Lisa Ryder and Hrothgar Mathews in Helen Lawrence. Photo by David Cooper.

Theatre Review: Helen Lawrence

Crystal Balint and Allan Louis in Helen Lawrence.  The aesthetics of Helen Lawrence reminded me of a Canadian Stage production from a few seasons ago, Tear the Curtain.  Both incorporated the...
l-r) Kelly Kaduce as Cio-Cio San, Madilyn Miller as Sorrow and Elizabeth DeShong as Suzuki in the Canadian Opera Company production of Madama Butterfly, 2014. Photo: Michael Cooper l-r) Kelly Kaduce as Cio-Cio San, Madilyn Miller as Sorrow and Elizabeth DeShong as Suzuki in the Canadian Opera Company production of Madama Butterfly, 2014. Photo: Michael Cooper

Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at Canadian Opera Company

Madama Butterfly is a story of the Other— the exotic Japanese woman, an object to be possessed and exploited, later to be thrown away once she outgrows her mysticism. Pinkerton talks early on of the need to possess this butterfly, even at the cost of crushing her wings, in fact, to go as far as to pinning her to the wall to lay claim to his prize.
Panasonic Theatre, Mirvish. Toronto,

Julie Madly Deeply and The Boy With Tape On His Face

Mirvish has promised to bring Toronto audiences the very best of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and with this, their inaugural year, they feature two shows,  Julie Madly Deeply and The Boy With Tape On His...
COC Falstaff. Kitchen Kiss. Photo: Michael Cooper

For the love of Opera: Verdi’s Falstaff

Canadian Opera Company’s comedic and near flawless Falstaff—what a way to start the season. Gerald Finley as Sir John Falstaff in the Canadian Opera Company production of Falstaff plays the epitome of...