Theatre

Change in social security disability: HIV-positive recipients may now have to go through reviews

published: June, 28, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Legal, Treatment, Guest Authors, Theatre, Media

As of March 1, the Social Security Administration (SSA) began requiring that people living with HIV prove they are still disabled. From TheBody.com, Enid Vázquez reports.

Change in social security disability: HIV-positive recipients may now have to go through reviews

People living with HIV (PLWH) who receive government disability checks have previously received that income without going through reviews. As of March 1, the Social Security Administration (SSA) began requiring that PLWH prove they are still disabled. Like others receiving disability payments, they will have to go through a Continuing Disability Review (CDR). These are conducted every one to seven years. There are exceptions. Not subjected to a CDR are those with HIV who have Multicentr

Blind Date at Buddies: it’s love at first sight

published: September, 30, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Dating, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Performances, Theatre, Lifestyle, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Blind Date at Buddies: it’s love at first sight. Bob Leahy reviews Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s latest exploration of queer romance, a very clever and funny improv that draws the audience in quite literally

Blind Date at Buddies: it’s love at first sight

Photo Image by Tanja-Tiziana Blind Date is the first Buddies' show to feature alternating male and female leads. The gay dating version opened last night and the audience couldn’t have been more engaged in a 90-minute show that just flies by. It’s clever, funny as hell and leaves you wondering at the skill of it all. This is a show that you will talk about for a long time. Here’s the premise. The show opens with a clown, Mathieu, played winningly in the gay version by the handsome Davi

Reality check

published: November, 03, 2015 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Theatre, Philip Minaker

Philip Minaker on drag sensation Roy Haylock, better known as his stage persona, Bianca Del Rio.

Reality check

“If Phyllis Diller and Don Rickles had a love child it more than likely would have been Roy Haylock” .  Try as you might, it is difficult to name more than a dozen that have participated in a talent based reality TV show that have managed to attain staying power and international acclaim in the last ten years. Granted, there are many that have capitalized on their exposure and taken a huge giant step forward in their given field but stardom in the true sense of the word has eluded most

Larry Kramer doesn’t live here anymore…

published: October, 16, 2014 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Activism, Movies, Television, Theatre, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder says that the raging against complacency in the 80s which was a central thread of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart could apply to those of us living with HIV today

Larry Kramer doesn’t live here anymore…

“Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme Der Wächter sehr hoch auf der Zinne, Wach auf, du Stadt Jerusalem!...”  “Sleepers wake, the voice is calling us Of the watchmen in the high, high tower; Wake up, you city of Jerusalem!...” J.S. Bach Cantata 140  I recently watched The Normal Heart, and while the waterworks were on and off for various reasons (anger, sadness, despair, remembering…) I started to think what messages the film had for poz people these days.  It’s a powerful mo

Bob Leahy reviews The Book of Mormon

published: October, 07, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Arts and Entertainment, International , Theatre, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

It’s an outrageously profane spoof of the Mormon religion that even makes fun of AIDS, says editor Bob Leahy, but it gets away without offending with a sweetly funny disposition that has the audience in the palm of its hand

Bob Leahy reviews The Book of Mormon

Apologies. I’m late in the game in reviewing this show which first ran in Toronto in 2013 and is now back for a limited run at the Princess of Wales Theatre in downtown Toronto. I shouldn’t have waited, because this is five-star entertainment all the way.  Let’s get this out of the way first. I have never, ever been to a show before where a purported cure for AIDS is on sale in the theatre gift shop that as always is busy selling show-merchandise.  It comes in the form of a stuffed pl

Doggedly delicious

published: March, 01, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Theatre, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy reviews Dachshund UN, the edgy performance installation featuring 36 dachshunds that’s part of the Harbourfront’s World Stage 2013 season, an irresistible show that stretches the boundaries of theatre and art.

Doggedly delicious

First, let's get this straight.Dachshund UN is without doubt the most unusual show I have ever seen. Period. Here’s the picture. You are seated with 350 others at Harbourfront’s EnWave theatre. The curtain rises and you are confronted with a massive replica of the UN Commission on Human Rights assembly hall in Geneva. There are the usual tiers of microphones, with a delegate seated for each of the 36 countries represented.  But there are no humans in sight. Each delegate is in fact a

The Laramie Project returns to Toronto

published: February, 13, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Events, Performances, Revolving Door, Events, Guest Authors, Theatre, Population Specific

PositiveLite.com was a big fan of Studio 180’s production of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart. Now, ten years after they premiered it in Canada, the same company is presenting a special performance of the landmark play about the death of Matthew Shepard

The Laramie Project returns to Toronto

Studio 180 Theatre Celebrates 10 Years!   One Night Only Staged Reading of THE LARAMIE PROJECT Monday February 25, 2013 at 7:00 PM Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge Street, Toronto Ten years ago, Studio 180 burst onto the Toronto theatre scene with the Canadian premiere of THE LARAMIE PROJECT, a groundbreaking play in the form of a theatrical docudrama that perfectly defined the kind of theatre the founders of Studio 180 wanted to create: socially relevant, thought-provoking, and committed t

War Horse is No One-Trick Pony

published: March, 01, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Theatre, Bob Leahy - Publisher

We’ve never seen anything on stage quite like this before, says Bob Leahy, reviewing the equine stagecraft in War Horse which opened at the Princess of Wales Theatre this week

War Horse is No One-Trick Pony

Jaw dropping. That’s the word that springs to mind at what happens on the stage of Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre when the horses come out in War Horse. It’s a story of how horses – and one horse in particular  - were used in the battlefields of World War I At first we a see an awkward young foal - Joey, but he quickly transforms before our eyes in to a full grown horse. It’s a huge coup de theatre, which drew gasps from the audience, but it’s followed by one coup after anot

THEATRE REVIEW: Theodore Bikel stars in Visiting Mr Green

published: February, 01, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Theatre, John McCullagh

Two men struggle with the need to rethink old rules and the absurdity of pushing love away if it doesn’t conform to certain traditions.

