Nestruck on Theatre: Why this theatre critic is happy to be done with star ratings on reviews

Krystin Pellerin’s performance setup for Tarragon Theatre’s online production Orestes.

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It’s a momentous week for theatre criticism in this paper. On Friday, I’ll be watching a new digital production from Tarragon Theatre called Orestes – and then will file my first review since The Globe and Mail eliminated the star-rating system.

If you’ve read any of our film reviews in the last couple of weeks, you’ll have noticed an editor’s note at the bottom stating that the Arts section has moved to a “critic’s pick” designation for the crème de la cultural crème and abandoned star ratings for film and theatre reviews “in the interest of consistency.”

What does that mean? Well, as long as I’ve been at The Globe, different art forms have been reviewed in different ways. Dance and opera were reviewed without star ratings, for instance, while theatre and circus reviews included a rating out

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Taimane & Opera Star Quinn Kelsey Partner for Hawaii Opera Theatre’s Opera Kanikapila Premiere

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Honolulu (KHON2) Hawaii Opera Theatre will debut the first Opera Kanikapila digital series with a musical mash up of two world class artists, Ukulele Virtuoso Taimane and Verdi Baritone Quinn Kamakanalani Kelsey.

Opera Kanikapila is HawaiI Opera Theatre’s latest digital series.  The inaugural session will stream on January 29th, featuring virtuoso ʻukulele player, Taimane and HOT’s own international opera star, baritone Quinn Kamakanalani Kelsey.  

“Opera Kanikapila is a new initiative where an opera singer is paired with a local musician from different cultures,” explains HOT General Director Andrew Morgan. “This lets them explore ways to combine their art to be ‘opera different’ and appeal to a broader base. We aim to connect to all kinds of people and audiences with art in creative ways.

Hawaii Opera Theatre played an integral role in the

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Opera Star Quinn Kelsey and Ukelele Virtuoso Taimane Come Together for OPERA KANIKAPILA

Opera Star Quinn Kelsey and Ukelele Virtuoso Taimane Come Together for OPERA KANIKAPILA

This year has been a challenging one to say the least; particularly in the arts. Hawaiʻi Opera Theatre, like other performing arts organi-ations, has been facing a changing landscape, not only due to the pandemic (which forced HOT to postpone the 20-21 season) but also in the way people consume entertainment. Fortunately, HOT had already been moving towards a new model; one where they could ‘opera different’ and appeal to a broader base.

One of the aforementioned new concepts is HOT Digital, offering completely original content created in Honolulu, utilizing local talent in a mix of pay-per-view and free offerings. Shared through a virtual concert hall experience online, this unique content can be accessed by anyone, anywhere in the world.

One of HOT Digital’s offerings is a multi-year project called Hapa Opera, which will explore how opera and local cultures can intersect. One of the many programs under Hapa Opera

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Food Network Star Duff Goldman Welcomes First Child With Wife Johnna!

Duff Goldman is a dad!

The 46-year-old pastry chef and Food Network star announced on Monday (February 1) that he and wife Johnna welcomed their first child together, a baby girl named Josephine.

“I have no words to describe this blessing. @johnnapgoldman and I made a baby! Her name is Josephine and she is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen in the whole world,” Duff wrote on Instagram. “Some friends have told me that the love I’ll experience when looking at my daughter will be different than anything I’ve ever experienced and they were totally right.”

“My muffin was amazing and I am in awe of how strong and natural and intuitive she is,” Duff continued. “She’s a natural mom no doubt. We made a family! I have a whole little family! I keep telling Josephine about all the wonderful things she’s gonna get to try like

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