GCTC production of “The Virgin Trial” brings slut-shaming from the Renaissance to Modern Day

By: Meaghan Brackenbury “Elizabeth the First was extraordinary.” This is how Canadian playwright Kate Hennig opens her Director’s Note for the Great Canadian Theatre Company’s production of her most recent theatrical venture, The Virgin Trial. In the second installment of her Queenmaker series which began with The Last Wife, following the story of Catharine Parr … Continue reading GCTC production of “The Virgin Trial” brings slut-shaming from the Renaissance to Modern Day

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Ottawa Little Theatre’s “Sylvia” Showcases Strong Performances in Spite of Outdated Script

by Sarah Haley As humans, we have always had a fondness for dogs. Indeed, they are (wo)man’s best friend. Ottawa Little Theatre’s season opener, Sylvia by A.R. Gurney,is the story of the bond between a man and the stray dog he rescues. Billed as a comedy with a similar plotline to the musical Annie, it is … Continue reading Ottawa Little Theatre’s “Sylvia” Showcases Strong Performances in Spite of Outdated Script

Comedy, Classics, and Climate Change: Odyssey Theatre Stages World Premiere of “Lysistrata and the Temple of Gaia”

by Sarah Haley The latest season of Odyssey Theatre’s “Theatre under the Stars” brings the world premiere of Lysistrata and the Temple of Gaia to Strathcona Park. Created and directed by David S. Craig, the play mixes styles and genres: combining classical theatre with present day ideas. It is a play that is both wholly … Continue reading Comedy, Classics, and Climate Change: Odyssey Theatre Stages World Premiere of “Lysistrata and the Temple of Gaia”

“The Unexpected Guest” is a Captivating End to OLT’s 2017-2018 Season

by Sarah Haley The Ottawa Little Theatre closes its 2017-2018 season with Agatha Christie’s The Unexpected Guest. The choice of play, however, is more than expected. Christie’s work often graces the OLT stage and for good reason: her plays are well written, well-constructed, and incredibly engaging to watch. While The Unexpected Guest may not be … Continue reading “The Unexpected Guest” is a Captivating End to OLT’s 2017-2018 Season

Community Voices: Shining a Spotlight on Stage Management

by Tamara LaPlante From the moment the curtain opens until the moment it closes, Stage Managers are there working from the shadows of the stage wings or in the dimly lit backstage to secure every set, prop and costume piece. Or perhaps they’re in a booth above the audience, calling both lighting and sound cues … Continue reading Community Voices: Shining a Spotlight on Stage Management

“Asperger’s: A tale of a social misfit” Subverts Stereotypes Through Comedy

By Sarah Haley Asperger’s: A tale of a social misfit is a stand-up comedy show that, as you may have guessed, is about Asperger’s. The performer, Adam Schwartz jokes about growing up and living on the spectrum while also giving subtle but poignant lessons about people with autism of all forms. Deeply rooted in Schwartz’s … Continue reading “Asperger’s: A tale of a social misfit” Subverts Stereotypes Through Comedy

“God of Carnage”: The Sacrifice of Range for Rage

by Sarah Haley When two eight-year-old children get into a fight on their school playground, the parents of the young offenders meet up to discuss the situation. As they delve into the details of their children’s fight, they begin to replicate the immaturity and hostility their children displayed. Montreal based Stendhal X’s production of God … Continue reading “God of Carnage”: The Sacrifice of Range for Rage

“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

“Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily”: Plenty of Potential, but Ultimately Unsatisfying

by Sarah Haley The stories of Detective Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson have remained in the popular imagination since their introduction through Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s story A Study in Scarlet in 1887. Their popularity has allowed them to grace many stages, including the Ottawa Little Theatre. Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the … Continue reading “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily”: Plenty of Potential, but Ultimately Unsatisfying

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”