THE NEXT WHISKY BAR Studio Underground/Shaw Festival
A clue to Kurt Weill’s work is the people who wrote lyrics for his music: Bertolt Brecht, Ira Gershwin, Langston Hughes, Elmer Rice, Maxwell Anderson and Roger Fernay.
Perhaps his best known work was the collaboration with Brecht, “The Threepenny Opera” and its legendary “Mack the Knife.”
Aug 26, 2015, 23:13
THE DIVINE: A PLAY FOR SARAH BERNHARDT Royal George Theatre/Shaw Festival
Lord Acton was right: “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
And that’s what Michel Marc Bouchard’s “The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt,” is about, a time when the absolute power of the Catholic Church in Quebec corrupted the province, the people and the church.
Aug 24, 2015, 13:18
West Seneca’s only hope of changing its direction is to vote out the incumbents
"Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason." - Mark Twain
Aug 22, 2015, 13:41
THE INTELLIGENT HOMOSEXUAL'S GUIDE TO CAPITALISM AND SOCIALISM WITH A KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES Studio Theatre/Shaw Festival
Tony Kusher posits a plausible base for one of life’s increasingly serious questions: What do you do when you realize you are descending into dementia from a life which is built on thought and memory?
Aug 21, 2015, 13:09
LIGHT UP THE SKY Festival Theatre/Shaw Festival
So often in theater, a play about the stage is a mesh and mélange of every cliché ever written about the theater.
Aug 13, 2015, 02:47
PYGMALION Festival Theatre/Shaw Festival
No, this isn’t Henry Higgins and Col. Pickering dancing around a luxury flat with a reformed and recreated guttersnipe.
Jul 17, 2015, 15:56
THE TWELVE-POUND LOOK Court House Theatre
If you are planning on spending an afternoon in Niagara-on-the-Lake at the Shaw Festival, you should go early for the 11:30 a.m. (some days) performance of J.M Barrie’s “Twelve-Pound Look.”
Jul 17, 2015, 12:11
TOP GIRLS Festival Theatre/Shaw Festival
There’s a price to pay for ambition, especially successful ambition.
That’s what Caryl Churchill’s “Top Girls” is about, ambition and the price of success.
Jul 11, 2015, 17:30
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW Festival Theatre/Stratford Festival
“The Taming of the Shrew” may be the most controversial of Shakespeare’s plays, a look at Kate (Deborah Hay) and Petruchio (Ben Carlson).
He’s a rich Italian aristocrat and she’s the older daughter of a rich Italian aristocrat and is considered an impossible human being.
Jul 4, 2015, 16:29
SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER Avon Theatre/Stratford Festival
Old-fashioned farce is becoming rarer in the theater, perhaps because it so often relies on centuries-old stereotypes, you know, rascal servants, dumb aristocrats, country bumpkins.
That’s all true and many people favor avoidance of stereotypes.
The problem is that it can also be very funny.
Jun 27, 2015, 16:38
THE PHYSICISTS Tom Patterson Theatre/Stratford Festival
What would you do if you realized you knew something which could turn the planet Earth into a charred mass of atoms floating quietly in the outer fringes of the Milky Way?
Jun 27, 2015, 16:17
THE ADVENTURES OF PERICLES Tom Patterson Theatre/Stratford Festival
The night I saw Stratford’s production of “The Adventures of Pericles” is an example of the strength of a repertory company.
Evan Buliung was out sick with laryngitis from his lead role as Pericles and that meant the reserves were called in, with Sean Arbuckle moved up from the understudies.
That meant his roles had to be filled from his understudies and down the line.
Still, it worked.
Jun 27, 2015, 15:19
SWEET CHARITY Festival Theatre/Shaw Festival
While musicals can address social attitudes, like “Carousel” and domestic violence,
they can also soften issues, like the prostitution of Fellini’s “Nights of Cabiria” becoming the softened “Sweet Charity” of a taxi dancer who is constantly seeking love while dodging the cash opportunities of the job.
May 27, 2015, 13:54
YOU NEVER CAN TELL Royal George Theatre/Shaw Festival
Some things never change, interfering parents and arrogant children.
May 20, 2015, 14:51
PETER AND THE STARCATCHER Royal George Theatre/Shaw Festival
The Shaw Festival’s “Peter and the Starcatcher” is a triumph of style over substance and a great show.
If you think in Hollywood terms and the presence of Disney in originally putting this show together makes that inevitable, this is a prequel to “Peter Pan.”
May 18, 2015, 22:05