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Free Speech at the Speakers' Corner (and the Best Weapons ..

When we visited London for the first time two years ago, we did not want to leave without visiting Kensington Gardens and the adjacent Hyde Park. I wanted to see Kensington Gardens because James ..
(August 26, 2008)
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What Harry Potter Could Have Learned From Hamlet

Despite my best intentions, I have occasional brushes with popular culture. A few years ago, for example, I fell prey to the addictive tales of J. K. Rowling. Rowling's story-telling is outstanding, .
(August 05, 2008)
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The Leadership Debacle at the Stratford Festival

From a distance, I have followed the shenanigans at the Stratford Festival (Stratford, Ontario) over the last year with more than my customary irritation. Let us review the chain of events: 1. In ..
(August 12, 2008)
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Ron Rosenbaum Writes About Himself in Shakespeare at War

Some thoughts on Shakespeare at War, by Ron Rosenbaum This book is about what scholarly experts in Shakespeare are debating these days. The issues are more interesting than you might think. Why are ..
(June 19, 2008)
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The Man Who Wrote Peter Pan

After I've gotten to know an author, I like to find out whether his life matches up with my notions. So the publication of Lisa Chaney's A Life of James Barrie a year or so ago was especially timely, .
(June 19, 2008)
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An Inspector Calls and Old fashioned Propaganda at the Shaw ..

On the face of it, how could two plays be more different than An Inspector Calls and The Little Foxes? (Both are in repertory at the Shaw Festival throughout its 2008 season; I review the former in ..
(June 19, 2008)
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It Doesnt Add Up in the Little Foxes

No one expects plays to have air-tight plots. But the premise of Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes (currently playing at the Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, and reviewed in another of ..
(June 19, 2008)
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The Little Foxes and Left Wing Playwrights at the Shaw Festival

Consider: J. B. Priestley, playwright for An Inspector Calls. One of England's leading radical socialists from the 1930s through the 1950s, a politician as well as a writer. A founder of the ..
(June 19, 2008)
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An Inspector Calls at the Shaw Festival (A Review)

The Inspector Calls, playing through October at the Shaw Festival (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario), is an ingeniously plotted classic mystery play, full of well-timed twists and turns, a sure bet for ..
(June 19, 2008)
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The Little Foxes at the Shaw Festival (A Review)

What a difference a director seems to make! At the Shaw Festival (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario), the cast of The Little Foxes is practically the same as the cast of Getting Married (six actors have ..
(June 19, 2008)
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Getting Married at the Shaw Festival (A Review)

Performances of George Bernard Shaw don't get much sharper than the Shaw Festival's 2008 production of Getting Married. This show kept an embarrassing grin on my face for more than two solid hours, ..
(June 19, 2008)
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Dark Days For the Rights of Englishmen (John Mortimers Rumpole .

Is John Mortimer trying to wean us away from Rumpole? His latest Rumpole book, Rumpole Misbehaves, clocks in at a mere 197 pages of unusually large type. I suppose you can't blame an infirm ..
(June 25, 2008)
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Pride and Prejudice at Rochesters Geva Theatre (A Review)

The author has no prejudices to speak of. Yet when I hear that someone has tried to adapt one of my favorite works of literature for stage or screen, I expect a failure, and I am usually right. ..
(June 25, 2008)
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Wonderful Town at the Shaw Festival (A Review)

One of the great American musicals, Wonderful Town, is playing at the Shaw Festival (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario), and it is pure pleasure. With an intelligent, heartfelt script and genuinely ..
(July 08, 2008)
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Dark Days For Freedom of Speech in Canada

Have you heard about the Mark Steyn case? Two years ago, the Canadian journalist published a book entitled America Alone, in which he (a) pointed out that the cultural views of many foreign Muslims ..
(July 08, 2008)
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Hardly the Most Famous Men Or Women in American History

Last month's Smithsonian magazine included a startling article on a recent survey by Sam Wineburg to determine the most “famous" Americans since the time of Columbus, other than presidents and ..
(July 13, 2008)
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A Strike For Freedom at Pittsburghs PNC Park

For some reason, the major league pitching debut of Yoslan Herrera last Saturday evening (July 12), made me think about Alec Baldwin. First, a little about Herrera. At the age of 24, Yoslan Herrera ..
(July 15, 2008)
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American Impressionists in Old Lyme, Connecticut

What art lover can get enough of the impressionists? Not Emsworth, certainly, despite his vow to partake of more solid fare, and so last weekend found us in Old Lyme, Connecticut treating ourselves ..
(July 22, 2008)
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Ten Pictures You Shouldnt Miss at the Philadelphia Museum of ..

In Philadelphia on business last week, Emsworth, a self-confessed art museum junkie, was able to spend a pleasant afternoon at one of his favorite museums, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where he ..
(July 22, 2008)
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Reminding Myself Why I Dont Watch Television (a Season of ..

Several weeks ago, someone related by blood urged upon myself a DVD box set of episodes of a defunct TV sitcom called Seinfeld. I had never seen the show and knew nothing about it. But the author is .
(July 24, 2008)
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Alls Well That Ends Well at the Stratford Festival A Review

By good fortune I had the opportunity to see a production of Othello last winter at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater that was directed by Marti Maraden. I was so much struck with her intelligent, ..
(July 28, 2008)
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