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Buying The Farm At Drayton – A Review

(Image: Drayton Entertainment) Buying The Farm At Drayton Buying The Farm, a deceptively light-hearted comedy by husband-wife team Shelley Hoffman and Stephen Sparks is getting a crowd pleasing production at the Festival Theatre in Drayton, Ontario. Aging bachelor farmer Magnus Bjornson (Terry Barna) is tending to business on the farm

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2 Pianos, 4 Hands At The Royal Alexandra – A Review

2 Pianos, 4 Hands (2P4H) At The Royal Alexandra 2 Pianos, 4 Hands (hereinafter known as 2P4H, as the cover of the programme has it) at Mirvish’s Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto is, along with The Drawer Boy, one of those Canadian theatrical treasures you keep hearing about but somehow

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Harry Potter And The Cursed Child At Mirvish – A Review

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child At Mirvish, Toronto As my mind wandered during the longueurs of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, currently packing them in at the CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto, I found myself contemplating theatre history. There was a time, more than a hundred years

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The Drawer Boy At The Blyth Festival – A Review

The Drawer Boy At The Blyth Festival The Drawer Boy by Michael Healey is considered by some the greatest Canadian play ever written. That is certainly a defensible position if we are to judge by the revival the play is receiving at the Blyth Festival in a production for which

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Chitra At The Shaw Festival – A Review

(Image: Shaw Festival) Chitra At The Shaw Festival Indian poet and playwright Rabindranath Tagore won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913, the same year his own translation of his one-act play Chitra was written. It is being revived in a charming production directed by Kimberley Rampersad at the Shaw

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The Importance of Being Earnest At The Shaw Festival – A Review

(Image: Shaw Festival) The Importance of Being Earnest At The Shaw Festival Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, often described (and with some justification) as the most perfect comedy ever written, is receiving a somewhat lopsided revival at the Shaw Festival’s Festival Theatre under the direction of artistic director,

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels On Broadway, A Review

Based on the hit movie of the same name, “Scoundrels” tells the tale of Lawrence Jameson, a suave, vaguely English con man (John Lithgow) who, with the aid of a corrupt chief of police (Gregory Jbara), has had an illustrious career bilking rich women like Muriel Eubanks (Joanna Gleason) out of their money on the French Riviera. His idyllic life is thrown into disarray with the appearance of Freddy Benson (Norbert Leo Butz), a distinctly down-market but nonetheless successful American version of Lawrence.

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Take Me Out On Broadway, A Review

At first glance, the play seems to be about baseball’s (and therefore society’s) ambivalent attitudes towards homosexuality. When Darren Lemming, the studly African-American superstar of the Empires, a team that looks a lot like the Yankees, announces, for no particular reason, that he is gay, the revelation produces a fairly standard array of responses. Most people are accepting, in the currently politically correct manner, but more atavistic feelings seem to lurk just beneath the surface.

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The Crucible On Broadway, A Review

One sure hallmark of a classic is its ability to speak to succeeding generations. By that measure, Arthur Miller’s searing parable of intolerance, vengence, and mass hysteria, “The Crucible,” is destined to resonate for centuries to come. Certainly, there are moments in the play that hit today’s Broadway audience with the force of a breaking news bulletin. And this is an age in which Miller’s sobering tale needs retelling.

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Proof On Broadway, A Review

“Proof” is not without its merits. Auburn writes well and has created believable characters and some nicely turned dialog. Director Daniel Sullivan (ably assisted by John Lee Beatty’s smashing set) has turned a quartet of able performers into a finely tuned ensemble. Best of all, to my taste, is Ben Shenkman as the nerdy-suitor. Mary-Louise Parker seems to have been raised in the San Fernando Valley section of Chicago and she is perhaps a bit too drop-dead gorgeous for the role, but she manages the tricky task of being a believable focus for the play’s mock momentousness.

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The Music Man On Broadway, A Review

Meredith Willson’s endearing fable of the con man who comes to River City in search of easy money and finds redemption in the love of a local lass has been given riotous new life by protean director-choreographer Susan Strohman. Strohman’s other Broadway offering this year, “Contact,” won her the Tony, but “The Music Man,” for which she was also nominated, is the sentimental favorite.

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Aida On Broadway, A Review

At its best, Aida is so deliriously ghastly it is great fun to watch. At its worst it is embarrassing. Much of the time it is merely boring. Mr. John, who can write a catchy tune now and then, has risen to his level of incompetence to produce a sort of Mc-rock score and Mr. Rice follows suit with gratingly banal lyrics — although it must be said in his defense that Mr. John’s truncated musical lines didn’t give him much to work with. The book often manages bathos when it strives for drama and its humor is on a par with the best of today’s sitcoms (which is to say it’s pretty dreadful).

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List of Sites that Review Theatre in Ontario Canada

List of Sites that Review Theatre in Ontario Canada You don’t have to take my word for it. I often find myself in a minority when it comes to opinions on plays and films, for reasons that are more fully explained on the About This Site page. It’s a phenomenon

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