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)

Research Diaries: Entry 1

Kind of funny how coincidences work out… no sooner do I sit down to finally reflect on my recent experience digging up the history of some bridge in my hometown than a blogger I follow does kinda sorta the same thing. I guess we both hopped on the zeitgeist. I recently embarked on a personal … Continue reading Research Diaries: Entry 1

Theatre Review: The Barber of Seville (Soulpepper)

Everything about Soulpepper’s The Barber of Seville was a wonderful surprise, from the fact that it was a musical to the related fact that, well, it’s a comedy. In fact, this production has a lot more in common with the Looney Tunes version of my childhood than the stuffy opera I thought it to be, a … Continue reading Theatre Review: The Barber of Seville (Soulpepper)

The Evolution of Condo Design

It’s interesting to see how cities evolve, what elements they retain over time and which ones they erase. Torontonians in particular feel they’re special in having razed many historical structures in favor of bland modernity and in having a dozen or more failed plans for every one that sees fruition. And yet, that’s got to … Continue reading The Evolution of Condo Design

An Open Letter to Toronto City Council

Dear Mayor and Councillors, I write to you concerning the Porter Airlines’ desire to add jet travel at Billy Bishop Airport. To my eye, the implications of jets on the waterfront are complicated, probably more than I know. Putting this letter and its author in context: I am liberal-minded with an appreciation for conservative ideals. I … Continue reading An Open Letter to Toronto City Council

Theatre Review: True West (Soulpepper)

First, I need to give a shout-out to the architects who designed the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, which opened in 2008. Apart from making the most of its re-purposed industrial-Victorian architecture, the Baillie Theatre is a phenomenal space. I’ve seen it operate as a proscenium arch, a theatre-in-the-round, a thrust stage. I never … Continue reading Theatre Review: True West (Soulpepper)