Review

What's Happening on Burnaby Mountain Should Surprise No One

Carol Linnitt | Posted 11.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Carol Linnitt

The way tensions between pipeline opponents and Kinder Morgan contractors have escalated during the last week should come as a surprise to no one. The mishandling of the National Energy Board review of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain oil pipeline and tanker proposal has created the conditions for the situation now unfolding on the mountainside.

Vancouver's 'Saint Joan' Is Beige When It Should Lift Off The Page

Michael Groberman | Posted 11.10.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Michael Groberman

The director must give them life: make each character an individual, make the scenes sing so that the language comes not from the mouth of Shaw, but from the mouths of unique personalities, and make the arguments reflections of character rather than mere elements of Shaw's argument. That's where this Arts Club production really falls apart.

There's Something Wrong With Vancouver's 'Rainmaker'

Michael Groberman | Posted 10.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Michael Groberman

The play itself is interesting enough, and the characters strong enough, to sustain our interest for more than two hours. It premiered in 1954 with Geraldine Page as Lizzie and received a Broadway revival in 1999 with Woody Harrelson as Starbuck. As an exercise for young actors, this production probably works well. As a coherent piece of drama, not so much.

Vancouver's 'Educating Rita' Rescued By Colourful Characters

Michael Groberman | Posted 10.09.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Michael Groberman

Good performances and a remarkable set by Drew Facey provide an entertaining treatment of a pretty ordinary play.

Vancouver's 'Our Town' Puts Audience In The Action

Michael Groberman | Posted 10.06.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Michael Groberman

All actors are always present in the room, and the house lights are on throughout the performance. We are, in a sense, in a living room that surrounds the two kitchens of the main characters.

'4000 Miles': Nicola Cavendish Kills But Play's A Bust

Michael Groberman | Posted 11.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Michael Groberman

The new Arts Club production "4000 Miles" is inoffensive, irrelevant, and trite. This much-produced American comedy from 2011 provides warm reassurance that familial love is good. Intended to warm the heart with warm humour, it inadvertently challenges us to care about the obnoxious protagonist. But a lack of story is the play's greatest weakness.

Bard On The Beach Transforms Maligned 'Cymbeline' Into Dark Comedy

Michael Groberman | Posted 10.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Michael Groberman

Anita Rochon's inspired approach to this maligned play is a great success. She exploits the its weaknesses and makes them strengths. She turns her seven actors into a full cast of 18 using a scheme so clever and funny it occasionally upstages Shakespeare himself. And that's a good thing.

I Really Miss Walter White and His 2004 Pontiac Aztek

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 12.10.2013 | Canada TV
Kolby Solinsky

Last Sunday, I spent Jesus's apparent day -- for the first time in nine weeks -- without Breaking Bad. Without Walter White or any of his tics, tendencies, or tacky style. Unlike most who watched Bad, I liked Walter White all the way. I liked him at the beginning, I liked him at the end, and I liked him at his worst.

Roger Ebert: Nobody Did it Better

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 06.04.2013 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

Roger Ebert was an honest critic. He was there for the movies. How many others can say the same? At the end, he became as big as the actors and directors he profiled. He was the Trailer before all the trailers. He was the Internet before the web. He was TV when it was still television. Something about him was more familiar and more popular than his co-hosts. Something about his opinion mattered to you. So, I'll say it again, because I really mean it...RIP Roger Ebert. Nobody was better.

Has Aaron Sorkin's Personality Jumped the Shark?

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 08.29.2012 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

Wanna know what I think about The Newsroom? It's a good show -- a very good first start. It's presumptuous and preachy, and it reeks of imploding self...

TV Review: NBC's Rock Center (Dec. 5)

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 02.05.2012 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

The biggest fault of The NBC newsmagazine broadcast Rock Center is that it remains no more than an hour-long extension of Williams' Nightly News, with the occasional bit of humour. While it's intentions are strong and admirable, it feels caught between a talk show and a news program.