SnB’s final production is stellar

Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) is equal parts a critique and a pastiche of Shakespearian tragedies. A young English academic, Constance Ledbelly (Alex Wilson) gets thrown into the worlds of Othello and Romeo & Juliet and sets out to right the wrongs of the plays and avert the tragic events that befall their respective female leads. Desdemona (Natalie Lopez) gets saved from Othello’s (Kamil Bhatty) rage and jealousy and Iago’s (Wade Theriault) scheming. Juliet (Meg Sutton) and Romeo (Sheldon Paul) get saved from their premature deaths and instead both fall in love with Constance. Wilson was astounding as Constance. She carries each scene she’s in with magnetic stage presence and great skill, conveying Constance’s lovable quirkiness and neurotic […]

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Q+A: SnB director Emily Grant

With Sock ‘n’ Buskin’s production of Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) set to premiere on Thursday, The Charlatan sat down with director Emily Grant to learn all about the play, talking Shakespeare, feminism, and turtles. The Charlatan (TC): Let’s start with why Goodnight Desdemona? What drew you to the play? Emily Grant (EG): I actually first read the play in my Grade 11 English class, and as I was reading through it the first time I kind of started staging it myself as I was reading through it. It’s so full of different kinds of scenes and scenarios that you don’t find in many other plays. I love that it parodies Shakespeare shows not necessarily in a reflective way. It […]

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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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YouTube for the literary lover

YouTube is a strange and wonderful place where anybody can find a YouTube channel on any topic imaginable: makeup, video games, funny animals, pranks, conspiracy theories—anything. The YouTube world has come a long way since its early rickrolling days—it’s become a community that has built entertainment giants with millions of followers among the likes of Ryan Higa, PewDiePie, and Lilly Singh. It’s also a place where old-fashioned passions and new innovations collide, and with that in mind, I personally believe the literature-loving side of YouTube is one of YouTube’s unsung triumphs. Book lovers, rejoice—there are YouTubers out there who make your beloved books come alive in unexpectedly awesome ways! These channels aren’t just book rave and review channels—these are channels […]

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Q+A: Macbeth director Sarah Haley

Second-year English and human rights student Sarah Haley is directing a production of Macbeth for Carleton’s Sock ‘n’ Buskin Theatre. With the play set to premiere on Nov. 24, The Charlatan sat down with her to learn all about it. The Charlatan (TC): What attracted you to Macbeth? Sarah Haley (SH): I really, really love Shakespeare, that’s one of my passions as an English student. When I was in 11th grade and I studied the play for the first time academically, I noticed a lot of the ways people interpreted the play were very misogynistic. People often viewed Macbeth as a tragic figure who was slighted by the woman who manipulated him into committing cruel deeds, and I was really […]

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