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    Breaking Down DanceBreak

    Breaking Down DanceBreak

    The new National Ballet of Canada season has begun with the emotional gutpunch that is Manon. My intention was to review that production- the knockout leading performance from Jillian Vanstone…

    Breaking Down DanceBreak
    <em>Gravity Falls</em>: reviews intro and intro review

    Gravity Falls: reviews intro and intro review…

    I watch cartoons a lot. I mean, a lot a lot. In the past few years this love has been rewarded handsomely with a slew of great new content. But,…

    Gravity Falls: reviews intro and intro review…
    ABC, We Need to Talk

    ABC, We Need to Talk

    You used to be my favourite.

    In fact, you're the first network I remember watching (that includes YTV, and Canadian 90s kids lived for YTV). Full House, then Sister Sister and,…

    ABC, We Need to Talk
    Nightcrawler

    Taxi Driver & American Psycho‘s Unholy Love C…

    Part Taxi Driver, Part American Psycho, entirely a biting satire of the modern entertainment complex. Nightcrawler may sound like an X-Men spin off but it’s actually a fascinating spin down…

    Taxi Driver & American Psycho‘s Unholy Love C…
    Chicago’s First Responders

    Chicago’s First Responders

    It’s nearly impossible to watch Chicago Fire or Chicago PD without also following the other. The two NBC action-dramas from super-producer Dick Wolf are linked so closely that to use…

    Chicago’s First Responders
    Sting’s <em>The Last Ship</em> Opens On Broadway

    Sting’s The Last Ship Opens On Broadway…

    After years of development and some very high-profile public try-outs (including a Prime Time showcase on the Tony Awards and a PBS special in February), Sting’s new musical The Last…

    Sting’s The Last Ship Opens On Broadway…
    Global Cabaret 2014, Part One

    Global Cabaret 2014, Part 1

    I'm halfway through the 7th (and final?) Global Cabaret Festival weekend down at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts. Here are the highlights so far:

    UPDATE: Read Part 2 HERE.

    Best…

    Global Cabaret 2014, Part 1
    From PC and Consoles to the Palms of Your Hands

    From PC and Consoles to the Palm of Your Hand

    Have you recently fallen into the vast world of the CCG known as Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft? Well, if you have become a victim of Blizzard’s amazing card game, you…

    From PC and Consoles to the Palm of Your Hand
    See This: The One I Love

    See This: The One I Love

    This is a Cabin in the Woods-type movie. I don’t mean a riveting and inventive take on the horror genre (though it is, in some ways, that too; sort of),…

    See This: The One I Love
    <em>Big Brother</em>‘s Best: Kelly & Tim Rank the Seasons

    Big Brother‘s Best: Kelly & Tim Rank the Seas…

    What a season! Reeling from the backlash against season 15's controversy-laden and strategically paralyzed group of houseguests, the Big Brother powers that be got it together for season 16. They…

    Big Brother‘s Best: Kelly & Tim Rank the Seas…
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    Macbeth Bash’d

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    The history of Shakespeare Bash’d, up to and including their current production of Macbeth at the Monarch Tavern, reveals a pattern of wonderful comedy and middling tragedy. Some of this …

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    Good solo shows are undeniably impressive. It takes a lot of energy, storytelling skill, and presence for one actor to capture and maintain an audience’s attention. That said, Bob Brader …