Let’s go back, way back, to 1969, a time of Vietnam War draft dodgers, the emergence of contemporary feminism, astronauts landing on the moon, hippie-driven free love, and the crumbling façade of domestic bliss. Janet Wilson Meets the Queen shows us these issues and more in a darkly comic coming of age tale that will have you questioning your own politics from start to finish.
Written by Canadian Playwright and actor Michael Healey, Generous is a compilation of four short plays each set in a world of cutthroat power that together create a bigger whole.
The show opens in Parliament where an elected minority frantically tries to avoid facing a no confidence vote and is interrupted by a double murder in progress. The hilarity of Katie Ryerson’s Heritage Minister standing there as they implode, bleeding out from a stomach wound for minutes before anybody notices, sets the stage for the rest of the play. From there it moves into the world of big business with a ruthless sociopath tired of having to say the politically correct thing – “our company is doing everything it can for the environment” – when she would rather just be honest – “we don’t care about the environment and there’s not a damn thing you can do about it.” And then moving to a high profile judge whose one night stand becomes way more than she bargained for. One of the common themes in Generous is questioning why these larger than life figures are just so darned mockable.Read the full review.
Two pairs of twins end up as two pairs of master and servant whose accidental meeting causes chaos in this classic madcap tale of mistaken identity.
Long before Disney’s The Parent Trap, there was The Comedy of Errors: Shakespeare’s early take on identical twins separated at birth and the mix-ups that occur when their paths cross later in life. In this case, a man is wrongly accused of missing dinner with his wife and dragged into an unfamiliar household while the real husband is locked out of his own home. Complicating matters further is that each man has a loyal, if at times dimwitted, servant who – you guessed it- is the long lost identical twin of the other servant. Confusion escalates in a series of scenes based on mistaken identity until finally the four men find themselves – and their estranged father – in the same place at the same time. Read the full review.
Pomme and ‘Restes: Shipwrecked! On the Tempestuous Lost Island of Never is a very loose adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, complete with pirates, clowns, magic, and mischief. Read the full review.
As You Like It presented by A Company of Fools is everything you want in a summer show: slapstick comedy, witty puns, sappy romance, treachery and betrayal, fight scenes, high culture, and of course a liberal sprinkling of gender-bending mix-ups. Read the full review.
A Company of Fools has been presenting their Torchlight Shakespeare Series around Ottawa parks for ten years. This year their irreverent wit and style get applied to Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, directed by Catriona Leger. 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.