THEATRE REVIEW: Theodore Bikel stars in Visiting Mr Green

Putting on a two-act play with just a couple of actors on stage is always a bit of a challenge. To be successful, the script has to be compelling and the actors skilled. Luckily for Toronto audiences, the new production of Jeff Baron’s much-produced 1996 play Visiting Mr Green, that opened last night, is a winner. How could it not be with acting legend Theodore Bikel in the title role? He’s now 87-years-old and made his film debut in 1951 in the African Queen. Born in Austria and classica

Bumper bundle

published: February, 01, 2012 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Theatre, Opinion Pieces

Our Louise Binder aka Dame Velveeta Peron sees A LOT of shows. Here she reviews The Iron Lady, A Dangerous Method from director David Cronenberg and lots more

In the Land of Blood and Honey - Another Apocalyptic Tale for Our Times This is an excellent, relentless tale of the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina in the early 1990's. Angelina Jolie has done a masterful (or is that mistressful) job of weaving the personal stories of her character against the backdrop of yet another senseless, internecine genocide. The people are three dimensional and complex, as is the explanation of the poltical and cultural histories that led to this war. The film has a strong

Theatre Preview: Penny Plain - an end-of-the-world romance

published: January, 23, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Features and Interviews, Theatre, John McCullagh

Hear what master puppeteer Ronnie Burkett has to say to PositiveLite.com readers about his latest show, Penny Plain, and watch as he previews a short scene from it.

Theatre Preview: Penny Plain - an end-of-the-world romance

This week, Ronnie Burkett, Canada’s master puppeteer, is bringing his latest creation, Penny Plain, to Toronto theatregoers after wowing audiences in Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. Burkett has been captivated by puppetry since the age of seven, when he opened the World Book Encyclopedia to the entry on puppets. He began touring his puppet shows around his native Alberta at the age of 14 and has been on the road ever since. Now recognized as one of Canada’s foremost theatre artists, Burk

Reviews: See what New Year's resolution that Louise quickly broke.

published: January, 05, 2012 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Performances, Theatre

From Living With Henry, to Green Day, Louise has your (post) holiday treats

Living with Henry : The Normal Heart- The Sequel I recently saw The Normal Heart in New York. It reminded me of the bad old days of HIV when everyone died and everyone wanted researchers to find a cure. Living with Henry could be considered the sequel and a cautionary tale (no pun intended). The acting was generally very good although it was hard to hear Jenny when she turned away from us. The characters exemplifiied most of the competing and diverse perspectives in this epidemic today - t

It's Raining Circus!

published: December, 14, 2011 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Events, Performances, Theatre

Ken Monteith gets wet in Montreal . “For me, the very best part of the show came at the end. Through some form of theatrical wizardry, there was water on the stage and then it started to rain.”

It's Raining Circus!

Every now and then, my mind wanders back to a terribly dusty experience of having seen a circus in a small town when I was too young to understand what was going on. The lasting memory: elephants are giant and very dusty. Circus has changed, and for the better, I have to say. I'm not a wild-eyed animal rights activist by any stretch of the imagination, but I don't find punishing animals into performing for humans all that entertaining, especially when the alternative is something as delightful

Theatre Review: John Logan’s Red at Canadian Stage

published: November, 26, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Theatre, John McCullagh

Talented artist or eccentric egomaniac? John McCullagh reviews the Canadian Stage production of Red, John Logan’s intense and exciting two-character drama about two years in the life of New York abstract expressionist artist Mark Rothko.

Theatre Review: John Logan’s Red at Canadian Stage

Toronto has a vibrant theatre scene. Live theatre in the city is of two kinds: the big, splashy and commercial Broadway- or West End-style productions and the more challenging and provocative fare mounted by the city’s many not-for-profit companies. The latter is the kind of theatre I like the best. Which is why I stopped going to Canadian Stage productions because, until 18 months ago, this large, municipally subsidized house was putting on plays that were, for the most part, light commerc

Dancing in the streets takes to the stage

published: November, 25, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Theatre, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy reviews two innovative shows at Toronto Harbourfront’s 2011/12 Next Steps Dance Season which highlight b-boy culture and urban dance – Enter the Shadow and Klorofyl.

Dancing in the streets takes to the stage

I don’t think I’ve ever seen urban dance – hip hop, breakdancing et al – featured so prominently on stage as in the two exciting shows currently running at Harbourfront in Toronto as part of their Next Steps season-long program of innovative modern dance. Which is another way of saying that if you are an urban/street dance fan – or perhaps you’ve seen it only on So You Think You Can Dance - and are looking for an entry point in to watching modern dance on stage, these two shows ser

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