Monthly Archives: August 2013

STRATFORD FESTIVAL 2013 PART II

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE During the trial scene in The Merchant of Venice, directed by Antoni Cimolino, Shylock sits with his whole body clenched like a fist, with a nervous and edgy energy barely contained within him. To this point, … Continue reading

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SHAW FESTIVAL 2013 PART II

ENCHANTED APRIL “Would only that such enchantment would step in for us all,” says Moya O’Connell’s Lotty, a youngish, maritally-frustrated, and life-frustrated woman. This is her dreamy response to “a small ad placed discreetly in the Times” regarding a potential … Continue reading

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STRATFORD FESTIVAL 2013 PART I

BLITHE SPIRIT Director Brian Bedford has positioned Ruth as the production’s focal point in Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit and Sara Topham’s Ruth begins high and keeps it high, almost overwhelmingly intense at times. She seems squeezed to the edge of … Continue reading

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LONDON: A CULTURAL DIARY PART I & PART II

From my archives, here’s a two part diary article I wrote on my visit to London three years ago for an alternative newspaper in Hamilton. It is long but, London being what it is, it could have been much longer. … Continue reading

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