After a successful Fringe Festival run with Tis Pity She’s a Whore, newly founded Bear & Co. holds their first full summer production with Shakespeare’s As You Like It, a story about love with a hint of mistaken identity. Read the full review.
David Mamet’s Oleanna is an intellectual drama about a power struggle between a college professor on the verge of tenure and a student having trouble in his class. Read the full review.
During the 100 years war, newly minted monarch, Henry V, launched an invasion that led to the particularly bloody Battle of Agincourt. Some time later, a playwright of some repute, William Shakespeare, as part of a series of historical plays, wrote about that event. Some time later still, Ottawa’s twenty-years-running professional Shakespeare company, A Company of Fools, gives that play their particular treatment in a parks tour around the city. Read the full review.
One half of the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival sees prominent a General fall from grace through the machinations of a supposed friend in William Shakespeare’s Othello. Read the full review.
Odyssey Theatre’s 26h season is upon them and they recently opened their their mask theatre production of Marivaux’s The Game of Love and Chance in beautiful Strathcona park on the Rideau River. Read the full review.
Sir Claude Amory has some papers of value stolen from him and so he gathers all the suspects together and brings in a detective to help him get them back. When Amory then ends up the victim of foul play, the detective finds himself with a much bigger case. Black Coffee is Agatha Christie’s first mystery written for the stage, and her only play to feature her famous detective Hercule Poirot. In the grand tradition of classic detective stories, a crime is committed and it’s up to Poirot – and the audience – to unravel the clues to figure out whodunit. Read the full review.
The second show, or first depending how you count, of the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival is A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a comedy wherein some fairies screw around with some humans and with each other. Read the full review.
The story in Circle Mirror Transformation is told through the drama games of a six-week community centre drama class the characters have signed up for. It’s through the games, and the breaks in between that their characters are revealed. Read the full review.
My assignment for the Extremely Short Play Festival was to write some extremely short reviews. So, here they are, in order of presentation:
In Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden, being presented by Plosive Productions at the Gladstone, a man stranded on the side of the road is helped by a good Samaritan and invites him home for a drink. The next morning the man’s wife has the Samaritan tied up in his kitchen at gun point. Read the full review.