COMMENTARY: Sherlock Holmes and the West End Horror

Anthony and Marcia Milgrom Dodge’s Sherlock Holmes & the West End Horror bills itself as a loving pastiche of all things Sherlock. Its cast of characters features Holmes and Watson alongside an assortment of cultural figures from late-19th-century London, such as Gilbert & Sullivan, Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, and George Bernard Shaw. What kind of sparks will fly as Holmes and Watson mingle alongside celebrated Shakespearean actress Ellen Terry, or engage in a duel of wits with Wilde? How will they respond when confronted by Holmes superfan H.G Wells? The theme of history vs. fiction is a big one for this play. “It’s a 21st-century play, based on 20th century characters, based on 19th century stories,” director Lauren Stiers wrote […]

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Bear & Co. aims to share love of theatre

With a production of Lawrence Aronovitch’s Finishing the Suit set to premiere next month, Ottawa’s Bear & Co. theatre company is continuing to grow as a local theatre mainstay. Bear & Co. has spent the last five years bringing what they call “compelling theatre, close to home” to Ottawa. The company is named after a famous stage direction in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, “Exit, pursued by a bear.” The company has performed a wide range of plays, from contemporary Canadian works to Shakespeare. According to their website, their first production was John Ford’s ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore in 2012. “We do theatre that interests us. That’s really the guiding principle,” said Rachel Eugster, one of the company’s core members. […]

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Commentary: SnB’s God of Carnage successfully takes risks

God of Carnage made me uncomfortable, but in a good way. It was like a well-orchestrated trainwreck taking place right before my eyes, and truly lived up to the carnage the title suggests. The premise of the play is simple: two couples sit down to discuss a fight that happened between their children. The discussion starts out cordially, but soon devolves into a complete mess. By the end of the play, everyone is either drunk, pissed off, or lamenting the loss of their cell phone. And when I say complete mess I mean complete mess. No racial or homophobic slur is off-limits. Sexist remarks? Go for it. An angry rant about a family pet? Absolutely. Given the nature of the […]

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Q+A: Sock ‘n’ Buskin director Casey Beynon

Casey Beynon, a third-year communications and media studies student, is directing a production of Yazmina Reza’s God of Carnage for Sock ‘n’ Buskin Theatre. The play opens on Jan. 26, and The Charlatan sat down with her to hear about the show. The Charlatan (TC): What made you want to try directing a play? Casey Beynon (CB): I’ve been acting for like 10 or so years, and I would do a show a year, and I’ve just had such a diverse range of directors that I was super interested in trying it out myself. TC: What made you originally get into theatre? CB: I was in grade eight, and my teacher was interested in this one particular show called I […]

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Q+A: The Toronto Star’s Kevin Donovan

Kevin Donovan is an award-winning investigative reporter from the Toronto Star. In October, he released a book, Secret Life: The Jian Ghomeshi Story, which explores his investigation behind Jian Ghomeshi’s sexual assault case. He discussed the book, the case, and highlights from his long career in conversation with The Charlatan. The Charlatan (TC): Why don’t we start by talking about Secret Life. After your investigation, what made you want to publish a book about it? Kevin Donovan (KD): I thought the story we did, the investigative stories in the Star brought forward a lot of the major issues, but I felt a book was necessary to tie it all together. Particularly because I wanted to go deep into the trial, […]

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