Monthly Archives: December 2014

BUDDHA IS SMILING

Night on College Street. Warm, light drizzle, abandoned sidewalks. Neon sheen runs on the pavement. It’s quiet and a bit lonely inside the Smiling Buddha. Small bar, well-worn stage at the back. Couple of dudes, checking the plugs, adjusting microphones. … Continue reading

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A MOST DELIGHTFUL EVENT

This week, the lights came up on the extraordinary Christmas pantomime at the Red Sandcastle Theatre. The place was packed with adults and kids, and there was a real ruckus of audience involvement. I’ve rarely had SO much fun. The pantomime, … Continue reading

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THE LITTLE THEATRE THAT ROARED

Nearly 4 years old, Red Sandcastle Theatre opened on Queen Street East, in Toronto’s trendy Leslieville. Founder and artistic director of the small theatre, Rosemary Doyle, intended to establish a magical space with practical roots. A veteran actor, director, and … Continue reading

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FUN AND GAMES

(Publicity photos provided) In the early 1960s Edward Albee’s play, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, appeared like a firestorm, shocking audiences with its portrayal of marriage as hell on earth — this at a time when television programs such as … Continue reading

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