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A (bumpy) Christmas in Wales

A (bumpy) Christmas in Wales

This production is kind of like an old pillow: deliciously comfy sometimes but too often shapeless. Director Sarah Rodgers and her father Denis have adapted Dylan Thomas’s A Child’s Christmas in Wales, a poetic piece of prose that runs about 20 minutes if you speak it...

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Hurricane Mona: downgraded to tropical storm

Hurricane Mona: downgraded to tropical storm

Just a simple family meal with a frog (Photo by Augusto Meza) I’m grateful to every artist who takes on climate change and there are striking elements in Pippa Mackie’s script. Overall, though, Hurricane Mona is a mostly unfunny comedy and its structure sucks. That...

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Elf, the Musical: hits within a miss

Elf, the Musical: hits within a miss

Can't get enough of this guy: Andrew McNee as Buddy (Costume by Christine Reimer, photo by David Cooper) This might sound weird but Andrew McNee is playing Buddy the elf in this production and, when I was watching him, I had a sudden — glorious — flash of his...

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The Wizard of Oz — again, but well done

The Wizard of Oz — again, but well done

Don't make me cry, you two, I'm going to rust. (Photo of Preston Wilder and Camryn Macdonald by Canna Zhou) I’ve seen The Wizard of Oz approximately one million times, so there weren’t a lot of surprises for me in this CTORA Theatre production. But CTORA Theatre...

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How Black Mothers Say I Love You: slowly

How Black Mothers Say I Love You: slowly

Kerën Burkett and Alisha Davidson deliver solid performances. (Photo: Kimberly Ho) Playwright Trey Anthony’s How Black Mothers Say I Love You is about the experiences of three Black women — four if you count the ghost. More specifically, it’s about immigration. I’m a...

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