Tuesday, March 6, 2012

This Is The CPC


Episode 51, August 23, 2012 - If We Were Rich (Direct link to podcast)
Estelle Rosen and Gaëtan Charlebois take a tour around the country to see the shows they would like to see before Christmas. Whistle stops include Metachroma, Scapegoat Carnivale, Centaur, Neptune, Eastern Front, Buddies in Bad Times, Stratford, Shaw, Mirvish, ATP, Theatre Calgary, Citadel, Arts Club. Also discussed are why Estelle and Gaëtan have left the Montreal English Critics Circle and openings this week.
Discussed Links:
After Dark: If I was a Millionaire

Episode 50, August 7, 2012 - TJ Dawe (Direct link to podcast)
Rebroadcast of an interview with TJ Dawe on the art of the solo. As we are in the middle of Fringe season, what he has to say is incredibly important to artists across the country.

Episode 49, July 31, 2012 - Heat rants (Direct link to the podcast)
Because of the insane heat the podcast is ten minutes shorter than usual and - well... - a little angrier. Targets include Zoofest and Just for Laughs (especially the Nasty Show). Some time is put aside to discuss the timeline of the Factory Theatre story. Also, as with each week, openings of interest across the country.
Discussed Links:
Factory Theatre Crisis (index of our articles at CharPo-Toronto)
The Slow death of the Edinburgh Fringe (The Guardian)

Episode 48, July 48, 2012 - Feminism (Direct link to the Podcast)
Movies, books, and theatre lead to a talk about several cultural news stories which illuminate the Neo-Feminist movement: a video game about beating up a feminist activist Anita Sarkeesian, Stephanie Guthrie's reaction to the game, death threats, Daniel Tosh's hideous faux pas, Louis CK's rebuttal, and, more locally, reactions to a review of Taming of the Shrew. Also: Openings across the country this week.
Discussed links:
An overview of the Sarkeesian story
A Storify item by Stephanie Guthrie
Our editorial about the issue
Our review of Taming of the Shrew (followed by some very interesting comments)

Episode 47, July 12, 2012 - Theatre and social reintegration. (Direct link to the Podcast)
Discussions on documentaries which leads to a discussion, again, about the uses of Twitter. Zoofest and the Toronto Fringe, Just For Laugh's PR gaffe. A discussion of two recent Fringe shows which were part social reintegration theatre but also perfectly viable theatre as well. Openings.
Discussed Links:
Why Twitter will Endure by David Carr of the New York Times
Review of Rare, Judith Thompson's project
Review of Some Frenzied Killing Games by Théâtre des aphasiques
Article about Concordia's Centre For The Arts in Human Development

Episode 46, July 5, 2012 - Facebook and Twitter (Direct link to Podcast)
Movies, books and the Toronto Fringe. A primer on how to use Facebook, Twitter and free websites for cheap PR.

Episode 45, June 26, 2012 - What's Wrong at The Fringe (Direct Link to Podcast)
There's William Inge, there's Theo Fleury, there's Camen Aguirre, but ultimately there is a long discussion on the structure of Fringes not just in Montreal but also with the organization that is supposed to be dealing with them.
Discussed Links:
After Dark about the Fringe

Episode 44, June 12, 2012 - Tony and The Fringe (Direct Link to the Podcast)
The Tony awards dissected - it wasn't just dull, it may also be everything that is wrong in musical theatre. Also: the importance of Fringe, music from Shayne Gryn and Openings.
Discussed Links:
Shayne Gryn's website

Episode 43, June 5, 2012 - On PR, Prizes and the new CharPo award (Direct link to podcast)
We go on a tear about publicists who have been idiots but also, in acknowledgment of the publicists who are brilliant, discuss the new award for PR CharPo will be launching this year. Also discussed are movies,  Fringe fests and Stuart Munro does an Off The Cuff Review of Ragtime from Book to Stage. Openings too, of course.
Discussed Links:
The Helen Mirren interview on Parkinson (youtube)
The Ragtime clip Stuart discusses (youtube)
After Dark with PR prize discussed

Episode 42, May 29, 2012 - The Repercussions of the Percussion (Direct Link to the podcast)
If we offer free post-secondary education, do we cut health care? Do we cut the arts? Discussion of the movement in progress and how it may affect the future and whether it has taken into consideration the era post-Post-Banging.

Episode 41, May 22, 2012 - Of Words and Social Unrest (Direct link to podcast)
Student protests, the use of words, the Holocaust, Sarah's Key, Smash, Facebook, Twitter, artists and social responsibility, it's all there!
Discussed Links:
Joel Fishbane's defense of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Episode 40, May 15, 2012 - The Changing Theatre (Direct Link to podcast)
Discussion of the play Haunted Hillbilly. Then a kerfuffle involving an anonymous letter published in Now about theatre croneyism. Verbatim theatre is discussed and how to behave in a changing theatre landscape.
Discussed Links:
Anonymous vs. the cronies
Verbatim Theatre in the Guardian
How to Behave (open threat in the Guardian)

Episode 39, May 8, 2012 - New Plays for Old (Direct link to the podcast)
More on Mike Daisey and his sojourn in London. Canadian plays, classic plays and staying power. Openings.
Discussed Links:
Mike Daisey review
Plays with Staying power
Classics gone missing?

