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

“A Man of No Importance” Sees Mixed Results

   A Man of No Importance, presented by indie women productions, is a bit of a capricious musical that explores a time, not too long ago, when religion-based intolerance still pervaded most aspects of Irish society. Based on the 1994 film of the same name, AMONI tells the story of Alfie Byrne, a bus conductor … Continue reading “A Man of No Importance” Sees Mixed Results

“Finishing the Suit touches on big themes

With Finishing the Suit, Bear & Co. make a valuable addition to the history of queer theatre in Ottawa. Thematically rich and dealing with important aspects of gay identity and modern British history, Suit suffers from an existential premise that perhaps draws too much attention to itself, though its strengths, as well its strong directing … Continue reading “Finishing the Suit touches on big themes

TACTICS Season 3 Brings the Heat

The third season of the Theatre Artists’ Co-operative: the Independent Collective Series (TACTICS) made its launch this past Sunday and this year we’re excited to see a compressed festival-style season with supersized artistic programming. With only two mainstage shows happening this year, Artistic Director and Festival Curator Bronwyn Steinberg has scheduled readings of five new … Continue reading TACTICS Season 3 Brings the Heat

Faster Than the Speed of Dating Runs Smooth

The last show to open at undercurrents 2017 is the delightfully silly Faster than the Speed of Dating. With its myriad pop culture references and archetypes, some smooth sleight-of-hand, and good old-fashioned clowning, FTTSOD is just the kind of show you want to see while unwinding with a drink after one of the mainstage shows. … Continue reading Faster Than the Speed of Dating Runs Smooth

“The Ghomeshi Effect”: A Step in the Right Direction

I want to begin this review with a preface: the following article is not intended to discredit the experiences of those interviewed for The Ghomeshi Effect; the experiences of the performers delivering such dark material; or the gumption of creator-director Jessica Ruano, choreographer Amelia Griffin, and the entirety of Perspective Collective Theatre company for making … Continue reading “The Ghomeshi Effect”: A Step in the Right Direction

Local Theatre Troupe Hopes to Inspire Call to Action with New Piece, “The Ghomeshi Effect”

The trial of prominent CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi is a hot topic for many Canadians. Perhaps one of the most divisive cases in Canadian legal history, this story brought the many nuanced and complicated facets of sexual violence- many of them oppressive and problematic- to the forefront of mainstream discourse. “The Ghomeshi Effect”, as … Continue reading Local Theatre Troupe Hopes to Inspire Call to Action with New Piece, “The Ghomeshi Effect”

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” a R-A-U-C-O-U-S Good Time

indie women productions’ The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (or Bee, as I’m going to call it) presents a high energy combination of musical theatre, black comedy, improv, celebrity appearances, and good old-fashioned nerdiness. Bee originally premiered on Broadway in 2005 (winning the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical, as well as … Continue reading “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” a R-A-U-C-O-U-S Good Time