“26 lettres à danser” is Enjoyable for All Ages

By: Anna Roiter (11 years old) This was a really enjoyable show for all ages. At first, when the actors were enthusiastically interacting with the audience, I felt like it was going to be a child show from 4-8. I still wanted to encourage the actors so I answered their questions and had fun. When … Continue reading “26 lettres à danser” is Enjoyable for All Ages

“26 lettres à danser”- A Review in Rhyme

by Anastasia Yurchenko (11 years old) We saw 26 lettres à danser today. I loved this show because it wasn't dull and grey. Even if the scenes did, the dance style didn't vary, It was obviously in pedestrian contemporary! Costumes, lights, props I loved all their features! They taught children letters, what amazing teachers! They blew … Continue reading “26 lettres à danser”- A Review in Rhyme

“A Christmas Carol” at the NAC: A Confused Christmas Classic

The winter holiday season is known for its festive Christmas specials, whether that’s on the air or on the stage, and this year the National Arts Centre brings you Jillian Keiley’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ literary classic, A Christmas Carol. When Dickens originally penned the tale of old Ebenezer Scrooge in 1843, he obviously had … Continue reading “A Christmas Carol” at the NAC: A Confused Christmas Classic

“Empire of the Son” Explores Emotional Wavelengths

Tetsuro Shigematsu is a man who is seemingly unable to cry. In his new one-man show Empire of the Son, playing in the National Arts Centre’s Studio space until December 3rd, Shigematsu explores his tempestuous relationship with his father through a series of comedic flashbacks and poignant film vignettes to reveal a deeply pained individual … Continue reading “Empire of the Son” Explores Emotional Wavelengths

“Usually Beauty Fails”: A Seamless Blend of Dance and Live Music

The Canada Dance Festival(CDF) is back in town this week and this year they’re looking to compel audiences through the “amazing physicality of the body moving through space” (Jeanne Holmes, Festival Artistic Director, Show Program 2016). With performances happening at four different venues plus four different site-specific works the 2016 CDF boasts quite the roster. … Continue reading “Usually Beauty Fails”: A Seamless Blend of Dance and Live Music

Tannahill’s “Concord Floral” Still Has Room to Grow

Everyone remembers their teenage years. Surviving high school, for most North Americans, is a seminal feat in an individual’s life and one that continues to help inform personal identity well into adulthood. Being a teenager can be like living on a battlefield – quite literally for some – or can be some of the best … Continue reading Tannahill’s “Concord Floral” Still Has Room to Grow

Jillian Keiley Stages a Stellar Shakespeare

The many unnecessary and irrelevant productions of William Shakespeare’s texts have caused me to grow a little jaded. Too often I’m left after two-plus hours unsatisfied and thinking, “yeah, okay, but why now?” Take, for instance, National Theatre London’s most recent production of Hamlet starring Hollywood heavyweight Bennedict Cumberbatch. Try as they might, and despite … Continue reading Jillian Keiley Stages a Stellar Shakespeare

Once Upon a Kingdom Reviews “The Queen of Paradise’s Garden”

I had the pleasure of teaching another workshop on theatre criticism to a new group of students at the Once Upon a Kingdom theatre company, run by Artistic Director Ekaterina Vetrova. I am always impressed by the sheer perceptiveness of the students any time I take a group to watch and subsequently discuss theatre. It … Continue reading Once Upon a Kingdom Reviews “The Queen of Paradise’s Garden”