In the Soil

The Scene: In The Soil Arts Festival 2015 Narrator: One sunny, Spring afternoon at the In The Soil Arts Festival in St. Catharines, DARTcritics Hayley Malouin and Elizabeth Amos found themselves sitting down to a delightful puppet show at the Central Library amidst a crowd of excited children. Chester: Hey! Who are you…

All rise for the criticism of Sweet Murderesses, as the prosecutor presses charges against The Sweet Murderesses Collective in a murder trial at the In The Soil Festival Arts Festival. Created by Yolanda Ferrato and her partners in crime Karyn De Jong and Zita Nyarady, Sweet Murderesses features the eerie and gruesome…

A tortured artist, family feud, secret love affair, and a healthy dose of humour: Untitled #33, an aNONym Theatre workshop performance at the Sullivan Mahoney Courthouse Theatre for St. Catharines’ In the Soil Arts Festival, has all the elements of a dynamic piece of theatre – what is left for playwright and director J…

What would the victims of Shakespeare’s heroes say if they came back from the dead to defend themselves against their murderers? Co-produced by Play it Again Productions and Theatre Smith-Gilmour, the souls of Shakespeare’s Desdemona and Ophelia are resurrected in the thrillingly grotesque performance Death Married My…

The “world’s greatest comedy-acrobatic-kazoo duo” have arrived at the In the Soil Arts Festival in St. Catharines – but you can just call them Philip and Lucinda. Philip (Myque Franz) and Lucinda (Zita Nyarady) of The Philip and Lucinda Show lights up the Oddfellows Temple yesterday with their charmingly chaotic style…

One of the most interesting things about In The Soil is its dedication to local art and artists. So strong is this dedication that they were happy to host the end of a much longer run of Stolen Theatre Collective’s production of The Dumb Waiter. The show Premiered April 10 at the Courthouse Theatre, and has already cre…

Celebrate and rejoice for Mark Harrigan’s first-ever original production Marred Bliss, premiering at In The Soil this weekend. As a third-year Dramatic Arts student at Brock University, Harrigan is humbled to have his first production be professionally produced at In The Soil. Marred Bliss is entirely student based, sh…

On a frigid April night, La Scala Ristorante burned hot with talk of love: Zuppa Theatre Co.’s Pop Up Love Party is the kind of ‘dinner theatre’ that makes each mouthful feel like a meal, and each uttered thought feel like a magic spell. Our four critics saw the show on Thursday night. Here are their thoughts: Nicholas…

We’re back! Last year, we spent a great weekend covering the theatrical side of St. Catharines’ In The Soil Arts Festival. This year we’re at it again – along with two more DART critics, Alex and Elizabeth – and we’re not restricting ourselves to just one theatre festival. All summer long, we will be providing coverage…