Kelly Bedard

It’s tempting to criticize Peter Hinton’s new adaptation of Alice in Wonderland for its emptiness. There is no real story, no great moral, no particular meaning, not even a coherent character to invest in beyond Tara Rosling’s cute but fairly blank-slate Alice. That feels like a flaw of the production but, let’s just be honest, […]

  Theresa Perkins

This is part three of our continuing coverage of the New York Frigid Festival in the Lower East Side. Lil Women: A Rap Musical When you think of Little Women, Louisa May Alcott’s famous tale of female friendship, family and forays into adulthood, your mind is likely overwhelmed by conjured images of freestyle rap battles […]

  Saiya Floyd

If you want a Pride and Prejudice that is faithful to the original book, watch the 1995 BBC version. If you want a sweeping romantic version, the 2005 film is perfect. And if you want an abridged version that combines your enjoyment of period pieces and action movies, then Pride and Prejudice and Zombies might […]

  Caroline Schurman-Grenier

Oscar Wilde’s beloved novel has been adapted into a play and is currently showing at Trafalgar Studios; it is not an event to be missed for all the Wilde enthusiasts of the world. Adapted by Merlin Holland and John O’Connor, it brings together elements from the story which was first published in Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine, […]

  Caroline Schurman-Grenier

Everyone knows the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: the nice doctor turns into an evil and violent man after medical experiments go terribly wrong. The classic story has been adapted by Eric Gracey and is now playing until February 6th at the Cockpit in Marylebone. Set in 1930s London, the plot fits the […]

  Lisa McKeown

Frankenstein Live opened last weekend at the Walmer Centre Theatre in the Annex. The script was written by Warren MacDonald, and is a stage adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. There is no dialogue in the book, and so MacDonald notes in a recent interview that his biggest challenge was to imagine the dialogue realistically while […]

Before we announce the winners of the 2014 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. This is the last Dark Matter interview, we promise (including director Alec Toller and Three Other Castmembers, we’ve interviewed pretty much everyone but the crew at this point) but what would Heart of Darkness in Space (one […]

Before we announce the winners of the 2014 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. Both prolific and consistent, there’s a reason why Soulpepper Resident Artist Gregory Prest is among the most celebrated artists in My Theatre Award history. Nominated in multiple categories over three different years, Gregory’s already won Best Supporting […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2014 My Theatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. Once again, Dark Matter. We loved Circlesnake’s funny, weird, devastating parable so much that over the course of this series we’re interviewing every single member of its cast (in all fairness, there were only four of them) […]

  Kelly Bedard

Warning: Extreme negativity ahead. Why don’t you read Rachael’s piece about all the Friends Thanksgiving episodes instead? Tapestry Briefs: Booster Shots (Tapestry) Conceptually, this evening of short opera scenes tied together with corresponding shots of curated liquors was a brilliant idea. How do you battle every simplistic but not altogether unfounded accusation of “long, boring, old, […]

  Kathleen Tringale

I’m always curious when people choose to adapt a work from another source. I wonder what they’ll choose to highlight from the original work, or what theme they’ll decide to expand upon. I love adaptations for this reason. But even after much thought and reflection, I’m still not sure why Andrew Barbato chose to adapt […]

  Saiya Floyd

While Part I of Death Comes to Pemberley was a suspenseful thriller that had characters who were not necessarily defined, Sunday’s finale had the opposite problem. It delved into many of its characters, given them some more dimension, but the crime portion of the show fell short. The result is an enjoyable, if uneven series. […]

  Saiya Floyd

Taking the beloved character of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice a few years after the events of the novel and thrusting them in the middle of a scandal, this mini-series adaptation of PD James’ novel Death Comes to Pemberley is a delightful, suspenseful blend of a period drama and a good old-fashioned murder mystery. One of the nice things […]

  Saiya Floyd

The BBC has a long history of its ‘family drama’ series. These series are shows that are meant to entertain the entire family. Doctor Who is the most famous and successful of these. There was also Robin Hood, which despite its faults gave us a brooding Richard Armitage clad in black leather and guyliner. There […]

You may or may not have read my I-Hate-Mr.-Darcy-Books rant. If you did, bully for you. If you didn’t, you can catch up here. As the moniker I’ve given it implies, I do not like Mr. Darcy books. At all. For various reasons, but mostly because they’re not really very good. Anyway, we’ve been down […]

  Borah Coburn

Okay. So I went to the bookstore recently, and I was just browsing around the bookstore, looking for something new and exciting to read, like I do, and I noticed something disturbing. The ubiquity of Mr. Darcy fan-service books. Published books, being sold in the bookstores, about Mr. Darcy and how he’s such a stunner, […]