What to watch?
During this time of plague, the performing arts have reached critical mass in terms of survival. Many are turning to the digital world to maintain their profile. I”ll try to keep you up to date about virtual worthies. Stay tuned.
The Oscar Rage – A Bit Late
I was having serious website problems when the Oscars happened so I never had a chance to voice my annual Oscar rage. Parasite was an enjoyable picture, but best pic of the year? You’ve got to be kidding. Long after Parasite has sunk without a trace, Sam Mendes’ direction for 1917 will live on. At least 1917 won for cinematography. In other words, Parasite did not deserve either best picture or best direction. As for best actress – anyone of the other four nominees were better than miss squint, Renée Zellweger, who played Judy Garland without one ounce of subtlety or nuance, not to mention, and pardon the pun, all on one note. I’m always disappointed by the Oscar choices, but this year was particularly hard to swallow.
The 10th Annual Toronto Theatre Critics Awards Ceremony
Watch On YOUTUBE: youtu.be/JBPjb4INSBO
MONDAY, JUNE 22ND, 2020
7 PM EST
Check out my review of BLINDNESS at the Princess of Wales Theatre. https://www.ludwig-van.com/toronto/2021/08/07/scrutiny-simon-stephens-blindness-gets-us-back-theatre/
Theatre/Opera Review – VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert/La Voix Humaine
Clever programming combines Jean Cocteau’s play with Francis Poulenc’s opera for two different portraits of the same woman. Review is posted on Ludwig van Toronto. ludwig-van.com.
Interview with choreographer Crystal Pite
Pite talks candidly about the creation of Body and Soul for the Paris Opera Ballet. Interview is posted on Ludwig van Toronto. ludwig-van.com.