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

Forstner & Fillister: A Comedy of Sibling Rivalry and Woodworking

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Forstner-Fillister   Photo: Barbara Havrot

Reviewed by Natasha Lomonossoff on Sat. February 17

When a play has a very long title, one knows that some degree of comedy or meta-theatricality is involved. Forstner & Fillister Present: Forstner & Fillister In: Forstner & Fillister, directed by Madeleine Boyes-Manseau at the undercurrents festival at Arts Court, incorporates both. As the audience members enter, they are given credentials for a woodworking conference at which the play takes place. The two wood-working brothers, Forstner (Will Somers) and Fillister (David Benedict Brown) introduce themselves to the audience and give out their business cards. From there, the audience is thrust into the brother’s project of building a table, as well as their world of rivalry and pressure from an increasingly automated industry. (Continue reading » )

Undercurrents: “The Pipeline Project” , Forstner & Fillister present: Forstner & Fillister in: “Forstner & Fillister” and” Little Boxes”

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The Pipeline Project.

White, urban eco-warrior or First Nations rez dweller with a hankering for the good life, you don’t get off easy in The Pipeline Project.

The show, performed as a series of vignettes, centres on the political and cultural battles over pipelines in B.C.

That could make for a dry 75 minutes. But writers/performers Sebastien Archibald, Quelemia Sparrow and Kevin Loring (artistic director of the new Indigenous Theatre at the National Arts Centre) make the matter intensely personal, and in doing so, render it both universal and absorbing. (Continue reading » )

Undercurrents 2018: Little Boxes packs a powerful punch

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Reviewed by Natasha Lomonossoff

Little Boxes Photo Pascal Huot











Reviewed on Thursday, February 8 by Natasha Lomonossoff

As the financial security of millennials is an oft-discussed problem, one would think that coming up with a way to present this topic in an original light would be a challenge. Yet Little Boxes, a production at the undercurrents theatre festival created by Gabrielle Lazarovitz and Brad Long, manages to do just that both ingeniously and meaningfully. The 65-minute play, skillfully directed by Adam Paolozza, asks tough questions about the situations we find ourselves in, as well as how much responsibility we have for the welfare of others. (Continue reading » )