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Theatre Calendar

4/2-4/27 The Glass Menagerie, Syracuse Stage
4/23-5/11 The Quarry, Vermont Stage Company, Burlington, VT
4/29-5/10 huff, National Arts Centre, Ottawa, ON
5/14-5/31 Oil and Water, National Arts Centre, Ottawa, ON
5/16-6/14 Driving Miss Daisy, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Gananoque, ON

Apr 23, 2014 — Shakespeare's Globe Theater aims to take the Bard's iconic play to every country in the world. It will perform everywhere from prestigious theaters to Pacific island beaches.
Apr 20, 2014 — Harry Potter no longer, Daniel Radcliffe spends considerable time devoted to the stage. His latest Broadway role is in the Cripple of Inishmaan, a dark comedy about an isolated Irish community.
Apr 19, 2014 — "All of us have chased the American dream so there's something very universal about it," the Irish actor says. O'Dowd and James Franco star in a new Broadway production of Steinbeck's novella.

Connie Meng reviews professional theatre performances in northern New York, northwestern Vermont and southeastern Ontario.

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Sarah Finn, John Ng, Drew Moore.  Photo: GCTC/Andrew Alexander
Sarah Finn, John Ng, Drew Moore. Photo: GCTC/Andrew Alexander

Theatre Review: "This Is War" at the Great Canadian Theatre Company

"This is War" by Canadian playwright Hannah Moscovitch, at the Great Canadian Theatre Company through Feb. 23, takes a bleak and uncompromising look at individual soldiers under the pressure of combat.

Framed by interviews with an unseen journalist, the four Canadian soldiers look back at an incident that occurred in a remote corner of Afghanistan involving them, Afghan forces and the Taliban. The brief interviews are interspersed with scenes that re-live portions of the incident, some re-running two or even three times from different points of view a la "Seven Samurai."  Go to full article
Sascha Cole, Pippa Leslie, Margo MacDonald, Zach Counsil  Photo: GCTC/Andrew Alexander

Theatre Review: "Goodnight Desdemona, (Good Morning Juliet)" at GCTC

A funny thing happened on the way to the theatre. . . What if two of Shakespeare's tragedies, Othello and Romeo and Juliet, were actually comedies? This clever play sends both of them off in unexpected directions - and in iambic pentameter, no less.  Go to full article
Raoul Bhaneja as Hamlet. Photo: Andrew Kenneth Martin

Theatre Review: "Hamlet (solo)" at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa

You've never seen a Hamlet like this. It concentrates on the actor, the text and the audience. If you decide to give it a try, it would be helpful to re-read Shakespeare's Hamlet beforehand. Hamlet (solo) runs in the NAC Studio through November 23.  Go to full article
Petrina Bromley as Dorine, Andy Jones as Tartuffe  Photo: Andree Lanthier<br />

Theatre Review: "Tartuffe" at the National Arts Centre

Adapted very loosely from Moliere's play, Andy Jones has done an even more loose translation. This new version plays at the English Theatre in the NAC through November 2.  Go to full article
Maja Ardal as Horsey June McCready  Photo: GCTC

Theatre Review: "You Fancy Yourself" at GCTC in Ottawa

When her family moves from Iceland to Edinburgh, young Elsa relies on her gigantic imagination to help her find friends. She soon realizes that imagination alone is not...  Go to full article
David Fox as Calum & R.H.Thomson as Alexander  Photo:Cylla von Tiedemann

Theatre Review: "No Great Mischief" at the 1000 Islands Playhouse in Gananoque

"No Great Mischief is a play that tells the story of the need for family, for love, and for connection,' says Artistic Director Ashlie Corcoran. "We're excited to welcome an...  Go to full article
Michael Healey as the Prime Minister  Photo: GCTC/Andrew Alexander

Theatre Review: "Proud" at the Great Canadian Theatre Company

"It's a comedy influenced by writers like George Bernard Shaw and Aaron Sorkin who both illuminate the politics of the day," says Michael Healey. "It's important to get...  Go to full article
John Lenartrz as Vince Lombardi  Photo: Angel Wuellner

Theatre Review: "Lombardi" at the Depot Theatre in Westport

Football's Super Bowl trophy is named for the legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers. Few people, however, know the real story of Vince Lombardi the man - his inspirations,...  Go to full article
Martha Irving as The (Post) Mistress  Photo: Jay Kopinski

Theatre Review: "The (Post) Mistress" at the 1000 Islands Playhouse

The One-woman musical "The (Post) Mistress" is running in the Firehall at the 1000 Islands Playhouse through September 14. It's written by Tomson Highway and stars Martha...  Go to full article
Three Fairies: Famecia Ward, Cali Moore, Iris Elton  Photo: Angel Wuellner

Theatre Review: "Funked Up Fairy Tales" in Westport

The Depot Theatre in Westport is currently running the new musical Funked Up Fairy Tales. This lively and entertaining new musical plays through August 25.  Go to full article

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