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If you love your theatre dark, shocking, and emotionally raw, but still want to have the occasional laugh, then Cliff Cardinal’s Huff is for you. Be aware that it is incredibly disturbing, but also very powerful. The play has been touring for over seven years and 200 performances and won the Dora Mavor Moore awards for…

“Issues of power and privilege – who has it, who doesn’t have it, how is it shared – aren’t specific to institutions; they are being dealt with daily in the professional arts community too. If honest conversations are had in the community, with the intention of learning and creating safe spaces for everyone, then we ca…

Contemporary theatre companies are making strides in representing individuals whose voices society has tried to silence, especially those who identify as transgender, or don’t identify with a gender at all. Transgender performance artist Travis Alabanza’s one-person show, Burgerz, has been getting rave reviews around E…

Essential Collective Theatre hits the mark in almost every aspect of their production of Hannah Moscovitch’s East of Berlin, but in trying to broach some difficult subject matter, the company may be taking risks with audiences involving a large number of university students. Some issues raised toward the end of the pla…

Andrea Donaldson’s take on Harold Pinter’s Betrayal oozes the same qualities as Emma (Virgilia Griffith)’s yellow jumpsuit, designed by Ken Mackenzie – it’s sexy, elegant, and very 1970s. Pinter wrote the play in 1978, and director Donaldson decided to keep the setting in that time period. In an interview for Intermiss…

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…