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Modern Theatre in Context: A Critical Timeline

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Johnny Burke stages The Topsail Geisha in St. John's – an open parody of an immensely popular British Operetta, The Geisha, which had been staged by Sir Charles Hutton in St. John's the year before. Burke's rather obvious satire on both cultural colonialism and kitsch makes a rudimentary claim to Canadian content by turning the original Japanese chorus into local fishermen, who fan themselves with dried salt fish.