Little Shop of Horrors a Delightful Black Comedy

Black comedy often presents a challenge for directors and performers: if you go too subtle with it no one will laugh, but if you’re too heavy handed with it the audience will feel you’re shoving it down their throats. Fortunately with Theatre Kraken’s Little Shop of Horrors, director Don Fex and the performers get the … Continue reading Little Shop of Horrors a Delightful Black Comedy

“A Man of No Importance” Sees Mixed Results

   A Man of No Importance, presented by indie women productions, is a bit of a capricious musical that explores a time, not too long ago, when religion-based intolerance still pervaded most aspects of Irish society. Based on the 1994 film of the same name, AMONI tells the story of Alfie Byrne, a bus conductor … Continue reading “A Man of No Importance” Sees Mixed Results

“Finishing the Suit touches on big themes

With Finishing the Suit, Bear & Co. make a valuable addition to the history of queer theatre in Ottawa. Thematically rich and dealing with important aspects of gay identity and modern British history, Suit suffers from an existential premise that perhaps draws too much attention to itself, though its strengths, as well its strong directing … Continue reading “Finishing the Suit touches on big themes

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” a R-A-U-C-O-U-S Good Time

indie women productions’ The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (or Bee, as I’m going to call it) presents a high energy combination of musical theatre, black comedy, improv, celebrity appearances, and good old-fashioned nerdiness. Bee originally premiered on Broadway in 2005 (winning the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical, as well as … Continue reading “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” a R-A-U-C-O-U-S Good Time

“My Fair Zombie”: A Fun Spin on an Old Classic

"My Fair Zombie": A Fun Spin on an Old Classic By Ian Huffam "My Fair Zombie" is certainly not a sophisticated musical in the traditional sense, but it’s clear that Brett Kelly knows how to put together a show. If you didn’t infer it from the title, "My Fair Zombie" takes the stuffy pedigree of … Continue reading “My Fair Zombie”: A Fun Spin on an Old Classic

Who’s Afraid of a Big Long Play? You Shouldn’t Be.

There’s nothing to fear in Bear & Co’s new production, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, except for maybe some sore legs. Playing at the Gladstone this month, Edward Albee’s classic text, under the helm of local director Ian Farthing, clocks in at a solid two hours and fifty minutes (that’s including two fifteen minute intermissions). … Continue reading Who’s Afraid of a Big Long Play? You Shouldn’t Be.

“The End of Civilization” Text Proves More Interesting Than Production

The work of Canadian playwright George F. Walker finds a home yet again in Ottawa as part four in his famed Suburban Motel series, The End of Civilization, takes the stage at The Gladstone. Produced by Same Day Theatre Company and directed by local theatre legend Mary Ellis, this piece captures what it means to … Continue reading “The End of Civilization” Text Proves More Interesting Than Production

The Glass Menagerie is Well Worth Seeing

The Glass Menagerie is Well Worth Seeing Brianna McFarlane “Yes, I have tricks in my pocket, I have things up my sleeve. But I am the opposite of a stage magician. He gives you illusion that has the appearance of truth. I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion.” Tennesse Williams’s classic play … Continue reading The Glass Menagerie is Well Worth Seeing