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Elizabeth Kuti is among the newest generation of English playwrights currently making waves. Thanks to Cart/Horse Theatre, her 2013 play Fishskin Trousers is receiving its North American premiere. The play itself is not for all markets, combining as it does, real and fictional events with magic realism. Nonetheless, as a storyteller, Kuti does hold our interest.

The mandate of Cart/Horse is, in fact, storytelling, the simpler the better in terms of theatrical values. Kuti’s play links together three separate monologues –Read More

Recent Blog Posts

Brian Macdonald and Jean Béliveau

I was saddened by the death of these two great Canadians, but for very different reasons. In the case of Macdonald, its the passing of that first generatiion of Canadian dance pioneers. As for Béliveau, he brings back memories of my late mother.

Macdonald’s contributions to dance and theatre in this country are enormous. He was a fine choreographer who never disappointed. In his works, dancers looked wonderful, whether on or off point. As for his Gilbert & Sullivan productions –Read More

I’ve Been a Bad Girl

i’ve fallen behind on my website. The problem is, I’ve been researching a big story which required mega interviews and a lot of organization. Plus being out every night at some theatre somewhere. I just ran out of time. Poor excuse, maybe. But true.

I will catch up by Thursday night..

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Website Update

The end is in sight. My reconstructed website is almost ready. Just a few kinks to straighten out. I’m in Aruba in January, so the official relaunch will be early in February, when everything should be ironed out.

Long story short – my original web designer disappeared with all the pass codes, and so began my year of website hell. I’m almost out of the woods.

Best of the season to all.

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By way of explanation…in matters concerning this website

My redesigned website will officially relaunch in February, 2014. (Ah shucks! I’m at my timeshare in Aruba for most of January.) The new feature is Paula’s Picks, in which I rate plays that I’ve seen, while doing previews of upcoming dance and classical music events. Now why don’t I rate dance and classical music, you might ask? Because, dear friends, dance and music have short runs. I will, however, be doing long reviews of most shows, both theatre and music, –Read More

Recent Reviews

Theatre Review -En(live)n Productions/Frozen

En(live)n Productions. FROZEN. (4 stars).

Although this play has closed, it does deserve mention. Director Andrew Freund put together an imaginative production that illuminated Bryony Lavery’s fascinating script. Lavery is one of the strongest voices in British Theatre today. She’s not only provocative, she’s subversive, slipping in ideas akin to putting a fox in the hen coop.

In Frozen (1998), the plot concerns the research by the American psychiatrist Agnetha (Lynn Zeelenberg) that serial killing is a forgivable act because –Read More

ARCHIVES – DANCE THAT OPENED IN FEBRUARY.2014


KYLE ABRAHAM/ABRAHAM.IN.MOTION. THE RADIO SHOW. You only have until Saturday to catch this World Stage offering. Abraham is one of New York’s brightest lights. The supple dancers execute fluid, total body choreography in this show about memory and communication. As a dancesmith, Abraham knows how to rivet the eye with movement that always catches you by surprise. No wonder he won a genius grant from the MacArthur Foundation. An ambitious show in content that maybe doesn’t get quite get to –Read More

ARCHIVES – THEATRE THAT OPENED IN FEBRUARY.2014

 (5 Star Rating System)

Red One Theatre Collective. SHREW (2 ½ stars). This production is vibrant and silly at the same time. In short, it is a young person’s spin on Shakespeare (think Seth Rogan and Adam Sandler in terms of sensibility). Obviously, a bunch of friends have come together to have fun, and while the audience has fun too, somewhere Shakespeare has become lost in the colloquial rendering of the text. As to why Petruchio (Benjamin Blais) has a –Read More

Opera Review – Canadian Opera Company Winter Season – A Tale of Two Visions (Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Verdi’s A Masked Ball)

This is the age of the auteur opera director. With the endlessly repeating standard repertoire a fact of opera life, companies are now searching for productions that give a fresh take on the classics. New opera, of course, is always going to be fresh.

Thus, directors and their visions are what drive opera productions these days. The COC’s winter season provides a textbook case of what works and what doesn’t.

Canadian director Atom Egoyan has done a superb job in finding a fascinating –Read More