Monthly Archives: November 2018

No stranger

Two photographs by Bruce Zinger from the “Opera Atelier Takes Canada to the World” campaign show Artists of Atelier Ballet and OA dancer Tyler Gledhill as their “Canadian Icon in Red”. Between the glimpses of Chicago or Versailles which is the … Continue reading

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Questions for Thomas Gough: Ebenezer Scrooge

If you go to the theatre in Toronto it’s quite possible you’ve seen Thomas Gough. He has an avuncular presence, perhaps a result of years as a teacher, and so he’s perfect for roles such as Brabantio in Othello or … Continue reading

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BOUND v. 2: power struggles

Against the Grain Theatre premiered version two of BOUND at The Great Hall on Queen St W or as Joel Ivany called it “an ongoing process”.  I didn’t see version 1, and perhaps this summer or next year there will … Continue reading

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Space Opera Zero

When I write about the shows I see I’m sometimes overwhelmed by envy, wishing it were me who’s up there singing or playing. We’re never more alive than when we’re dying onstage. And so I’ll often toss off these spontaneous … Continue reading

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Vitals

Whenever I see a new theatre piece, whether spoken or musical, I’m juggling a few balls, responding to the work that was composed / written the interpretation / direction of that piece the performances / acting in the piece Whatever … Continue reading

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Attila Keszei in 2018

I’ve written about Attila Keszei a few times including an interview back in 2015. I met him at the University of Toronto, a kindred spirit because We’re both Hungarian We both worked for Facilities & Services at the University of … Continue reading

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Questions for Rose Plotek: Like Mother, Like Daughter

Questions about process and form can be among the most profound even if they seem to be never-ending.  I’m happily immersed in such considerations this week, having seen Humans by Circa (what is their idiom after all?) and Ken Gass’s … Continue reading

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