“Swan River”: A Fairy Tale without Focus

By Sarah Haley One doesn’t often consider Ottawa as the backdrop for a fairy tale, yet Skeleton Key’s Swan River attempts to do just that. With its enchanting set design and natural backdrop, Swan River sets the stage for a tale that is both familiar and unfamiliar. An intricately woven piece, Swan River grapples with … Continue reading “Swan River”: A Fairy Tale without Focus

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“Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily”: Plenty of Potential, but Ultimately Unsatisfying

by Sarah Haley The stories of Detective Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson have remained in the popular imagination since their introduction through Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s story A Study in Scarlet in 1887. Their popularity has allowed them to grace many stages, including the Ottawa Little Theatre. Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the … Continue reading “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily”: Plenty of Potential, but Ultimately Unsatisfying

“Gracie” Fails to Engage on Stage Despite Textual Resonance

It’s hard to believe that it’s already the end of the season for the Great Canadian Theatre Company. Coming in hot on the heels of the uber-enjoyable How Black Mothers Say I Love You, is Joan MacLeod’s Gracie- a cautionary tale about the dangers of blind faith, isolated (yet pervasive) cults, and festered patriarchy. On … Continue reading “Gracie” Fails to Engage on Stage Despite Textual Resonance

Cineplex brings more of Stratford to Canadian audiences with “Timon of Athens”

by Tamara LaPlante Less than two months after Cineplex and the Stratford Festival collaborated to bring Romeo and Juliet to the silver screen, they’ve teamed up again to present Timon of Athens at the end of this month. The show closed in September at the festival last year, and now makes its ‘film’ debut on … Continue reading Cineplex brings more of Stratford to Canadian audiences with “Timon of Athens”

Second Step Offers Up a Tasting Flight of Theatrical Goodies with “Light(less)”

It’s always encouraging to see young independent theatre creators come up in the community and make a name for themselves through bold creative choices. Second Step theatre looks to be one of those companies where we will be able to see exactly that. Though Light(less) only had the briefest of runs (April 17th & 18th), … Continue reading Second Step Offers Up a Tasting Flight of Theatrical Goodies with “Light(less)”

The Broken Boundaries of “Blink”

by Sarah Haley "Love is whatever you feel it to be". Or at least, that’s what Plosive Production’s latest show, Blink, tells you. Written by Phil Porter and directed by Teri Loretto-Valentik, Blink is both a heartfelt and an unsettling performance. However, calling it a love story is misleading.  While it is true that the … Continue reading The Broken Boundaries of “Blink”

Serendipitous Indifference: Diving Deeper into David Yee’s “carried away on the crest of a wave”

“How do you pick up the threads of an old life? How do you go on, when in your heart, you begin to understand, there is no going back”- Frodo Baggins, Return of the King (2003)  When the hobbits return to Hobbiton after their epic quest through Middle Earth, Frodo Baggins finds himself unable to … Continue reading Serendipitous Indifference: Diving Deeper into David Yee’s “carried away on the crest of a wave”

An Uneasy Story: Ottawa Little Theatre’s “A Streetcar Named Desire”

by Sarah Haley Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire was once a harrowing insight into the class conflict between the ‘old’ and the ‘new’ American South.  In the modern day, the intentions of the play are much less palpable. Right from the onset, it is clear that cultivating the impression of being in the heart … Continue reading An Uneasy Story: Ottawa Little Theatre’s “A Streetcar Named Desire”

“Little One” Brings Big Performances to Stage

If you’re looking for something fun and edgy to watch this weekend, look no further than Little One currently playing at Live! On Elgin until this coming Saturday. This dark and sometimes sinister production carries a lot of emotional depth, not to mention some fantastic performances that will keep your eyes glued to the stage. … Continue reading “Little One” Brings Big Performances to Stage

“How Black Mother’s Say I Love You” is a Production with A Lot of Heart

If you’re looking for a family drama with an abundance of emotional depth and a production that runs like a well-oiled machine, look no further than How Black Mothers Say I Love You(HBMSILY), written by Trey Anthony, currently playing at the Irving Greenberg Centre until March 25th. Riding the success of previous play ‘da kink … Continue reading “How Black Mother’s Say I Love You” is a Production with A Lot of Heart