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Theatre Review: Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare loved his women.  Beyond rumours of his lusty affairs, his plays female characters in Shakespeare’s comedies often trump the men’s powerless grasp at authority, witless charm, and drunken stupor.  Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing rises to the top … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: Peter and the Starcatcher

I did not spend a lot of my childhood with children’s stories.  Peter Pan might have been the Disney version which I might have watched.  But, I do not truly know whether I saw it.  My friends must have, for … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: The Fair Maid of the Exchange

We like to make events out of premiers. The opening weekend of movies, we track how many millions of dollars of revenue they bring in (compared to how many hundreds of millions they required to produce). When a world or … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: Shakespeare’s Sister

One of my readers noticed a similarity between a Shakespeare traveling group, The Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, whom she saw in her hinterland region some years ago and the Blackfriar Theatre ensemble of whom reviewed recently for their production of School … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: School for Scandal

The pretense of the elite is always a good butt for a joke. In the 18th century, the theatre style Comedy of Manners, excelled at displaying the folly of those who has wealth enough to be fools. Richard Sheridan’s The … Continue reading

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Theatre Review(s): Carousel and Henry VI, Part 2

Why do we tell a story, when we know the end will be sad?  Fate? The blues? Catharsis? Hope? Thirty-five years ago, I came across a copy of Will and Ariel Durant’s eleven volume text, The Story of Civilization, in … Continue reading

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Theatre Reviews: King Lear, The Little Foxes, & Election 2016

Conspiracies and conspiracy theories.  Friends and foes.  Power, politics and rivalries.  Great stuff for theatre.  Not so desirable to live through.  An early conspiracy theory that emerged during the presidential primary cycles was that candidate Donald Trump was not really … Continue reading

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