In Defense of Legally Blonde

When Toronto’s Nightwood Theatre selected the Broadway musical Legally Blonde to be its 2017 Lawyer Show production, several veterans of the cast expressed doubt—if not outright alarm—over the choice. After all, Nightwood is Canada’s premiere women’s theatre company, highly respected for its focus on women in theatre, and the annual Lawyer Show (now in its …

Arrival

A Hopeful and Fascinating Close to 2016   A new ‘first contact’ film titled “Arrival” premiered this fall. Directed by Denis Villeneuve (“Sicaro,” “Prisoners,” and “Incendies”) and based on an award-winning short story by Ted Chiang, it focuses on linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) whose task is to overcome the language gap with the aliens. …

The March of Remembrance and Hope

An Education in Intolerance On 2 November, I had the privilege of hearing Elly Gotz, a retired engineer, businessman, and a Holocaust survivor, speak at one of his many talks on intolerance he does at various schools, universities, and public functions. I met Elly in May earlier this year at the March of Remembrance and …

The Lady with the Dog

The lady with the dog was crying today. I saw her lift the lower reaches of her skirt hem to wipe her sunburned face and wrinkled cheekbones. I watched her cut across the street, almost hurried, almost desperate, two other women hot at her heels. Slowly, surely, a crowd was gathering. I walked on, more …

Fall Fragrance Review

Top 10 Recommended Fragrances for Fall 2016   Fall has arrived and choosing new fragrances for the changing temperature should not be a daunting task. It should be a fun experience! Here are my top ten favourite fragrances this season in alphabetical order: Female Black Opium (Eau de Parfum)by Yves Saint Laurent Head Notes: pink …

What Simile said to Metaphor

And what I said to them both   Simile: “Oh Metaphor, how dare you flaunt your arrogance? How dare you press two things together until they flatten into one?”   Metaphor: “What irony! That you would use me in an insult against me! And is it I who presses too hard? Or you who shies away from intimacy? You who are …