Tag: Plays

1972, Books, Non-Fiction, Philosophy

Jumpers (1972) by Tom Stoppard

My favourite philosopher, Hannah Arendt, believed that space exploration, particularly manned space exploration, created a new paradigm for human beings. For the first time in history, humans could physically see what astronomy and math had only proved before, namely that we were just animals on a little planet in some little corner of the universe. …

2011, Movies

Carnage (2011, Roman Polanski)

This is the first time I’ve seen a Roman Polanski film I haven’t seen previously prior to what you might call my “maturity” regarding the crimes Polanski has fled the United States for. I have known about these crimes since I don’t know when – probably since I discovered who he was (so 20-something years …

1960, Books, Fiction

The Caretaker (1960) by Harold Pinter

This is my first Pinter and I should mention that I had no idea what I was getting into before I read it. I suspect that it would have made more of an impression on me had I seen it, rather than read it, simply because some of the tone of one of the characters …

1949, 2016

The Just by Albert Camus, live at the Michael Young Theatre, March 9, 2016

This is a new translation of Les Justes that appears to have been written in light of what’s currently going on in the Middle East. Though I thought I had read nearly everything Camus published in his lifetime, I don’t remember this play, so I guess I missed it. Like a lot of Camus’ work, …

1996, 2011, Movies, Theatre

Barrymore (2011, Erik Canuel)

This is the film version of a 1996 one-man show of Christopher Plummer as John Barrymore rehearsing for a revival of Richard III. Unlike some play adaptations, this one makes little pretense of hiding that it was a one-man show. Though film tricks are used to add or slightly change things that must have been …

1947, Books

The Portable Chekhov (1947), edited and translated by Avrahm Yarmolinksy

This is a pretty great collection of selected short stories from Chekhov, plus two plays (one major, one minor) and a few letters. I am not a man who cares about an author’s letters, so I won’t be discussing those. Chekhov helped set the standard for the short story – you might say he invented …

2010, Movies

The Arbor (2010, Clio Barnard)

This is an inventive, provocative and daring “documentary” about the daughter of the late British playwright Andrea Dunbar, someone I’ve never heard of. Taking its cue from a play made to celebrate the anniversary of Dunbar’s first play (or to investigate its legacy), this documentary has actors lip sync audio recordings of people involved in …

1943, 1944, 1946, 1948, Books, Fiction

No Exit and Three Other Plays by Jean Paul Sartre

No Exit (1944) Characters: Joseph Garcin Inès Serrano Estelle Rigault Valet No Exit is iconic and important, even if it is a little obvious in retrospect and even if Sartre’s ideas have become a little cliche. (Well, that’s to his credit, isn’t it?) (9/10)

1990, Books, Fiction

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) (1990) by Anne-Marie MacDonald

This is certainly an inventive and enjoyable play. But perhaps because I read it and didn’t see it live, I can’t say that I am grabbed quite like I thought I might be. Though I’m sure this is sacrilege in drama circles, I enjoyed the movie version of Rosencranz and Gildenstern are Dead significantly more. …

2007, Music, Theatre

Evil Dead: the Musical

It’s amazing. You should really see it if you live in TO. And you should sit in the splatter zone. And you should wear white (I didn’t…the blood looks purple on my blue shirt). I think I might have to buy the soundtrack. It is extremely cheesey, self-aware, satirical and all the finer things in …