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MARY POPPINS – REVIEW OF YOUNG PEOPLE’S THEATRE PRODUCTION
By James Karas Mary Poppins, now
playing at Young People’s Theatre, has something for everybody but when it
comes to young people, it has everything for all of them. The YPT production is
a 90-minute version of the Broadway musical based on the Walt Disney ...
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HELEN’S NECKLACE - REVIEW OF 2018 CANADIAN REP THEATRE PRODUCTION
James Karas Helen’s Necklace can
be subtitled “The Education of a Shallow, Ignorant Tourist from a Northern Peaceful
City in a War-torn City in the Middle East.” Carole Fréchette’s play has six characters (two women and four men) but
all of them can be play...
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BAD JEWS – REVIEW OF HARMON’S PLAY AT GREENWIN THEATRE
James Karas Bad Jews struck me
like a mediocre boxer who runs around the rink to avoid his opponent, throws
punches that do not hit their target or just flails pointlessly with his arms
in a sad attempt at boxing. But in the end, to everyone’s surprise, he ...
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THEORY – REVIEW OF NORMAN YEUNG’S PLAY AT TARRAGON
Reviewed by James
Karas Theory, Norman
Yeung’s new play at the Tarragon Theatre, is so intellectually elevated and so emotionally
intense, that you should sharpen your brain cells and tune up your emotional
antennae before leaving for the theatre. Professor...
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ACTÉON AND PYGMALION – REVIEW OF TWO GEMS FROM OPERA ATELIER
James Karas Opera Atelier has chosen two one-act gems for its fall production. They are Charpentier’s  Actéon  and Rameau’s  Pygmalion , works based on Greek myths that are wonderfully antithetical and complementary. I have a feeling that Marshall Pynkoski ...
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ACTÉON AND PYGMALION – REVIEW OF TWO GEMS FROM OPERA ATELIER
James Karas Opera Atelier has chosen two one-act gems for its fall production. They
are Charpentier’s Actéon and Rameau’s Pygmalion , works based on Greek
myths that are wonderfully antithetical and complementary. I have a feeling
that Marshall Pynkoski and...
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THE ROYALE – REVIEW OF SOULPEPPER PRODUCTION OF RAMIREZ’S PLAY
James
Karas The Royale , Marco Ramirez’s play, is
inspired by the life of boxer Jack Johnson. In racist America of the early
twentieth century, Johnson became the first black Heavyweight Champion. Racist
Americans searched for “a great white hope” to defeat...
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THE MEN IN WHITE – REVIEW OF FACTORY THEATRE PRODUCTION
James Karas The Men in White is
a gem of a play that gets a terrific production at Factory Theatre. It deals with the gamut of issues that face immigrants to Canada but
that is only a small part of what the play offers. It is funny, moving and
intelligent w...
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HADRIAN – REVIEW OF CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY 2018 PRODUCTION
James Karas The world premiere of a new opera? Reach for the trumpet and start blowing. A new opera by a Canadian librettist and a Canadian-American composer? Get the entire brass section to announce the news. Commissioned by the Canadian Opera company? Get...
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HADRIAN – REVIEW OF CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY 2018 PRODUCTION
James Karas The world premiere of a new opera? Reach for the trumpet and start blowing. A new opera by a Canadian librettist and a Canadian-American composer?
Get the entire brass section to announce the news. Commissioned by the Canadian Opera company? Get...
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