“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

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)

“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

“The Public Servant” Gets the Pink Slip

Long, winding, unable to see the light: all attributes of any government office, and of The Public Servant. Also taupe -- very, very taupe. This production, created by Theatre Columbus and presented by the Great Canadian Theatre Company in association with Canada’s Magnetic North Theatre Festival, offers lots of insight and inside jokes, but in … Continue reading “The Public Servant” Gets the Pink Slip

“The Public Servant” Seems Questionable for International Audiences

If you were to douse yourself in maple syrup, peameal bacon, and poutine, while shouting “O Canada” at the top of your lungs, you couldn’t beat The Public Servant at Canadian-ness. This Ottawa-pleasing show, produced by the Great Canadian Theatre Company in association with Theatre Columbus, aims to shine a light on the life of … Continue reading “The Public Servant” Seems Questionable for International Audiences