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Review: The Royale (Soulpepper)

Photo of Sabryn Rock, Alexander Thomas and Dion Johnstone standingMarco Ramirez’s striking and heart-wrenching play gets its Canadian debut in Toronto

The Royale, performed at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts is a story about racism, perseverance, and simply – boxing. The six round, 90-minute saga is nothing short of striking.

Upon entering the always versatile Baillie Theatre, it appeared as though I was walking into a title bout. With the audience framing three sides of the stage, the stage took the form of a dusty boxing gym. As the lights dimmed, it was clear that the boxing ring set before me was about to become the scene for a battle of both nerves and fists. Continue reading Review: The Royale (Soulpepper)