Monthly Archives: September 2011

CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY’S IPHIGENIA IN TAURIS

As one might anticipate, after the COC’s stunning Orfeo ed Euridice directed by Canadian Robert Carsen last year, Gluck’s Iphigenia in Tauris, with Carsen again at the directorial helm, is equally bold and haunting in concept and realization. The minimalist … Continue reading

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RAMBLIN JACK ELLIOTT AT HUGH’S ROOM IN TORONTO

“We come with the dust and we go with the wind” is one of the most haunting lines in the folk canon. It was penned by Woody Guthrie when he hitched a ride on the melody of Pretty Polly to … Continue reading

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RICHARD THOMPSON AT KOERNER HALL IN TORONTO

One day, I think it was in the late 1980s, I was walking down London’s depressingly commercial Oxford Street and suffering from exposure to the garish blend of unforgiving gloss and inhuman shallowness that seemed an echo of the reigning … Continue reading

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SHAW FESTIVAL 2011: MARIA SEVERA

Apparently. according to Jay Turvey and Paul Sportelli, Maria Severa’s creators, hand-to-mouth poverty in the slums of 19th century Lisbon was certainly a happy gig to live. No matter the survival through prostitution and the humiliating class structure, it was … Continue reading

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STRATFORD SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL 2011: HOSANNA

At the end of Michel Tremblay’s play from the 1973, Hosanna stands before a nine foot three-sided mirror and declares “ Cleopatra is dead”  as she removes her makeup. Hosanna turns in full frontal nudity as Claude and is embraced … Continue reading

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STRATFORD FESTIVAL 2011: THE MISANTHROPE

  Like all great comedy, Moliere’s The Misanthrope, with its incisive take on social hypocrisy, amorous complications, and ensuing disenchantment, explores humanity’s darker side. Appropriately, sound designer Jim Neil introduces David Grindley’s production with the darker tones of viols, while … Continue reading

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