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02 November 2015

November 2015: Relevant Reads

By // Books

This month, I’m rolling up my sleeves and plunging into two plays and two books that will recharge my critical batteries. These four brief choices will come as a relief …

02 August 2015

Boys’ Life

By // Theatre (New York)

What is gained by reviving this play? That is the first question that crosses my mind each time that I attend a revival. In some cases, a show is simply …

08 April 2015

Hand to God – A NYC Must See (Again!)

By // Theatre (New York)

Last year, I gave a rave review to an off-Broadway play called Hand to God starring a (possibly) satanic puppet named Tyrone McHansley and Jason, the timid, church-going boy who …

16 January 2015

Fabi’s Top Reads of 2014

By // Books

Everyone loves lists, and at the end of the year there is no lack of Top Lists that reflect on and revamp our cultural excitement about the past twelve months. …

15 August 2014

At the Shaw: The Charity that Began at the Shaw

By // Theatre

This is a very good season for The Shaw Festival. There isn’t a single truly bad production in the lot, Cabaret is making a splash, and The Mountaintop is a …

15 August 2014

At the Shaw: When Shaw Vets Are Married

By // Theatre

The strongest all-round cast of the Shaw season so far is about 70% of the reason that When We Are Married really works. Then there’s the 20% that comes down …

09 August 2014

At the Shaw: A Lovely Lovely Sunday (for Creve Coeur)

By // Theatre

I don’t think we talk about Kate Hennig enough (related note: I saw her understudy in both Stratford shows last year and was thus Hennig-starved in 2013), so let’s talk …

08 August 2014

At the Shaw: Haney and the Accents

By // Theatre

Juno and the Paycock suffers from a simultaneous case of too much plot and too little, issues that do, counterintuitive though it may be, go hand in hand. Upon reading …

08 August 2014

In Stratford: Hay Mild Temperature

By // Theatre

Hay Fever is sort of like watching a Shaw Festival production starring Lucy Peacock (a Stratford staple if ever there was one). But not one of the marvelous Shaw Festival …

18 March 2014

Flat Earth’s Problematic Dystopia

By // Theatre (Boston)

Flat Earth Theatre and director Lindsay Eagle (nominated for a 2013 Boston My Theatre Award for her excellent work directing Rocket Man), should be commended for choosing to put on …

16 February 2014

Soulpepper’s Idiot’s Delight

By // Theatre (Toronto)

Soulpepper’s 2014 season opener has a cast of great talents. The massive ensemble makes use of the Academy’s rising stars and the bench-depth at Soulpepper is so impressive that they’ve …

13 February 2014

Encore Entertainment Presents The Children’s Hour

By // Theatre (Toronto)

The Children’s Hour is a Crucible-like story about the devastating effects of an angry young woman’s lives on those around her. In this 1934 drama, it is her two schoolmistresses Karen …

04 February 2014

Porpentine Players Seek to Fill Boston Niche Theatre

By // Theatre (Boston)

I desperately want to like new, emerging fringe theatre in Boston. While we have a vibrant fringe scene, such scene can always use support from patrons and reviewers, especially if …

02 February 2014

STC’s Elephant Man Shines With Humanity

By // Theatre (Boston)

I always get excited to see a show that I have never seen staged. There is something thrilling about having no pre-conceived notion about what to expect, and being met …

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