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

Ottawa Fringe Favourite Returns to 2017 Undercurrents Festival

Since stampeding onto the Ottawa Fringe scene in 2015, Margo MacDonald’s The Elephant Girls has gone on to see great success with audiences in both Canada and the UK. With another month long tour planned to England this coming April, company Parry Riposte show no signs of stopping this momentum any time soon. Getting your … Continue reading Ottawa Fringe Favourite Returns to 2017 Undercurrents Festival

Approval Creep (or why I won’t say everything is amazing)

This week I am going to talk about a rather insidious process I am calling ‘approval creep.’ We’ve touched on something like this before, in a discussion about star ratings, but this part of the conversation is a more constructive (rather than deconstructive) look at the way our particular brand of criticism works (and doesn’t … Continue reading Approval Creep (or why I won’t say everything is amazing)

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

“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

“Trudeau Stories” Curiously Devoid of Politics

Brooke Johnson’s Trudeau Stories is a fun and often irreverent tale of the off-and-on friendship between the two members of an unlikely pairing, but fails to seize on its opportunity to say something substantial about one of Canada’s more divisive political leaders. Based on the real-life relationship between Johnson and Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Trudeau Stories … Continue reading “Trudeau Stories” Curiously Devoid of Politics

“A Christmas Carol” at the NAC: A Confused Christmas Classic

The winter holiday season is known for its festive Christmas specials, whether that’s on the air or on the stage, and this year the National Arts Centre brings you Jillian Keiley’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ literary classic, A Christmas Carol. When Dickens originally penned the tale of old Ebenezer Scrooge in 1843, he obviously had … Continue reading “A Christmas Carol” at the NAC: A Confused Christmas Classic

Torch Song Trilogy: A Mixed Bag of Queer Theatre

TotoToo Theatre’s latest production, Torch Song Trilogy, is an ambitious production of 3 separate plays that form one cohesive narrative. There are moments of brilliance – especially the acting in the third part – but the production might have benefitted (maybe) from a tighter focus on the third act as opposed to all three stylistically … Continue reading Torch Song Trilogy: A Mixed Bag of Queer Theatre

“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