“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

“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

“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

‘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

“Don’t Go Down to the River” Flows; in need of more visuals

With Don’t Go Down to the River, JIG theatrecompany has created a compelling and dark homegrown mystery, but the minimalist one-woman show format they utilize undermines the power of the world built by the narrative. Under the guise of showing her house off to potential buyers, Grace Shaw relates the dark history of her family … Continue reading “Don’t Go Down to the River” Flows; in need of more visuals

“Tiny Dynamite” Showcase for Potential Ignition

Meraki Theatre’s debut production, Tiny Dynamite, shows off the obvious talents and artistic instincts of its three members, though the production suffers from a lack of compromise with the practical drawbacks of its venue. One of the three shows at this year’s Fringe based on a pre-established script, Tiny Dynamite was written by British playwright … Continue reading “Tiny Dynamite” Showcase for Potential Ignition

“The Chronic Single’s Handbook” or: A How-To Guide to Problematic Gender Relations

Randy Ross’ Chronic Single’s Handbook follows his decision to travel around the world on a self-exploratory journey to find inner peace and figure out why he can’t hold down a girlfriend – like Eat Pray Love, but with more hookers. Though the show offers a bawdy, male perspective on the idea of the journey of … Continue reading “The Chronic Single’s Handbook” or: A How-To Guide to Problematic Gender Relations

“Endlings” Makes a Start

*The third paragraph of this review (beginning “This script raises…”) includes spoilers. Local playwright Vishesh Abeyratne takes a bold step forward with Endlings, a post-apocalyptic tale in which human reproduction is strictly controlled by the state. Though it begins to engage with important issues such as the nature of desire and what is really in … Continue reading “Endlings” Makes a Start