Barbara PopelTheatre Reviewer
Barb Popel is a frequent film-goer (hooray for the ByTowne Theatre!) and avid theatre-goer (almost 100 plays per year). She also attends quite a few classical music concerts. Not sure when she sleeps. Quoting a friend, she says, “I don’t support the arts; the arts support me.” Photo by Andrew Alexander.
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63 min | Drama | Mature Nicholas Dave Amott’s new play, As Rome Burns, is about the rehearsal of a play concocted by the mad emperor Nero. His play is about his imperial family’s history and himself. It’s being rehearsed by a few of his loyal slaves in the home of a Christian slave whom Nero has […]
45 min | Comedy, Solo | PG Keir Cutler is a Shakespeare crackpot. That is, he does not believe that Will Shakespeare wrote the plays attributed to him. Our culture calls such people “crackpots”. Hence the moniker. “Doctor Keir” does indeed have a PhD in Theatre with a background in English literature. He describes his impressive […]
55 min | Dark Comedy, Drama, Solo | PG Nancy Kenny, who brought us the dynamic Roller Derby Saved My Soul a couple of years ago, returns to Ottawa with another solo show: Everybody Dies in December. It’s a much quieter, almost interior play but, like Roller Derby, it’s about one woman’s passion for her vocation. […]
Apt613 is giving away two tickets to see Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at The Gladstone Theatre. The show runs until June 5 and the winner can attend a performance of their choice subject to availability. To enter, send and email with the subject header “Vanya” to email@example.com. A winner will be selected by […]
Pierre Brault has an excellent track record of writing and performing one-man plays based on historical figures. First, there was Patrick Whelan, the man hung for assassinating D’Arcy McGee (Blood on the Moon). Then Elmyr de Hory, the notorious art forger (Portrait of an Unidentified Man). And then Lenny Breau, the guitar genius (5 O’Clock Bells). […]
A truism: death comes to us all. How we approach our own deaths, and how we deal with loved ones as they approach death, say a great deal about who we are. In 1995, Mitch Albom, a successful sports reporter, watched his favourite professor, Morrie Schwartz, die of ALS, also known as”Lou Gehrig’s disease”. Albom’s […]
Moonlodge – part of the undercurrents festival of new plays – is a reworking of an Aboriginal Canadian classic by playwright Margo Kane. As part of the festival, it was workshopped at the NAC Fourth Stage on February 12 and 13. This is the NAC’s first participation in undercurrents; here’s hoping it’s not the last. […]
American playwright A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters is an epistolary play. Epistolary plays – plays based on the exchange of letters – reside in a small niche in the world of theatre. You may be familiar with plays such as 84 Charing Cross Road and Les liaisons dangereuses. Using only dramatically read letters, Love Letters traces the complicated […]