Brian CarrollTheatre Reviewer
Brian Carroll has written theatre reviews for Apartment 613 since 2010. As well, he writes articles about local astronomy events. He also interviews storytellers and theatre professionals for previews and profiles. You can follow him on Twitter @BrianMCarroll.
Brian Carroll: “The satirical Ten Little Sinners doesn’t take itself too seriously. This is cotton candy summer theatre. It’s an excuse for dreadful puns, fake blood, kinky costumes, outrageous over-acting, and even furry puppets. “
A grand structure, the Dominion Observatory, commands high ground at the Central Experimental Farm near Carling Avenue. Sharon Odell explains why this building was constructed (1902-5) and how one of the astronomers, Mary Grey, saved the heritage architecture of the building and the scientific instruments it contained.
The indie theatre series runs from April 19 to May 6 at Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Ave).
Brian Carroll: “The soundscape of Tomorrow’s Child is rich and lush. From the first scenes of the playground and the helicopter, the soundscape is immersive and enveloping… Ray Bradbury would probably have liked this sonic adaptation of his story. “
Brian Carroll: “Crimes of the Heart is the darkest comedy I’ve ever laughed at.”
Exoplanets are a hot topic in the news. The Ottawa Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) has invited Professor Nicolas Cohen of the McGill Space Institute to talk about exoplanets at next month’s public meeting.
Following its 2010 premiere in Toronto, the first part of Diana Tso’s Monkey Queen trilogy has been popular at festivals, schools and libraries. Tso now brings the first two parts of the trilogy to Ottawa, where the second part will premiere.
It is easy to think of A Christmas Carol as a seasonal classic – a traditional piece cast in amber, comfortable like an old sweater. But in the right hands, a contemporary production can give us new insights into an old text.
On the Fringe is a loving tribute to the un-curated magic of Fringe festivals across the country.
Brian Carroll: “The audience was abuzz at intermission and after the show. I haven’t seen such excitement and so many smiles in the NAC Theatre audience for many a moon.”