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Samantha Madeley, Paul Rainville, Sarah McVie, Eric Coates  Photo: GCTC Andrew Alexander
Samantha Madeley, Paul Rainville, Sarah McVie, Eric Coates Photo: GCTC Andrew Alexander

Theatre Review: "The Burden of Self Awareness" at the Great Canadian Theatre Company

George F. Walker, Canada's multiple award-winning master of dark comedy, has written a new play. It's "The Burden of Self Awareness," currently running at GCTC in Ottawa through June 22. Being a fan of Mr. Walker's plays, I looked forward to this production, as I do with any of his plays.  Go to full article
Walter Borden as Hoke & Nicola Lipman as Miss Daisy.  Photo: 1000 Islands Playhouse
Walter Borden as Hoke & Nicola Lipman as Miss Daisy. Photo: 1000 Islands Playhouse

Theatre Review: "Driving Miss Daisy" at the 1000 Islands Playhouse

Playwright Alfred Uhry is the only playwright to win the Triple Crown: an Oscar, a Tony, and a Pulitzer Prize. "Driving Miss Daisy" won two of the three - the Oscar and the Pulitzer. This touching comedy about an unlikely friendship is an audience favorite.  Go to full article
Alison Woolridge, Ryan Allen, Mike Payette  Photo: Peter Bromley
Alison Woolridge, Ryan Allen, Mike Payette Photo: Peter Bromley

Theatre Review: "Oil and Water" at the National Arts Centre

"Oil and Water," produced by Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, a company located in St. John's, is closing out the season of the NAC English Theatre. It runs through May 31 and is based on the Truxton Disaster, the shipwreck of an American Navy vessel off the coast of Newfoundland in 1942.  Go to full article
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
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
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 />
Petrina Bromley as Dorine, Andy Jones as Tartuffe Photo: Andree Lanthier

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
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 enough to conquer the scrappy politics of the social scene. You Fancy Yourself is running at the Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa through November 3.  Go to full article
David Fox as Calum & R.H.Thomson as Alexander  Photo:Cylla von Tiedemann
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 extremely talented and distinguished cast to our stage for this remount of Tarragon Theatre's entertaining and wholly transporting play."  Go to full article
Michael Healey as the Prime Minister  Photo: GCTC/Andrew Alexander
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 people talking about politics and about their national government."  Go to full article

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