David Whiteley, producer of Basket of Deplorables, calls the staged reading of Tom Rachman’s audiobook “an antidote for our times”. Decide for yourself December 7 and 8 at the Gladstone Theatre.
When Gilles Provost was approached to direct Claude Montminy’s Maestro in French and English, he took a break from writing his memoir and tackled the challenge. Gilles had seen and enjoyed the play before and he understood that directing it in two languages was risky but worth pursuing.
David Currie: “Watching Maestro feels less like live theatre and more like live television.”
In short, The Gladstone is the busiest theatre in Ottawa. Resident companies and guests will produce 12 shows for their 2017–18 season.
Livia Belcea: “Immediately I knew that I would leave the show with more questions about time, love and death.”
Brian Carroll: “Let no one say that Plosive Productions doesn’t take chances. Starting with the draped white tunnel leading from the foyer to the theatre, there is the promise of a new and different experience.”
Anne & Gilbert: The Musical has swept in to Ottawa in time for the holiday season and, not being a committed Anne of Green Gables nor family-friendly-format aficionado, the challenge set was whether without subject enthusiasm this piece could entertain as a one-off night at the theatre. The story follows Lucy Maud Montgomery’s eponymous flame-haired […]
There’s a not-to-be-missed theatrical treat at The Gladstone! Living Together is the second of a theatrical triple-header called The Norman Conquests. You can read my review of the first play, Table Manners here. I’ve learned since then that Alan Ayckbourn wrote this brilliant trio of plays in a mere 10 days. One patron on opening night […]
Table Manners is the first of a theatrical triple-header at The Gladstone and, I believe, a first for Ottawa. As a result of a flippant remark to a reporter in 1973, Alan Ayckbourn found himself committed to writing a trilogy of plays. The result was his brilliant classic, The Norman Conquests. Ayckbourn’s three plays share […]
If you’re looking for an entirely different kind of night out you have to check out Vacant House Theatre’s Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune which opened Thursday May 21 at 122 Stewart St. That’s right, 122 Stewart. Vacant House is inviting you right into Frankie’s basement apartment for an altogether immersive theatre […]
Kinky? Serious? Dramatic? Comic? Suspenseful? Warped? Disturbing? Playful? Political? Role-bending? All of the above? Venus in Fur is a sex comedy turned on its birch-switched bottom. Don’t come expecting a frothy farce like Noises Off. Yes, there’s a scantily clad attractive woman. Yes, there’s a pedantic tight-assed frumpily dressed man. Yes, there’s a play within […]
An evening bookended by gifts. But first, a word of advice, O gentle reader, before you enter the theatre: The Gladstone bar is featuring eggnog, with or without Sailor Jerry rum. Order yours before the show for intermission. It’s very popular. The Radio Show has become a Christmas tradition at The Gladstone. As befits a […]
I knew we were in for a fun evening when the audience laughed within the first minute of The School for Wives. They kept laughing throughout the rest of the play. Understandable when you consider the quality of the script, the direction, and the acting. Moliere wrote The School for Wives the year he married […]
Heading in to David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross one wonders if The Avalon Studio production will compare favourably to the excellent movie version with Jack Lemmon, Alan Arkin & Al Pacino. Be assured, this is no poor cousin but a relentlessly vicious and vital theatrical experience of Mamet’s world of shady salesmen and dark deeds. […]
On Sunday evening a cavalcade of theatre luminaries gathered in Bates Hall, Sandy Hill to honour the brightest amongst their ranks. The Prix Rideau Awards founded in 2006 celebrates locally produced professional theatre and artists in both French and English. It is inspiring to see categories, including best male and female performers, best director, emerging […]