Theatre Review: Angels in America – Perestroika (Soulpepper)

If Millennium Approaches is the anticipation of a thing, then Perestroika is the aftermath. Never mind that it literally means “restoration.” This half of the pair is harder to pull off, as it lacks some of the urgency found in the waiting. Perestroika is what happens after you unfurl the Mission Accomplished banner and realize Iraq isn’t … Continue reading Theatre Review: Angels in America – Perestroika (Soulpepper)

Theatre Review: Angels in America – Millennium Approaches (Soulpepper)

Angels in America is a big, ambitious duo of plays, each clocking in a three hours and managing to be simultaneously human, epic, literal, metaphorical, intimate and distant. To take them on at all speaks to a certain amount of like ambition, to say nothing of confidence, and suffice to say that Soulpepper has done … Continue reading Theatre Review: Angels in America – Millennium Approaches (Soulpepper)

Theatre Review: Guys and Dolls (Shaw Festival)

Guys and Dolls is classic Broadway musical: people bursting into song for no particular reason, tremendous energy, big show-stopping numbers and enough heartwarming moments scattered throughout to give everything some weight. Experts in the satirical wit of Oscar Wilde, the Shaw Festival knows a a lot about balancing the light with the heavy, and their … Continue reading Theatre Review: Guys and Dolls (Shaw Festival)

Theatre Review: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Broadway)

What do you do with a problem like Masha? That seems to be the question on everyone’s lips, including Masha (Sigourney Weaver) herself – after all, it’s not every day that a world-renowned egotistical actress named after a Chekhov character about to enter her fifth marriage confronts long-standing rivalries with similarly named siblings and their … Continue reading Theatre Review: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Broadway)

Theatre Review: The Nance (Broadway)

With Nathan Lane headlining a show, you may be forgiven for walking in with some unreasonably high expectations, especially post-Tonys where he was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in Leading Role in a Play. How nice then to have those expectations easily met. The Nance is a clever, touching new play by Douglas … Continue reading Theatre Review: The Nance (Broadway)

Theatre Review: Comedy of Errors (Public Theater)

In Central Park, New York, there is an open-air theatre (or is that ‘theater’?) called the Delacorte. In that… space with multiple spellings (oh, the times it is unfortunate to be Canadian reporting on America) the Public Theater company puts on Shakespeare. For free. And they get good actors, including a famous production of Merchant … Continue reading Theatre Review: Comedy of Errors (Public Theater)

Theatre Review: Fiddler on the Roof (Stratford Festival)

Yiddish humour is a tricky thing to pull off, whether you’re working with material as strong as the book for Fiddler or not. A great deal of this style’s power comes out of a place of sadness, of being a bit of a hapless outsider, and that sadness has to come through first. The humour comes … Continue reading Theatre Review: Fiddler on the Roof (Stratford Festival)