Monday, August 27, 2012

Openings We're Tracking This Week, August 27-September 2

Joseph Ziegler the Salesman (photo credit: Cylla von Tiedemann)

He is the king of "sad feel-good". Since his break-out success with Tuesdays With Morrie (at Rosebud this week), Mitch Ablom has gotten very rich on capturing the zeitgeist: expressing all our anxiety-ridden, sad thoughts and giving them spirit and wings. (Think: Five People You Meet in Heaven.) Morrie is a people play. A dying man dispenses wisdom to a protégé. (Calgary)

It is the archetypal story of British romance where misunderstanding and apprehension are created by what is not said, by good manners, by class. Boy meets girl in Florence, gets her, loses her... It is, of course, EM Forster's A Room With A View. (Vancouver)

"Attention must be paid." Indeed. Soulpepper revives its highly-praised production of Death of a Salesman. (Toronto)

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