Sunday, April 29, 2018

T.V. Revivals Have Become Dangerous, Lazy Replicants by Artsjournal2

Just stop already. "Each joke is played with a knowing wink, with countless call-backs to episodes of yore. It’s reminiscent of a breaking of the fourth wall, but done in a fashion so gran…

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Small Gallery Owner Who Fell Behind Owing Dealers And Artists by Artsjournal

“We have been friends for years, our families have stayed with each other and I believed we were close,” James White wrote to Marlowe Goring after his visit. “That is why I have tried …

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Come From Away returns to Toronto after a very successful debut last year, a warm respite from dark days by Special To National Post

Come From Away's return to Toronto marks the latest success in a remarkable year for the show’s creators, Irene Sankoff and David Hein

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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

Jerry Lewis, comedian, telethon host, dies at 91 by The Associated Press

Lewis passed away Sunday morning of natural causes at age 91 in Las Vegas

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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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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Publicist: Jerry Lewis, comedian , telethon host, dies at 91 by The Associated Press

Lewis passed away Sunday morning of natural causes at age 91 in Las Vegas

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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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