Episode 38, May 1, 2012 - Modern Theatre (Direct Link to the podcast)
A discussion of a college production of Noel Coward's Hay Fever is followed by a rant about a recent email. Half-empty houses at Vancouver Playhouse? Then, Modern Theatre: is is not for the old, is not it not for women, is it not for the chatty, is it changing with the times and should it? And, of course, Openings.
Links Discussed:
Half-empty house at Vancouver Playhouse
Older women and artists in theatre
Women in theatre
Women playwrights and their place in the theatre
Quiet in the House (Globe and Mail)
The Chatty Crowd (Joel Fishbane)

Episode 37, April 26, 2012 - The Recording that almost wasn't (Direct Link to the podcast)
Oh! the woes of technology. Sound, phones, you name it but we got this episode together and discuss the PR blunder or genius of Wajdi Mouawad's Des Femmes. Also, can five-star reviews ruin shows? The Hunger Games, Too Big to Fail and Love Never Dies (an Off-The-Cuff Review from Dave Ross) also enter the mix. Finally, Openings.
Discussed Links:
Natasha Gauthier on PR problems with Les Femmes (Ottawa Citizen)
Five-Star Reviews Ruin Shows (The Guardian)

Episode 36, April 17, 2012 - Commandments (Direct Link to the podcast)
A discussion of A Critic's Commandments. Magnificent music from Ambur Braid: a coloratura aria from Bellini's I Puritani. Openings.
Discussed Links:
After Dark piece - A Critic's Commandments
Ambur Braid's website

Episode 35, April 10, 2012 - PR (Direct link to podcast)
A discussion of Robert Lepage and his Ring Cycle being devoured by New York critics. Then, music from Wagner (courtesy of Thomas Edison!). A discussion of PR - good, bad and ugly. Also: Openings this week.
Discussed Links:
Globe and Mail article about critical reaction to Robert Lepage's Ring Cycle
After Dark on Pictures and PR

Episode 34, April 5, 2012 - Can't Hack It (Direct link to episode)
Estelle talks about Intimate Apparel. A long discussion on the ramifications of the Olivier Choinière "theatrical hacking" of Théâtre du Nouveau Monde's Molière. Music from Barbara Lewis. Also, Openings and CharPo v. Luminato accreditation process.
Discussed links:
Kelly Nestruck article on the Choinière story
Devoir Article (in French) on artistic hacking
Luminato Accreditation form

Episode 33, March 27, 2012 - WTD? (Direct link to podcast)
A discussion of World Theatre Day and its goals, intentions and speeches. Then, theatre festivals and how they are or are not representing local theatre including Praxis Theatre v. Luminato in Toronto and Festival TransAmeriques in Montreal. Music from jazz great Ranee Lee, appearing at Centaur Theatre in Intimate Apparel. A discussion of an article about signs that you are at a lousy play. And, of course, Openings This Week.
Discussed Links:
WTD headquarters
Praxis v. Luminato
Centaur Theatre (Intimate Apparel)
FTA website
L is For Lousy Plays

Episode 32, March 20, 2012 - Pushing Up Daisey (Direct Link to Podcast)
Extended conversation on two main subjects: the post-mortem on Vancouver Playhouse including Matthew Jocelyn's provocative opinion piece and why Arts Club comes up smelling like daisies; the Mike Daisey v. This American Life debacle. Also, an excerpt from Cameryn Moore's new solo, power / play. Also Opening This Week.
Discussed Links: 
Matthew Jocelyn's Opinion Piece on The Vancouver Playhouse
Piece on problems in Vancouver culture
The Salon editors talk about the Daisey debacle
Daisey's blog piece on the whole mess
Cameryn Moore's website

Episode 31, March 13, 2012 - The Week That Was (Direct link to podcast)
The big stories - and they were big - are discussed: the new artistic director at Stratford, Antoni Cimolino, and the legacy of outgoing AD, Des McAnuff; some discussion of a new Tarragon exile; the biggest story - the closure of Vancouver Playhouse - is discussed in depth. As usual, we finish with Openings This Week.
Discussed Links:
More Tarragon crap
The Slotkin letter on outgoing Stratford AD Des McAnuff
The CharPo articles on Vancouver Playhouse

Episode 30, March 6, 2012 - WTF (Direct Link to Podcast)
Gaëtan L. Charlebois and Estelle Rosen discuss the two most popular articles on the websites this week: the review of Rent in Ottawa and the back-and-forth between Actor's Equity and CharPo about covering non-Equity shows - we also discuss the decision we took. Two Off The Cuff Reviews: the hosts discuss the TV series Smash and Dave Ross reviews the PBS presentation of the 25th Anniversary Special for Phantom of the Opera. A quick pass then at a blogger who has a gripe with The Washington Post and a What The Fuck discussion of the chief critics in Toronto who are keeping their fingers in the theatre pie. Then, as always, Openings across the country.
Discussed links:
Arden Ryshpan's article about Actor's Equity's stance
Joel Fishbane's response
Gaëtan L. Charlebois's op-ed and decision of the CharPo editors.
Blogger v. The Washington Post
WTF, TO critics!

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