Blind Date – Laughing at Someone Else’s Nightmare

by Ron Finnigan Edited by Brie McFarlane On December 6th, I was part of the "voyeurs" watching performer Tess Degenstein, in the role of Mimi, go on a blind date with a man named Paul selected seemingly at random from the audience. This was not rehearsed. Paul had no idea he would be chosen when … Continue reading Blind Date – Laughing at Someone Else’s Nightmare

EMBEDDED CRITICISM: Critics Become Stagehands for a Night

Blind Date @ GCTC November 30-December 17, 2017 Previews November 28 and 29 WHAT IS EMBEDDED CRITICISM? The traditional model for theatre criticism (and other art forms) involves a separation between artist and critic. The artist(s) create(s) a piece of theatre and present it, the critic attends the performance and writes their review, and never … Continue reading EMBEDDED CRITICISM: Critics Become Stagehands for a Night

“Building the Wall”: A Character Study Exploring “Building” the Straw Man Argument

Robert Schenkkan’s Building the Wall, a speculative look at the near future of America under the Trump presidency, is a timely yet oddly underwhelming examination of the political situation our southern neighbours have regrettably brought upon themselves. Horseshoes and Hand Grenades Theatre present the Canadian premiere (playing at the Gladstone until December 3rd) of this … Continue reading “Building the Wall”: A Character Study Exploring “Building” the Straw Man Argument

Undercurrents 2018 Launch: Undercurrents Gets Politcal

The undercurrents theatre festival has made a name for itself by trying to showcase some of this country’s boldest theatre performances here in the Capital city. Last year saw the exhilarating stage presence of Sébastien Heins and the bass-thumping Brotherhood: the Hip Hopera, not to mention the audio-adventure that was Ghost River Theatre’s Tomorrow’s Child. … Continue reading Undercurrents 2018 Launch: Undercurrents Gets Politcal

“Ordinary Days” Goes Small and Wins Big

Musicals, with their outrageous sets and costumes, 11 o’clock numbers, and dance breakdowns, aren’t a common sight at Great Canadian Theatre Company. Their current production of Adam Gwon’s Ordinary Days, however, shows that none of those things are necessary to produce quality musical theatre that still maintains a significant degree of theatricality. Ordinary Days follows … Continue reading “Ordinary Days” Goes Small and Wins Big

“King of the Yees”: A Noble Attempt at Merging the Social and Aesthetic on Stage

The latest production of the National Arts Centre’s English Theatre season, Lauren Yee’s King of the Yees, reminds me of the division between social drama and aesthetic drama that can help us to talk about the different ways in which we view and interpret theatrical productions. While this show is a boon to Artistic Director … Continue reading “King of the Yees”: A Noble Attempt at Merging the Social and Aesthetic on Stage

Fresh Meat 6: Weekend 2 Round Up

It happens. Sometimes when we feel super passionate about something we run the risk of biting off more than we can chew. Last week when we published our article for the first weekend of the Fresh Meat Theatre Festival, we brought up some issues that were far too big for one piece to thoroughly and … Continue reading Fresh Meat 6: Weekend 2 Round Up

Community Voices: Halloween Edition!

Check out our new video with Patrice Forbes from Dead Unicorn Ink where we go through some easy DIY stage blood recipes! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KG6AkeFav4E Ten Little Sinners returns to Ottawa on October 27th and 28th as part of the Fringe Encore series. Ingredients: Laundry soap (or dish soap), coffee (cooled), chocolate sauce, red food dye OR … Continue reading Community Voices: Halloween Edition!

Fresh Meat 6 Weekend 1 Round Up

Author’s Note: Last edited on October 16th, October 20th November 2, 2017. This article has been edited from a previous version to better articulate some critical analysis of Fresh Meat’s mandate for diversity.  These conversations are important to have and it’s important to choose our words carefully.  These edits reflect the author’s development in thinking … Continue reading Fresh Meat 6 Weekend 1 Round Up

High Praise for “Almighty Voice & His Wife”

Although my compatriot and I sat through an ungodly amount of traffic last Tuesday evening to get to Kingston, Ontario, Daniel David Moses’ Almighty Voice & his Wife, directed by the formidable Lib Spry and playing at The Grand Theatre (the Baby Grand, to be exact), certainly made up for it. An incredibly thought-provoking text … Continue reading High Praise for “Almighty Voice & His Wife”