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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The twist in Picture This reveals the source material’s writer to be ahead of his time by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: The first act is tight, but the second, though still entertaining, feels as if the authors are making it up as they go along

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Soulpepper’s Waiting for Godot breaks from convention, and is all the better for doing so by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: Will these crazy experimentalist directors stop at nothing?

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Party Today proves Second City is at its best when satirizing human relationships by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: The show’s ending returns, abruptly, to its beginning, but nobody’s perfect

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Will Eno’s Middletown is steeped in truth, but it isn’t particularly profound by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: In Middletown, which has only two acts, the memento mori is emblazoned from the start

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

‘Out with the comedy goes the potential tragedy’ in Stratford’s Tartuffe by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: The production suffers, for me at least, from comparison to Laszlo Marton’s superb Soulpepper staging

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In its sheer consistency of performance, The Madwoman of Chaillot shines by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: A play that without any directorial forcing proves astonishingly prescient of the present moment

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Friday, August 25, 2017

It may not be the sensation it was reported to be, but An Octoroon is plenty good by Robert Cushman

The Shaw Festival’s An Octoroon is the Canadian premiere of an off-Broadway sensation from 2014

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The Breathing Hole review: What War Horse did for horses, this does for bears by Robert Cushman

The bear is, in all his charm and majesty and significance, a triumph for the author’s ambition and imagination

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Tragic and powerful: How The Changeling creates a sense of erotic complicity by Robert Cushman

Tom Patterson Theatre, Stratford — There has been, in the last 60 years or so, a renaissance of Renaissance drama. The plays of Shakespeare’s contemporaries and successors, long ecl…

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Rolling the dice with Toronto’s SummerWorks Festival by Robert Cushman

Summerworks Performance Festival runs until August 13

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Stratford’s Bakkhai is a bravura piece of staging by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: Euripides’ play, by common consent his greatest, was also his last (or last but one). It premiered in old Athens in 406 BC, following the death of its aged, exiled author

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Permanence has ‘dialogue that flows smoothly and bites occasionally’ by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: Its story, though, runs out of steam, even at a playing length of just over an hour

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Young Centre’s Vimy is a visual delight, with a fine display of ensemble acting by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: But the play, by the author’s own admission, makes no attempt to assess whether, as legend has it, Canadian identity was really forged at Vimy

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Stratford’s The Virgin Trial is ‘proficiently written’ and ‘smartly directed’ by Robert Cushman

The Virgin Trial is a sequel to The Last Wife, Hennig’s play about Katherine Parr, Henry VIII’s sixth and final queen

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Chilina Kennedy’s Carole King ‘takes an agreeable jukebox musical to a higher level’ by Robert Cushman

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical begins with King at Carnegie Hall in 1971, all set to give the live premiere of the songs from her album Tapestry

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Is Canadian history ‘a never-ending drama of hideous wrongs’ and ‘noble dreams’? by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: Down in the Distillery District, the company known as VideoCabaret have been reviving and revising their strip-cartoon national epic

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Who should win at this year’s Dora Mavor Moore Awards? by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: Who wants to go up against Come from Away? Well, somebody has to and some things have, from the estimable Passing Strange to the deplorable Matilda

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Antoni Cimolino’s The School for Scandal offers an education for those that came before it by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: Antoni Cimolino’s production is the only one I’ve seen to turn the theory into practice; to make the screen scene the great moment in English comedy that the books say it…

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Improvidence and ingratitude are the principal targets in Timon of Athens by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: Stratford has fruitfully twinned its production of The School for Scandal with Timon of Athens, casting mostly the same actors in another lampoon of society

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

‘Less than great, but more than good’: Stratford’s Guys and Dolls is ‘worth going a long way to see’ by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: I will lay you odds that the superimposition of one time-frame upon another is one reason that this musical becomes what is known as timeless

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Musically, Stratford’s HMS Pinafore is ‘irreproachable’, rarely obscuring the fun of the original by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: At times, I thought the constant motion of all the characters actually helped the story; at others, I thought it got in the way

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

So often produced, Stratford’s newest Romeo and Juliet may be the best of them all by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: It’s no secret that Romeo and Juliet ends in a tomb. In Stratford’s new production, it begins there as well

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‘If music be the food of love play on’: Stratford’s Twelfth Night offers music and words by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: The performance’s execution lacks something in finesse, but the conception is an eye-opener

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

‘From Russia with love’: For Canadian musical Onegin, the story and the characters never come to life by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: The music, mostly melodic rock, can be very expressive. The lyrics, though, can’t. They’re often difficult to hear

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

‘The staging may be stark and the stories dark, but they aren’t gloomy’: On Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls… by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: It was, I imagine, like being in church, but more so. They had come to the theatre, and it was speaking their language

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

‘Unbearably moving’: Chris Abraham’s The Boy In The Moon tells the heartbreaking story of parents of a disabled son by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: It is the best thing to happen so far in Streetcar Crowsnest's new East End home. Imaginatively presented on a bare open stage, it draws us into a world

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Strictly Ballroom moves, but perhaps, perhaps, perhaps there were too many cooks in the kitchen by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: Those who know the film have testified that the reborn stage musical isn’t strictly Strictly Ballroom at all

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

‘A love story in the great tradition’: Midsummer sends you away happy. Just don’t ask about ‘ever after’ by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: The truth is there’s been a healthy component of irony in the best romantic comedies, at least since Shakespeare and probably before

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Ravi Jain’s Prince Hamlet picks up where Shakespeare left off, to a ‘mostly masterful’ staging by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: Some things in this adaptation/production may be questionable, but everything feels thought and imagined

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Coal Mine Theatre’s Orphans appears gripping and clever, but offers limited depth by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: There’s good and bad suspense; this play has both

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Streetcar Crowsnest’s True Crime proves Torquil Campbell can do it all by Robert Cushman

Robert Cushman: He can be hilarious, in modes silky or self-deprecating. He can be frighteningly angry. He can be just as frighteningly lost

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