Friday, September 23, 2022

An Evening with Fats Waller: “Ain’t Misbehavin'” at TUTS by Trevor Boffone

Before there was After Midnight, before there was Smokey Joe’s Cafe, and before there was Black and Blue, there was Ain’t Misbehavin’, the 1978 musical revue featuring the Fats Waller …

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

VR and Theater Finally Make a Climate Baby: “From Sea To Rising Sea” Interview with Creator-Director-Choreographer Mary John Frank by Fareeda Pyracha Ahmed

Technology and the theater are closer together than ever, and our hope for the planet may depend on it.  After my seventh time seeing Chekhov brought to life through NFTs, robots, and an el…

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Dangerous Desires in “Marie It’s Time” by Morgan Skolnik

Why is this boy-kills-girl play different from all other boy-kills-girl plays? For starters, it might not be, but for me, Marie It’s Time, Julia Jarcho’s delightfully perverse riff on th…

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

With “My Self in That Moment” Chamber Made Gives Us a Dystopian View of Our Lost Soul in the Digital Age by Miriama Young

Review: My Self in That Moment, directed by Tamara Saulwick for Chamber Made. In his visionary essay published almost a century ago, Walter Benjamin argued that something of the aura is l…

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Monday, September 19, 2022

Belvoir’s “Tell Me I’m Here” Looks at the Impact of Mental Illness on the Whole Family. It is a Wrenching and Beautiful Work. by Michelle Arrow

Review: Tell Me I’m Here, directed by Leticia Cáceres, Belvoir. Released in 1991, the memoir Tell Me I’m Here remains a landmark examination of the experience of mental illness in Austr…

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Sunday, September 18, 2022

How Drama Can Help Open Up Conversations on Suicide for Young People in Post-Pandemic Times by James Layton

Suicide is the second highest cause of death in 15-to-29-year-olds around the world, according to UK charity Young Minds, an organization set up to help children and young people with ment…

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Saturday, September 17, 2022

Imagine/: Artificial Intelligence Comes to Theatrical Design by Michael Schweikardt

Lately, I have been seeing examples of Jason Jamerson’s theatrical design work on Instagram – images he has made in collaboration with Artificial Intelligence apps. According to a recent…

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Friday, September 16, 2022

“Who Killed My Father,” Young Vic by Duška Radosavljević

‘If this were a text for the theatre, here is how it would begin’ – these are the opening words of the French literary superstar Édouard Louis’s third book Who Killed My Father, pub…

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Thursday, September 15, 2022

A Blast from the Past: Les Champignons de Paris by La Compagnie du Caméléon by Lara Cox

On June 13, 2022, I spoke with Guillaume Gay, who is operational and artistic director of the French Polynesia-based La Compagnie du Caméléon. Across the Whatsapp airwaves, fifteen thousan…

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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Russian Theater Beyond Time and Place. On the 25th Anniversary of the STEPS Theatre by Vassili Schedrin

“Time means nothing. That is, it does, but not in the way we think,” says Joseph, the protagonist of the play “Ask Joseph,” by Slava Stepnov and Roman Freud. He tries to explain to h…

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Tuesday, September 13, 2022

A Production to Satisfy Sydney’s Darkest Imaginings: Sydney Theatre Company’s “Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde” by Huw Griffiths

Review: Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, directed by Kip Williams for Sydney Theatre Company With their new production, Kip Williams and the Sydney Theatre Company have revisited the a…

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Monday, September 12, 2022

When Playwrights Complicate Dramatic Form: Recent Developments in African American Plays of the 2010s by Jade Thomas

African American drama, theater and performance has a rich and complex history. Only recently, however, the U.S. theater establishment seems to recognize the work of young Black playwrights …

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Sunday, September 11, 2022

Five Myths About Shakespeare’s Contribution to the English Language by Jonathan Culpeper and Mathew Gillings

Shakespeare’s language is widely considered to represent the pinnacle of English. But that status is underpinned by multiple myths – ideas about language that have departed from reality …

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Friday, September 9, 2022

“Flo & Joan,” Lund Comedy Festival by Duška Radosavljević

Here’s a few things to start with. Following my recent relocation from London to the Swedish equivalent of Oxford, this is my first encounter with the Lund Comedy Festival. The three-day e…

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Daily Life under State Violence: Interview with South Korean Playwright Yun Mi Hyun, Part 2 by Kee-Yoon Nahm

To read Part 1 of this interview, click here. Nahm: Let’s talk now about Texas Aunt. I said earlier that The Wooden Boat is a great Korean play to introduce to international audiences. Bu…

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Thursday, September 8, 2022

Daily Life under State Violence: Interview with South Korean Playwright Yun Mi Hyun, Part 1 by Kee-Yoon Nahm

