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NOAH REID’S HAMLET

Tarragon Theatre’s presentation of Shakespeare’s play Hamlet is not for purists. Those looking for a standard-issue staging of the Bard will freak at this production. This show is bare bones and the stage is mostly stripped, with only a row … Continue reading

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THE MAGIC OF PRIDE

Pride. In Toronto, Canada. 2017. What began years ago as a small political event on Church Street has grown into one of the most massive carnivals in North America, with well over a million attendees. Historically, it’s a “gay pride”, … Continue reading

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THE ALL CAME FOR PRIDE

Pride. In Toronto, Canada. 2017. What began years ago as a small political event on Church Street has grown into one of the most massive carnivals in North America, with well over a million attendees. Historically, it’s a “gay pride”, … Continue reading

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MALE BONDING IN THE ATTIC

  One of the reasons I like going to the Attic Arts Hub is the total experience. It’s in Leslieville, one of Toronto’s nicest neighbourhood, bespeckled with shops and restaurants and pubs, like The Roy Public House. The Attic Arts … Continue reading

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PRIDE IN TRANSITION

I’m late in posting about Pride Toronto. But, you know, it’s never late to share a good thing, is it? This year, 2016, Pride Toronto was mostly wonderful. I personally encountered nothing but good cheer. And the police did a … Continue reading

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FAUST IS COMING

A short jaunt from Toronto, in Barrie, Ontario, Theatre by the Bay marks its fifteenth anniversary with a world premiere of the great classical work, Goethe’s Faust. Radically transformed, the work is now presented as a rich musical with original score by … Continue reading

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A SETTING FOR IDEAS

IdeaCity is about to begin. Today, I went to scope out the setting for this “crown jewel” of conferences. IdeaCity is in its 17th year, a gathering of minds to exchange thoughts on every hot topic. Fifty speakers give talks … Continue reading

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ALL HISTORY IS PRESENT

We watch historical dramas not only to view the past, but to better understand the present. WE MUST Have MORE MEN!, which this week premiered in Barrie, Ontario, is about the city during World War I. It’s co-authored by Alex … Continue reading

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THE LOINS OF FEAR

I walk down a narrow street in Kensington Market, past trendy shops and cafes; turn down an alleyway covered in graffiti. Passing the threshold of a metal door, I make my way up a narrow staircase and into a dim … Continue reading

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STARSHIP ZOOMER

Last week, I wandered the halls of ZoomerMedia, exploring the large communications complex. Its founder, Moses Znaimer, is a well-known broadcasting pioneer. Years back, he founded CityTV, transforming TV coverage from static, behind-a-desk reporting to something far more dynamic, covering … Continue reading

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SIDE SPLITTING

If you want to laugh until you can barely walk out of the theatre, go straight over to the Storefront right now and see the double-bill: Watch Out WildKat! and Swordplay, A Play of Swords. These are old-style adventure tales, … Continue reading

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THAT WICKED BOY

Canadian theatre’s “naughty boy”, Brandon Crone, is on the loose again. His new play, Contempt, opens soon at The Storefront Theatre. As usual, one expects controversy amid Crone’s excursions into unexpected sexual territory. With plays such as Doners, Maypole Rose, … Continue reading

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THEATRE’S HIGH PRIESTESS

Jeannette Lambermont-Morey is an established Canadian director, teacher, and veteran of the Stratford Festival. She has worked as a director at major theatres across North America, but throughout her career, she has privately maintained a passion for one particular project. … Continue reading

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A RESONANT HEART

  Heart of Steel: A Steel Plant Musical Comedy by Wesley J. Colford is a classic musical with a classic conflict. Daughter living in Cape Breton wants to leave the nest and find adventure in the big city. Widowed mother wants her … Continue reading

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HIGHEST POSSIBLE RATING

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. Certainly, one … Continue reading

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