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Andy Massingham & Joey Trembley  Photo: Andree Lanthier
Andy Massingham & Joey Trembley Photo: Andree Lanthier

Theatre Review: "Metamorphoses" at the NAC

"Metamorphoses" is running at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa through February 16. The play contains adult material and is not suitable for children under 16. Running only an hour and 20 minutes without intermission, it manages to cover some of the best known of Ovid's myths.  Go to full article
Carmen Aguirre. Photo: Andrew Alexander
Carmen Aguirre. Photo: Andrew Alexander

Theatre Review: "Blue Box" at the Great Canadian Theatre Company

Carmen Aguirre's BLUE BOX is running at GCTC in Ottawa through February 3. The 90-minute play, performed without intermission, is autobiographical and broad in scope.  Go to full article

Theatre Review: "The Number 14" at the Great Canadian Theatre Company

"The Number 14", running at the Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa through December 16, turns an ordinary bus route into a hilarious adventure. Six performers transform into more then 60 characters who swing and sing in and out of escapades aboard Vancouver's funniest bus.  Go to full article
Shannon Taylor & Alix Sideris. Photo: Trudie Lee
Shannon Taylor & Alix Sideris. Photo: Trudie Lee

Theatre Review: "Pride and Prejudice" in Ottawa

"Pride and Prejudice," a co-production of the National Arts Centre English Theatre and Theatre Calgary, is running at the NAC through December 8. This world premiere adaptation by Janet Munsil features a company of actors from across Canada who interpret Jane Austin's classic novel about love, family and the politics of marriage.  Go to full article
Jackie Richardson and Andrew Moodie   Photo:Andree Lanthier
Jackie Richardson and Andrew Moodie Photo:Andree Lanthier

Theatre Review: "thirsty" at the National Arts Centre

The World Premiere of "thirsty" by Dionne Brand is running in the Studio at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa through November 17. Based on her book of poetry of the same title, it tells the story of a man destroyed by his inability to cope with cultural change.  Go to full article
Margo MacDonald as Loretta and Mary Ellis as Frances.  Photo: Andrew Alexander/GCTC
Margo MacDonald as Loretta and Mary Ellis as Frances. Photo: Andrew Alexander/GCTC

Theatre Review: "Fly Me to the Moon" at the Great Canadian Theatre Company

The Canadian premiere of "Fly Me to the Moon" is running at the Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa through November 18. It's a terrific black comedy by the author of "Stone in His Pockets." It tells the story of one disastrous day in the lives of Frances and Loretta, two home health care workers in Belfast.  Go to full article
Francine Deschepper & Gil Garratt  Photo:Andree Lanthier
Francine Deschepper & Gil Garratt Photo:Andree Lanthier

Theatre Review: "The Glace Bay Miners' Museum" at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa

"The Glace Bay Miners' Museum" has opened the English Theatre season at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and runs through November 3. Based on the short story by Sheldon Currie, Wendy Lill's play follows the fortunes of the MacNeil family, as they struggle to make a living in the coal-mining town.  Go to full article
Deidre Gillard-Rowlings/Darryl Hopkins in Tempting Providence. Theatre Newfoundland Labrador.<br /><br />Photo by Peter Buckle, PB Productions. <br /><br />
Deidre Gillard-Rowlings/Darryl Hopkins in Tempting Providence. Theatre Newfoundland Labrador.

Photo by Peter Buckle, PB Productions.

Theatre Review: "Tempting Providence" at the 1000 Islands Playhouse

"Tempting Providence" tells the story of a remarkable nurse, Myra Bennett. She spent her life caring for the population of the bleak Newfoundland coast. By the time she died in 1990 she had received medals of honor from both the Queen and the Canadian government. The production runs through October 27 at the 1000 Islands Playhouse in Gananoque.  Go to full article
Paul Rainville as Ernie Michael Mancini as George Kate Hurman as Mae & cast GCTC's The Secret Mask by Rick Chafe Photo: Andrew Alexander/GCTC
Paul Rainville as Ernie Michael Mancini as George Kate Hurman as Mae & cast GCTC's The Secret Mask by Rick Chafe Photo: Andrew Alexander/GCTC

Theatre Review: "The Secret Mask" at the Great Canadian Theatre Company

The Secret Mask has opened the season at the Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa and runs through September 30. The play tells the story of George who gets a call out of the blue to come help his father Ernie who is recovering from a stroke and aphasia. Ernie left the family when George was two and their attempts to reconcile are both heartbreaking and funny.  Go to full article
Sonia Torres, Wilma Rivera, Elle De Amor, Norma Perez-Hernandez, Denise Estrada.  Photo: Depot Theatre
Sonia Torres, Wilma Rivera, Elle De Amor, Norma Perez-Hernandez, Denise Estrada. Photo: Depot Theatre

Theatre Review: "Real Women Have Curves" at the Depot Theatre

Real Women Have Curves runs at the Depot Theatre through September 9. The comedy, set in a tiny sewing factory in Los Angeles, explores the lives of five full-figured Mexican American women, opening a window on their dreams, culture and experience as immigrants. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was at the opening night and has this review.  Go to full article

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