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14 September 2019

Shaw, ’19: Rope

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If staging the perfect murder is hard enough, staging a good murder mystery has its own challenges. With all the mischievousness of its main characters, Patrick Hamilton’s Rope dodges those …

13 September 2019

Summer Binge: Jane the Virgin

By // TV

As a sworn loyalist to the dying landscape of network television, I spend much of the year watching TV the old fashioned way- on the TV, one week at a …

13 September 2019

Stratford, ’19: Henry VIII & Mother’s Daughter

By // Theatre

Shakespeare earned the right to phone it in. It was clear that even his less daring and promising works would be feted beyond their merits – anything bearing his name …

12 September 2019

Stratford, ’19: Private Lives

By // Theatre

If reality TV taught us anything, it’s that there’s little easier to lampoon than the lives of the rich and famous; long before and through the television age, Noel Coward …

11 September 2019

Stratford, ’19: The Neverending Story

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The safest compliment for art is that it knows who it’s for. Stratford’s roster in a given year mostly consists of sober, supposedly thoughtful pieces aimed at some cross-section of …

10 September 2019

Out of Town Report: Bard on the Beach’s Coriolanus in Vancouver

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This, its 30th year of existence, was my first Bard on the Beach season…

09 September 2019

Out of Town Report: Vancouver Fringe, Part II

By // Theatre

I was so excited to find myself in Vancouver during the Fringe Festival this fall (it’s crazy that there are still Fringe Festivals happening once it’s officially “fall”). Having covered …

09 September 2019

Out of Town Report: Vancouver Fringe, Part I

By // Theatre

I was so excited to find myself in Vancouver during the Fringe Festival this fall (it’s crazy that there are still Fringe Festivals happening once it’s officially “fall”). Having covered …

06 September 2019

Out of Town Report: Bard on the Beach’s Taming of the Shrew in Vancouver

By // Theatre

Spaghetti Western is a popular approach for Shakespeare’s most controversial comedy (in fact this production…

06 September 2019

Stratford, 19: The Musicals

By // Theatre

I remain firm in my assertion that Canada’s major artistic directors need to hire musical theatre consultants to help them pick what to produce because their knowledge base and taste …

04 September 2019

Stratford, ’19: Drama

By // Theatre

Drama is where the Stratford Festival tends to swing for the fences, doubling down on heavy hitting actors playing incredible tragedy on big stages through brutal runtimes. A sampling of …

03 September 2019

2019 at the Shaw Festival

By // Theatre

After I saw Brigadoon, the Shaw Festival’s magical staging of a reimagined classic musical, I right away sat down to write about the experience. At least for me, the night …

01 September 2019

Soulpepper’s Summer, 2019

By // Theatre (Toronto)

Soulpepper’s summer season consisted mainly of two small-cast one-acts (plus music director Mike Ross’ “Steinbeck Through Song” concert which was, as usual, sublime): Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love, an American …

31 August 2019

Stratford, ’19: The Front Page

By // Theatre

Michael Healey’s new adaptation of the much-adapted 1928 Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur newspaper farce starts with boredom. It starts with a bunch of sloppy newsmen and a single newly …

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