For nearly a decade now a literary Jack the Ripper, complete with stiletto wit and malacca cane, has been stalking through the oasis-scattered wasteland of Canadian theatre slicing up tripe whenever tripe is served. Nathan Cohen is considered by many, including himself, to be the best drama critic in the country.
SOME CANADIANS FREQUENTLY complain about the poor quality of journalism in this country. Such critics have obviously never traveled abroad. The fact is that among the informed circles that count, Canadian correspondents overseas enjoy a reputation for skill and competence matched only by the admiration for our diplomatic corps.By DOUGLAS MARSHALL14 min
JENNY DRIVES A dark-green TR. She likes the sound of the exhaust when the motor is idling. The sound reminds her of “speeders,” mahogany inboards she loved as a child, summers at the lake. She used to watch them coming in to public docks, racy and expensive-looking, throttled down with their exhausts half out of the water so that they made a sensuous burbling sound and a slapping sound and kicked up white bubbles on the surface of the water.By JON RUDDY8 min
After years lurking in the boondocks, the “fastest, roughest team game in the world” is gambling its sock-it-to-’em fever can win big-city fans in a new professional international leagueBy ERIC HUTTON6 min
Charlie Bubbles: Albert Finney’s directorial debut, a story of how success can alienate a man from everything he really is rooted in, seems to begin and end nowhere in particular. Still, tension and sadness are finely wrought into the marrow of the spare plot; and Finney as both star and director grips your responses instantly and maintains a firm hold.
WELL, HERE’S WHERE those bores in Montreal, and some in Toronto, get their come-uppance: Janice and Charlie Sloane, Blair and Peggy O’Connell, those Leducs and Eddie Downes. Not to mention that incredible hick Ernie Truelove (my God, he would have a name like that!).By Mark Nichols5 min
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