Monthly Archives: November 2014

BLAIS AT THE WINTER GARDEN

I saw Shakespeare’s Hamlet this morning at the Winter Garden, one of the finest theatres in Canada. It’s a grand theatre, ornate and opulent, but the Hamlet had a clear, sweet, contemporary ring to it, without losing any of its … Continue reading

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MURDER, SEX, & POWER

Photos by Kyle Purcell It’s day’s end and the last thing I want to sit through is a full-length Shakespearean drama. The weather is cold, traffic is horrendous, and a simple 15 minute streetcar ride drags on for an hour. … Continue reading

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WHAT IS YOUR KINK?

Photos by John Gundy Claire Burns has written and directed a real sizzler of a comedy, Human Furniture. She’s cast it with actors so funny, they make you laugh till you slide to the floor. The play’s a farce, and in farce, … Continue reading

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CHARACTERS YOU WILL REMEMBER

  Alan Bennett, one of Britain’s most popular dramatists, remains fairly unknown in North America except for The Madness of George III (later the film The Madness of King George) and The History Boys, also made into a film. Bennett’s … Continue reading

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YOUNG ACTOR TAKES CENTRESTAGE

Recently, I decided I’d never see another production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Across the years, I’ve watched a number of productions, on stage and film and television. Too many of them were either irritating or unconvincing. Still, I wanted … Continue reading

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FUNNY AS HELL

It’s night on Spadina Avenue. Light, neon, traffic. You find the address. Walk down the stairs. Buy your ticket, go in. You’re in a large white room, circled by folding chairs, and in the middle of the floor, a bare … Continue reading

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A SPECTACLE OF INDECENCY

Right now, the Storefront Theatre is on a winning streak.  Earlier, Kat Sandler’s comedy, Retreat, was a smash hit. This week, Caryl Churchill’s haunted play, The Striker, is selling out every night, and on November 13, the curtain goes up … Continue reading

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