“You Are Happy”: An enigma inside a Rubik’s Cube

by Ron Finnigan Edited by Brie McFarlane You Are Happy is an English translation of the Rébecca Déraspe play “Deux ans de votre vie” currently being presented at GCTC until October 8th, 2017. Upon entering the theatre, I was struck by the unusual set design which reminded me of a solved Rubik’s Cube with the … Continue reading “You Are Happy”: An enigma inside a Rubik’s Cube

“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

Fringe Forecast 2017: Critics’ Pick!

2017 is a big year: not only is it Canada’s sesquicentennial and the Ottawa Fringe Festival’s 20th anniversary- but it will also mark the NOC’s 5th #OttFringe and, gosh, are we excited to be back! Running June 8th-18th, this year’s Fringe Festival will see a brand new line-up, some new venues, and another change to … Continue reading Fringe Forecast 2017: Critics’ Pick!

Cultural Exchange|Theatrefullstop

"Introducing a new segment to both Theatrefullstop and New Ottawa Critics. As two independent blogger collectives, we are both inspired by what theatrically is happening beyond our borders. Each month, we will correspond with all the latest happenings in our cultural cities. This is an opportunity to learn, be inspired, communicate and collaborate!"- Lucy Basaba, … Continue reading Cultural Exchange|Theatrefullstop

“39 Blyth Boulevard”: Killing the Game?

By Natalie V. Creating a world with morbid humour, captivating plot and conniving characters, 39 Blyth Boulevard, written by Cullen McGrail and directed by Izzy Solis Lozano at the 2017 Youth Infringement Festival, is sure to draw you in. As the cryptic Mrs. M and determined detective N. (Sarah Thuswaldner and Andrew Foster) tell their … Continue reading “39 Blyth Boulevard”: Killing the Game?

Dance Through Your ABCs with “26 lettres à danser”

By Timofei Smolko During this play i had many analogies to my life. The play walked the audience through a story of all the letters in the alphabet. The first scene was A and they were screaming a lot and moving abruptly that reminded me of how it is to be on a roller-coaster. The … Continue reading Dance Through Your ABCs with “26 lettres à danser”

“26 lettres à danser”: Alphabet Confusion

by Natasha Popovych (14 years old) You look at me like you know me, Yet you don't. You talk, and ask my name, But for what reason, You don't tell me that. You dance, sing and interact Yet I get no answer. You created  us a piece, Of alphabet meaning, But no such explanation. Your words are … Continue reading “26 lettres à danser”: Alphabet Confusion