The Ecstasy of Rita Joe


The critics dwelled on two major issues concerning Ryga's work: its structural problems and its power. Jack Richards of the Vancouver Sun voiced an opinion echoed by others: "I don't know if it is a great play. But if the role of the stage is to communicate... Ryga and... Bloomfield have accomplished their purpose." Jamie Portman of the Vancouver Province wrote of the revival in 1976: "...the play still worked. Rita Joe was a landmark in more ways than one. It was - and remains - a play for all seasons and for all peoples." The Washington Post was positive, but Julius Novick, of The New York Times wrote, "'Canadian Playwright.' The words seem a little incongrous together, like 'Panamanian hockey-player,' almost, or 'Lebanese fur-trapper.'"

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