“girls!girls!girls!” Makes the Most of a Weak Script

Cart Before the Horse Theatre Company’s girls!girls!girls! has strong acting and design components going for it, but the production is bogged down by a script that tries too hard to make a statement about juvenile delinquency. In a nameless small Ontario town on a typical Friday night, local teens take over in a no-holds-barred sloshfest, … Continue reading “girls!girls!girls!” Makes the Most of a Weak Script

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“The Hottentot Venus- UNTOLD”: Reflections on the Past Gives way to Reconciliations in the Future

As we continue through the 21st century and try to put right the wrongs of past centuries, it’s very easy to point fingers and stay angry. A more productive method, however, is to focus on the healing that needs to happen before we can really move on. The Hottentot Venus – UNTOLD is a show that … Continue reading “The Hottentot Venus- UNTOLD”: Reflections on the Past Gives way to Reconciliations in the Future

TACTICS Season 3 Brings the Heat

The third season of the Theatre Artists’ Co-operative: the Independent Collective Series (TACTICS) made its launch this past Sunday and this year we’re excited to see a compressed festival-style season with supersized artistic programming. With only two mainstage shows happening this year, Artistic Director and Festival Curator Bronwyn Steinberg has scheduled readings of five new … Continue reading TACTICS Season 3 Brings the Heat

“Woyzeck’s Head” a Fresh and Original Take on a German Classic

“Take it easy, Woyzeck…nice and slow.” Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck is certainly recognizable to anyone who’s ever taken a contemporary theatre history class. Left incomplete upon the playwright’s death, the play is usually one of the theatre student’s first experiences with fragmented dramaturgy (or narrative structure). You’ll probably also learn that Woyzeck in particular became very … Continue reading “Woyzeck’s Head” a Fresh and Original Take on a German Classic

Cart Before the Horse Bakes up a (Nearly) “Perfect Pie”

Judith Thompson doesn’t exactly write what you would call “light-hearted” fare, despite what the title Perfect Pie might entice you to believe. Taking over Arts Court Theatre only until March 18th, Cart Before the Horse Theatre serves up some highly charged performances that give way to the moments of deep intensity that are characteristic of … Continue reading Cart Before the Horse Bakes up a (Nearly) “Perfect Pie”

Strong Performances Fail to Fan the Flames in “A Little Fire”

A solid stage ensemble can almost always bring life to a dreary text, making it nigh enjoyable for the viewer. Take for instance Megan Piercey Monafu’s newest play A Little Fire, playing at Arts Court Theatre until January 30th. The text, in itself, still needs some work; however, the acting is what’s really worth watching. … Continue reading Strong Performances Fail to Fan the Flames in “A Little Fire”

TACTICS Opens New Season with Theatrical Double-Bill Addressing Hot Topics

TACTICS (Theatre Artists Co-operative The Independent Collective Series) opened up its second season with an interesting double bill, no doubt meant to spark discussion. (off) Balance and feelers gives audiences a chance to indulge in an evening of performance that features a fusion of dance and storytelling. Playing until November 21st at Arts Court Theatre, … Continue reading TACTICS Opens New Season with Theatrical Double-Bill Addressing Hot Topics

Lisa Jeans Sheds New ‘LIGHT’ on Familiar Ground

 Lisa Jeans Sheds New 'LIGHT' on Familiar Ground Don’t let the title fool you, Lisa Jeans’ new show presented by the Theatre Artists’ Cooperative: the Independent Series (or TACTICS) at Arts Court Theatre is anything but ‘light’ material. A dark and visceral piece, LIGHT illuminates one individual’s struggle with anorexia and her journey towards self-acceptance. … Continue reading Lisa Jeans Sheds New ‘LIGHT’ on Familiar Ground