EMBEDDED CRITICISM: Critics Become Stagehands for a Night

Blind Date @ GCTC November 30-December 17, 2017 Previews November 28 and 29 WHAT IS EMBEDDED CRITICISM? The traditional model for theatre criticism (and other art forms) involves a separation between artist and critic. The artist(s) create(s) a piece of theatre and present it, the critic attends the performance and writes their review, and never … Continue reading EMBEDDED CRITICISM: Critics Become Stagehands for a Night

“Ordinary Days” Goes Small and Wins Big

Musicals, with their outrageous sets and costumes, 11 o’clock numbers, and dance breakdowns, aren’t a common sight at Great Canadian Theatre Company. Their current production of Adam Gwon’s Ordinary Days, however, shows that none of those things are necessary to produce quality musical theatre that still maintains a significant degree of theatricality. Ordinary Days follows … Continue reading “Ordinary Days” Goes Small and Wins Big

“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

Upcoming Events 2017-2018

While local baristas are preparing for the onslaught of PSLs headed their way, the Ottawa theatre community is gearing up for another year jam-packed with performances. Yes, September is already in full swing which can only mean the launch of new seasonal programming at numerous venues across the city (NAC, GCTC, La Nouvelle Scene, OLT, … Continue reading Upcoming Events 2017-2018

Michael Healey Unites Audiences with New Political Satire “1979”

1979, a new play by the esteemed Michael Healey debuted Thursday night at the GCTC as a co-production with the Shaw Festival. A farcical, somewhat fantastical, and wholly fictional take on the behind the scenes of real historical events, Healey’s play aims its satire squarely at the individuals who formed the Canadian political elite around … Continue reading Michael Healey Unites Audiences with New Political Satire “1979”

NAC & GCTC Look to Excite with new 2017/18 Seasons

This past Saturday may have been one of the more frigid days we’ve seen all winter, but that wasn’t enough to stop two of Ottawa’s professional theatre organizations, the National Arts Centre (NAC) and the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC), from heating things up by announcing their brand new seasons to launch this Fall. Artistic … Continue reading NAC & GCTC Look to Excite with new 2017/18 Seasons

Don’t Pass By “Les Passants”

For the first time ever, the Great Canadian Theatre Company is mounting a bilingual co-production with the hopes of forging new artistic relationships and creative opportunities within the city. Les Passants, written by Luc Moquin and directed by Jean Stéphane Roy, represents an “unprecedented partnership” in Ottawa and is a production you certainly won’t want … Continue reading Don’t Pass By “Les Passants”

Where We Live (New Ottawa Critics in Residence)

   I’ve been talking for weeks now about what the critical landscape currently looks like in this country, what the New Ottawa Critics thinks it’s trying to accomplish, and the theory behind that. Now it’s time to talk a bit about how exactly we are hoping to address some of these issues. So this edition … Continue reading Where We Live (New Ottawa Critics in Residence)

Hennig Makes Medieval Modern with “The Last Wife”

That’s what’s kind of maddening about that line- “It’s a pretty easy way to stay alive”; and also Henry’s line regarding the chess pieces: “Why can the King only more one spot at a time and the Queen can do whatever she wants?”- is the infuriating ignorance of (white) male privilege that has recurred throughout history alongside feminism. These types of individuals are so concerned with how many spaces they can move that they’ve become blind to the fact that the entire game revolves around protecting them. It’s difficult for men like Thomas to understand what it means to offer up your body as a way of getting what you want when men’s bodies have not been the site for rape warfare for centuries upon centuries and maybe it seems easier to these kinds of men like Henry having grown up in a system built to safeguard them.

“Bernice Trimble” a Simple Reflection on a Complex Theme

Great Canadian Theatre Company’s season opens with Beth Graham's The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble, a tightly focused look at the effects of early-onset Alzheimer’s on a contemporary family and the relationships between its respective members. The tight focus is both a strength and weakness, if only because the script is perhaps a little too self-referential. … Continue reading “Bernice Trimble” a Simple Reflection on a Complex Theme