on to number two. However, up until mid-November, it was the Stratford Festival’s production of The Rocky Horror Show that was in the lead.  

The company with the largest number of entries in the top 50 is the Stratford Festival with 15, followed by the Shaw Festival with 7 and Mirvish and the Tarragon tying with 4 each. This was the first year that no plays by Soulpepper appeared on the list. 

It was encouraging to see the wide range of genres represented in the top 50. Beside plays were musicals (10), operas (5), circus (2), and sketch comedy (1), and 19 of the top 50 shows were by Canadians.

Quite noticeable this year was the number of visitors reading old reviews of plays coming up particularly at Stratford even before those plays began previews. This accounts for the appearance on the list of double reviews of Coriolanus, An Ideal Husband, The Music Man and of To Kill a Mockingbird and for the presence of older reviews of Harlem Duet and The Return of Ulysses that happened to receive more hits than this year’s productions. Dates are given in parentheses for pre-2018 reviews or to distinguish double reviews.

The Editor

The 50 Most Read Reviews of 2017: 

1. The Fate of a Cockroach (2005) by Tawfiq al-Hakim, AfriCan Theatre Ensemble, Toronto

2. Zone (2012) by Marcel Dubé, Théâtre français de Toronto et al., Toronto

3. The Rocky Horror Show by Richard O’Brien, Stratford Festival

4. To Kill a Mockingbird (2018) by Christopher Sergel, Stratford Festival

5. The Music Man (2018) by Meredith Willson, Stratford Festival

6. ‘O’ (2012) by Franco Dragone, Cirque du Soleil, Las Vegas, NV, USA

7. The Best Is Yet To Come Undone by The Second City, Toronto

8. The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare, Stratford Festival

9. To Kill a Mockingbird (2007) by Christopher Sergel, Stratford Festival

10. Harlem Duet (2006) by Djanet Sears, Stratford Festival

11. Stage Kiss by Sarah Ruhl, Shaw Festival

12. Essay / The Russian Play (2008) by Hannah Moscovitch, Factory Theatre, Toronto

13. Anna Bolena by Gaetano Donizetti, Canadian Opera Company, Toronto

14. The Hound of the Baskervilles by by R.H. Wright & D. Pichette, Shaw Festival

15. Long Day’s Journey into Night by Eugene O’Neill, Stratford Festival

16. Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth, Outside the March & The Company Theatre, Toronto

17. An Ideal Husband (2018) by Oscar Wilde, Stratford Festival

18. The Magician’s Nephew by by Michael O’Brien, Shaw Festival

19. Henry V by William Shakespeare, Shaw Festival

20. The Music Man (2008) by Meredith Willson, Stratford Festival

21. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by by Marc Shaiman & Scott Whittman, Mirvish, Toronto

22. Paradise Lost by Erin Shields, Stratford Festival

23. Hamlet by William Shakespeare, Tarragon Theatre, Toronto

24. The Monkiest King by Alice Ping Yee Ho, Canadian Children’s Opera Company, Toronto

25. Napoli Milionaria! by Eduardo De Filippo, Stratford Festival

26. The Birds and the Bees (2016) by Mark Crawford, Blyth Festival

27. Come From Away (2018) by Irene Sankoff & David Hein, Mirvish, Toronto

28. Nongogo (2015) by Athol Fugard, Canadian Stage, Toronto

29. The Dirty/Beautiful (2005) by Stephen Massicotte, Crow’s Theatre, Toronto

30. Volta (2017) by Bastien Alexandre, Cirque du Soleil, Toronto

31. The Abduction from the Seraglio (2018) by W.A. Mozart, Canadian Opera Company, Toronto

32. Coriolanus (2018) by William Shakespeare, Stratford Festival

33. Hadrian by Rufus Wainwright, Canadian Opera Company, Toronto

34. The Return of Ulysses (2007) by Claudio Monteverdi, Opera Atelier, Toronto

35. Oh! What a Lovely War by Joan Littlewood, Shaw Festival

36. The Message by Jason Sherman, Tarragon Theatre, Toronto

37. Lunenburg (2017) by Norm Foster, Norm Foster Theatre Festival, St. Catharines

38. Mamma Mia! (2000) by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus, Mirvish, Toronto

39. An Ideal Husband (2007) by Oscar Wilde, Stratford Festival

40. On a First Name Basis (2016) by Norm Foster, Foster Festival, St. Catharines

41. Annie by by Charles Strouse & Martin Charnin, Mirvish, Toronto

42. The Children by Lucy Kirkwood, Canadian Stage, Toronto

43. Dr. Silver: A Celebration of Life by Anika Johnson & Britta Johnson, Outside the March & The Musical Stage Company, Toronto, 2018

44. Coriolanus (2006) by William Shakespeare, Stratford Festival

45. Silence by Trina Davies, Grand Theatre, London

46. Girls Like That by Evan Placey, Tarragon Theatre, Toronto

47. The Tempest by William Shakespeare, Stratford Festival

48. Grand Hotel by Robert Wright & George Forrest, Shaw Festival

49. Girl in the Goldfish Bowl (2002) by Morris Panych, Tarragon Theatre, Toronto

50. Getting Married (2008) by G.B. Shaw, Shaw Festival

Photos: Dan Chameroy as Dr. Frank N. Furter and George Krissa as Rocky in The Rocky Horror Show © 2018 Cylla von Tiedemann.