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”

From stage to screen, Ottawa gets a taste of Stratford

By Tamara LaPlante Stratford Festival is taking Romeo & Juliet on a road trip, as the popular Shakespearean production travels to cities across Canada today. Originally part of the Stratford Festival’s 2017 season, the stage production ran from May 3 to Oct. 21, but today will be screened in three Cineplex theatres in Ottawa, among … Continue reading From stage to screen, Ottawa gets a taste of Stratford

Dark Day Monday Meets Dark Day Monday

Written by Thea Fitz-James and Wesley Babcock WHAT IS DARK DAY MONDAY TO US? We planted our feet in Toronto, and put down roots. As performers and producers, we knew of many comedy spots, storytelling shows, and performance art showcases in the city. But we could think of few showcases that brought different performance forms, … Continue reading Dark Day Monday Meets Dark Day Monday

“The Twilight Parade”: Looks Cool, but Comes On a Little Strong

IAN: STO Union’s The Twilight Parade is a genuinely impressive undertaking: a 70-minute hand-animated film entirely put together by local community members, while 8 voice actors provide live voiceover. This family-friendly (for the most part) show follows a young fairy-like creature and the residents of a small town as they address the lack of love … Continue reading “The Twilight Parade”: Looks Cool, but Comes On a Little Strong

“The Pipeline Project” Strikes Gold

  Ian: The Pipeline Project has a lot going for it: it’s well-written and -performed, it deals with issues that directly affect Canadians, and with Kevin Loring’s involvement it also serves as something of a teaser for the upcoming Indigenous Theatre stream at the National Arts Centre. What strikes me the most about this production, however, … Continue reading “The Pipeline Project” Strikes Gold

“Little Boxes” Has Giant Stage Presence

Ian: I have to say my first night at undercurrents 2018 really blew me away, with two mainstage shows that examine major issues bubbling under the surface of Canadian society and a workshop production that’s already taking its unusual premise in fun directions. The first show of the night was Little Boxes, an exploration of … Continue reading “Little Boxes” Has Giant Stage Presence

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at Sock’N’Buskin: A Review

by Ron Finnigan   Twelfth Night, which is currently being presented at Carleton’s Kailesh Mital Theatre by Sock’N’Buskin on January 18th-20th and 25th- 27th, is a more traditional, albeit edited, staging of Shakespeare’s famous play. In the director’s notes included in the program, Tamara LaPlante comments that she's “never laughed so much” in rehearsing the … Continue reading Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at Sock’N’Buskin: A Review

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

Cultural Exchange Letter #3: Celebrating Theatre & Technology

Dear Brie, the New Ottawa Critics Team and fellow readers,   I've found these past few months incredibly eye opening; It has been great to talk to a theatre reviewing collective passionate about their local theatre scene. I continue to look forward to future exchanges, learning about prevalent issues within the Ottawa theatre community. The … Continue reading Cultural Exchange Letter #3: Celebrating Theatre & Technology

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