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August 10, 2022 / Theatre Reviews

Reginald Theatre, July 29 9.5/10 This is the real deal: the magic that makes us keep returning to the theatre. Here’s so much truth, beauty, humanity, comedy, drama and even tragedy that it fills stage and overflows into the hearts of the audience. Here are unabashedly big ideas and bigger…

August 9, 2022 / Theatre Reviews

Ensemble Theatre, July 28 4.5/10 You know those real estate ads that say “harbour views”, and then it turns out that you need to climb on someone’s shoulders and peer through a pair of binoculars to catch a flickering glimpse of the puddle in question? Vanessa Bates’ The One is…

August 7, 2022 / Concert Reviews

Hayes Theatre, July 23 9/10 Like the stage itself, the opening rendition of Blue seemed candlelit, Queenie van de Zandt’s voice gently lamenting over Andrew Worboys’ piano. It immediately suggested we might be in for something special, and in fact it’s hard to imagine a better celebration of Joni Mitchell’s…