By Carly Maga Theatre Critic Fri., May 10, 2019 Lillies review Written by Michel Marc Bouchard. Directed by Cole Alvis. Until May 26 at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street. BuddiesinBadTimesTheatre.com or 416-975-8555. To revive is to bring back to life. You can revive a heart with CPR, you can revive a plant with water, you can revive the economy with whatever your political persuasion suggests. When you revive a play, it also has the connotation that the source material has, in a sense, started to break down—the moment that created it has passed, as has its prominence in the cultural conscience (Shakespeare productions, for example, will never be revivals). But a successful revival not only literally brings a play back to life with living, breathing bodies, but proves why it needs to be; what can we learn from it now, or alternatively, what can it gain from the present. Revivals of Canadian plays are relatively rare—ours is a … [Read more...] about Lilies challenges unequal power dynamics
How prisons affect society
By Anthony Morgan Opinion Tues., April 30, 2019 “One of us goes in, and we all go through it …” — Drake, “Headlines” Incarceration is seldom a solo affair. It’s true that the individual person subjected to carceral control bears the brunt of the physical, emotional, psychological, social and financial costs of being forced to surrender their freedom to the state. However, this painful price isn’t paid by the incarcerated person alone: their friends, family members and others who care about them suffer their own sizeable share of loss, sadness, fear and frustration precipitated by their loved one’s incarceration. My family, that is my mom, my sister, Toni, and I, know this reality viscerally well. I have a younger brother, Theo (not his real name), who is currently serving a multi-year sentence in one of Ontario’s federal correctional institutions. This latest stint follows more than a decade of … [Read more...] about My brother’s in jail. Why does talking to him require hundreds of dollars a month and 1990s technology?