Byron TobenByron Toben, the play, paints a powerful portrait of an eccentric genius RED , the Tony award winning drama, is a powerful and absorbing theatrical experience. Written by prolific John Logan (12 stage plays, 5 movies) and directed by National Theatre School grad Martha Henry ( Stratford and Shaw festival director and actor), this show is well served by actors Randy Hughson and Jesse Aaron Dwyre.  Byron TobenMon, 03 Dec 2012 00:01:00 -0500Hamlet Lives On around 1596, Hamlet has endured as one of the world`s greatest plays. Although Hamlet dies at the end (as do all of the main characters, save Horatio), yet he lives on in myriad performances , both live and filmed. In his latest incarnation by the fine Persephone Productions, the melancholy Danish prince comes alive again for three hours in an incisive portrayal by Christopher Moore. As Hamlet is Shakespeare’s longest play, it requires a protagonist with stamina as well as clear elocution and acting chops. Mr. Moore brings these skills to the fore.  Byron TobenTue, 06 Nov 2012 12:10:00 -0500Guys and Dolls revisted This is how my strange and wondrous experience happens.I am floating around Writers Valhalla, which is in a place called Eternity, chatting with wise guys Willie the Shakes and  North Side Hendrik, when Big Mouth G.B. Shaw butts in. “Damon, Dear boy…” sez He,“You talking` to me ?” sez I...  Byron TobenFri, 19 Oct 2012 09:30:00 -0400Montreal Democrats Abroad Cheer Obama Nomination About 50 US Democrats (many dual citizens) gathered at Hurley`s Irish pub on September 6 to watch the final day of the national Democratic convention in North Carolina as President Barak Obama accepted his party`s nomination for a second term. The night before, delegates from the 50 states plus Democrats Abroad had unanimously voted to nominate him. Democrats Abroad (as well as Puerto Rico, Samoa, Guam and the Virgin Islands ) may vote to nominate the president but does not have electoral votes in the general election. Byron TobenSat, 08 Sep 2012 17:41:00 -0400Student rioters might be banned from USA arrests or convictions of student protesters bar them from future entry to the USA? I have been asked this increasingly. A complete answer could fill a booklet.The ultimate conclusion is yes, in some cases. The details, translated from legalese into plainspeak, are the following.Byron TobenSun, 27 May 2012 02:01:00 -0400Of prizefighting and playwrighting September 22, 1927, the most famous battle in boxing history took place in Chicago. Gene Tunney, the quiet, literary heavyweight, defended the world championship he had won one year before from Jack Dempsey, the “Manassa Mauler,” who had held it for 10 years. This was the fight with the famous “long count” controversy played over many times today on YouTube. It was the first over $2 million dollar gate in entertainment history ($22 million in today’s money), seen live by 125,000 people (no TV in those days).Byron TobenWed, 26 Oct 2011 13:00:00 -0400