Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Cottagers and Indians (Toronto) by Maggie

After becoming a permanent resident last year, considering how I can now participate in Truth and Reconciliation with Canada's indigenous peoples is important to me. When I noticed that Cott…

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Monday, February 19, 2018

The Green Room 42 (Venue Review) by Wendy Caster

A year ago, a new cabaret space opened at the Yotel on 42nd Street and 10th Avenue (entrance on 10th): The Green Room 42. My first foray there was on February 14th, its first anniversary, fo…

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Dark Heart (Toronto) by Maggie

Instead of going to a Superbowl party on Sunday night, I went to the theatre. Honestly, I forgot to put the game on my calendar and when it came down to switching my tickets for Dark Heart&n…

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Calpurnia (Toronto) by Maggie

I wish I could tell you all to go see Nightwood Theatre and Sulong Theatre's Calpurnia... but the rest of its run sold out after the first week. So instead, I'm going to tell you how th…

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

A New Brain (Brooklyn) by Wendy Caster

While watching the Gallery Players' highly entertaining production of William Finn's odd but engaging musical, A New Brain, I found my own old brain full of questions. First, about A New Bra…

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

X or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation by Wendy Caster

Who assassinated Malcolm X? The answer remains a matter of debate in some quarters and may never be totally resolved until the New York Police Department releases the files on the case, whic…

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Hamlet (Toronto) by Maggie

For an English major who only took one course on Shakespeare, I have very strong ideas about Hamlet. Usually these keep me from enjoying any production because the director's choices will in…

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Art Times: Let's Make Sure Their Time Is Up by Wendy Caster

My latest piece is up at Art Times. It's about how we can help women in the arts get more power.Almost as far back as I can remember, people have been labeling various time periods as “The…

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Hindle Wakes by Wendy Caster

Sex. It's a tricky thing, is sex.Throughout history, including now, cultures have sought to tame sex's complexity via rigid rules, assumptions, and limitations (particularly for women), with…

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Mankind by Elizabeth Wollman

In Robert O'Hara's futuristic, dystopian fable Mankind, currently at Playwrights Horizons, women are extinct and men have evolved to reproduce without them. In an opening scene that is …

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Monday, January 8, 2018

The School of Doing: Lessons From Theater Master Gerald Freedman by Wendy Caster

You may have heard of director Gerald Freedman. You may not have. But you've certainly heard of his work: Freedman assistant-directed the original West Side Story and Gypsy. He dir…

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Maggie Sulc's Top 10 of 2017 (Toronto) by Maggie

I did not start reviewing until much later in 2017 for Show Showdown, but I still found it difficult to bring my list down to 10. Although, if I am being truly honest, only four of these are…

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

SpongeBob SquarePants by Elizabeth Wollman

All entertainment, they say, is a reflection of its time, place, and culture. That certainly applies to the cheerfully gaudy, brilliantly staged SpongeBob SquarePants musical. It's an u…

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Beauty and the Beast: The Broadway Musical (Toronto) by Maggie

For this last day in 2017 I treated myself to a Young People's Theatre (YPT) Production of Beauty and the Beast: The Broadway Musical. Watching this well-known story amongst the chattering o…

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Sandra's Faves of 2017 by Sandra Mardenfeld

Here's seven of my 2017 favorites. Why seven? Well, in many cultures seven is considered sacred, both beneficial and protective for its bearer.Honestly? Seven is all I got. I probably saw ab…

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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Mankind by Wendy Caster

Robert O'Hara's new comedy Mankind, which he also directs, doesn't officially open at Playwright's Horizon until January 8, so it's way too early to review it. But I do have a comment o…

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Liz Wollman's Top Ten of 2017 by Elizabeth Wollman

Good golly, Miss Molly, a top-ten list is a hard list to come up with, especially during a year when I found myself escaping to the theater as often as I possibly could. So many choices! So …

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Wendy Caster's Best of 2017 by Wendy Caster

It's that time of the year again. I've limited myself to 10 best shows, since that's the number everyone likes, and I've included "honorable mentions" as well. Shows that I reviewed are link…

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Winter's Tale by Wendy Caster

The Public Theater's Mobile Unit is presenting a highly entertaining, streamlined version of The Winter's Tale through December 17. It's a lovely evening in the theater, if not quite Sh…

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Meteor Shower by Elizabeth Wollman

"Well, now, that was a mess," my daughter mused during the curtain call at Meteor Shower, currently running at the Booth through late January. "Yeah," I agreed. "Didn't really hang…

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Miss Saigon and M Butterfly by Elizabeth Wollman

What are the odds that I'd see two different takes on Madama Butterfly in rapid succession? Pretty high, it turns out: they're both running in revival here, I have a student writing an honor…

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Meteor Shower by Sandra Mardenfeld

"Meteor Shower" by Steve Martin is perfectly cast and great fun, but it's not much of a play. The nonlinear plot makes little sense, the characters aren't compelling - except in their q…

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Disgraced (Toronto) by Maggie

Disgraced was the play of the moment when it won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013. This month it returned to Toronto for its second run by The Hope and Hell Theatre Co. and David Mirvish at the Pa…

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Follies (National Theatre Broadcast) by Wendy Caster

You just never know how something is going to hit you. Last night I saw the National Theatre Broadcast of Follies with five friends. Among us, we have easily seen 80 live performances o…

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The Oldish Woman and the Show (Art Times) by Wendy Caster

My latest essay is up at Art Times:Many years ago, I had the magical experience of being there when my nephew Charlie, who was around six years old at the time, saw his first musical. It was…

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Nellie McKay: The Big Molinsky--Considering Joan Rivers by Wendy Caster

There are still some seats left for Nellie McKay: The Big Molinsky--Considering Joan Rivers at Joe's Pub on November 17 at 11:30. They're only $15, with a $12 cover (the fries are delis…

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Shame of Thrones: The Rock Musical: An Unauthorized Parody by Wendy Caster

There's good news and there's bad news.Good news: Shame of Thrones: The Rock Musical: An Unauthorized Parody (what would be the point of an authorized parody?) largely succeeds in getti…

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Marine Life (Toronto) by Maggie

After being stuck in bed with a cold, I could not wait to attend the next Extraspace production at my main mid-sized theater in Toronto, the Tarragon: Marine Life by Rosa Labordé.…

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Introducing Maggie Sulc by Wendy Caster

I am excited to introduce Maggie Sulc as our new Canadian reviewer. As you can see from her bio below, she has a great deal of experience in both theatre and writing. Even better, …

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Don't Feed the Indians - A Divine Comedy Pageant by Sandra Mardenfeld

Don't Feed the Indians - A Divine Comedy Pageant has inflated its title a bit. The La MaMa world premiere of Safe Harbors Indigenous Collective Projects was created and features an all Nativ…

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Illyria by Elizabeth Wollman

Last season, Richard Nelson's Gabriel Family trilogy was a comforting beacon in a traumatic time. Watching the tight-knit Rhinebeck family mourn their dead, contemplate their future, pr…

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