2012 in Review: Shows I Saw

For the last four years I’ve been keeping track of what I see, and each year the number has been growing. This year I saw a staggering 174 different productions (some of them more than once) spanning the performance art disciplines in 10 cities and five countries. I saw a …

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Make it Magic

Do you remember your first theatre experience? I don’t. I am told I was approximately five years old when my parents took me to see a stage version of The Christmas Mouse at a local high school. I know I liked it a lot, because I named my pet gerbil …

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On the Canadian Theatre Conversation

This morning I happened to be online at the right time to catch the audience development chat on twitter. Hosted by Praxis Theatre, with special guests Catalyst Theatre and Canstage, the conversation quickly evolved to include artists, companies, and critics from across Canada as well as a handful of US …

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Theatrical Excellence in 2010

I saw some truly great theatre in 2010. I also saw some good, some mediocre, and a few shows that were just plain bad.  I’m not here to critique but rather to celebrate the excellence I saw in the theatre in 2010. Some of it was flashy and full of …

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Back from Toronto

I’m writing this from 39,623 feet, currently somewhere above Wisconsin (if the television screen in front of me can be believed). I’m on my way home to Vancouver and am already finding myself missing the people I met over the past eight days. One of the main reasons for my …

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3 To See: PuSh Festival

Two day ago was the official opening for Vancouver’s PuSh Festival, but I’m running a little behind (Sorry!).  The PuSh Festival is one of my favourite yearly events because of the high caliber & variety of artistic performances that they bring to town.   I also volunteer with them – this is my …

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