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Les Passants : L’union de deux solitudes pour aborder l’humanité.

Les célébrations du 150e anniversaire du Canada aura eu pour effet d’unir les forces deux compagnies théâtrales issues des deux langues officielles du pays afin de coproduire une pièce de théâtre visant à rapprocher culturellement les deux univers. Les Passants sera présentée à Ottawa en français avec surtitres en anglais jusqu’au 12 mars au Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC).

Not everything is as it seems with Butcher

The line between justice and revenge isn’t as always defined or easy to follow as we’d like. Who’s to have the final say in what is acceptable and unacceptable when righting a wrong? And when the justice system we hold in such high regard fails us, who’s to deny anyone the opportunity for retribution? Playwright […]

GCTC presents a pointed political satire for election season

What better city than the nation’s capital and what better time than with a federal election hot on our heels for the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) to debut their 41st season with Michael Healey’s politically-charged satirical piece, Generous. Healey, an award-winning playwright, is no stranger to stirring up controversy in the theatre scene with […]

Future of Ottawa: Fear and hope for our theatre scene

This is part two in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa (arts and culture edition).  In this guest column, Eric Coates, the artistic director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company, offers his insights on our city’s theatre community.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. When I was asked to […]

Music, drama, dance: The 2015-16 GCTC season

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwKD-koPhD4[/youtube] Some of Ottawa’s leading theatres recently announced their lineup for the 2015-16 season.  Over the next fews days, Apartment613 will highlight some of the great events that audiences can expect in the near future.  Today we review what is coming up at the Great Canadian Theatre Company. For 40 years, the Great Canadian Theatre […]

Moss Park is a brutally honest play

Is it really necessary to always find meaning in pain and suffering?  For many people, finding lessons in sorrow is a necessity, because otherwise what is the point of experiencing anguish. But what if we can’t find any answers, let alone wisdom, from misery?  This question arose in my mind after watching Moss Park, which […]

Anita Majumdar shines in double-bill performance at GCTC

Canada is a special place. With a vast geography, relatively small population spread over a huge land, and a multicultural mix that makes this country one of the most ethnically diverse places in the world, Canada is able to produce an array of voices with multiple viewpoints. The magic of the Great Canadian Theatre Company […]

Q&A with George F. Walker, Playwright

George F. Walker, 66, is a distinguished Canadian playwright and screenwriter. He was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1996 and is the recipient of numerous awards, including three Governor General Awards. His The Burden of Self Awareness premiered at the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) earlier this month. We sat down […]

The Burden of Self Awareness premieres at the GCTC

Over the course of 85 minutes (including one intermission) we follow a cast of five characters though a cascade of profanity, questionable ethics, infidelity, violence — even self-mutilation. The Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) is ending its 2013-14 season with the world premiere of The Burden of Self Awareness, a dark comedy written by Canadian […]

Undercurrents Theatre Festival: A Quiet Sip of Coffee

There are some things on which playwrights Anthony Johnston and Nathan Schwartz agree. They agree that they wrote a prank letter to a fundamentalist “ex-gay” organization. They asked for funds to develop a new play. The organization invited them to workshop the play at the group’s rural retreat. The offer was conditional: they had to […]

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