Arts & Letters

Seana McKenna (background) as Mother Courage and Carmen Grant (centre) as Kattrin with members of the company in Mother Courage and Her Children. Photo by David Hou.

Human, Not Alien To Me: A Brechtian Trio at Stratford

Three plays that make use of Brecht’s alienation effect – but two of them are by Shakespeare.

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The Internet doesn’t help—but it isn’t our main problem.

A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Chamber Play - On The Run 2014

Dream Country

A radical reimagining of Shakespeare’s comedy via Bergman and Jung.

Gillian Williams. Photo: Igor Dmitry.

This Is Not My Beautiful City: “Belleville” at the Studio Theatre

Americans in Paris find fear and suspicion instead of marital bliss.

Alexis de Tocqueville   Théodore Chassériau (1819–1856)

How Democracy Dies

Tocqueville taught that restless private obsessions would degrade civic commitments close to home.

Jonathan Goad (centre, left) as Titania and Stephen Ouimette as Bottom with members of the company in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Photo by Michael Cooper.

Awake the Pert and Nimble Spirit of Mirth

A Midsummer Night’s Dream staged as a gay wedding at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.

Adam Jacobs and James Monroe Iglehart as Aladdin and Genie, Photo by Chris Bennion

Dancing on the Sand

Aladdin on Broadway

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