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Tonight at the Tarragon - A Critic's Anthology

Tonight at the Tarragon

A Critic's Anthology

Edited by Kamal Al-Solaylee
Subjects: Anthologies
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9781770910256, 512 pages, October 2011


Just in time for its fortieth birthday, Tonight at the Tarragon is the first ever anthology of plays that originated in or received their English-language premiere at Toronto's leading playhouse, the Tarragon Theatre. Handpicked and edited by former Eye Weekly and Globe and Mail theatre critic Kamal Al-Solaylee, this anthology captures the theatre during a transitional phase in its history: 1998–2005, the final years of late Artistic Director Urjo Kareda and the first seasons of his successor Richard Rose. Overlapping Al-Solaylee's experience as a critic in Toronto and underlining Tarragon's survival instincts during this period, the book serves as a record of some of the most exciting theatre created in Canada as one century gave way to another.

Half Life by John Mighton
Rune Arlidge by Michael Healey
The Optimists by Morwyn Brebner
I, Claudia by Kristen Thomson
Motel Hélène by Serge Boucher, adapted by Judith Thompson from a translation by Morwyn Brebner
It's All True by Jason Sherman


Canadian theatre scholars should be delighted with Kamal Al-Solaylee's new anthology of articulate and idiosyncratic plays from Tarragon's recent history. Each of the six plays is a worthy choice for study and the contextualizing support material is not only methodologically viable but also eminently readable, a novel combination in an age in which theoretical jargon has all but trumped genuine communication. —Don Rubin, Professor of Theatre Studies, York University