“How do you pick up the threads of an old life? How do you go on, when in your heart, you begin to understand, there is no going back”- Frodo Baggins, Return of the King (2003) When the hobbits return to Hobbiton after their epic quest through Middle Earth, Frodo Baggins finds himself unable to … Continue reading Serendipitous Indifference: Diving Deeper into David Yee’s “carried away on the crest of a wave”
If you’re looking for a family drama with an abundance of emotional depth and a production that runs like a well-oiled machine, look no further than How Black Mothers Say I Love You(HBMSILY), written by Trey Anthony, currently playing at the Irving Greenberg Centre until March 25th. Riding the success of previous play ‘da kink … Continue reading “How Black Mother’s Say I Love You” is a Production with A Lot of Heart
By Tamara LaPlante Stratford Festival is taking Romeo & Juliet on a road trip, as the popular Shakespearean production travels to cities across Canada today. Originally part of the Stratford Festival’s 2017 season, the stage production ran from May 3 to Oct. 21, but today will be screened in three Cineplex theatres in Ottawa, among … Continue reading From stage to screen, Ottawa gets a taste of Stratford
If you were one of the lucky ones to nab tickets to the one-night-only performance of Adam Lazarus’ Daughter at this year’s undercurrents, then you will no doubt understand what I mean when I say that it is almost quite literally one of the worst shows you will ever sit through. Don’t get me wrong, … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Reflections on “Daughter”
“Girls have been written and represented in popular culture in many different ways. Most of these representations have been largely unsatisfying because they never get girlhood quite right. It is not possible for girlhood to be represented wholly—girlhood is too vast and too individual an experience. We can only try to represent girlhood in ways … Continue reading Moscovitch’s 1920s Drama Falls Short in 2018
Robert Lepage’s 887, an autobiographical exploration of memory, aging, and Québec’s Quiet Revolution, is currently running at the National Arts Centre for the first time in English and if you haven’t already seen it, you should. 887 excels both as a beautiful play to look at, thanks to Lepage’s legendary stagecraft (and backstage crew of … Continue reading 887 Gets 10/10
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)”!
We’re at the point where a brand new year is around the corner and we find ourselves asking “what did we do this year?” In the spirit of a round-robin Christmas letter, we thought we’d let you know what our 2017 has been like… January proved to be an exciting start to the year for … Continue reading 2017 In Review: What Have We Been Up To?
by Ron Finnigan Edited by Brie McFarlane On December 6th, I was part of the "voyeurs" watching performer Tess Degenstein, in the role of Mimi, go on a blind date with a man named Paul selected seemingly at random from the audience. This was not rehearsed. Paul had no idea he would be chosen when … Continue reading Blind Date – Laughing at Someone Else’s Nightmare
Blind Date @ GCTC November 30-December 17, 2017 Previews November 28 and 29 WHAT IS EMBEDDED CRITICISM? The traditional model for theatre criticism (and other art forms) involves a separation between artist and critic. The artist(s) create(s) a piece of theatre and present it, the critic attends the performance and writes their review, and never … Continue reading EMBEDDED CRITICISM: Critics Become Stagehands for a Night