Lara Rae

Columnist

Lara Rae is a stand-up comic, comedy writer and the former artistic director of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival.

Latest from Lara Rae

Opinion

Halloween carries scary dilemma for trans people — and a rich history of exploration

If I go as a female character, some might read me as "man in a dress." If I go as a man, I might not be seen as a woman at all.
Point of View

Fringe Fest scores rave reviews for celebrating LBGTQ diversity: Lara Rae

Lara Rae takes a look back at how the Winnipeg Fringe Festival has historically created a safe space for 'gender-free expression.'
Point of View

Winnipeg library's new security approach creates 'draconian and humiliating barrier'

Last month, Winnipeg's Millennium Library introduced security measures it says are a response to an increase in the number and seriousness of violent incidents and threats. But longtime library user Lara Rae say the changes only make her feel less safe, and users less welcome.
Point of View

Creating safe spaces starts with talking — and listening — to each other, says Lara Rae

For transgender people, or any group that faces bigotry, safe spaces come with a promise of dignity, says Lara Rae.
Review

Fortune favours the bold in Manitoba Opera's modern Don Giovanni

Manitoba Opera has Spain on the brain. Both operas this year, Don Giovanni and The Barber of Seville, are set in Seville. Don Giovanni director Oriol Tomas makes the most of the Spanish theme.
REVIEW

Manitoba Opera's La Traviata offers rare chance to see rising opera star

La Traviata endures not just because of its captivating music, but because of a story with musical and psychological depth, says reviewer Lara Rae, and the chance to see rising star Angel Blue in the lead role in Manitoba Opera's production should not be missed.

Manitoba Opera's Madama Butterfly is a timely tale

"Delicate" is the best way to describe this elegant new production of Madama Butterfly from Manitoba Opera, says reviewer Lara Rae.
★★★★★ Review

Mike Delamont: Mama's Boy

Delamont has an almost supernatural gift for storytelling — no bland synopsis can convey the power of this simple tale.
REVIEW

Some creaky Romanticism, but Manitoba Opera's Werther stands the test of time

Manitoba Opera's high-quality production of Werther, a not-overly familiar work, is a strong close to another fine season, says Lara Rae.
REVIEW

Manitoba Opera's warm and cheerful Falstaff cures the winter blahs

With the opening production of the new season, Manitoba Opera has finally presented all three of Verdi's Shakespeare operas.
★★★★★ Review

Peter 'n' Chris present: Here Lies Chris

FIVE STARS "I don't know how these two comedy partners retain such vibrant chemistry and continue to write material of such great quality every single year."
★★★★★ Review

Mike Delamont: Mama's Boy

FIVE STARS ​Delamont has an almost supernatural gift for storytelling — no bland synopsis can convey the power of this simple tale.
★★★ Review

5-Step Guide to Being German 2.0

THREE STARS Paco Erhard is charming enough - but his show is dull, predictable and repetitious.
★★ Review

2-Hander!

TWO STARS "Bait and Switch" might be a better title for this show hobbled by the injury and replacement of one of its two actors.
★★★★ Review

HUNKS

FOUR STARS Every year the H.U.N.K.S. get better and, for the first time, they can be counted among Winnipeg's finest sketch brands.