Student Production Sees Success With ‘Legally Blonde’

The University of Ottawa’s Musical Theatre Society has just served up what might be the most fun production of January. If you missed this sold out show, I can understand your feelings of FOMO. It’s been just over a week and I’m still thinking about this production. Legally Blonde: The Musical (book by Heather Hach … Continue reading Student Production Sees Success With ‘Legally Blonde’

Go See “Mr. Shi (and His Lover)”!

2018 might be off to a rather chilly start, but the even the sub-zero temperatures failed to keep theatregoers from attending the opening night of Macau Experimental Theatre’s Mr. Shi and His Lover at the National Arts Centre (playing until January 13th). Given the high accolades that this production has received coming out of Toronto … Continue reading Go See “Mr. Shi (and His Lover)”!

“Ordinary Days” Goes Small and Wins Big

Musicals, with their outrageous sets and costumes, 11 o’clock numbers, and dance breakdowns, aren’t a common sight at Great Canadian Theatre Company. Their current production of Adam Gwon’s Ordinary Days, however, shows that none of those things are necessary to produce quality musical theatre that still maintains a significant degree of theatricality. Ordinary Days follows … Continue reading “Ordinary Days” Goes Small and Wins Big

Musical Stage Company Navigates Problematic Stereotypes with Strong Female Lead in “Onegin”

The National Arts Centre’s English Theatre kicked off their newest season Friday night with Veda Hille and Amiel Gladstone’s foot-stomping new musical Onegin. Based on the verse novel Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin as well as Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s opera adaptation, The Musical Stage Company (in collaboration with NAC English Theatre) have respun this classic tale … Continue reading Musical Stage Company Navigates Problematic Stereotypes with Strong Female Lead in “Onegin”

Review: “Children Of God” at the National Arts Centre

A musical about Residential Schools. The beauty of works in the musical genre, from my perspective, is that they have the ability to transcend the bounds of the theatre in ways most other kinds of productions cannot to become cultural phenomena. They can bridge the gap between addressing things that remain unspoken in popular society, … Continue reading Review: “Children Of God” at the National Arts Centre

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

Sláinte! “Vigilante” Arrives at the NAC

If you’ve ever heard of the ‘Black Donnellys’, it’s no doubt it’s because they’re central to an infamous Canadian tale that ends with their family’s massacre. Vigilante, written, composed and directed by Jonathan Chistenson, is an electric retelling of this dark and mysterious story that deals in blood feuds, vengeance, and murder. The deliciously macabre … Continue reading Sláinte! “Vigilante” Arrives at the NAC

“Next Thing You Know” Has Style If Not Substance

Next Thing You Know takes the Broadway musical formula and applies it to four young people in New York who realize they aren’t getting younger. The show’s creators have a solid grasp of the Broadway style, but the show suffers from a lack of dramatic substance. Waverly moved to New York to become an actress … Continue reading “Next Thing You Know” Has Style If Not Substance

“My Fair Zombie”: A Fun Spin on an Old Classic

"My Fair Zombie": A Fun Spin on an Old Classic By Ian Huffam "My Fair Zombie" is certainly not a sophisticated musical in the traditional sense, but it’s clear that Brett Kelly knows how to put together a show. If you didn’t infer it from the title, "My Fair Zombie" takes the stuffy pedigree of … Continue reading “My Fair Zombie”: A Fun Spin on an Old Classic

“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