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SCRUTINY | Beautiful Man Turns The Tables On Gender Stereotypes

By Paula Citron on May 12, 2019

Written prior to the #MeToo movement, Beautiful Man offers a prophetic message about gender stereotypes through role reversal.
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SCRUTINY | Inner Angst Permeates In Eifman Ballet's Tchaikovsky. PRO et CONTRA

By Paula Citron on May 10, 2019

While simplistic in its approach, Eifman Ballet's take on Tchaikovsky oozes with creativity and is time well spent.
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SCRUTINY | 'Next to Normal' Shows Us That Heavy Subjects Work Just Fine On The Musical Stage

By Paula Citron on May 6, 2019

Using the surprising format of a rock opera, Next to Normal deals with issues of medical ethics, prescription drug abuse, and the devastating impact of mental illness.
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SCRUTINY | Becoming Dr. Ruth Portrays The Beguiling Charm Of An Extraordinary Woman

By Paula Citron on May 3, 2019

This one-woman play tells the life story of celebrity sex therapist and prolific author, Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer, and if actor Linda Kash isn’t nominated for a Dora Award, there is no justice.
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SCRUTINY | Old Stock A Larger Than Life Klezmer Romp

By Paula Citron on April 26, 2019

Tarragon Theatre's Old Stock paints an immigrant’s story as a rousing, toe-tapping klezmer musical with a decidedly dark edge.
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SCRUTINY | French Import 'Bigre' Is Just Plain Silly

By Paula Citron on April 17, 2019

Sight gags, pratfalls, gimmicks, sound effects, not to mention hovering helicopters, leaking roofs, and fires — all the tools of physical farce drive Bigre at Canadian Stage.
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SCRUTINY | Evelyn Hart and Zhenya Cerneacov Collide In Four Old Legs

By Paula Citron on April 15, 2019

A packed house was on hand at the Citadel for Four Old Legs, the new duet that revered choreographer James Kudelka’s created for Hart and Zhenya Cerneacov.
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SCRUTINY | 'Beautiful — The Carole King Musical' Is A Good Time Ride

By Paula Citron on April 11, 2019

Beautiful is the quintessential Broadway jukebox musical lite that is guaranteed to keep you thoroughly entertained.
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SCRUTINY | Against The Grain's Kopernikus Strong In Music, But Weak On Staging

By Paula Citron on April 6, 2019

If ever there was a production where the stage picture bears no relation to the libretto, it is this. The musical forces, however, are outstanding.
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SCRUTINY | Tarragon Theatre's 'Guarded Girls' Is A Harsh Indictment Against The Prison System

By Paula Citron on April 5, 2019

Corbeil-Coleman’s provocative Guarded Girls is an important play that addresses serious issues. It’s only at the end that you realize just how ironic the title is.
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