Q+A: Sock ‘n’ Buskin director Meg Sutton

Carleton’s own Sock ‘n’ Buskin theatre company has a production of The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon premiering on Nov. 16. With the show a week away, The Charlatan sat down with director Meg Sutton to learn more about the show. The Charlatan (TC): Let’s start with why [you chose] The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon? What drew you to the play? Meg Sutton (MS): It’s a very cute story. I’ve been a part of Sock ‘n’ Buskin for a while. I found my family and great friends. I always thought I’d be an actor, never thought I’d be a director. When I choose [the play], I was across Canada and my friend Mary convinced me to direct a show. I didn’t want to, […]

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Best of Arts 2016

2016 has been a year filled with ups and downs, but it’s been an extraordinary year artistically. From finally hearing Frank Ocean’s Blond(e), to the rise of some of the best TV around in the form of Netflix originals like Stranger Things and Marvel’s Luke Cage, there’s been a lot to applaud about this year’s artistic achievements, big and small. Here are some of The Charlatan arts writers’ favourite artistic moments of 2016. Matt Yuyitung – Blackstar by David Bowie I think the first Bowie song I listened to after his death was “Young Americans.” No real reason why, it’s not even my favourite song by him. I guess I didn’t believe he was actually dead at the time. In a year filled with notable musician deaths (Leonard […]

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Students team up to create LGBT web series

What started as just an idea Max Housany had a year ago is now about to become a fully-developed web series. My Straight-Gay Friend is a new comedy web series created by Housany, a fourth-year electrical engineering student at the University of Ottawa. The series features a cast and crew largely made up of local students, including several from Carleton University. Housany, 25, said the story is loosely based on his own life. “It’s the story of these two polar opposites meeting each other. They end up as roommates, becoming friends, and it follows their friendship and personal growth as individuals,” Housany said. The web series follows the lives of Troy O’Connor, a stereotypical heterosexual jock, and Max Amiri, a […]

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Review: Finding Dory

After 13 years of built up fan expectations, the recent release of Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory could be described as going swimmingly (blatant Disney-esque pun intended). It is an average family film focused on celebrating differences as Dory’s challenges with her short term memory progress the plot. Finding Dory follows a structure that all ages can sit through, watch and simply enjoy. It works in true Disney fashion: it’s an adorable cartoon sprinkled with little bits of hidden adult humour. However, in 2016, a time where removing the stigma around mental health is a current issue, Finding Dory seemed surprisingly scholastic. It was not an obvious notion back in the early 2000s, but now it is apparent: the comic relief […]

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Review: Captain America: Civil War

As a shameless fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, both as a business model and a narrative matrix, I had high expectations for what could be considered the studio’s most ambitious effort to date. My concerns with the movie mostly revolved around the ideological conflict between Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) and Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), and whether the filmmakers would re-frame the latter as an unambiguous villain with convenient motivations. However, in an organic extension of the plot threads established in earlier films, specifically the two Avengers films and in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Stark’s guilt over collateral damage allows us to sympathize with him and with Rogers as well. At times it felt like an […]

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