“The Hockey Sweater” at the NAC is a musical romp jam-packed with nostalgia

By Meaghan Brackenbury Within the zeitgeist of small Canadian towns, hockey culture is present and persistent in every aspect of life. Kids, parents, and community members alike all speak the same sporty language, punctuated by rituals: school days are to be used for studying, weeknights are spent practicing on the rink, and Saturday nights are … Continue reading “The Hockey Sweater” at the NAC is a musical romp jam-packed with nostalgia

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Orpheus’s “The Last Five Years” is all about finding its characters – and the show – along the way

By: Meaghan Brackenbury With its competing chronologies, musical storytelling, and a cast of only two people, The Last Five Years is a play that demands nothing less than the utmost attention to detail in order to properly explore the intricacies of the plot. The story revolves around Cathy and Jaimie, a young couple who are … Continue reading Orpheus’s “The Last Five Years” is all about finding its characters – and the show – along the way

GCTC production of “The Virgin Trial” brings slut-shaming from the Renaissance to Modern Day

By: Meaghan Brackenbury “Elizabeth the First was extraordinary.” This is how Canadian playwright Kate Hennig opens her Director’s Note for the Great Canadian Theatre Company’s production of her most recent theatrical venture, The Virgin Trial. In the second installment of her Queenmaker series which began with The Last Wife, following the story of Catharine Parr … Continue reading GCTC production of “The Virgin Trial” brings slut-shaming from the Renaissance to Modern Day

Comedy, Classics, and Climate Change: Odyssey Theatre Stages World Premiere of “Lysistrata and the Temple of Gaia”

by Sarah Haley The latest season of Odyssey Theatre’s “Theatre under the Stars” brings the world premiere of Lysistrata and the Temple of Gaia to Strathcona Park. Created and directed by David S. Craig, the play mixes styles and genres: combining classical theatre with present day ideas. It is a play that is both wholly … Continue reading Comedy, Classics, and Climate Change: Odyssey Theatre Stages World Premiere of “Lysistrata and the Temple of Gaia”

Student Production Sees Success With ‘Legally Blonde’

The University of Ottawa’s Musical Theatre Society has just served up what might be the most fun production of January. If you missed this sold out show, I can understand your feelings of FOMO. It’s been just over a week and I’m still thinking about this production. Legally Blonde: The Musical (book by Heather Hach … Continue reading Student Production Sees Success With ‘Legally Blonde’

“Building the Wall”: A Character Study Exploring “Building” the Straw Man Argument

Robert Schenkkan’s Building the Wall, a speculative look at the near future of America under the Trump presidency, is a timely yet oddly underwhelming examination of the political situation our southern neighbours have regrettably brought upon themselves. Horseshoes and Hand Grenades Theatre present the Canadian premiere (playing at the Gladstone until December 3rd) of this … Continue reading “Building the Wall”: A Character Study Exploring “Building” the Straw Man Argument

“Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion” – a Review

Written by Ron Finnigan Edited by Ian Huffam Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion is a play presented at the NAC from October 3rd to 14th, 2017. I had the pleasure of attending the performance on October 11th, which included a talk-back with the performers after the play. In the program handed … Continue reading “Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion” – a Review

“King of the Yees”: A Noble Attempt at Merging the Social and Aesthetic on Stage

The latest production of the National Arts Centre’s English Theatre season, Lauren Yee’s King of the Yees, reminds me of the division between social drama and aesthetic drama that can help us to talk about the different ways in which we view and interpret theatrical productions. While this show is a boon to Artistic Director … Continue reading “King of the Yees”: A Noble Attempt at Merging the Social and Aesthetic on Stage

Fresh Meat 6 Weekend 1 Round Up

Author’s Note: Last edited on October 16th, October 20th November 2, 2017. This article has been edited from a previous version to better articulate some critical analysis of Fresh Meat’s mandate for diversity.  These conversations are important to have and it’s important to choose our words carefully.  These edits reflect the author’s development in thinking … Continue reading Fresh Meat 6 Weekend 1 Round Up

Musical Stage Company Navigates Problematic Stereotypes with Strong Female Lead in “Onegin”

The National Arts Centre’s English Theatre kicked off their newest season Friday night with Veda Hille and Amiel Gladstone’s foot-stomping new musical Onegin. Based on the verse novel Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin as well as Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s opera adaptation, The Musical Stage Company (in collaboration with NAC English Theatre) have respun this classic tale … Continue reading Musical Stage Company Navigates Problematic Stereotypes with Strong Female Lead in “Onegin”