“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

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“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”

An Uneasy Story: Ottawa Little Theatre’s “A Streetcar Named Desire”

by Sarah Haley Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire was once a harrowing insight into the class conflict between the ‘old’ and the ‘new’ American South.  In the modern day, the intentions of the play are much less palpable. Right from the onset, it is clear that cultivating the impression of being in the heart … Continue reading An Uneasy Story: Ottawa Little Theatre’s “A Streetcar Named Desire”

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at Sock’N’Buskin: A Review

by Ron Finnigan   Twelfth Night, which is currently being presented at Carleton’s Kailesh Mital Theatre by Sock’N’Buskin on January 18th-20th and 25th- 27th, is a more traditional, albeit edited, staging of Shakespeare’s famous play. In the director’s notes included in the program, Tamara LaPlante comments that she's “never laughed so much” in rehearsing the … Continue reading Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at Sock’N’Buskin: A Review

Blind Date – Laughing at Someone Else’s Nightmare

by Ron Finnigan Edited by Brie McFarlane On December 6th, I was part of the "voyeurs" watching performer Tess Degenstein, in the role of Mimi, go on a blind date with a man named Paul selected seemingly at random from the audience. This was not rehearsed. Paul had no idea he would be chosen when … Continue reading Blind Date – Laughing at Someone Else’s Nightmare

“Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion” – a Review

Written by Ron Finnigan Edited by Ian Huffam Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion is a play presented at the NAC from October 3rd to 14th, 2017. I had the pleasure of attending the performance on October 11th, which included a talk-back with the performers after the play. In the program handed … Continue reading “Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion” – a Review

“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