The Wedding Party: Shakespearean in Form but not in Finish

by Sarah Haley The Wedding Party, a comedy co-produced by Crow’s Theatre and Talk is Free Theatre, is a chaotic dramedy with clear Shakespearean influences. With mistaken identities and deception, marriage, miscommunication, and complex and intertwining storylines, it has almost all the markers of one of Shakespeare’s comedies. Yet the unresolved issues and the missing … Continue reading The Wedding Party: Shakespearean in Form but not in Finish

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“Minding Frankie” Combats the Cold Weather by Warming Hearts

by Sarah Haley Maeve Binchy, the world renown Irish author, is well known for her ability to translate ordinary lives on to the page to reveal the true, extraordinary nature of each life. On stage, Minding Frankie, adapted by Shay Linehan, is no different. Under the direction of John P. Kelly, SevenThirty’s production remains faithful … Continue reading “Minding Frankie” Combats the Cold Weather by Warming Hearts

“Who Done the Donald?” Is An Encouraging First Start For New Company

Ottawa is no stranger to murder-mystery dinner theatre, with companies like Eddie May Murder Mysteries and Murder Mystery Ottawa having entertained local crowds for over 20 years. The genre itself relies on the combination of the classic tropes of the mystery novel with moments of audience participation, and usually (though not always) ends with the … Continue reading “Who Done the Donald?” Is An Encouraging First Start For New Company

“Swan River”: A Fairy Tale without Focus

By Sarah Haley One doesn’t often consider Ottawa as the backdrop for a fairy tale, yet Skeleton Key’s Swan River attempts to do just that. With its enchanting set design and natural backdrop, Swan River sets the stage for a tale that is both familiar and unfamiliar. An intricately woven piece, Swan River grapples with … Continue reading “Swan River”: A Fairy Tale without Focus

“Gracie” Fails to Engage on Stage Despite Textual Resonance

It’s hard to believe that it’s already the end of the season for the Great Canadian Theatre Company. Coming in hot on the heels of the uber-enjoyable How Black Mothers Say I Love You, is Joan MacLeod’s Gracie- a cautionary tale about the dangers of blind faith, isolated (yet pervasive) cults, and festered patriarchy. On … Continue reading “Gracie” Fails to Engage on Stage Despite Textual Resonance

Cineplex brings more of Stratford to Canadian audiences with “Timon of Athens”

by Tamara LaPlante Less than two months after Cineplex and the Stratford Festival collaborated to bring Romeo and Juliet to the silver screen, they’ve teamed up again to present Timon of Athens at the end of this month. The show closed in September at the festival last year, and now makes its ‘film’ debut on … Continue reading Cineplex brings more of Stratford to Canadian audiences with “Timon of Athens”

Second Step Offers Up a Tasting Flight of Theatrical Goodies with “Light(less)”

It’s always encouraging to see young independent theatre creators come up in the community and make a name for themselves through bold creative choices. Second Step theatre looks to be one of those companies where we will be able to see exactly that. Though Light(less) only had the briefest of runs (April 17th & 18th), … Continue reading Second Step Offers Up a Tasting Flight of Theatrical Goodies with “Light(less)”

The Broken Boundaries of “Blink”

by Sarah Haley "Love is whatever you feel it to be". Or at least, that’s what Plosive Production’s latest show, Blink, tells you. Written by Phil Porter and directed by Teri Loretto-Valentik, Blink is both a heartfelt and an unsettling performance. However, calling it a love story is misleading.  While it is true that the … Continue reading The Broken Boundaries of “Blink”

Serendipitous Indifference: Diving Deeper into David Yee’s “carried away on the crest of a wave”

“How do you pick up the threads of an old life? How do you go on, when in your heart, you begin to understand, there is no going back”- Frodo Baggins, Return of the King (2003)  When the hobbits return to Hobbiton after their epic quest through Middle Earth, Frodo Baggins finds himself unable to … Continue reading Serendipitous Indifference: Diving Deeper into David Yee’s “carried away on the crest of a wave”

“Little One” Brings Big Performances to Stage

If you’re looking for something fun and edgy to watch this weekend, look no further than Little One currently playing at Live! On Elgin until this coming Saturday. This dark and sometimes sinister production carries a lot of emotional depth, not to mention some fantastic performances that will keep your eyes glued to the stage. … Continue reading “Little One” Brings Big Performances to Stage