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Urban Planner: November 15, 2012

In this Urban Planner: a glass-art exhibition opens, a star from our childhood returns for a one-night show, and the opening of a play about sexual assault.

Oleanna, a play about sexual harassment, opens tonight. Photo by

ART EXHIBITION: Any art enthusiasts out there who have tried to use glass in a creative way have probably realized that it’s not so easy to work with. Bow down and marvel, then, at “The Last Glass Show,” which brings together an immensely large group of artists and designers. The exhibition has a photo component, intended to show how we interact with glass objects on a regular basis. Ontario Crafts Council Gallery (990 Queen Street West), Opening reception 6 p.m.–9 p.m., FREE.

FRED PENNER: If you recognize this name, you probably feel all fuzzy with nostalgia. Fred Penner, the family-man entertainer who starred in his own TV show, Fred Penner’s Place, is returning to the stage for one night only, to sing some of his favourite songs. Joining him on the bill are Toronto indie-folk-rock band Inlet Sound and singer-songwriter Richard Garvey. The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), 8:30 p.m., $10.

THEATRE: A new production of Oleanna tackles the always-fraught subject of sexual harassment on college campuses. What would you do if your teacher tried to exploit you, or if a student falsely accused you of doing so? Red Sandcastle Theatre (922 Queen Street East), 8 p.m., $19.

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CORRECTION: 12:45 PM Oleanna is a new production but not a new play, as we originally wrote, and it does not deal with issues of pedophilia as we originally implied. Thanks to several readers who pointed out these errors.


  • Milquetoast Q. Borington

    Isn’t “Oleanna” the David Mamet play from 1992? How new is that? Plus, it’s commentary on Clarence Thomas, not child rape. (Although this production could be set in a high school instead of a university.)

    • Anonymous

      You and the other commenters are completely right – that description should never have been published in that form. We’ve revised the item and issued a correction. —HD

  • Mavid Damet

    Oleanna was written twenty years ago. It’s hardly a new play.

    • Anonymous

      Never mind the fact that Soulpepper staged it last year, so it’s not even new in Toronto.

  • Anonymous

    …that’s not what Oleanna is about.

    The point of the exercise is that the student’s report *isn’t* an altogether false allegation: the instructor really did say the words she alleges he said; he really did behave as she alleges he behaved. The key question if the play is navigating the differences between the two perspectives: is she inflating and distorting the situation, or is he wilfully blind to how he conducts himself around his students?

    And it doesn’t have any relevance whatsoever to pedophilia or trading sex for grades.

  • pee yoo

    Mamet is (quite clearly to a talented reader) on the side of his friends in Academe. Oleanna is a weird, annoying, leaden dullard. “Oleanna” is a heavy-handed, rightist, anti-political-correctness piece, conjuring straw dogs to set them alight. It is embarrassing.

    Mamet’s best work is the film, “State and Main”, which rightly and correctly, lampoons the film industry and everyone in it, particularly STUPID ACTORS.