Monthly Archives: July 2016

A Woman of No Importance

it was interesting to see this play by Oscar Wilde just a few days after seeing Shaw’s play Mrs Warren’s Profession.  Both plays were updated to more modern times, but Wilde’s play holds up much better and could even have … Continue reading

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The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God

Playwright Lisa Codrington has created a brilliant and funny adaptation of a short story by GBS. He even appears in it! (Guy Bannerman takes the part.) Set designer Camellia Koo has done a wonderful job as always, using the book … Continue reading

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The Dance of Death

In her program notes, director Martha Hanry describes seeing a production of Strindberg’s The Dance of Death at Stratford fifty years ago, directed by and starring Jean Gascon.  She also comments that this play cannot be performed by just anyone. … Continue reading

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Alice in Wonderland

It never ceases to amaze me that directors stage plays for children and then add unnecessary bits that do nothing to advance the plot, confuse the children and clutter up the story. In my humble opinion, for kids, the story … Continue reading

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Engaged

Gilbert without Sullivan. All words, no music. Silly comedy, puns, jokes of all kinds. No intellectual pretensions, just lots of fun. A cast that includes Julia Course (Maggie McFarlane), Martin Happer (Angus Macalister), Mary Haney (Mrs McFarlane), Jeff Meadows (Belvawney), … Continue reading

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Master Harold and the Boys

i have heard the name of the play and its author Athol Fugard. But beyond knowing he was South African, I knew nothing. Knowing the South African connection, I assumed something about race. This is a very powerful play, and … Continue reading

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Mrs Warren’s Profession

Shaw’s defense of prostitution as a suitable and sensible option for women with good looks and no training or skills probably seemed logical, even sensible, when it was written. Today the arguments have much less power since women have so … Continue reading

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