Vyasar Ganesan

What a way to end the first season! Whether he meant to or not, Aemund has plunged the Blacks and the Greens into war. Lucerys is dead (although you know what they say, if you didn’t see the body…), Arrax is chomped, and the first season of House of the Dragon is over.   There […]

Spoilers ahead, friends.   It’s a simple formula, really. House of the Dragon is better than Game of Thrones, because it has more dragons, better CGI, and a bigger (by far) budget. Rings of Power is better than House of the Dragon because it has a somehow even bigger budget, better writing, and a powerhouse […]

Spoilers ahead, friends.   I really want to make a ‘family’ joke (a la Fast and the Furious) about this week’s episode, but I’m coming up empty. Oh well! On to talking about the six year time jump, one of the last for the first season!   Rumor has it this is the last/one of […]

  Vyasar Ganesan

Spoilers ahead, friends.   I’m a big fan of funeral episodes. Grief is a complicated emotion – more than one emotion, even. Grief is so often mixed with joy, laughter, pain, confusion and a thousand other feelings. It makes for complicated character work, significant acting challenges, and unique opportunities for visual perspectives. Beyond that, the […]

Spoilers ahead, friends.   Pilots are funny little things. Sometimes, in the case of shows like Firefly, they are only fully appreciated too late, when the show is cancelled and all hope for a reboot is dead and gone. In other cases, the pilot episode is inconsequential, poorly produced and altogether better forgotten – the […]

  Vyasar Ganesan

Spoilers ahead, friends.   There’s nothing like a wedding in a high fantasy series. The dresses, the decor, the sumptuous feasting and above all else, the drama. House of the Dragon’s mid-season climax is the wedding of Laenor Valeryon and Rhaenyra Targaryen, and “We Light the Way” is all about setting up the friction, the […]

  Vyasar Ganesan

Spoilers ahead, friends. And some difficult sexual discussion.   I feel, this week more than others, at a loss for where to start. Normally, I try and create a preamble, something to ease the reader in. But after the events of House of the Dragon this week, I find myself struggling to write a fitting […]

I love the concept behind Soulpepper’s bold Lear Family Double Bill that pairs a very solid production of Shakespeare’s King Lear with a new play by Erin Shields that imagines what might have happened seven years earlier to inform the behaviour of the characters in King Lear. Shields’ play Queen Goneril focuses not just on […]

  Lisa McKeown

Aptly timed, this DMT Productions prequel to Waiting for Godot is currently playing at the Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace while Soulpepper’s production of Beckett’s play is starting to wrap up. I have a deep personal affinity for the original: I first read it in high school, I have taught it in a class on existentialism, […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

The Force Awakens was the female-led Heroes Journey I’d dreamed of through a tomboy childhood. Rogue One is just flat out an amazing Star Wars movie. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story may be the most aptly named film to come out this year. It’s a fantastically well-made, well-loved Star Wars film that manages to […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2015 MyTheatre Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series. One of The Shaw Festival’s brightest ingenues, the delightful Kate Besworth is best known for playing kids. In the case of her Outstanding Actress-nominated performance this year, the kid in question was the intrepid and heroic Molly who […]

  Robin Lempel

I’ve been obsessed with Wet Hot American Summer for years. It just gets me, and it only gets better the more you watch it. So I freaked out when I heard that they were making a prequel. And Netflix’s eight-episode prequel Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp did not disappoint. Yes, it was […]