By Natalie V. Creating a world with morbid humour, captivating plot and conniving characters, 39 Blyth Boulevard, written by Cullen McGrail and directed by Izzy Solis Lozano at the 2017 Youth Infringement Festival, is sure to draw you in. As the cryptic Mrs. M and determined detective N. (Sarah Thuswaldner and Andrew Foster) tell their … Continue reading “39 Blyth Boulevard”: Killing the Game?
“Take it easy, Woyzeck…nice and slow.” Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck is certainly recognizable to anyone who’s ever taken a contemporary theatre history class. Left incomplete upon the playwright’s death, the play is usually one of the theatre student’s first experiences with fragmented dramaturgy (or narrative structure). You’ll probably also learn that Woyzeck in particular became very … Continue reading “Woyzeck’s Head” a Fresh and Original Take on a German Classic
Judith Thompson doesn’t exactly write what you would call “light-hearted” fare, despite what the title Perfect Pie might entice you to believe. Taking over Arts Court Theatre only until March 18th, Cart Before the Horse Theatre serves up some highly charged performances that give way to the moments of deep intensity that are characteristic of … Continue reading Cart Before the Horse Bakes up a (Nearly) “Perfect Pie”
Those of us living in Ottawa understand just how cruel these winter months can be. Despite having a relatively mild and easy December and January this year, these past few weeks in February have given us good reminder that we’re not through it yet. However, no amount of inclement weather could keep Ottawa audiences away … Continue reading Undercurrents Theatre Festival Sees its Best Year Yet
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
Monstrous, or, The Miscegenation Advantage starts with a simple question of identity but quickly becomes distracted by unnecessary historical background and underused dramaturgical elements; this show raises issues instead of questions and because of this it becomes impossible to provide answers. Part autobiography, part research, part indictment of racism, part dance, it’s hard to … Continue reading Monstrous, or What’s the Advantage?
TACTICS (Theatre Artists Co-operative The Independent Collective Series) opened up its second season with an interesting double bill, no doubt meant to spark discussion. (off) Balance and feelers gives audiences a chance to indulge in an evening of performance that features a fusion of dance and storytelling. Playing until November 21st at Arts Court Theatre, … Continue reading TACTICS Opens New Season with Theatrical Double-Bill Addressing Hot Topics
Fresh Meat Sizzles The latest edition of the Fresh Meat: DIY Theatre Fest this month proves not only that Arts Court is the place to check out up-and-coming theatre artists, but also that their art is something worth checking out. This year Fresh Meat offers up 10 bite-size performances spread over 2 weekends, with … Continue reading Fresh Meat Sizzles
I don’t want to bore you any longer with how awesome I think the Fresh Meat DIY Theatre Festival is. You can read my preview of the first weekend of the 2015 festival here, and my reviews of past festivals here, here, and here. Instead, I’m going to throw these five, brand-new, twenty-minute theatre fillets … Continue reading Fresh Meat 4: What’s Happened and What’s to Come!
October is practically bursting at the seams with the numerous theatrical events taking place in Ottawa this month. The impressive Norman Conquests trilogy wrapped up at the Gladstone only a few days past and the remount of two wildly successful shows at the Fringe Encore happening this last weekend, we are now looking forward to the … Continue reading PREVIEW: Fresh Meat 4 is Fresher than Ever!