2012 in Review: Shows That Made My Heart Beat Faster

I cannot write a top five or top ten list when it comes to theatre in a year. How do I decide to include such an arbitrary number!? Instead, here are the shows I saw this year that made my heart beat faster, that moved me to action, that left …

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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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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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“The Poetry & Magic of ‘Calling'”

Recently Vancouver’s Kim Collier, Co-Artistic Director of the Electric Company, won Canada’s most prestigious award in theatre for her work in directing (the Siminovitch Prize).  You can read Kim’s entire acceptance speech online here.  But I’d like to highlight for you a section of her speech entitled “Ode to Jan. …

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Three to See :: March 2010

The Olympics may have ended last night (or early this morning depending on which party you were at), but the Paralympics are less than two weeks away and the Cultural Olympiad is still out in full force.  Add to that, all the companies that were reluctant to run shows during the Olympics …

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