“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

“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

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

“next to normal” is a Production Worthy of Accolades

Trepidation: the feeling that inexplicably fills my body whenever I encounter a production that focuses solely on mental health. Though, perhaps, it is not so inexplicable: in my limited (but continually expanding) theatregoing experience, sometimes theatre performance that attempts to destigmatize mental illnesses only reinforces those same stigmatizations or stereotypes despite their good intentions. This … Continue reading “next to normal” is a Production Worthy of Accolades

“The Lion in Winter” Offers Political Intrigue and Aging Wisdom

In 1183, King Henry II of England spends his Christmas with family and a couple of guests. Yet, with his wife as his political prisoner, his three constantly scheming sons, as well as his mistress and her cousin the King of France all under one roof, Henry's Christmas is far from a quiet night. Very early, … Continue reading “The Lion in Winter” Offers Political Intrigue and Aging Wisdom

Magic Rings and a Magic Performance

         Magic Rings and a Magic Performance Alexandra Milman (age 12)         Much to my delight I am pleased to say that I really enjoyed C.S. Lewis' The Magician’s Nephew, directed by Jonathan Harris and produced by 9th Hour Theatre, at Centrepointe Theatre. This tale is about two children, Polly (played by Sarah Stapleton) and … Continue reading Magic Rings and a Magic Performance

A Classic Confusing RENT

A Classic Confusing Rent  Ian Huffam “What binds the fabric together when the raging, shifting winds of change keep ripping away?” This, and other questions, are raised in the eponymous opening song of Sock ‘N Buskin’s RENT, but they are difficult to answer when the production itself doesn’t seem to know what’s binding it together. … Continue reading A Classic Confusing RENT