Category Archives: Reviews

By the Numbers: “The Man Who Knew Infinity”

  A life of brilliance and hardship sounds ideal for the silver screen, and mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan’s life was full of both. Matt Brown’s The Man Who Knew Infinity shines a light on a brilliant life - but without much flair or innovation, this dramatic biopic goes by the numbers. In the early 20th Century,…
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As You Like It down home on the Rock

[caption id="attachment_1403" align="alignleft" width="300"] Robin Hutton as Hymen with members of the company in As You Like It. Photography by David Hou.[/caption] As You Like It Stratford Festival 2016 Avon Theatre Written by William Shakespeare Adapted by Adrian Mitchell Directed by Jillian Keiley Approximate running time: 2 hours and 56 minutes (with one 20-minute interval)…
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Family fun in the magical snowy world of Narnia

[caption id="attachment_1398" align="alignleft" width="300"] Members of the company in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Photography by David Hou.[/caption] The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe Stratford Festival 2016 Avon Theatre Written by C.S. Lewis Adapted by Adrian Mitchell Directed by Tim Carroll Approximate running time: 2 hours and 25 minutes (with one 20-minute…
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All My Sons a riveting thoughtful production

[caption id="attachment_1394" align="alignnone" width="200"] Joseph Ziegler as Joe Keller in All My Sons. Photography by David Hou.[/caption] All My Sons Stratford Festival 2016 Tom Patterson Theatre Written by Arthur Miller Directed by Martha Henry Approximate running time: 2 hours and 45 minutes (with intervals of 10 and 15 minutes) May 30-September 25 Toll-free: 1.800.567.1600 519.273.1600…
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A Chorus Line brings glamour, glitter and pure sweat to the Festival

[caption id="attachment_1391" align="alignnone" width="604"] Members of the company in A Chorus Line. Photography by David Hou.[/caption] A Chorus Line Stratford Festival 2016 Festival Theatre Written by Michael Bennett Music by Marvin Hamlisch Lyrics by Edward Kleban Directed and choreographed by Donna Feore Approximate running time: 2 hours and 10 minutes (with no intervals) May 31…
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Murderously entertaining Macbeth opens Stratford

[caption id="attachment_1386" align="alignleft" width="200"] Ian Lake as Macbeth and Krystin Pellerin as Lady Macbeth. Photography by David Hou[/caption] Macbeth Stratford Festival 2016 Festival Theatre Written by William Shakespeare Directed by Antoni Cimolino Approximate running time: 2 hours and 45 minutes (with one 20-minute interval) May 30-October 23 Toll-free: 1.800.567.1600 519.273.1600 orders@stratfordfestival.ca groups@stratfordfestival.ca specialorders@stratfordfestival.ca Director Antoni…
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Q&A with Fringe performers James & Jamesy

What you see on the stage is only part of the story. The story of Fringe is one that’s logged over thousands of miles, countless performances, and numerous relationships. The Beat spoke with two London Fringe veterans, Aaron “James” Malkin and Alastair “Jamesy” Knowles, who are best known as the Vancouver-based comedic duo James and…
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Thomas Vickers reviews Dheepan, now playing at the Hyland Cinema

War Follows: “Dheepan” In times of war, many people become caught in the middle with no stake to claim beyond survival; Survival, however, often becomes a fight of its own. In Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan, a desperate attempt to escape war lands its characters in a different conflict; what follows is a fascinating morality tale about…
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