Embedded Criticism

Guest of honour Jill Dolan: the feminist spectator in action, at Brock DART student Angie Colosimo’s doodle of the Critics and Niagara panel Stephen Remus (centre, Niagara Artists Centre) with Steve Solski and Jill Dolan The multimedia environment in Sankey Chambers Monica Dufault (left, Essential Collective Theatre) w…

Early Saturday morning on March 8, a group of five of us #DARTCritics headed to the Shaw Festival Theatre, to sit in on a rehearsal of director Peter Hinton’s production of Cabaret. With little idea of what to expect, and the buzz of coffee-charged chatter filling the small car, we made our way to the beautiful Niagara…

20 February 2014: As part of their preparation for our colloquium, The Changing Face of Theatre Criticism in the Digital Age,  the DARTcritics undertook research on a number of critics, bloggers, and others with an interest in their work, looking in particular at how online forms of communication (including social medi…

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…

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 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…