Online comment: revenge of the idiots?

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Toronto mayor Rob Ford is an idiot, but many of the people who comment on straight.com aren’t.

I was all prepared to write a rant about the sorry state of online commenting. I was going to tie it into Rob Ford and the general decline in public discourse. But—you know what?—in the theatre section of straight.com, the state on online commentary ain’t so bad.  [Read more…]

2013: Top shows and emerging artists

Ronnie Burkett, The Daisy Theatre, Vancouver theatre, top 10 2013

Despite being named after a douche, Esme Massengil is glamour incarnate in Ronnie Burkett’s The Daisy Theatre

In this post, I’ll list my top ten from 2013, then I’ll pick out six emerging artists who are particularly promising.

BTW, no wonder I love the Fringe Festival: it consistently presents some of the most innovative work we see all season. It does so in the context of a celebratory festival. And tickets are affordable. Of the ten top shows I’m about to name, three were at the Fringe.

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