Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Metromaniacs by Wendy Caster

So, I could rave about the writing (joyfully wonderful and silly rhymes by David Ives) or the acting (from a strong, talented, attractive ensemble) or the design (charming) or the direction …

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Carousel by Elizabeth Wollman

Among the many ways Rodgers and Hammerstein helped innovate the American stage musical was through depth of character. Their musicals, after all, featured some particularly memorable ones, m…

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Happy Birthday, Wanda June by Wendy Caster

If there is an afterlife, I hope Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., has had the opportunity to look down and watch the Wheelhouse Theater Company's excellent production of his hilarious, incisive farce, Ha…

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Three Tall Women by Wendy Caster

Edward Albee was not exactly fond of his mother. The headmaster of a boarding school Albee attended was quoted in the New Yorker as saying, “[He] dislikes his mother with a cordial an…

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Jesus Christ Superstar by Elizabeth Wollman

To stage Jesus Christ Superstar, I've long been convinced, is to set yourself up to fail. I'm not just being a crabby cynic here; I love the piece very much. But it was not conceived for the…

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Art Times: The Thing About Revivals by Wendy Caster

My latest essay is up at Art Times. I would love to hear what you all think about the issues discussed.Periodically, old shows with iffy depictions of women are revived on Broadway. Peo…

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Angels in America by Elizabeth Wollman

It's been 25 years since I last saw Angels in America, which remains one of the most powerful theatergoing experiences I've ever had. I was so overwhelmed by the original production that I'v…

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Good for Otto by Wendy Caster

What if the most heroic thing any of us can do is simply to survive?[spoilers, arguably, but this is not a plot-driven show]In Good for Otto, David Rabe gives us a microcosm of a small town-…

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Bunny (Toronto) by Maggie

When the stage went dark at the end of Bunny, my mouth dropped and I did not know what to feel. Empowered? Astounded? And just a tiny bit jealous that Hannah Moscovitch, Sarah Garton-St…

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Jerry Springer: The Opera by Wendy Caster

[spoilers throughout]Yes, curse words sung operatically by incredibly talented people are startlingly funny. And arguments about who's cheating on who, complete with hair-pulling, are also g…

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Jerry Springer: The Opera by Elizabeth Wollman

For all its highbrow associations, there's a hell of a lot of lowbrow to opera, what with all the really dumb cases of mistaken identity, lurid psychotic breaks, incestuous couplings, and lo…

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Tuesday, February 20, 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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Wednesday, February 7, 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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Monday, February 5, 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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Saturday, January 27, 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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Saturday, January 20, 2018

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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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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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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Monday, January 8, 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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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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