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The Chorus summed up the evening leaving the audience to think about
the transitory freedoms granted by the Charter and called on the cast in turn
to take their bows, but forgetting the clerk, who was not shy in reminding
How was all this merriment performed in such a short space of 30 minutes,
hardly enough time for a lawyer to clear his or her throat? The credit
falls in full measure on the director, Katrina Dunn. Ms. Dunn, a former
artistic director of Touchstone Theatre, is called “the lawyer tamer”. She
coaxed the best out of a cast of legal prima donnas by getting them to commit
to the play and their roles, and she made the playwright look good. I
particularly admired her crisp and seamless scene changes.
Nods should also be given to Ms. Dunn’s production assistants, Kaleigh
Henry and Kiran Sidhu, both articled students at Richards Buell Sutton,
who helped herd the cats (and kittens) who put so much effort into this
wonderful production. With two farcical plays based on 13th-century charters
behind him, one can only wonder what the playwright, Mr. Fraser, has
got up his sleeve in the next 800 years.
The Mighty Hughes: From Prairies Lawyer to Western Canada’s Moral
Compass, by Craig McInnes. Heritage House, 2017. 320 pages (hardcover),
Reviewed by John Waddell, Q.C.
A reader in search of a new book could be forgiven for taking a pass on The
Mighty Hughes. After all, what could be interesting about the life and times
of a saint who was neither mutilated nor martyred? Such a reader should
The story of the life of Ted Hughes, Q.C., O.C. is a tale of aggressive
virtue. His pursuit of honest outcomes and dishonourable individuals has
brought him respect and fame throughout Canada. In the pages of Craig
McInnes’s biography, Hughes is depicted as a heroic figure who has, at
times, brandished the sword of righteousness with the zeal of John Brown,
but is best known for having offered the hand of compassion to the fallen
and the dispossessed.