“Educating Rita” is Relevant but Unfocused

Ottawa Little Theatre kicks off its 105th season with Willy Russell’s Educating Rita. The play centres around themes that are just as applicable to Ottawa in 2017 as they were when it first premiered in London in 1980, but the details of the script, such as the cultural references and English dialect, feel dated and … Continue reading “Educating Rita” is Relevant but Unfocused

Musical Stage Company Navigates Problematic Stereotypes with Strong Female Lead in “Onegin”

The National Arts Centre’s English Theatre kicked off their newest season Friday night with Veda Hille and Amiel Gladstone’s foot-stomping new musical Onegin. Based on the verse novel Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin as well as Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s opera adaptation, The Musical Stage Company (in collaboration with NAC English Theatre) have respun this classic tale … Continue reading Musical Stage Company Navigates Problematic Stereotypes with Strong Female Lead in “Onegin”

“The Amorous Servant” another feather in Odyssey’s cap

The Amorous Servant is an excellent example of what makes Odyssey Theatre’s Theatre Under the Stars program so enjoyable. Besides high artistic quality on stage, the company itself does an admirable job of anticipating patrons’ needs in an outdoor performance environment. The Amorous Servant is an 18th century comedy by legendary Italian playwright Carlo Goldoni, … Continue reading “The Amorous Servant” another feather in Odyssey’s cap

“39 Blyth Blvd” Mrs. M may forget Vivan but no one will forget this play

By: Alexandra Milman 39 Blyth Blvd, written by Cullen McGrail and directed by Izzy Solis Lozano, is an interesting production which could be outstanding with just a little bit more work. Performed as part of the 2017 Youth Infringement Festival , 39 Blyth Blvd is about the proprietor of 39 Blyth Blvd, Mrs. M, who throughout the … Continue reading “39 Blyth Blvd” Mrs. M may forget Vivan but no one will forget this play

Ottawa’s theatre criticism landscape is changing

By Tamara LaPlante On November 21, 2011, Iain Armitage posted his first theatre review to his YouTube channel: IainLovesTheatre. He was three years old at the time. After seeing a production of Hairspray at Signature Theatre, Armitage filmed a 34 second stand-up with his reactions to the musical. His channel is one example of the … Continue reading Ottawa’s theatre criticism landscape is changing

“Pardon Me, Prime Minister” Makes for Perfect Summer Theatre

Pardon Me, Prime Minister closes out Ottawa Little Theatre’s 104th season. This British farce, though a bit dated, has a snappy comic pace (especially in the second act) and a silly premise that makes it perfect for summer community theatre. In the Prime Minster’s office at 10 Downing Street at some point in the 1970s, … Continue reading “Pardon Me, Prime Minister” Makes for Perfect Summer Theatre

New Criticism & Writing From a Place of Privilege

Edited by Caitlin Gowans The hype around #Canada150 has seemingly come and gone and like many others, I spent Canada Day in reflection. On this occasion there was an outpouring of ‘think pieces’ from white individuals, myself included, stating their discomfort or feelings of awkwardness in regards to celebrating Canada Day this year because of … Continue reading New Criticism & Writing From a Place of Privilege

‘Midsummer Night’ Keeps the ‘Dream’ Alive

This year’s Torchlight Shakespeare production from A Company of Fools continues their proud tradition of fun and fast-paced classical theatre, with only a hint of growing pains as they bring new performers into their fold. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most performed plays, and in many ways is an ideal play for … Continue reading ‘Midsummer Night’ Keeps the ‘Dream’ Alive

“Dicky Dicky Dream Factory;” What’s it Building?

Dicky Dicky: Dream Factory, What’s it building? The thing that everyone talks about in this show is the fact that the performers put literal pillow cases over the heads of the entire audience, after making them sign a waiver saying that they are participating voluntarily in the show, and are ineligible for a refund. I … Continue reading “Dicky Dicky Dream Factory;” What’s it Building?