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: 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: 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)

Theatre Review: Come From Away (Theatre Sheridan)

Charming. Folksy. Touching. Funny. Sad. Ambitious. That’s Come From Away in a nutshell – a rollicking play that has you laughing one moment, wiping a tear away the next, and laughing again in a heartbeat. That it’s still a work in progress makes it all the more impressive. The performance I saw was a one-off workshop, … Continue reading Theatre Review: Come From Away (Theatre Sheridan)