“girls!girls!girls!” Makes the Most of a Weak Script

Cart Before the Horse Theatre Company’s girls!girls!girls! has strong acting and design components going for it, but the production is bogged down by a script that tries too hard to make a statement about juvenile delinquency. In a nameless small Ontario town on a typical Friday night, local teens take over in a no-holds-barred sloshfest, … Continue reading “girls!girls!girls!” Makes the Most of a Weak Script

“The Hottentot Venus- UNTOLD”: Reflections on the Past Gives way to Reconciliations in the Future

As we continue through the 21st century and try to put right the wrongs of past centuries, it’s very easy to point fingers and stay angry. A more productive method, however, is to focus on the healing that needs to happen before we can really move on. The Hottentot Venus – UNTOLD is a show that … Continue reading “The Hottentot Venus- UNTOLD”: Reflections on the Past Gives way to Reconciliations in the Future

Michael Healey Unites Audiences with New Political Satire “1979”

1979, a new play by the esteemed Michael Healey debuted Thursday night at the GCTC as a co-production with the Shaw Festival. A farcical, somewhat fantastical, and wholly fictional take on the behind the scenes of real historical events, Healey’s play aims its satire squarely at the individuals who formed the Canadian political elite around … Continue reading Michael Healey Unites Audiences with New Political Satire “1979”

Little Shop of Horrors a Delightful Black Comedy

Black comedy often presents a challenge for directors and performers: if you go too subtle with it no one will laugh, but if you’re too heavy handed with it the audience will feel you’re shoving it down their throats. Fortunately with Theatre Kraken’s Little Shop of Horrors, director Don Fex and the performers get the … Continue reading Little Shop of Horrors a Delightful Black Comedy

MagNorth: A Post-Mortem

Following the cancellation of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival March 22nd, NOC’s Wes Babcock spoke with board member John Goldsmith in a search for more information about the cancellation, the festival’s history, and its future. Dark Day Mondays goes investigative. In order to better understand the Festival’s cancellation, it’s necessary to talk a bit about it’s … Continue reading MagNorth: A Post-Mortem

Sláinte! “Vigilante” Arrives at the NAC

If you’ve ever heard of the ‘Black Donnellys’, it’s no doubt it’s because they’re central to an infamous Canadian tale that ends with their family’s massacre. Vigilante, written, composed and directed by Jonathan Chistenson, is an electric retelling of this dark and mysterious story that deals in blood feuds, vengeance, and murder. The deliciously macabre … Continue reading Sláinte! “Vigilante” Arrives at the NAC

A Local Guide to Celebrating World Theatre Day 2017

“Within these twenty-four hours we may be taken from France to Russia, from Racine and Moliere to Chekhov; we can even cross the Atlantic as a bolt of inspiration to serve on a Campus in California, enticing a young student there to reinvent and make their name in theatre. Indeed, theatre has such a thriving … Continue reading A Local Guide to Celebrating World Theatre Day 2017

“A Man of No Importance” Sees Mixed Results

   A Man of No Importance, presented by indie women productions, is a bit of a capricious musical that explores a time, not too long ago, when religion-based intolerance still pervaded most aspects of Irish society. Based on the 1994 film of the same name, AMONI tells the story of Alfie Byrne, a bus conductor … Continue reading “A Man of No Importance” Sees Mixed Results

The Collaborative Audience

It was brought to my attention last week that I was talking about theatre criticism as a collaboration between theatre artist, critic, and spectator without really exploring what that means. I touch on the relationships between these types of people a bit in the article on The Separation of Art and Critic, but I think it might … Continue reading The Collaborative Audience