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Trigger warning: sexual assault, toxic gender roles. This review contains spoilers. Young women grow up learning a slew of double-standardized, mixed-signaled lessons. If you don’t put out, you’re a prude. If you do put out, you’re a slut. If you don’t conform to the standard of the male-gaze, you’re a man-hater. If yo…

Who am I? The need for self-identification and self-actualization is an experience that many of us can relate to. The Heels of Our Grandfathers by Cole Forrest (pictured above) tells this story from the viewpoint of an Ojibwe youth, Little Eagle, on the cusp of adulthood. Par for the course for someoneat that stage in…

Welcome back, DARTcritics readers! Leah here again! Did you miss me? Well, even if you didn’t, I am sure you missed reading our coverage of DLT’s Inferno. After attending the In the Soil Arts Festival this past weekend and viewing the show for myself, it is time to report back on my thoughts and experiences. Today, I a…

Hello DARTcritics readers! Kristina here, reporting from St. Catharines as the In the Soil Arts Festival is full speed ahead in preparations. As Leah already explained in the previous post, I will be writing from an inside point of view as I will be more or less directly involved with the creation of DopoLavoro Teatral…

Hello DARTcritics readers! Welcome to the first in a series of articles written by myself and my colleague Kristina Ojaperv, about our work following the making of Inferno, a new production by DopoLavoro Teatrale (henceforth DLT). Throughout the coming weeks, we will dive into various areas of interest: the conversatio…

One year ago a group of students from Brock University presented QUEER‽NOW‽ to the world. It was a show that was not only the director’s undergraduate thesis project, but also an experience that was unapologetically queer. The team was comprised of Max Hunter, Ari Para, Dael M. Cooper and me, each of us taking part in…

In their final post, our team of embedders at the Shaw Festival discuss their experience sitting in on a technical rehearsal and watching the world of The Horse and His Boy come vividly to life. Shannon Fletcher, Matt Lazaris-Brunner, Alexandra Chubaty Boychuk, and Danielle Woodcock write, Well, readers, we have follow…

Student critics voice their thoughts on Theatre Aquarius’ world-premier of Steel City Gangster, written by George F. Walker and directed by Ron Ulrich. The play tracks the life of the notorious organized crime boss and Hamiltonian, Rocco Perri and his partner-in-crime Bessie Starkman. The production ran on the theatre’…

The embedders return to the Shaw Festival’s The Horse and His Boy for their last rehearsal before they move into the Festival Theatre for technical rehearsals. Shannon Fletcher, Matt Lazaris-Brunner, Alexandra Chubaty Boychuk, and Danielle Woodcock write, It’s an exciting thing, walking into Shaw and being recognized b…

The DARTCritics journied to Crow’s Theatre to see Stephen Massicotte’s play Mary’s Wedding, directed by Kent Staines. Students Dani Shae Barkley and Gwen Anderson express their thoughts below, although in relatively different formats. Dani Shae conveys her experience through text while Gwen elects to explore criticism…