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TIFF Movies 2016 – Best and Worst

Saw 21 films, almost all of them enjoyable. Due to a broken neck, (I kid you not), caused by a very bad fall in early August, I had to construct a list of films where I didn’t have to switch theatres during the day. I also needed decent access because of my walker, so there are more big-budget English language movies than I would usually choose. My directors were largely women, although that was happenstance and not design. By coincidence, –Read More

Regarding Rob Ford

First let me point out that the death of a relatively young man with a young family is a very sad story indeed. Rob Ford was only 46, after all. Nonetheless, within the adage of you don’t say anything bad about dead people, i’ve been very amused how Canada’s politicians have struggled to find the positives to say about the late Mr. Ford. My favourite is, “He was very dedicated to the city”. I wonder who thought up that bit –Read More

Fall for Dance North Festival – Opening Night

Fall for Dance North is a triumph. The packed house was really stoked and you could feel the buzz in the Sony Centre. It was palpable excitement and each performing group was cheered wildly. Artistic director Ilter Ibrahmof mounted a dream program. What a boon for the city. Program two is tonight and tomorrow and I am in breathless anticipation.

No one will ever again say Fall for Dance what? The tickets for next year’s festival will go like wildfire.

Game of Thrones Rant

This is a stern message for George R.R. Martin.

I love the Game of Thrones series because I fell in love with the books long before they ended up on HBO. However, the TV shows have now moved beyond where Book 5 ended. We’ve been waiting for Book 6 for ages. Meanwhile the TV series leaps ever onward. Come on George, give the GOT fanatics Book 6. You’ve kept up waiting long enough. I am very aggravated.

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..

P

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.

P.

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

The Latest Good, Bad and Ugly

Of matters various.

The Canadian Stage production of Venus in Furs is stupendous theatre. It is a run don’t walk. Heart-stopping performances, and utterly intriguing playwriting. Erotic without being graphic. You can cut the sexual tension with a knife.

The Sandra Bullock/George Clooney film Gravity was one of the worst films I saw at TIFF. Bad acting and poor scripting. There is only so far that special effects can carry a terrible movie. I don’t get the hype and the gaga reviews.

Great dance shows –Read More

The KETS Awards are coming! Stay tuned!

On Jan. 8, 2013, Paula Citron and Lynn Slotkin will unveil the second annual KETS Awards for theatre. These awards are a summation of Toronto/Stratford/Shaw theatre for the year 2012. After the successful launch of the 2011 KETS Awards, the theatre community saw just how thorough and diligent Citron and Slotkin were about attending theatre performances large and small, and more to the point, how acute and perceptive they were in awarding worthy recipients, thereby shoving the Old Boys’ Club –Read More