Devoid of snowmen, reindeer, or carols, Angel Square is not an obvious Christmas play. Set in 1940s Ottawa, it takes place over one winter when young Tommy finds himself following in the footsteps of his favourite radio show detective, The Shadow. A brutally anti-Semitic beating has taken place in sleepy Lowertown and since his best friend’s dad was the victim, Tommy is determined to find the culprit. Along the way, we meet his family, a motley crew of teachers, his gang of multicultural friends, the love of his life, and more.
The woeful tale of Romeo and Juliet is one of William Shakespeare’s most well known plays. He wrote it in ten days, four-hundred-and-twenty-one-years-ago. Since then it’s been turned into somewhere in the neighbourhood of thirty movies and produced on countless stages all across the world. The timeless tale now makes its way to the town of Prescott as part of the St. Lawrence Shakespeare festival.
Does anybody not know the story of Romeo and Juliet? (Do they still teach it as part of the high school English curriculum?) A brief primer just in case:
In fair Verona live two families at war. These are the Montagues and the Capulets. The play starts with a brawl between family members resulting in a princely decree for Montague and Capulet to get their shit together. If there are any more of these shenanigans in the streets, the perpetrators will be put to death. Read the full review.
Theatre Talk is On Stage’s new web series devoted to promoting theatre in Ottawa and designed to help Ottawa get to know the artists making it. New episodes go online every month, comprised of segments that can be watched and shared individually or as a playlist. In addition to talking about upcoming shows, show host Chris Ralph chats with some of the guests in special Table Topic segments that could range from the issues affecting our local theatre scene to whether unicorns are, in fact, better than zombies.
In the very first episode of On Stage’s Theatre Talk, we sit down and chat with some wonderful artists about some wonderful shows opening in Ottawa this May.
Producer’s note: Chris Ralph’s referring to the show as Talking Theatre is my mistake and not his. The name change to Theatre Talk was a last minute decision.
Watch the full episode using the playlist above or watching individual segments with the links below:
Segment 1: https://youtu.be/feUHGrzpVxs
— David Whitely and Alexis Scott tell us about their upcoming production of Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune
— vacanthousetheatre.com (Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune opens May 21st)
Segment 3: http://youtu.be/ZrqA_xLmUCY
— Shaun Toohey, David Frisch, and Mary Ellis sit around and talk about beginnings and pick up lines.
Segment 6: http://youtu.be/BVc-HON8D7Q
— Paul Benhcke and Rom Frigon tell us about Kanata Theare’s production of The Black Bonspiel of Wullie MacCrimmon
— kanatatheatre.com (The Black Bonspiel of Wullie MacCrimmon open May 12th)
Segment 7 : http://youtu.be/jxe6vQ2xTQE
— Janet Irwin, Paul Benhcke, and Rom Grifon sit down and talk about superpowers and annoying habits.
Theatre Talk is produced by Allan Mackey, Valley Wind Productions.
The show is hosted by Chris Ralph and shot on location in the Acting Company.
Floor crew, lighting & camera:
Sabrina Betts, Jessica Mardyla