Plays about memory work well when they are immersive and experiential – pulling you into the story, and evoking strong emotions. When crafted with additional finesse, they can even offer profound insight, leaving lasting impact. With Michael Batten’s Remembrance Monday, I was hoping for that something extra. It is a beautifully executed production, with committed […]

Obsidian’s production of seven methods of killing kylie jenner by Jasmine Lee-Jones finishes their 23-24 season at Crow’s Theatre on a strong note. Twitter, like many social media platforms, flattens out the three-dimensionality of users. This production, by contrast, breathes life into the world behind a series of seemingly violent tweets.   Lee-Jones’ play tells […]

  Kelly Bedard

Medea (Canadian Opera Company)  Set to a broody and demanding score by Luigi Cherubini with Carlo Zangarini’s Italian libretto translation, the COC’s ambitious new co-pro mines Euripides’ iconic tragedy for every ounce of its delicious melodrama and winningly rejects pressure to impose important modern meaning upon the disturbing tale. A twist ending that sees the […]

Don Giovanni (Canadian Opera Company at the Four Seasons Centre) The COC’s new production of Don Giovanni replaces a much more casual, modern version that I loved but few others seemed to. In its place is a more conventional take with period costumes and the hulking cube set from Fidelio repurposed with doors in place […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2023 MyEntWorld Critics’ Pick Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series.   Outstanding Performance (Leading) nominee Sean Arbuckle has long been one of our favourite performers at the Stratford Festival. A winner in 2012 for Pirates of Penzance, Sean is nominated for his fifth Critics’ Pick Award […]

Before we announce the winners of the 2023 MyEntWorld Critics’ Pick Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series.   The Outstanding Ensemble-nominated cast of Silent Protagonist Theatre’s Fringe hit Frankenstein(esque) are not just a cast but a creative team who collectively created the show along with director Nicole Wilson. We caught up with some […]

  Kelly Bedard

Before we announce the winners of the 2023 MyEntWorld Critics’ Pick Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series.   Allister MacDonald burst onto our radar in 2023 playing one of the most demanding roles in the entire theatrical canon. As Prior in That Theatre Company’s ambitious production of Angels in America, their dynamic and […]

Before we announce the winners of the 2023 MyEntWorld Critics’ Pick Awards, we’re proud to present our annual Nominee Interview Series.   Augusta “Gus” Monet aka Coyote Ugly is nominated for Outstanding Performance (Supporting) for their memorable work in Doctor Faustus, an original two-person adaptation created & performed by Gus and their creative partner James Evans (who […]