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Jillian Keiley

Concord Floral depicts secret lives of suburban teens

Some places have their mysteries: the secret lives born witness to when people were sure no one was watching, a record of which is imprinted on the place, in cypher understood only by initiates of that particular moment. Concord Floral, a condemned greenhouse where people go to live out their secret lives, is a place […]

Shakespeare for people who don’t like Shakespeare

A year and a half ago, Jillian Keiley, the Artistic Director of English Theatre at the National Arts Centre, asked Calgary’s Old Trout Puppet Workshop to collaborate on a production of one of Shakespeare’s most loved comedies – Twelfth Night.  However, she wanted them to imagine the play without puppets.  As the Old Trouts say […]

Oscar Wilde’s Earnest a perfect pick-me-up

There’s a reason why The Importance of Being Earnest has stood the test of time – it’s freakin’ hilarious and it doesn’t matter if it’s 1895 or 2014. Sure, Shakespeare’s plays are some 300 years older than this Oscar Wilde comedy which is part of the National Arts Centre’s English Theatre series. But let’s be […]

Oil and Water is brilliant theatre

Several good plays have come to Ottawa during the 2013-14 season.  After watching the fantastic production of Oil and Water, however, a strong argument can be made that this work is the best performance to hit a local stage this season. Currently playing at the National Arts Centre, this wonderful play tells the story of […]