Fresh Meat 6 Weekend 1 Round Up

Author’s Note: Edited on October 16th, 2017. This article has been edited from a previous version to better articulate some critical analysis of Fresh Meat’s mandate for diversity.  These conversations are important to have and it’s important to choose our words carefully.  These edits reflect the author’s development in thinking and analysis and may continue … Continue reading Fresh Meat 6 Weekend 1 Round Up

High Praise for “Almighty Voice & His Wife”

Although my compatriot and I sat through an ungodly amount of traffic last Tuesday evening to get to Kingston, Ontario, Daniel David Moses’ Almighty Voice & his Wife, directed by the formidable Lib Spry and playing at The Grand Theatre (the Baby Grand, to be exact), certainly made up for it. An incredibly thought-provoking text … Continue reading High Praise for “Almighty Voice & His Wife”

‘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

For Your “Love and Information”

TWA brings Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information to the Ottawa Fringe this year. It’s a little headier than your average Fringe show, but I encourage you to check out this production of a modern classic, performed by a promising group of young performers. Love and Information is not a play; it’s more like fifty plays … Continue reading For Your “Love and Information”

“Maestro”: Production Can’t Get a ‘Handel’ on Weak Text

Maestro, presented by Plosive Productions at the Gladstone, is an idealistic step forward in a lot of ways: it is an English-language premiere of a Canadian script set in Ottawa, in a production with performances in both French and English. Unfortunately Maestro (written by Claude Montminy) is not a good play, and the bilingual aspect to the … Continue reading “Maestro”: Production Can’t Get a ‘Handel’ on Weak Text

“girls!girls!girls!” Makes the Most of a Weak Script

Cart Before the Horse Theatre Company’s girls!girls!girls! has strong acting and design components going for it, but the production is bogged down by a script that tries too hard to make a statement about juvenile delinquency. In a nameless small Ontario town on a typical Friday night, local teens take over in a no-holds-barred sloshfest, … Continue reading “girls!girls!girls!” Makes the Most of a Weak Script

“The Hottentot Venus- UNTOLD”: Reflections on the Past Gives way to Reconciliations in the Future

As we continue through the 21st century and try to put right the wrongs of past centuries, it’s very easy to point fingers and stay angry. A more productive method, however, is to focus on the healing that needs to happen before we can really move on. The Hottentot Venus – UNTOLD is a show that … Continue reading “The Hottentot Venus- UNTOLD”: Reflections on the Past Gives way to Reconciliations in the Future

Little Shop of Horrors a Delightful Black Comedy

Black comedy often presents a challenge for directors and performers: if you go too subtle with it no one will laugh, but if you’re too heavy handed with it the audience will feel you’re shoving it down their throats. Fortunately with Theatre Kraken’s Little Shop of Horrors, director Don Fex and the performers get the … Continue reading Little Shop of Horrors a Delightful Black Comedy

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