Interview and translation by Kee-Yoon Nahm.   Yun Mi Hyun is a playwright based in South Korea. After writing fiction and poetry in her early career, she debuted as a playwright in 2012 wit…

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Monday, September 5, 2022

“When God Kicks You In The Womb,” The Artist is Born by Emilija Kvočka

Performance “When God Kicks You In The Womb”, based on the novel by Ildiko Lovaš, is a play by Hungarian actors that live and work in Serbia and its theatres. Andraš Urban, an authenti…

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Sunday, September 4, 2022

More Morisseau: “Skeleton Crew” by Dominique Morisseau by Jonathan Kalb

Skeleton Crew is Dominique Morisseau’s best play so far. It’s the most streamlined work in her celebrated Detroit trilogy, more tightly plotted, surprising, and moving than either Detroi…

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Saturday, September 3, 2022

The Return of Gringoire: An Exclusive Interview with Bruno Pelletier by Lisa Monde

Interview of the “original” Gringoire from Notre Dame de Paris the musical –  Bruno Pelletier with Lisa Monde, August 5th 2022 This past August Bruno Pelletier – the “Golden voice…

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Friday, September 2, 2022

“The Drawer Boy” and Another Way of Telling History by Barbara Gabriel

The opening play of the  Blyth Theatre Season, Michael Healey’s Canadian classic, The Drawer Boy, has once more come home. Set in a farming community in Huron County, its starting point …

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Thursday, September 1, 2022

Haunted History in Cottage Country: “Cottagers and Indians” by Barbara Gabriel

Cottagers and Indians by Drew Hayden Taylor A lazy afternoon on a cedar deck that could be anywhere in Ontario cottage country. A casually dressed, mature woman from Toronto (her relaxed co…

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Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Bodies of Knowledge – Facilitating Alternative and Humane Ways of Learning by Borisav Matić

Bodies of Knowledge (BOK) is a semi-nomadic classroom that facilitates alternative and non-dominant forms of learning that have the potential to lead us to a more humane and just society. Bo…

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Highlights from the Mladi Levi Festival in Ljubljana by Borisav Matić

The 25th edition of the international theatre and dance festival Mladi Levi (Young Lions) was successfully held in Ljubljana from 19th to 27th August. The festival, organized by a Slovenian …

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Monday, August 29, 2022

Learning From Scratch: Istanbul Theatre Through a Canadian-Armenian Lens. Interview with Art Babayants. by Eylem Ejder

Dr. Art Babayants is a multilingual artist-scholar who lives and works in what is now called Canada. His training combines the Stanislavsky school of acting, Meyerhold’s Biomechanics and I…

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Sunday, August 28, 2022

“Kurios: A Cabinet of Curiosities” Helping You Dream with Your Eyes Wide Open! by Azadeh Kangarani

I can prescribe the remedy if you need medicine to blow up your imagination! Get a ticket to Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities! Kurios, written and directed by Michel Laprise, is the 35th creat…

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Friday, August 26, 2022

Mental Illness, Misogyny, and the Myth of the Male Genius in “The Butcher Boy” by Morgan Skolnik

This review contains spoilers. TW: suicide, homicide, mental illness The Butcher Boy, which opened last week at the Irish Repertory Theater is deeply upsetting, but less so due to the gore i…

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Thursday, August 25, 2022

In Conversation with Regan Hicks: Part Two by Rhiannon Ling

This is part 2 of the bipartite interview. To read part 1, click here. Welcome back to the second and final installment in my conversation with my dear friend and collaborator, Regan Hicks, …

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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

In Conversation with Regan Hicks: Part One by Rhiannon Ling

Regan Hicks is one of my dearest friends and closest collaborators. We’ve worked on a number of projects together over the past few years, each time beneficial, each time an utter delight.…

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Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Emerging Playwright Embarks on Gershwin Era Musical by Alexander Fatouros

American playwright and concert pianist, William Robert Martin, is an emerging artist whose star is on the rise. His 1930s-style musical comedy about George Gershwin writing a musical comedy…

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Monday, August 22, 2022

“Don’t You Hate It When Assholes Are Talented?”: “macbitches” at Chain Theatre by Rhiannon Ling

I went to theatre school. Know this before reading on. I went to theatre school, trained as an actor at a conservatory on the East Coast. I am well-versed in the racing of the heart while wa…

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Sunday, August 14, 2022

“Chasing Hares” at the Young Vic by Aleks Sierz

While Britain is experiencing a “summer of discontent”, with inflation, strikes and other conflicts, it is odd that so few plays are as overtly political, and as overtly resonant as Sona…

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