“Vovk”: an Intriguing Work-in-Progress

Lana Kouchnir’s Vovk (pronounced voh-vick) is a work-in-progress being presented as part of undercurrents’ Late Night series. In its current iteration Vovk leaves more questions than it does answers, but the content is already fascinating enough that I eagerly anticipate the completed play. Vovk follows Sasha, an burgeoning writer with apparent personal issues, as she goes … Continue reading “Vovk”: an Intriguing Work-in-Progress

“Brotherhood: The Hip Hopera” Delivers Entertainment & Poignancy

Brotherhood: The Hip Hopera initially caught my eye because I am a big fan of using the style of hip hop music to convey narrative in theatre (see: my latest obsession with Hamilton). A co-production between b current Performing Arts Co. and writer-performer Sébastien Heins, this high energy production is not without vulnerability.  Combining original … Continue reading “Brotherhood: The Hip Hopera” Delivers Entertainment & Poignancy

“Brotherhood:The Hip Hopera” is a Powerful Solo Show

  Brotherhood: The Hip Hopera is a powerful solo show that blurs the boundaries along the edges of theatre to incorporate elements of R&B, rap and musical performance to tell a classic story of brotherhood, escape from poverty, and redemption. This show is truly a tour-de-force from creator/performer Sébastien Heins. To begin, the text does … Continue reading “Brotherhood:The Hip Hopera” is a Powerful Solo Show

Ottawa Fringe Favourite Returns to 2017 Undercurrents Festival

Since stampeding onto the Ottawa Fringe scene in 2015, Margo MacDonald’s The Elephant Girls has gone on to see great success with audiences in both Canada and the UK. With another month long tour planned to England this coming April, company Parry Riposte show no signs of stopping this momentum any time soon. Getting your … Continue reading Ottawa Fringe Favourite Returns to 2017 Undercurrents Festival

The Elephant Girls Return at undercurrents

    I first saw Margo MacDonald’s hit one-woman show, The Elephant Girls, at its sold out run at Ottawa Fringe in 2015. The script hasn’t changed in very substantial ways since then – the story is still fascinating, and the voice(s) that tell it are unique in my experience – so many of the … Continue reading The Elephant Girls Return at undercurrents

undercurrents Sets Sail with Eight New Shows

Strap on your snowshoes (though maybe skates rainboots would be more appropriate at this point)- it's time to make the winter pilgrimage down to Arts Court for the 7th annual undercurrents Theatre Festival which opens tonight (!!!) and runs until February 18th. Hosting a wide variety of live performance that brings together both local and touring artists, undercurrents … Continue reading undercurrents Sets Sail with Eight New Shows

Approval Creep (or why I won’t say everything is amazing)

This week I am going to talk about a rather insidious process I am calling ‘approval creep.’ We’ve touched on something like this before, in a discussion about star ratings, but this part of the conversation is a more constructive (rather than deconstructive) look at the way our particular brand of criticism works (and doesn’t … Continue reading Approval Creep (or why I won’t say everything is amazing)

Freedom to Engage

I’ve already written about the ecosystem that has been making (theatre) writers into bloggers. A lot of people complain about this transition, and fall into the timeless trap of glorifying the place criticism has historically occupied. I believe the transition to online criticism actually marks an important opportunity for us all to redefine and re-democratize … Continue reading Freedom to Engage

God of Carnage: A Seemingly Strange Play for Students

Sometimes our best intentions don’t always make for the best results. Ottawa’s most recent production of God of Carnage, presented by Sock ‘n Buskin, has a good heart behind it, but suffers from issues that mainly stem from it being a rather unusual choice to produce given that its content suggests little relevance to a … Continue reading God of Carnage: A Seemingly Strange Play for Students