August 7, 2005 |
WHEN August Wilson wrote his breakthrough success, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," in 1984, he had no idea he had embarked on a cycle of plays that would take more than two decades to complete. It wasn't until he was writing "The Piano Lesson," three plays later, that it dawned on him that by setting his plays in different decades of the 20th century, he was gradually constructing a cycle.
September 2, 1994 |
The naughty wedding night comedy "For Marrieds Only" at the NoHo Studios in North Hollywood is a tacky, one-joke play about a 1930s bride who insists on following a sex manual to the minutest detail before venturing into bed with her frustrated groom. Originally staged in Texas and brought here by the Texas Premiere Theatre, the production should appeal to people who drape topless hula dancer dolls from their rearview mirrors.
October 25, 2001
* Britney Spears takes her tour to the Air Canada Centre on Nov. 5. Her new album, "Britney," hits the stores Nov. 6. 40 Bay St., Toronto, (416) 815-5500.* The "TV Dinner With Landscape" exhibition begins at the YYZ Artists' Outlet this week, featuring work by Lois Andison, Jill Ballard, Deco Dawson, David Krippendorff and others. Ends Nov. 24. 41 Richmond St. West, Suite 140, Toronto, (416) 598-4546.
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October 3, 2005 |
Gem of the Ocean (Set in 1904) Premiere: Goodman Theatre, Chicago, April 2003 Plot: A young man seeks an old seer's counsel about a violent incident, while a former Underground Railroad guide frets over his sister and a black constable tries to enforce the white man's law. * Joe Turner's Come and Gone (1911) Premiere: Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, Conn.
July 29, 1990 |
Toronto is offering a "Good Fun" summer discount program through Sept. 30. More than 50 metropolitan Toronto hotels are reducing their regular rates Monday through Sunday, with prices based on double occupancy. Book under the "Good Fun" program. Rooms are on a space-availability basis, as is customary with such programs.
June 16, 1995 |
Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and other students of grief might not approve, but Corinne Jacker's quirky "Bits and Pieces"--a 1974 dark comedy receiving its local premiere at Theatre 40--still has some valuable insights into death and loss. Gita Donovan plays Iris, a middle-aged widow who is mourning her husband, a literature professor named Philip (Robert Boardman), by seeking out patients who may have received one of his donated organs.