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A Double Take

On January 15 the DART critics class saw The Double at the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre. It’s a musical clown adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novella which received divided reviews from the DART critics. We’ve posted two reviews with very different opinions.  Elizabeth Amos writes: Dostoevsky’s psycho-neurotic comedy found twice the thrills, chills, and chuckles in Bad New Days’ metatheatrical adaptation of…

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Making theatre Essential to St. Catharines

Elizabeth Amos, Christian Lange, Nicole Mitchell, Osasu Oke, and Josh Sanger write: With “Wellness Week” just having drawn to a close at Brock University, and exams looming on the horizon, there couldn’t have been a more apt time to bring the discussion about mental illness literally to our doorstep. Monica Dufault, artistic director of Essential Collective…

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Send in the (sexy) clowns

Melinda Mohammed writes: Ex-boyfriends, doctors, sex, and clowns — oh my! That’s right, clowns! Sexual Healing, a production playing this weekend at Brock University, brings laughter, laughter and, well, more laughter. This extremely energetic, unpredictable show will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time. This is an Independent show in Brock’s…

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Brimful of samosas

Why Not Theatre’s celebrated production, Brimful of Asha, visited the Courthouse Theatre in St. Catharines in late October for one night only, and the DARTcritics were among the lucky few to snatch up tickets (and the snacks that came with them!). Here are two of their reviews:  Jeremy Knapton writes: Some have said that there is…

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Skylight on screen

On 23rd October the DARTcritics went to the theatre and the movies — at the same time! Here are several review accounts of the experience of seeing David Hare’s play Skylight via the innovation of NT Live: Alex Jackson writes: True love exists in David Hare’s Skylight, but not a light and fluffy love. It…

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The magic of STRUTT

Alex Franks, Jeremy Knapton, Connor Chabot, Spencer Walker write: Before beginning our final behind-the-scenes experience with STRUTT 2014 several thoughts were going through our group’s minds. First was the fact that we were excited about getting to see the STRUTT Wearable Art Show itself! There was also the after-party, and costumes we had heard stories of, that…

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Class is in session

For the second time this year, leading Canadian playwright George F. Walker has premiered a new work in the Niagara region. Following on from The Ravine, produced by Lyndesfarne Theatre Projects in Niagara Falls in May, CrazyLady Theatre Productions opened Parents Night at the Pearl Theatre Company in Hamilton this month, directed by Brock Dramatic Arts…

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A funny-sad time at Shaw

They’re back! A new class of 37 Dramatic Arts students at Brock University are this year’s DARTcritics. As part of their work in the course DART 3P95/6: Studies in Praxis – Theatre Criticism, they will be reviewing nine productions in the Niagara region and in Toronto. First up was a visit to the Shaw Festival…