For Better, For Worst: I Am My Own Wife (2013)

Alan Paris dressed as a woman. Not a drag queen, but a soft-spoken, seemingly unassuming lady in black: blouse, skirt, head scarf, knee length socks, shoes and a pearl necklace, the only hint of vanity in the outfit. Ladies and gentleman, this is Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a German transvestite whose gentle demeanor belied a resolve of steel that defied the…

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In For Life: Olly’s Prison (2013)

*SPOILERS A young woman. Her father. A cup of tea. They occupy the first 45 minutes or so of Edward Bond’s play, a lengthy monologue delivered by Mike (Manuel Cauchi), in part to his obstinately silent daughter Sheila (Simone Spiteri), in part to his own disconcerted self. Words gush out of his mouth, filling the…

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Bombyx Mori

A Bombyx Mori is a domesticated silkworm. It is one of the leading producers of silk, entirely dependent on humans for its reproduction, and has been so for at least 5,000 years. Bombyx Mori is also the name of Inbal Pinto’s and Avshalom Pollak’s latest dance creation, a moving and contemplative performance that was surely one…

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Fellows of Infinite Jest – Hamlet (2011)

The Globe’s annual Shakespeare production at Argotti Gardens is one event I truly look forward to, and probably the only thing for which I bless the Summer months. The debilitating heat and stifling humidity are no friends of mine. Fortunately, Wednesday started off breezy, moving quickly to downright windy, which is not ideal for an outdoor…

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2010 : That is not The End

At some point in my life I had become averse to end-of-year selections, lists, roundups or whatever you want to call them.  I cannot recall exactly when or how or why, I just hated them, despite the fact that I would hypocritically feel compelled to check out such compilations done by others.  Therefore I’d scroll…

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A Myth for All Ages

I loved the design of the set, acting as backdrop, puppet theatre and shadow screen. I loved the cat who nonchalantly explored the stage before the performance, giving the claw to that nasty nasty woman from the audience who shooed him away with the chair a few minutes before. I loved the skill with which…

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