We’re at the point where a brand new year is around the corner and we find ourselves asking “what did we do this year?” In the spirit of a round-robin Christmas letter, we thought we’d let you know what our 2017 has been like… January proved to be an exciting start to the year for … Continue reading 2017 In Review: What Have We Been Up To?
by Ron Finnigan Edited by Brie McFarlane You Are Happy is an English translation of the Rébecca Déraspe play “Deux ans de votre vie” currently being presented at GCTC until October 8th, 2017. Upon entering the theatre, I was struck by the unusual set design which reminded me of a solved Rubik’s Cube with the … Continue reading “You Are Happy”: An enigma inside a Rubik’s Cube
It was brought to my attention last week that I was talking about theatre criticism as a collaboration between theatre artist, critic, and spectator without really exploring what that means. I touch on the relationships between these types of people a bit in the article on The Separation of Art and Critic, but I think it might … Continue reading The Collaborative Audience
This Dark Day Monday I’d like to lean back into a more theoretical query: what is the end of theatre? I’m being deliberately vague (not to mention pretentious) about this question, because it lets me explore a few boring assumptions about theatre in an interesting way. This question has two distinct meanings that I’d like to … Continue reading The End? of Art
I’ve been talking for weeks now about what the critical landscape currently looks like in this country, what the New Ottawa Critics thinks it’s trying to accomplish, and the theory behind that. Now it’s time to talk a bit about how exactly we are hoping to address some of these issues. So this edition … Continue reading Where We Live (New Ottawa Critics in Residence)
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)
Critics are positioned in a middle ground between the artist and audience, each of whom perceive the critic (in their ideal form) to be in uniquely service to their interests. From the perspective of theatre creators, the critic is part of their publicity machine. We write reviews principally for the purpose of steering audiences towards … Continue reading Idealism in the Theatre (Or: The Role of the Critic)
The Sonia Friedman production of Hamlet, telecast by National Theatre Live (October 15th, 7 pm, at SilverCity), had the potential to be one of the best renditions of William Shakespeare’s iconic story to date. There were moments of brilliance in director Lyndsey Turner’s eccentric interpretation of the play. However, there were also numerous flaws, leaving … Continue reading Some Things Could Be Better in the State of Denmark