Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at Sock’N’Buskin: A Review

by Ron Finnigan   Twelfth Night, which is currently being presented at Carleton’s Kailesh Mital Theatre by Sock’N’Buskin on January 18th-20th and 25th- 27th, is a more traditional, albeit edited, staging of Shakespeare’s famous play. In the director’s notes included in the program, Tamara LaPlante comments that she's “never laughed so much” in rehearsing the … Continue reading Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at Sock’N’Buskin: A Review

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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’

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”

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

God of Carnage: A Seemingly Strange Play for Students

Sometimes our best intentions don’t always make for the best results. Ottawa’s most recent production of God of Carnage, presented by Sock ‘n Buskin, has a good heart behind it, but suffers from issues that mainly stem from it being a rather unusual choice to produce given that its content suggests little relevance to a … Continue reading God of Carnage: A Seemingly Strange Play for Students

Macbeth: an Exercise in Feminist Theatre

Sock ‘n’ Buskin’s season opener of Macbeth is something of a mixed bag. With performances by some promising newcomers and a troubled relationship with a bold directorial choice, this student production has lots of ambition but lacks real follow through. Macbeth is certainly an alluring programming choice for a few reasons, not least of which is … Continue reading Macbeth: an Exercise in Feminist Theatre

Student Director Makes Waves with “pool (no water)”

Walking into the University of Ottawa’s historic Academic Hall for MFA (Stage Direction) candidate Pamela Feghali’s third and final production at UofO's Theatre Department, I couldn’t help but gasp audibly at the stage. It’s not often that an Ottawa theatre-goer is treated to such complex narrative that is evident in Mark Ravenhill’s text, pool (no water), let … Continue reading Student Director Makes Waves with “pool (no water)”

False Assumptions: An “A” for Effort

*Originally posted on the Capital Critics website here!* False Assumptions: An “A” for Effort. Brianna McFarlane When Marie Curie discovered radium in 1898 she had no idea that not only would her work greatly impact the world of science, but that her life would inspire millions for years to come. False Assumptions was written by … Continue reading False Assumptions: An “A” for Effort