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The theatres are empty, the tents are down, and the bars are swept. In The Soil has come a close after another packed weekend of music, theatre, and visual art. Here’s what our four Dartcritics had to say about the festival. Hayley Malouin writes:  The name In The Soil is important. It implies that the artistry and cre…

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…

Charlie Gallant (center) and company in Peter and the Starcatcher. Photos: David Cooper Adeline Huffman, Haley Labbé, Katelyn Lander, and Jessica Laurie-Robar write: “It feels like just yesterday I was looking at this set in a little shoe box!” exclaims Katelyn Lander while looking at the stage, as we prepare to watch…

William Vickers in The Dumb Waiter. Photo: Sandy Middleton Mark Harrigan writes: Walking into the rehearsal hall, I was greeted by the set and lighting designer, Nigel Scott. Wilson had mentioned Scott in our first meeting and we had seen his set designs, but this was the first time I had the chance to meet him. He sat…

The DARTCritics recently saw Essential Theatre Collective’s production of Wings of Wax, written by Lindsay Price and directed by Moncia Dufault. Reception by the critics was so conflicted that we couldn’t publish less than three reviews. Here’s what Kevin, Alex, and Nikki had to say: Photo: Barry Smith Kevin Langendyk…

The DARTCritics recently saw The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh produced by Carousel Players at the Sullivan Mahoney Courthouse Theatre. Taking on the interesting challenge of reviewing YA (young adult) theatre, here’s what two critics thought of the production: Actors Amelia Sargisson and Sean Baek. Photo: B…

Emma Mackenzie Hillier and Joshua Stodart in Wings of Wax. Photo by B Squared – Barry Smith. Trelawney Erwin, Jennifer Dewan and Oriana Marrone write:  It’s been hatched, nurtured, and it’s ready to leave the nest. Let’s watch ECT’s Wings of Wax get ready to fly… or better yet, soar. On Thursday, February 19, we sat in…

On January 15 the DART critics class saw The Double at the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre. It’s a musical clown adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novella which received divided reviews from the DART critics. We’ve posted two reviews with very different opinions.  Photo: Lacey Creighton Elizabeth Amos writes: Dostoevsky’s psy…

Norris, McDonald, McCurdy-Meyers, MacLeod, Pizzingrilli, and Dufault at the Town Hall. Photos by David Vivian. Elizabeth Amos, Christian Lange, Nicole Mitchell, Osasu Oke, and Josh Sanger write: With “Wellness Week” just having drawn to a close at Brock University, and exams looming on the horizon, there couldn’t have…

Cast members (from left) Sanger, Walker, Jackson, Turner, and Pashkovsky. Photo by Melinda Mohammed. Melinda Mohammed writes: Ex-boyfriends, doctors, sex, and clowns — oh my! That’s right, clowns! Sexual Healing, a production playing this weekend at Brock University, brings laughter, laughter and, well, more laughter.…