“Generous” Pulls a Strong Production out of a Tame Text

There couldn’t be a better time in Ottawa to stage politically flavoured theatre, and the Great Canadian Theatre Company is no stranger to producing shows about the statecraft in their own backyard. Two years ago Michael Healey’s Proud, a play that takes a look at the backroom of a Conservative Prime Minister’s office in 2011, … Continue reading “Generous” Pulls a Strong Production out of a Tame Text

“The Public Servant” is Laugh Out Loud Funny

Arguably you could not find a better suited play to stage at the Irving Greenberg Centre which is a mere stone’s throw from Tunney's Pasture, home to a plethora of federal buildings including Stats Canada. The Public Servant, presented by the Great Canadian Theatre Company (co-developed with Common Boots Theatre) in association with the 2015 … Continue reading “The Public Servant” is Laugh Out Loud Funny

“Who Killed Spalding Gray?” Leaves Much to be Desired

One of the first performances I was ever really struck by while doing my undergrad was during my fourth year in a class called Theory of the Theatrical Event taught by Dr. Daniel Mroz. In this class we watched a number of archived performance videos, but Spalding Gray’s Swimming to Cambodia is one that I’ll never forget. … Continue reading “Who Killed Spalding Gray?” Leaves Much to be Desired

“The Best Brothers” Explores Grief through Humour

“It's so curious: one can resist tears and 'behave' very well in the hardest hours of grief. But then someone makes you a friendly sign behind a window, or one notices that a flower that was in bud only yesterday has suddenly blossomed, or a letter slips from a drawer... and everything collapses. ”- Colette … Continue reading “The Best Brothers” Explores Grief through Humour

“Moss Park” is a Safe Bet

Moss Park is a Safe Bet Brianna McFarlane No strangers to the stage at the Irving Greenberg Centre, both renowned Canadian playwright, George F. Walker, and director Patrick MacDonald (see: Artistic Director '80-'87)are back with Moss Park presented by Vancouver-based company Green Thumb Theatre. This dark comedy, marking the fourth show in the Great Canadian Theatre Company’s season, … Continue reading “Moss Park” is a Safe Bet

Clowns and Children’s Literature: Laughter! During a Cold Holiday Season in Ottawa

Clowns and Children’s Literature: Laughter! During a Cold Holiday Season in Ottawa Ian Huffam A Company of Fools can add another feather to their cap with their latest creation, Pomme and ‘Restes: Shipwrecked! On the Tempestuous Lost Island of Never, co-produced with and presented at the Great Canadian Theatre Company. Shipwrecked! is the third play … Continue reading Clowns and Children’s Literature: Laughter! During a Cold Holiday Season in Ottawa

Fish Eyes & Boys with Cars Review

Fish Eyes and Boys with Cars: Double Bill Offers Double the Fun Brianna McFarlane It’s always exciting when an artist puts on a double bill of their work as it gives an audience the rare opportunity to compare two pieces side by side in one sitting encouraging post-show discussions to veer towards finding commonalities and contrasts, … Continue reading Fish Eyes & Boys with Cars Review

The Boy in the Moon Brings a Quiet Strength to the Stage

 The Boy in the Moon Brings a Quiet Strength to the Stage Brianna McFarlane (Photo Credit: Peter Power) There’s an old proverb that says, “it takes a village to raise a child.” In Emil Sher’s stage adaptation of Ian Brown’s memoir The Boy in the Moon, directed by Eric Coates at the Irving Greenberg Centre, we … Continue reading The Boy in the Moon Brings a Quiet Strength to the Stage

REVIEW: Dancing With Rage

REVIEW: Dancing With Rage Brianna McFarlane             I’m torn. Seeing Dancing with Rage, written and performed by television celebrity Mary Walsh and produced by the Great Canadian Theatre Company, last Thursday night left me with some mixed feelings. On one hand I know that this isn’t an overly provocative piece of theatre nor is it … Continue reading REVIEW: Dancing With Rage

Undercurrents pt. 2: Saving the Best for Last

Undercurrents Pt. 2: Saving the Best for Last Brianna McFarlane If you've read the "part 1" to this review, you will know that after my first three shows at the 2014 Undercurrents Festival (A Quiet Sip of Coffee, Broken, and The Tashme Project)  I had become a little disheartened by the seeming lack of variety … Continue reading Undercurrents pt. 2: Saving the Best for Last