Category Archives: Canadian Theatre

Up-dated Shaw and haunting Ibsen at Ontario Festival – plus Charity Valentine!

Unlike Shakespeare’s plays, which are frequently set wherever and whenever it pleases modern-day interpreters, George Bernard Shaw’s are rarely moved from their original settings. Until last week, in fact, I didn’t recall seeing a Shaw play set anywhere but where … Continue reading

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The plays are the things at the Stratford (Ontario) Festival

The 13 plays in the Stratford (Shakespeare) Festival’s 2015 season, its 63rd, include four that represent the breadth of Shakespeare’s output. His (anyone’s) greatest play “Hamlet” is complemented by early-career comedies “The Taming of the Shrew” and “Love’s Labours Lost” … Continue reading

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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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