Monthly Archives: September 2014

Dancock’s Dance

Stephen Ouimette directed this reading of a new play by Guy Van der Haeghe. Set in a hospital at the end of the first world war, a doctor struggles to cure the shellshocked men using his new treatment philosophy. As … Continue reading

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a Chamber Play

My last play of the Stratford season and the last night it was being performed. I am very glad I managed to get to see this intriguing and unusual production. Four excellent actors – Dion Johnstone, Mike Nadajewski, Sarah Afful … Continue reading

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A Streetcar Named Desire

Everyone knows the famous lines in this Tennessee Williams play: Stanley bellowing ‘Stella” and Blanche coyly remarking “I have always relied on the kindness of strangers”, so it was a surprise to realize that I may never have actually seen … Continue reading

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Freda and Jem’s Best of the Week

Inspired by her experience working with Judith Thompson on Body and Soul, Lois Fine has written her own play about the family experience when two lesbians decide to get a divorce. The kids react exactly as kids do. The women … Continue reading

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The God That Comes

One review said that this was the “must see” play of the season in Toronto. So when we missed it in Toronto, we had to take advantage of the fact that it was coming to Stratford as part of the … Continue reading

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Mother Courage

Because I had never seen this play, I decided to buy the script and read it in advance. Doing so left me interested and curious: how could this thing be staged to make any sense? Martha Henry managed it with … Continue reading

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Medea

National theatre Live was again worth the trip to Waterloo. This was an outstanding performance by Helen McCrory in her first National Theatre appearance and the National theatre‚Äôs first production of Medea. Even more than usual, the play was dominated … Continue reading

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