Monthly Archives: July 2011

The comedy of competence: several species of drag

Amy Winehouse reminds me of Judy Garland.  They both had big powerful voices, larger than life really.  They were both known for excessive use of make-up and drugs.  Given that Garland and her daughter Liza Minelli have a huge following … Continue reading

Posted in Essays | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Marat/Sade

Last night I watched the opening of Soup Can Theatre’s new production of Peter Weiss’ Marat/Sade, or to use its full title The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, Theatre & musicals | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Il Trovatore

Verisimilitude may be a tad over-rated.  Tonight I witnessed a concert performance of Verdi’s Il Trovatore by Toronto’s Opera By Request.  It’s habitual to apologize for what’s missing in these virtual renditions, that have music stands instead of sets, and … Continue reading

Posted in Opera, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

If you build it will they come…?

Tonight I saw the opening of Guild Festival Theatre, an ambitious company taking the stage in The Greek Theatre in Guildwood Park. This is the former site of the Guild Inn,  in Guildwood Village.  There really was a “guild” at … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, Theatre & musicals | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments