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A play of bills- Hamilton and Controlled Damage’s Canadian premieres

Two plays made premieres within Canada this past month, and some interesting facts are connecting these two performances from across provinces. Hamilton and Controlled Damage’s Canadian premieres (in fact the latter’s world premiere) are happening in Toronto at Mirvish Theatre and in Halifax at Neptune Theatre respectively. Hamilton is, of course, the hit musical by […]

hollow mountain by Rock Bottom Movement filled with absurd heart

To start, I will always have a soft spot for weirdness. If something is masterfully beautiful in presentation but mediocre in meaning, I don’t care. But if something is bizarre and dreadful, I will always prefer the latter. Thankfully, hollow mountain by Rock Bottom Movement is both bizarre and brilliant. The company coming from Toronto […]

Alice and The World We Live In tackles the mountain of grief

Currently having its world premiere, Alice and The World We Live In at Centaur Theatre is a complicated affair centred around grief and memory. Written by Alexandria Haber and directed by Centaur Theatre’s artistic director Eda Holmes, Alice finds us encountering the titular Alice (Jane Wheeler) at the halfway point of a treacherous hiking trail […]

Slava’s Snowshow returning to Broadway- the magic of clown

Clowns occupy a strange space in the minds of western audiences. Especially in North America, clowns more oft than not get pigeonholed into the roles of comedically unfunny or disturbingly evil in their roles for modern media (the upcoming feature Joker reminding us a clown is one of the most iconic villains of all time); […]

The history of Fringe Festivals- on the fringes of theatre

July 11th marked another annual World Fringe Day, the celebration of Fringe Festivals internationally. An important means for artists to develop themselves and find audiences, as well as homes for many touring artists, it’s easy to understand why Fringe Festivals receive such devoted attention from those who participate and organize the events. For the uninitiated, […]

Shades of Hope- The Colour Purple at Neptune Theatre

Right now in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the Canadian major theatre premiere of The Colour Purple is taking audiences by storm at Neptune Theatre. I had heard as much from several of my peers in the Halifax theatre community, some attached to this production and others simply in awe of its quality and heart. One dear […]

“The Horrifically Real Virtuality”: Where B-Movies Come To Life

I am welcomed by looming tentacles and a crashed UFO at the top of the stairs of The Phi Centre in Montréal. Looking around at the walls, I see a number of the works of Ed Wood- the infamous director of Plan 9 From Outer Space, often hailed as the worst movie in history- being […]