Capital Critics' Circle
Le cercle des critiques de la capitale

Reviewing Theatre in Canada's Capital Region
La critique théâtrale de la région Ottawa-Gatineau

Nijinsky: a provocative and fascinating exploration of the artist’s complex inner journey.

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Nijinsky, Photo courtesy of the National Ballet of Canada

NAC Presentation  from the National Ballet of Canada

Thrilling in scope, John Neumeier’s dazzling ballet is theatrical and unflinching, paying reverent, astute tribute to a tortured genius.  Vaslav Nijinsky changed the trajectory of dance in a spectacular and ephemeral career that came to an abrupt end with his descent into madness at the age of only 29. In this exhilarating production, the entire company draws on its extraordinary heart and stamina to bring to dramatic life a provocative and fascinating exploration of the artist’s complex inner journey. Nijinsky  is an unforgettable, balletic tour de force of artistry, narrative and spectacle. (Continue reading » )

David Hare: My ideal ‘theatre…new years even wished from one of Britain’s most popular playwrights.

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In 1946, George Orwell wrote his last essay for the Evening Standard. He described an imaginary pub, the Moon Under Water, where the music was quiet enough for conversation, the bar staff knew all the customers’ names and where you could always get a cut off the joint and a jam roll for three shillings. (Continue reading » )

The Europe Theatre Prize 2017 : A round up of all the events!

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Ashes to Ashes
Huppert et Irons à Rome..

Yana Meerzon, from the University of Ottawa, attended the event.

The 16th ceremony of the Europe Theatre Prize and the Europe Prize Theatrical Realities took place from December 12 to  17,  2017, in Rome. The  event  included presentations of the artists’ work, public discussions, round-tables and selected productions.  

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Ashes to Ashes, by Harold Pinter at the Europe Theatre prize in Rome

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Isabelle Huppert with Jeremy Irons  reading Ashes to Ashes by Harold Pinter.Photo Franco Bonfiglio

The XIV Europe Prize Theatrical Realities went to Susanne Kennedy, Jernej Lorenci, Yael Ronen, Alessandro Sciarroni, Kirill Serebrennikov, and Theatre N099. Estonia. The Special Prize was awarded to Dimitris Papaioannou. Wole Soyinka and Fadhel Jaibi were chosen as the recipients of the Special Europe Theatre to extend the recognition of theatre excellency beyond Europe. The XVI Europe Theatre Prize was awarded to Isabelle Huppert and Jeremy Irons.

Report by Yana Meerzon from Rome

Festival Quatre Chemins Entretien avec Guy Régis Jr.

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guy régisGuy Régis Jr. a pris la direction artistique de ce festival en 2014, à la suite  de la Fokal, qui l’avait fondé à la demande d’artistes haïtiens: comédiens, musiciens, plasticiens, réunis en collectif, sous la houlette de Daniel Marcelin, metteur en scène et directeur du Petit Conservatoire jusqu’à sa fermeture en 2014. Le jeune artiste revenait d’un séjour de six ans en France. « J’ai quitté Haïti, dit-il pour croiser mon travail avec d’autres artistes, ici, je continue ». (Continue reading » )

Lady Macbeth rejoint l’Inde médiévale : Anjali à l’Université d’Ottawa

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Les 1 et 2 décembre 2017 (vendredi et samedi), à 19h30, Anne-Marie Gaston, mieux connue sous le nom d’Anjali, son nom d’artiste, va présenter Lady Macbeth, un spectacle unique de théâtre dansé à la Cours des Arts, dans la salle ODD, au 2 avenue Daly (près de l’université). (Continue reading » )

NAC French Theatre: Gabriel Dumont’s dream of a Wild West Show realized for the stage

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Patrick Langston, preview
October 12, 2017

Johnathan Lorenge.the Wild West Show

A scene from Gabriel Dumont’s Wild West Show produced by the NAC’s French Theatre department. Photo  Johnathan Lorenge.


Gabriel Dumont would be intrigued. Dumont, the ally of Louis Riel and leader of the Métis forces during the 1885 North-West Rebellion against the Canadian government, fled Canada for the U.S. after the rebellion was quashed and Riel hung.

In the U.S., he joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show, but he didn’t stick for long. However, it turns out he did dream of creating something similar in Canada to spotlight the struggle of the Métis people to reclaim their rights.
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Capital Critics Circle Presents its awards for the 2016-17 theatre Season in Ottawa

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Vigilante,  Best professional production. Photo by David Cooper

Photo: Maria Vartanova

Photo: Maria Vartanova Best Community  production: Other Desert Cities

 On November 14,  about 200 members of the Theatre community of  the nation’s capital gathered in the Salon of the National Arts Centre for the nineteenth  annual  theatre awards presented by the Capital Critics Circle, for plays presented in English in the National capital region. As Nathan Medd, managing director of the National Arts Centre English theatre stated, this is the only event in the city which brings together members of  community,  professional and student  theatre groups who rarely mingle but who have  equally strong traditions  in Ottawa. (Continue reading » )

Capital Critics Circle announces annual theatre awards

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Vigilante,   Photo by David Cooper,                        Best professional production

Photo: Maria Vartanova

Photo: Maria Vartanova
Other Desert Cities

The Capital Critics Circle today announced the winners of the nineteenth annual theatre awards for plays presented in English in the National Capital Region during the 2016-2017 season. The winners are:

Best professional production:    Vigilante written, composed and directed by Jonathan Christenson, Catalyst Theatre, in association with the NAC.

Best production community:  Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz, directed by Geoff Gruson, Ottawa Little Theatre

Best director professional: Esther Jun for her direction of The Last Wife (Continue reading » )

The Elephant Girls – Celebrating 100 Performances

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Margo MacDonald

Margo MacDonald

The Elephant Girls turns 100!

Come see The Elephant Girls and help us celebrate 100 performances of this multi-award winning show. One Night Only!

The Elephant Girls premiered at the Ottawa Fringe Festival in 2015 where it broke box office records, won rave reviews, and all the top awards. The show has been touring in Canada and overseas ever since. Now as Margo MacDonald reaches an amazing one hundred performances, we look forward to presenting The Elephant Girls in its hometown to celebrate. Come see the show, then stay for drinks and a Q&A session with creator/performer Margo MacDonald and director Mary Ellis.

“Without doubt, they were the most notorious girl gang Britain’s ever seen.”
(Brian McDonald, Gangs of London) (Continue reading » )

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