Knock Knock: Man Walks into a Bar

Review by Wes Babcock   Man Walks Into a Bar pulls apart the conventions of comedy and theatre to deliver a powerful examination of the roles we inhabit in our real lives. Created by Rachel Blair, and performed by Blair and Blue Bigwood-Mallin, this show aims straight at the centre of the ongoing discussion about … Continue reading Knock Knock: Man Walks into a Bar

Shechter Shakes Up the NAC

On Tuesday, November 10th, a shock goes through the NAC audience. Something new has finally hit the NAC stage. It is not often that an Ottawa audience is startled by a show, or left speechless, but thanks to the Hofesh Shechter Company, we were. I could almost here the collective “Hallelujah” from the more educated … Continue reading Shechter Shakes Up the NAC

“The Double” puts a Spin on Dostoevsky

Dostoëvsky isn’t what you’d call a light read. As one of the most highly regarded Russian writers (probably most well-known for Crime and Punishment), his exploration of the troubled human psychology in the 19th century influenced the likes of Anton Chekhov, Ernest Hemingway, and Jean-Paul Sartre. His work is often noted as having deep religious and … Continue reading “The Double” puts a Spin on Dostoevsky

In which a theatre attempts an experiment with criticism, and critics lose the plot

The Mental Swoon

Now here’s an interesting one.

Guillermo-and-Adam-copy-v1 Guillermo Verdecchia and Adam Lazarus in the Factory Theatre’s promotional image for The Art of Building a Bunker

This past week, Toronto’s Factory Theatre announced that they are inviting the media to their upcoming production of The Art of Building a Bunker by Adam Lazarus and Guillermo Verdecchia five days after the show opens. The reason for this, according to Aislinn Rose, producer of the show for the indie company Quiptake, is to see “if the conversation [about the production] can be more open and free, and more inclusive of a greater variety of voices, before the voice of authority comes in” – the voice of authority being, of course, reviews by theatre critics in mainstream outlets.

The voice of authority – in the form of J. Kelly Nestruck, theatre critic for the Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper – is not impressed.

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Summer of ’34: REDUX- Review

Summer of ’34: REDUX Meaghan Flaherty                 Immediately following their recent collaboration with May Can Theatre at the 2013 Fringe festival, Backpack Theatre launches right into a remount of Summer of ’34, which was originally performed at the Fresh Meat festival. Re-written and with new designers, Summer of ’34: Redux, follows Jim as he tries … Continue reading Summer of ’34: REDUX- Review