Paula-Jean Prudat’s escape to a wonderland in Twelfth Night is “both familiar and strange” ~ Arpita Ghosal

Leave it to Jillian Keiley and The Old Trout Puppet Workshop to contemporize Shakespeare. When I read that The National Arts Centre was presenting Twelfth Night with puppets, I did a double-take. Not just that the actors were using puppets…Last year, Shakespeare in the Ruff performed an acclaimed version of MacBeth: Walking Shadows with puppets, […]

“A Lovely Night”: Cinderella at the Ed Mirvish Theatre ~ Natalie Dewan

This holiday season, I entered a packed Ed Mirvish Theatre, full of couples, families, groups of friends, young, old, boys in suits, and girls in princess dresses, for a performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein‘s Cinderella. As Cinderella sings after the ball, it was “a lovely night.” If you’re looking for a groundbreaking, thought-provoking piece of theatre, this isn’t it. […]

Visiting Soulpepper’s Christmas Shops ~ Natalie Dewan

As Arpita Ghosal wrote, the trouble with Soulpepper’s Family Festival is the difficulty of choosing from among a fantastic array of performances. While it’s nearly impossible to get to them all, I managed to squeeze two into one week. The holiday season is a busy time for us all, but both Parfumerie and Kim’s Convenience are worth […]

“One word–Joy”: SesayArts in Conversation with Ross Wooldridge ~ Arpita Ghosal

The St George Music Knights Series continues this Friday with “Benny & Artie Swing: A Benny Goodman-Artie Shaw Tribute Concert” featuring Clarinetist Ross Wooldridge and Guitarist Roberto Rosenman, previously featured here. When I visited Wooldridge’s website, I was struck by the first line of text: “They don’t make them like that anymore.” Woooldridge specializes in […]

Go, go, go to the OPO! ~ Arpita Ghosal

November 28 will be a be a history-making day for the Ontario Pops Orchestra: their first performance. Ever. What began as a glimmer to bring together experienced musicians from across the Toronto-area to play for the joy of it has since developed into a living, breathing orchestra, whose debut is just a day away. No doubt, […]