Category Archives: Canadian Theatre

Oldies are goodies at The Shaw Festival

Once could be a fluke, twice a coincidence. But when a company consistently transforms old plays by obscure authors – or obscure plays by old authors – into instant classics, it’s a rare combination of talent and skill. I had … Continue reading

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Opposite Attractions Attract at Stratford

[June 16-23 marked my annual pilgrimage to the Stratford and Shaw Festivals in Ontario. Comments on plays seen at Stratford are posted below. Shaw follows soon.] Colm Feore and Donna Feore are a formidable theatrical couple. Married in real life, … Continue reading

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A Play, a Concert and a Wedding

          THE PLAY: My liberal social and political values are firm, but even I was taken aback to see, in the “Pinkolandia” montage of purported “fascists” Nixon, Reagan and Kissinger, the image of…Scrooge McDuck!           It had never occurred to … Continue reading

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A YEAR AT THE THEATER: 2013

          It’s still January, right? So…not too late to re-cap last year’s theater-going. In all, I attended 121 productions in 2013, broken down as follows – with bests/favorites noted:           From “Picnic” in January, through to “No Man’s Land” in … Continue reading

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Ontario Theatre Festivals: The Shaw

 Universally recognized for the quality of their namesake’s plays, the (George Bernard) Shaw Festival, in scenic Niagara-on-the-Lake, 20 minutes away from wonder-of-the-world Niagara Falls, also excels in other programming. Since its founding in 1962, the Festival has expanded to include … Continue reading

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Ontario Theatre Festivals: Stratford

       At 61 years and counting, the Stratford Festival remains faithful to Shakespeare, despite dropping his name from their title, after only adding it in 2008. Four of twelve productions are The Bard’s, including Measure for Measure and Romeo and … Continue reading

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