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First several new pics of Clare Coulter - and below you´ll find some reviews and interviews.


Clare Coulter starring in: Blood Relations” (behind: Samantha Langevin)

Where is Clare? =) Try and find her amongst all the other members of Toronto Theatre Staff...hint: she looks lots like Miss Cackle in this pic...

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Here are three pics from Clare Coulter´s latest film “Saint Monica” - and two short reviews of this film which was shown at the Toronto Film Festival in 2002.

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Toronto International Film Festival 2002
Saint Monica
With Genevieve Buechner, Clare Coulter. Directed by Terrance Odette. 82 min. Perspective Canada.

"Set in Toronto’s Portuguese community, Saint Monica is slight but sweet. Monica (Genevieve Buechner) is a lonely 10-year-old who is so obsessed with angels, she swipes a pair of wings from her church a few weeks before the annual procession. After she loses them on the streetcar, the wings end up in the possession of Mary (Clare Coulter), a homeless woman with peculiar rituals. Monica’s forthrightness and Buechner’s charm save Terrance Odette’s film from getting sappy, so it’s too bad that many of Saint Monica’s most poignant moments are pulverized by Carlos Lopes’ overbearing score." (Toronto Film festival)

" Saint Monica is a poignant story about a young Catholic Portuguese girl, Monica, who lives in Toronto with her struggling single mother, Icelia, and her angry, unemployed uncle, Albert. Monica’s most fervent wish is to be an angel in her church’s annual summer procession. When she learns she is to be replaced in the parade, Monica steals a pair of “angel wings,” only to lose them on a streetcar. In her attempts to recover them from Mary, a troubled homeless woman who believes she is communicating with God, Monica learns something about being a real angel."(Telefilm Canada)


Review of “Last Respects”

Clare Coulter on the death of Director Kareda


No-Fun Funeral

Toronto Sun

Perhaps all you need to know about Last Respects, the latest work of playwright Deborah Kimmett, is that the work's most memorable - and vibrant - character is a corpse.
And even on that score, Kimmett must share credit on a minimum 50/50 basis with actress Clare Coulter, who stepped into the Tarragon Theatre role mid-rehearsal, replacing Doris Petrie, and brought the character to life (and death) with incomparable style.
But sadly, Coulter's finely-etched evocation of the recently deceased English buddhist Sarah serves as a mere catalyst for two star-crossed lovers to re-live their rather tedious and very troubled long-term affair.
Gathered in Sarah's apartment in the artists' co-op in which they live to pay bid farewell to the still very-present corpse, Angie (Maria Lamont) and Jerki (Martti Arkko) re-visit, in flashback, their own doomed relationship as it is interwoven with the deceased. Slowly - indeed, far too slowly - the lovers' refusal to embrace life is played out against Sarah's gentle passion for life and its inevitable end. In the face of Jerki's (pronounced Yerki, but unquestionably performed phonetically) brooding Finnish angst, Angie retreats further and further into a crippling eating disorder. And the audience is left with a lingering suspicion that Sarah died of sheer frustration with their never-ending co-dependency.
In scripting this time-warped play, Kimmett enjoys only minimal success in her attempts to achieve a precarious balance between pathos and black humor.
She gets scant assistance in this delicate task from the well-intentioned but heavy-handed direction of Sandra Balcovske. Rooted in improv comedy and one-person shows, Balcovske's staging is marked by a guarded mistrust of the audience, a mistrust completely at odds with the effective staging of black comedy, which roots its humor firmly in very real drama. In black comedy, no one ever plays to the laugh.
That's a lesson Coulter has obviously learned well in her career - and the pity is that neither Balcovske nor her young lovers have picked up on her state-of-the-art demonstration.
There's a laugh or two in Last Respects, but chances are it won't be the funniest funeral you've ever attended.


Theatre director, critic, Urjo Kareda dies of cancer in Toronto at age 57:

TORONTO (CP) A much-loved director of the Tarragon Theatre and "father figure" to two generations of Canadian playwrights, died Wednesday morning at his Toronto home of cancer.

Urjo Kareda was 57.

"He was a father figure in so many ways," said Albert Schultz, director of the Soulpepper Theatre.

"Nobody else in the past 20 years had such a profound influence on a generation of writers and actors. It was impossible for me to come up with a new idea without asking myself, 'What would Urjo think of this?'"

Born in Tallinn, Estonia, in February 1944, Kareda arrived in Canada at the age of five.

He studied English literature at the University of Toronto.

Even as an undergraduate, recalls actress Clare Coulter, Kareda "was totally committed to theatre."

They performed together in 1962, when Kareda was a freshman student, in Luigi Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author.

Kareda did graduate studies in English at Cambridge University, returning to Toronto in 1970.

After a brief stint as the Toronto Star's film critic he succeeded the legendary Nathan Cohen as theatre critic.

There he quickly made his mark not only as a reviewer, but as an intellectual capable of taking a leadership role in Canadian theatre.

"He knew what was good," said Coulter. "When he was the Star critic, we were working at Theatre Passe Muraille and Trinity Square. Few people wanted to know about us at the beginning. Then Urjo would write these reviews that would knock us off our feet about how important this little theatre was, and how important it was to get down there and see the work we were doing. He helped create our audience."

Kareda remained a critic all his life, specializing in later years in opera, a field he mastered with characteristic thoroughness.

But by 1975 Kareda had grown impatient with being an observer, and applied to newly-arrived Stratford Festival director Robin Phillips for the post of literary manager.

For five years he did research which gave new authority to Stratford's Shakespearean work, and encouraged the theatre to master a wide variety of classical writers.

In 1980, when Phillips abruptly left Stratford, Kareda was appointed together with actress Martha Henry to run the theatre.

There ensued a brief chaotic period, at the end of which they were dismissed by the board of directors.

Kareda severed his connection with the festival at that point and returned to Toronto, where he worked briefly in CBC's radio drama department.

In 1981, he became artistic director of Toronto's Tarragon Theatre, where he worked for the rest of his life.

Despite exhausting radiation and chemotherapy treatments for cancer during the months of November and December, he attended the Tarragon's Christmas party in mid-December.

The Soulpepper Theatre dedicated its Wednesday performance of A Christmas Carol to Kareda.


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