Posts by: Karen Fricker

Richards (left) and Griffith with Céspedes and Bolin (background) in The Power of Harriet T 1 March 2014: Carousel Players’ mandate is to create professional theatre for young audiences aged 5-15. So, what impression would one of their shows have on a group of University students? The DARTcritics reviewed Carousel’s pr…

10 April 2014: This is a selection of the DARTcritics’ reviews of A Beautiful View. Cassandra Moerman writes: Well, fans and friends, I went to see A Beautiful View by Daniel MacIvor, and let me tell you: the view was pretty incredible. Volcano Theatre put on this stellar performance in a section of the Sean O’Sullivan…

5 February 2014: The DARTcritics attended the matinee performance on 25th January of London Road at Canadian Stage. Here are some of their review responses: The company of London Road. Photos by David Hou. Sarah Mason writes:  I remember once having a conversation with my father which involved him questioning the way i…

3 December 2013: The DARTcritics attended a matinee, on Sunday 25th October, of Robert Lepage and Ex Machina’s production of Needles and Opium at Canadian Stage in Toronto. Here is a selection of their critical responses: Cassandra Moerman writes: “Please turn off your cellphones, even if you are expecting a call from…

On 16 November 2013, the DARTcritics (as part of the audience of nearly 2,000) attended the STRUTT Wearable Art Show at the W.S. Tyler factory in St Catharines. From fire dancers, to a fabulous catwalk show with a live soundtrack by the  Toronto-based country-meets-rock style band The Sadies, to acrobats suspended on s…

On Friday, 25 October, the DARTcritics attended the production One, from Montréal’s Orange Noyée productions, at the Brock Centre for the Arts. Here is a selection of their critical responses: Mani Soleymanlou Sarah Lawrence writes: Darkness.  Silence.  Anticipation.  Suddenly, a shadowy figure darts across the stage,…

Next week sees the Brock Department of Dramatic Arts main stage production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, featuring several members of the DARTcritics team. The production, co-directed by DART professors Gyllian Raby and Danielle Wilson, is set in the 1950s and laced through with country blues music. It plays from 7-9…

On 3 October, the five DARTcritics embedded in Cabaret Sauvignon saw the production, and reflect on the experience here given their privileged insight into the ideas behind the show. One critic writes: Rockway Vineyards is where the scene plays out. Guests seated, a three-course meal, and 1920s-style cabaret theatre th…

The 35 students in DART’s Theatre Criticism class saw the Shaw Festival’s production of Lady Windermere’s Fan on 24 October, 2013. Here is a selection of the DARTcritics’ reviews. Hayley Malouin writes:  The only true constant is scandal, a sentiment made exquisitely clear in the Shaw Festival’s production of Lady Wind…