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Survival of the quirkiest

Alex Jackson writes: “A queer and trans-gender guide to help the survival of the quirkiest!” That’s how upcoming graduates of Brock’s Dramatic Arts Department describe their performance piece about LGBTQ issues, Awkward and Uncomfortable, coming out to Brock University on April 16th! Students in the fourth-year class DART 4F56 have been working very hard since September…

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Straight on ’til Morning!

Adeline Huffman, Haley Labbé, Katelyn Lander, and Jessica Laurie-Robar write: “It feels like just yesterday I was looking at this set in a little shoe box!” exclaims Katelyn Lander while looking at the stage, as we prepare to watch the story unfold. Curtains up on the first technical dress rehearsal for Shaw Festival’s Peter and the…

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The Second Life, 2.0

Our critics recently say Tottering Biped Theatre’s production of The Second Life, the second incarnation of a workshopped production from 2013 - The Inconsolable Blueness of Jeans. What happens when we position the digital in the analog world of a theatre? Here’s what the DARTCritics had to say about it: Cole Larson writes: A sister in search of…

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Waxing and Waning: “Wings of Wax” Meets Mixed Reviews

The DARTCritics recently saw Essential Theatre Collective’s production of Wings of Wax, written by Lindsay Price and directed by Moncia Dufault. Reception by the critics was so conflicted that we couldn’t publish less than three reviews. Here’s what Kevin, Alex, and Nikki had to say: Kevin Langendyk writes: To turn the impossible upside-down: Wings of Wax,…

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Taking to the Web: Equity in Theatre’s Hackathon Comes to Brock

  DARTCritic Katie Coseni writes: As every student knows (yet will vehemently deny) Wikipedia is one of our go-to sources for information. But did you know that many prominent women in Canadian theatre are grossly under-represented online? In a society so dependant on technology, having no online presence can be detrimental to anyone hoping to make…

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Incredi-Girl: Carousel Players’ Super Powers

The DARTCritics recently saw The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh produced by Carousel Players at the Sullivan Mahoney Courthouse Theatre. Taking on the interesting challenge of reviewing YA (young adult) theatre, here’s what two critics thought of the production: Nicola Franco writes: Imagine-a-mind-where-everything-moves-so-fast-that-the-rest-of-the-world-can’t-keep-up. Chris Craddock’s production of The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh, directed by Kerry Ann Doherty,…

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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…