Summer Theatre 2011
News from Capital Critics Circle
Compelling theatre. Close to home.
July 3 to 26 at 7 p.m.
“O brave new world, That has such people in’t!”
Directed by Eleanor Crowder*
Musical Director Rachel Eugster*
Featuring: Doreen Taylor-Claxton*, Chris McLeod, Hannah Ehman, Isaac Giles, Zoe Georgaras, Alexis Scott, and Sarah Waisvisz
July 4, 2015 Saturday at 10:02 am
Reviewed by Patrick Langston
Photo: Magnetic North handout.
Hard to say when Margo Kane shines brightest in Michel Tremblay’s warm memory play about his mother Nana.
Maybe it’s when, wearing Nana’s perennial outfit of kerchief, apron and sensible shoes, she imitates an ill-coordinated 15-year old ballet dancer to accompany one of the endless and endlessly funny stories Nana tells to her affectionately long-suffering son, played by Lorne Cardinal.
Perhaps it’s when Nana imagines disguising herself in a gas mask to avoid embarrassment at church after her son has, in her overactive mind, committed a heinous crime.
June 7, 2013 Friday at 4:38 pm
Reviewed by Iris Winston
Talk about the willing suspension of disbelief. Derek Benfield’s Beyond a Joke requires acceptance of a concept stretched to the limit of credibility and beyond.
Six people have died suddenly while working at Jane and Andrew’s country house in England. Unfortunate accidents, it seems, but little wonder their daughter’s fiancé suspects murderous intent. And when the body count goes up, his suspicion seems justified.
It is extremely challenging for actors trying to maintain a semblance of normality in such a setup, even with a realistic and workable indoor/outdoor set, designed by Paul Gardner. All but one of the cast of the Ottawa Little Theatre production directed by Dorothy Ann Gardner rise to the challenge to some degree, but only one is entirely believable throughout and completely at ease with the Oscar Wilde comedic style of making the insignificant important and vice versa.
Sarah Hearn plays Andrew’s sister with total assurance as a pragmatic, no-nonsense woman, ready to roll up her sleeves to dispose of dead bodies or sit in an oasis of calm reading the newspaper.
May 5, 2012 Saturday at 10:55 pm
Reviewed by Patrick Langston
Gananoque, on the St. Lawrence River not far from Kingston, is a pretty town that bursts with lush green all summer and turns decidedly autumnal – its trees looking weary, the afternoon light less penetrating than even a month earlier – at this time of year.
So it’s only appropriate that Gananoque’s Thousand Islands Playhouse is this month presenting Heroes, Tom Stoppard’s adaptation of Gerald Sibleyras’ Le Vent de Peupliers.
The play is about three aging World War One soldiers living in a veteran’s home circa 1959. The friends, who have claimed possession of a small terrace while the other residents congregate at a more expansive spot, spend their days doing what you’d imagine old men doing: reading, squabbling, occasionally reminiscing about their womanizing days. They do it all with the sporadic urgency about small things that seems to grip elderly men more often than it does women.
September 4, 2011 Sunday at 10:45 pm
Reviewed by Alvina Ruprecht
Une œuvre qui a suivi un processes de création intéressant que j’ai pu suivre de la Guadeloupe jusqu’en Avignon. Congre et Homard, présenté d’abord comme une mise en lecture en Guadeloupe il y a 2 ans, a été réalisé grâce à l’appui de ‘Textes en paroles’. Cette association guadeloupéenne œuvre à la promotion des écritures dramatiques de la Caraïbe soumises à un processus de sélection par un jury international. L’auteur Gael Octavia est martiniquaise; les deux protagonistes sont joués par des Guadeloupéens Joel Jernider, (comédien) et Dominik Bernard (comédien et metteur en scène).
July 13, 2011 Wednesday at 3:34 pm