A Local Guide to Celebrating World Theatre Day 2017

“Within these twenty-four hours we may be taken from France to Russia, from Racine and Moliere to Chekhov; we can even cross the Atlantic as a bolt of inspiration to serve on a Campus in California, enticing a young student there to reinvent and make their name in theatre. Indeed, theatre has such a thriving … Continue reading A Local Guide to Celebrating World Theatre Day 2017

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“next to normal” is a Production Worthy of Accolades

Trepidation: the feeling that inexplicably fills my body whenever I encounter a production that focuses solely on mental health. Though, perhaps, it is not so inexplicable: in my limited (but continually expanding) theatregoing experience, sometimes theatre performance that attempts to destigmatize mental illnesses only reinforces those same stigmatizations or stereotypes despite their good intentions. This … Continue reading “next to normal” is a Production Worthy of Accolades

Fresh Meat Sizzles

Fresh Meat Sizzles             The latest edition of the Fresh Meat: DIY Theatre Fest this month proves not only that Arts Court is the place to check out up-and-coming theatre artists, but also that their art is something worth checking out. This year Fresh Meat offers up 10 bite-size performances spread over 2 weekends, with … Continue reading Fresh Meat Sizzles

Toto Too Brings High Quality Queer Theatre to Ottawa

TotoToo Theatre’s production of Terrence McNally’s Love! Valour! Compassion!, playing until Sunday 10 October at Academic Hall, shows how a 20-year old script full of dated cultural references can still feel fresh and relevant through solid directing and acting. Love! Valour! Compassion! follows a group of 8 gay men over the course of the major … Continue reading Toto Too Brings High Quality Queer Theatre to Ottawa

SubDevision: A Veritable Buffet of Theatrical Performance

If you (somehow) haven’t heard of subDevision yet, you’re going to want to look it up. A veritable buffet of live performance played in unconventional spaces, subDevision is a three day theatrical affair now in its third year running. The idea is that the location inspires the artists, so over the past two years audiences … Continue reading SubDevision: A Veritable Buffet of Theatrical Performance

Weekend Inventive Day 2: Form Sets In

I got to Arts Court Theatre around noon on Friday and the studio was bustling with activity. My second day at the Fresh Meat Weekend Inventive experimenting with some embedded criticism and I was delighted to see both companies, Bad Hats Theatre Co. and Karina Milech and Patrick Kelly, up on their feet working through … Continue reading Weekend Inventive Day 2: Form Sets In