“You Are Happy”: An enigma inside a Rubik’s Cube

by Ron Finnigan Edited by Brie McFarlane You Are Happy is an English translation of the Rébecca Déraspe play “Deux ans de votre vie” currently being presented at GCTC until October 8th, 2017. Upon entering the theatre, I was struck by the unusual set design which reminded me of a solved Rubik’s Cube with the … Continue reading “You Are Happy”: An enigma inside a Rubik’s Cube

“Educating Rita” is Relevant but Unfocused

Ottawa Little Theatre kicks off its 105th season with Willy Russell’s Educating Rita. The play centres around themes that are just as applicable to Ottawa in 2017 as they were when it first premiered in London in 1980, but the details of the script, such as the cultural references and English dialect, feel dated and … Continue reading “Educating Rita” is Relevant but Unfocused

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”

Upcoming Events 2017-2018

While local baristas are preparing for the onslaught of PSLs headed their way, the Ottawa theatre community is gearing up for another year jam-packed with performances. Yes, September is already in full swing which can only mean the launch of new seasonal programming at numerous venues across the city (NAC, GCTC, La Nouvelle Scene, OLT, … Continue reading Upcoming Events 2017-2018

I Ain’t Sayin’ She a Gold Digger: A Brief Analysis of Odyssey’s “Amorous Servant”

For many Canadian arts communities summertime usually means theatre in the park. This tradition, hearkening back to Ancient Greece, seeks to bring audience members out of the ‘black box’ and into the open air where the natural elements often heighten the artistic experience. Ottawa in particular is known for having a wide variety of theatre … Continue reading I Ain’t Sayin’ She a Gold Digger: A Brief Analysis of Odyssey’s “Amorous Servant”

“The Amorous Servant” another feather in Odyssey’s cap

The Amorous Servant is an excellent example of what makes Odyssey Theatre’s Theatre Under the Stars program so enjoyable. Besides high artistic quality on stage, the company itself does an admirable job of anticipating patrons’ needs in an outdoor performance environment. The Amorous Servant is an 18th century comedy by legendary Italian playwright Carlo Goldoni, … Continue reading “The Amorous Servant” another feather in Odyssey’s cap

“39 Blyth Blvd” Mrs. M may forget Vivan but no one will forget this play

By: Alexandra Milman 39 Blyth Blvd, written by Cullen McGrail and directed by Izzy Solis Lozano, is an interesting production which could be outstanding with just a little bit more work. Performed as part of the 2017 Youth Infringement Festival , 39 Blyth Blvd is about the proprietor of 39 Blyth Blvd, Mrs. M, who throughout the … Continue reading “39 Blyth Blvd” Mrs. M may forget Vivan but no one will forget this play

Ottawa’s theatre criticism landscape is changing

By Tamara LaPlante On November 21, 2011, Iain Armitage posted his first theatre review to his YouTube channel: IainLovesTheatre. He was three years old at the time. After seeing a production of Hairspray at Signature Theatre, Armitage filmed a 34 second stand-up with his reactions to the musical. His channel is one example of the … Continue reading Ottawa’s theatre criticism landscape is changing

“Pardon Me, Prime Minister” Makes for Perfect Summer Theatre

Pardon Me, Prime Minister closes out Ottawa Little Theatre’s 104th season. This British farce, though a bit dated, has a snappy comic pace (especially in the second act) and a silly premise that makes it perfect for summer community theatre. In the Prime Minster’s office at 10 Downing Street at some point in the 1970s, … Continue reading “Pardon Me, Prime Minister” Makes for Perfect Summer Theatre