Everyone remembers their teenage years. Surviving high school, for most North Americans, is a seminal feat in an individual’s life and one that continues to help inform personal identity well into adulthood. Being a teenager can be like living on a battlefield – quite literally for some – or can be some of the best … Continue reading Tannahill’s “Concord Floral” Still Has Room to Grow
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”
written by Ian Huffam Le Long de la Principale (Down Main Street) has a lot going for it: a charming script, talented young actors, a set that is both minimalistic and pretty, and a director who has been able to articulate a sophisticated use of space despite the scarcity of scenic elements. The all-around strength … Continue reading Le Long de la Principale and French-language Theatre: We’re Worth it Too!
Every so often one hears whispers about the seemingly apparent lack of work coming out of the GCTC that excites or speaks to a younger generation of theatre goers. Stuck between the proverbial rock and a hard place, where pleasing a large subscription base often overpowers the desire (or the ability) to produce more provocative … Continue reading “Butcher” Cuts Deep at the Great Canadian Theatre Company
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?
The many unnecessary and irrelevant productions of William Shakespeare’s texts have caused me to grow a little jaded. Too often I’m left after two-plus hours unsatisfied and thinking, “yeah, okay, but why now?” Take, for instance, National Theatre London’s most recent production of Hamlet starring Hollywood heavyweight Bennedict Cumberbatch. Try as they might, and despite … Continue reading Jillian Keiley Stages a Stellar Shakespeare
A solid stage ensemble can almost always bring life to a dreary text, making it nigh enjoyable for the viewer. Take for instance Megan Piercey Monafu’s newest play A Little Fire, playing at Arts Court Theatre until January 30th. The text, in itself, still needs some work; however, the acting is what’s really worth watching. … Continue reading Strong Performances Fail to Fan the Flames in “A Little Fire”
“The year is 1945 and Tommy is on a mission to solve a mystery in Lowertown. He does his best sleuthing in Angel Square, a fearsome battleground where French, Protestant and Jewish kids battle on a daily basis. He knows that the answer to the mystery lies somewhere in the cultural divide of Angel Square. … Continue reading “Angel Square” is a thoughtful and well-acted production