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

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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”

Serendipitous Indifference: Diving Deeper into David Yee’s “carried away on the crest of a wave”

“How do you pick up the threads of an old life? How do you go on, when in your heart, you begin to understand, there is no going back”- Frodo Baggins, Return of the King (2003)  When the hobbits return to Hobbiton after their epic quest through Middle Earth, Frodo Baggins finds himself unable to … Continue reading Serendipitous Indifference: Diving Deeper into David Yee’s “carried away on the crest of a wave”

“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

NAC & GCTC Look to Excite with new 2017/18 Seasons

This past Saturday may have been one of the more frigid days we’ve seen all winter, but that wasn’t enough to stop two of Ottawa’s professional theatre organizations, the National Arts Centre (NAC) and the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC), from heating things up by announcing their brand new seasons to launch this Fall. Artistic … Continue reading NAC & GCTC Look to Excite with new 2017/18 Seasons

Beverley Cooper puts Women Front and Centre in New Play Premiering at GCTC

“How do we define the female experience?” is a question that has been continually at the centre of discourse surrounding gender inequality and feminism for about as long as these two concepts have existed in our world. To take this idea even further, the question,  “Who has the right to speak on the female experience?” … Continue reading Beverley Cooper puts Women Front and Centre in New Play Premiering at GCTC

“Butcher” Cuts Deep at the Great Canadian Theatre Company

Every so often one hears whispers about the seemingly apparent lack of work coming out of the GCTC that excites or speaks to a younger generation of theatre goers. Stuck between the proverbial rock and a hard place, where pleasing a large subscription base often overpowers the desire (or the ability) to produce more provocative … Continue reading “Butcher” Cuts Deep at the Great Canadian Theatre Company

“Angel Square” is a thoughtful and well-acted production

“The year is 1945 and Tommy is on a mission to solve a mystery in Lowertown. He does his best sleuthing in Angel Square, a fearsome battleground where French, Protestant and Jewish kids battle on a daily basis. He knows that the answer to the mystery lies somewhere in the cultural divide of Angel Square. … Continue reading “Angel Square” is a thoughtful and well-acted production

“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