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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Ottawa Little Theatre’s “Sylvia” Showcases Strong Performances in Spite of Outdated Script

by Sarah Haley As humans, we have always had a fondness for dogs. Indeed, they are (wo)man’s best friend. Ottawa Little Theatre’s season opener, Sylvia by A.R. Gurney,is the story of the bond between a man and the stray dog he rescues. Billed as a comedy with a similar plotline to the musical Annie, it is … Continue reading Ottawa Little Theatre’s “Sylvia” Showcases Strong Performances in Spite of Outdated Script

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”

“The Unexpected Guest” is a Captivating End to OLT’s 2017-2018 Season

by Sarah Haley The Ottawa Little Theatre closes its 2017-2018 season with Agatha Christie’s The Unexpected Guest. The choice of play, however, is more than expected. Christie’s work often graces the OLT stage and for good reason: her plays are well written, well-constructed, and incredibly engaging to watch. While The Unexpected Guest may not be … Continue reading “The Unexpected Guest” is a Captivating End to OLT’s 2017-2018 Season

“God of Carnage”: The Sacrifice of Range for Rage

by Sarah Haley When two eight-year-old children get into a fight on their school playground, the parents of the young offenders meet up to discuss the situation. As they delve into the details of their children’s fight, they begin to replicate the immaturity and hostility their children displayed. Montreal based Stendhal X’s production of God … Continue reading “God of Carnage”: The Sacrifice of Range for Rage

“Swan River”: A Fairy Tale without Focus

By Sarah Haley One doesn’t often consider Ottawa as the backdrop for a fairy tale, yet Skeleton Key’s Swan River attempts to do just that. With its enchanting set design and natural backdrop, Swan River sets the stage for a tale that is both familiar and unfamiliar. An intricately woven piece, Swan River grapples with … Continue reading “Swan River”: A Fairy Tale without Focus

The Broken Boundaries of “Blink”

by Sarah Haley "Love is whatever you feel it to be". Or at least, that’s what Plosive Production’s latest show, Blink, tells you. Written by Phil Porter and directed by Teri Loretto-Valentik, Blink is both a heartfelt and an unsettling performance. However, calling it a love story is misleading.  While it is true that the … Continue reading The Broken Boundaries of “Blink”

An Uneasy Story: Ottawa Little Theatre’s “A Streetcar Named Desire”

by Sarah Haley Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire was once a harrowing insight into the class conflict between the ‘old’ and the ‘new’ American South.  In the modern day, the intentions of the play are much less palpable. Right from the onset, it is clear that cultivating the impression of being in the heart … Continue reading An Uneasy Story: Ottawa Little Theatre’s “A Streetcar Named Desire”

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at Sock’N’Buskin: A Review

by Ron Finnigan   Twelfth Night, which is currently being presented at Carleton’s Kailesh Mital Theatre by Sock’N’Buskin on January 18th-20th and 25th- 27th, is a more traditional, albeit edited, staging of Shakespeare’s famous play. In the director’s notes included in the program, Tamara LaPlante comments that she's “never laughed so much” in rehearsing the … Continue reading Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at Sock’N’Buskin: A Review

“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