Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Flawed Couple.

My critical debut is in the Globe today, a 2.5 (our of 4) star review of The Odd Couple at Soulpepper (if you want to see my new jowly headshot you'll have to pick up a physical copy). I'm pleased as punch that the Toronto Star's Richard Ouzounian had an entirely different reaction (4 stars!) and that the Sun's John Coulbourn came to a similar rating (3 out of 5) but for entirely different reasons. It would be awfully boring if we all thought the same thing...

Much more, er, interesting than the Odd Couple was the opening night of the Rhubarb festival of new work at Buddies in Bad Times. It was strictly not for review, so all I'll say is that any evening where I can watch a man strip naked, smash eggs all over his body and then describe castrating himself in gruesome detail before pouring tomato sauce over his head is a good one in my books.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey J. Kelly.
Welcome back and big props on the new job

Philip Akin

Anonymous said...

Is it any surprise that the Ouze gave it 4 out of 4 stars? The man's in bed with Schultzy, while everyone else couldn't be less enamoured with him.

Anonymous said...

Great start, JKN! Here's to a rebirth of credible theatre journalism in this town!

Anonymous said...

A young and fresh perspective, finally!

Ouimet said...

Congratulations.

MK said...

Wow, you're the new critic for the Globe? Congrats! See you at the party Tarragon's throwing for you Tuesday.

Anonymous said...

Actually... the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts is the organization that organized the Meet the Critic event on Tuesday at the Tarragon.