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Coal Mine Theatre’s Orphans appears gripping and clever, but offers limited depth

From the U.K. comes Orphans, a play about urban fear that is gripping and clever, but ultimately hollow.

The literal orphans of Dennis Kelly’s play are Helen and Liam, a brother and sister in their 20s who lost their parents in a fire when they were children. Helen is now married to Danny who unlike his wife and brother-in-law speaks with a BBC accent, and so may be taken to embody middle-class liberal values. We are told that Danny has a good job though not what it is; I reckon he’s a teacher.

Helen and Liam are still close, so close that Liam has a key to Helen and Danny’s house, and is likely to turn up unexpectedly. Which is what he does at the beginning of the play, interrupting a nice celebratory dinner for two. Liam is nervous and covered in blood. He explains, sometimes haltingly, sometimes in a rush, that

Read more at: http://news.nationalpost.com/arts/on-stage/coal-mine-theatres-orphans-appears-gripping-and-clever-but-offers-limited-depth

Shopkins: The tiny toy that appears headed for a huge Christmas …


A selection of Shopkins, a toy that’s expected to be a hot seller this holiday season. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

Vicki Vanilla. Susie Sausage. Buncho Bananas.

If these names sound like gibberish to you now, consider yourself warned: There’s a good chance you’ll soon be on a frantic hunt to get them under your Christmas tree.

These tiny, plastic characters are part of an explosively growing line of toys called Shopkins, which can perhaps best be described as personified versions of items you’d find at the grocery store or the mall — miniature pastries or high heels with cute faces.

After just over two years on store shelves, Shopkins has become a huge business: Market research firm NPD Group reports that a 12-pack of assorted Shopkins was the single best-selling toy in 2015, edging out items from popular properties such as Star

Read more at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2016/11/16/shopkins-the-tiny-toy-that-appears-headed-for-a-huge-christmas/

Shopkins: The tiny toy that appears headed for a huge Christmas


A selection of Shopkins, a toy that’s expected to be a hot seller this holiday season. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

Vicki Vanilla. Susie Sausage. Buncho Bananas.

If these names sound like gibberish to you now, consider yourself warned: There’s a good chance you’ll soon be on a frantic hunt to get them under your Christmas tree.

These tiny, plastic characters are part of an explosively growing line of toys called Shopkins, which can perhaps best be described as personified versions of items you’d find at the grocery store or the mall — miniature pastries or high heels with cute faces.

After just over two years on store shelves, Shopkins has become a huge business: Market research firm NPD Group reports that a 12-pack of assorted Shopkins was the single best-selling toy in 2015, edging out items from popular properties such as Star

Read more at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2016/11/16/shopkins-the-tiny-toy-that-appears-headed-for-a-huge-christmas/