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No matter how many times I’ve seen Cavalia and Odysseo, they remain among the most beautiful productions in my long theatre-going life.

First some background. When Cavalia burst onto the scene in 2003, it was unlike any other show. The spectacle under the Big Top merged horses, riders and acrobats in the most ingenious way. Its founder, Norman Latourelle, had been with Cirque de Soleil so he understood “big”. Toronto was the first stop outside of Quebec, and this –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 – Tarragon and Volcano Theatres//Hannah Moscovitch’s Infinity

The plays of Hannah Moscovitch are smart, sassy and sophisticated. Her themes run deep and reflect her keen intelligence. Her strong characters and sharp dialogue can’t help but lure the audience. But here comes the “but”…Moscovitch might be writing about people in crisis, but her plays are medium cool. I admire her artistry but I’m rarely engaged emotionally. She is a playwright for the mind, and it’s important to note that an evening spent with her in the theatre –Read More

Theatre Review – The Coal Mine/Mike Bartlett’s Bull

Sadly, I couldn’t get to The Coal Mine’s latest production until late in the run. I say sadly, because the play closes this weekend which means I’m trumpeting a superb theatre outing that is almost at its end.

The Coal Mine, whose performing space sits under a pizza restaurant on the Danforth, is in its first season. Their mandate, under artistic producer Diana Bentley and artistic curator Ted Dykstra, is to create an off-Broadway experience that is as intimate as –Read More

Theatre Review – Canadian Rep Theatre/How do I love Thee? By Florence Gibson MacDonald

The passionate love match between Victorian poets Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett has been well-documented in plays like Rudolf Besier’s The Barretts of Wimpole Street and Virginia Woolf’s novella Flush. MacDonald’s play How do I love thee? shows us a completely different side of the couple post elopement. Barrett, it seems, was a drug addict, chained to laudanum, morphine and ether. While the drugs allowed her to give free reign to her imagination, money concerns and his wife’s –Read More

Theatre Review – Cart/Horse Theatre’s Fishskin Trousers by Elizabeth Kuti

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