Sock ‘n’ Buskin takes on fairy tales

As summer draws to a close and fall begins, Carleton’s very own student-run theatre company—otherwise known as Sock ‘n’ Buskin—is busy prepping for their fall line-up of performances. Sock ‘n’ Buskin is starting off this year with a performance of The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon, a play where a group of fairy-tale characters attempt to combine and adapt 209 of the original Brothers Grimm fairy tales into a whirlwind of dark comedy. Meg Sutton, the play’s director, said the show bridges the gap between the light and fun happily-ever-after aspect of Disney and the darkness of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tales. “We’re going back to when Cinderella did have evil step-sisters, but they were beautiful, and did end up cutting […]

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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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Q+A: Heathers director Victoria Rutkowski

The Carleton Musical Theatre Society (CMTS) is putting on a production of Heathers, an off-Broadway musical based off the film of the same name. With the premiere fast-approaching on March 8, The Charlatan talked to director Victoria Rutkowski about the show. The Charlatan (TC): Tell me about your musical theatre experience before this show. Victoria Rutkowski (VR): I’ve actually been involved in musical theatre since I was maybe four years old? I’ve done shows with various choirs and companies, I did about eight years of theatre with the New Star Children’s Theatre Company, and I was super involved in my musical theatre courses in high school. We did three musicals, I directed and played roles in all of them. I […]

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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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