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Theatre review: Sargent & Victor & Me

I usually hate, haaaaaaaate underscoring in shows, a manipulative cue to audiences that “here comes the emotional part.” But a minimalist yet grand score from Christine Fellows and John K. Samson almost always feels supportive rather than smothering – an audible incarnation of the play’s spiritual heartbeat. Read More

5 ChekhovFest reviews

Seeing this many Chekhov plays back to back, I’ve started to question the line between style and life. What if Chekhovian tragedy is just realism with Russian names? Read More

Theatre review: Jane Eyre

Most theatre adaptations of sprawling costume epics shoot themselves in the foot, with scripts sunk by characters cramming in narration of offstage events and historical context. Read More

Theatre review: Social Studies

On opening night PTE set aside a number of tickets for the Immigrant and Refugee Centre of Manitoba. The first crowd to take in Trish Cooper’s “comedy of assumptions in River Heights” not only skewed younger, but more diverse than usual. Read More

Lion in the Streets review

Soul-crushing encounters such as a wife's public attempt to seduce her adulterous husband and a man jacking off while forcing his fiance to relive a rape are cranked to Shakespearean heights. Read More