Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Garth and Myron

So the word came down on Garth Drabinsky and Myron Gottlieb today.

Not looking so good.

Richard Ouzounian of the Toronto Star had this video up the day yesterday. It doesn't seem to have a permalink so go now and view quickly.

Sunday, March 8, 2009


Just about lost amid the noise at places like the G&M Comments section is the idea of the arts not contributing to the economy. I mean we know it isn't true but still the old canard keeps coming up.
Queen West has followed the old pattern of artists raising the chicness of an area only to be driven out and pushed ever farther west. Of course they take the chic with them and leave behind chain stores in their wake.

And now this idea Philadelphia street turns empty stores to studios.

Sounds good right? Until you realize that this would be the third time that artists have revived the area and then been driven out for those more "profitable" corporate ventures. And when the market turns and the chains go home to rust who are you gonna call to save the street? Arts busters!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Sunday Quickies

Yes I know that this is actually Saturday night but I just finished a day and a half Aikido Seminar and my Sunday is going to be spent in no way quick at all.

So here we go......

A San Francisco Salon type discussion group with some thoughts on ...well go and see!

Satire and Stereotypes...a winning combination?

Anxiety and the theatre. The Good the Bad and the Ugly. Man can I relate to this. Sitting in the audience praying that someone will get through a scene is not my idea of an exhilarating evening of theatre.

Green Room? Yeah why is it called that?

And finally there has been much talk about the melanin challenged state of Vancouver theatre. You can follow the discussion here, here and here.

Some posts to come include final thoughts on Toronto the Good, My trip to see Ruined in New York and what the heck is Obsidian up to in the next few months.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

What She Said

I will not put another dead young black man on stage
Forget the vogue for tales of knife crime and hoodies ? I'm interested in the full range of the black British experience
Patricia Cumper

Oh yes I am so over this article. What a novel idea huh? When I am in an almost joking mood I say that black plays always have someone die in it, usually a child. Death is the most common charcter in black plays. The linchpin of the story in many cases. I often wonder if any good, interesting non-death related stuff ever happens. I believe that the few plays that actually work on the bigger canvas of ideas really capture peoples imaginations. Intimate Apparel does that in a big way.

I think I will follow some of the links in the article and see what others I can find.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Not Quite Right

Ok I hate to start a new month off with a snark but well take a look and see what I mean

For me this image doesn't quite reflect what fight directors are trying to project.