Archive for the ‘Theatre’ Category

R.H. Thompson as Marshall McLuhan in The Message, at the Tarragon Theatre, Toronto (Photo by Cylla Von Teidemann) Click on the image for an expanded view. Title: The Message Written by: Jason Sherman Genre: Comedy-Drama Director: Richard Rose Actors: R.H. Thomson, Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster, Sarah Orenstein, Peter Hutt, Patrick McManus Company: Tarragon Theatre Venue: Tarragon Theatre Mainspace City: Toronto Year: Runs until Dec. 16 […]


R.H. Thomson performs the role of Marshall McLuhan during his time of decline & aphasia I attended a pre-opening performance of The Message last week. I was not impressed by either the play or production I witnessed, indeed I was disappointed. I know R.H. Thomson to be a highly regarded and skilled actor, but he […]


Message delivered: Tarragon to premiere long-awaited Marshall McLuhan play, The Message The February 22, 2018 issue of the Toronto Globe & Mail newspaper reports that a play by Canadian playwright Jason Sherman titled The Message that had originally been scheduled for their 2003 – 04 season is one of the seven Canadian plays to be staged […]


Blending light, sound, video projections, and movement, Wells Hill explores the prescient ideas of Marshall McLuhan and Glenn Gould. (Photo by David Cooper) In 1962, Canadian media theorist Marshall McLuhan effectively predicted the Internet. In The Gutenberg Galaxy, he wrote about an electronic age when technology would unite people in a “global village” where everyone had equal access […]


Action At a Distance: Wells Hill Nov. 24 & 25 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 26, 2017, at 2 p.m. | Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, SFU Gold Corp Centre for the Arts, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia According to Vanessa Goodman, a “weird Canadiana moment” inspired her latest work. The Vancouver-based choreographer grew up […]


McLuhan Salon #2: Flashing Lights We are pleased to partner with Bad New Days and Ahuri Theatre for our second McLuhan Salon this fall to take place Sunday, October 15 at The Theatre Centre (1115 Queen St W) at 2:00 PM. First, we are treated to an innovative play Flashing Lights where Marshall McLuhan makes cameo appearances, and then to a McLuhan Salon discussion lead […]


Marshall McLuhan’s influence has reverberated through all of the arts, but especially visual arts, literature and music to some degree. The following is an academic article analyzing the staging of the Multi-media Alt-Rock Opera  The Illumination of Marshall McLuhan, Music by Baffin Island Party, Script by Michael Charrois, first staged April 27, 2000 in Edmonton, Alberta. The video […]


Elisha Otis free-fall safety demonstration in 1853 Posted to the MEA listserv on March 23, 2017 by Robert Logan:- “Here is an item that appeared in this morning’s Toronto Globe and Mail newspaper in Canada:  ‘MOMENT IN TIME The first elevator installed March 23, 1857: Like most entrepreneurial inventors, Elisha Otis was a bit of […]


Commentary by Colin Marshall 45 years ago, four eminences took the stage at the University of Toronto: Irish actor Jack MacGowran, best known for his interpretations of Samuel Beckett; English poet and dramatist W.H. Auden; American architect and theorist of humanity’s way of life Buckminster Fuller; and Canadian literary scholar turned media technology oracle Marshall McLuhan. Not only did […]


 Sputnik 1 “Since Sputnik and the satellites, the planet is enclosed in a manmade [sic] environment that ends “Nature” and turns the globe into a repertory theater to be programmed”.  – From Cliché to Archetype, 1970 “Since Sputnik put the globe in a ‘proscenium arch,’ and the global village has been transformed into a global theater, the […]