Theatre Review: It’s A Wonderful Life

Neptune Theatre's latest take on Frank Capra's 1947 classic film, It's A Wonderful Life, is a charming, if somewhat straightforward affair. Adapted for the stage by Neptune's Artistic Director George Pothitos, It's A Wonderful Life will appeal to all who view its cinematic predecessor as a cornerstone of their Christmas tradition. It did, however, leave me wanting… Read More

Theatre Review: Snake in the Grass

Neptune Theatre's latest production of Alan Ayckbourn's Snake In The Grass is a hilariously dark delight, perfectly timed for our spookiest time of year. Under the skillful direction of Ann-Marie Kerr, Snake In The Grass lures the audience onto the set of an abandoned estate, beset by age and decay. Arriving into this eerie setting is Annabel (Liz… Read More

Theatre Review: Seeds

As its name suggests, seeds of all kinds are sown into Neptune Theatre's season opener. The work of playwright Annabel Soutar, seeds of hope, seeds of blame, seeds of anger, and seeds of change are all here, creeping into full bloom at different moments. Almost effortlessly, Seeds evolves from a simple story of accusations and… Read More

Theatre Review: Bitter Rose

Catherine Banks' Bitter Rose is a work of many layers. The newest performance mounted by Matchstick Theatre and directed by Jake Planinc is a one-woman show built on the superb talent of Kim Parkhill. Clad in a wedding dress blotched by three mysterious red spots, Rose has a story to tell; it's in her eyes, her… Read More

Theatre Review: The Archive of Missing Things

Zuppa Theatre deserves a lot of praise for creating an immensely layered and immersive labyrinth. The Archive of Missing Things is a fantastical and factual collaboration written by Zuppa members and award-winning writer Kate Cayley, with musical compositions by Brian Riley and Stewart Legere, and web design by Ned Zimmerman. Dalhousie's Killam Library is the… Read More

Theatre Review: ART

For as long as there's been art, there's been the long-lasting debate— what constitutes art? Does art refer solely to the finished product, or is it the process, regardless of the outcome, that we deem artistic?  Written for the French stage by Yasmina Reza in 1994, ART centres on the plight of three friends, Serge,… Read More

Comedy Review: John Mulaney, Kid Gorgeous

Upon getting the chance to see John Mulaney perform live at the Rebecca Cohn for his new tour, modestly entitled Kid Gorgeous, it's fair to say my expectations were high. After discovering his hilarious standup special, the 2012 Netflix special New In Town, and being blown away by his equally entertaining sophomore endeavour The Comeback… Read More

Theatre Review: Chasing Champions

Immense credit needs be given to playwright/actor Jacob Sampson for his riveting, tour de force passion project, Chasing Champions: The Sam Langford Story. Produced by Eastern Front Theatre, Chasing Champions recently swept through Halifax's Merritt Award Ceremony, nabbing an impressive six out of nine awards in its nominated categories. Sampson, who personally received Merritts for… Read More

Theatre Review: Once

There's a beautiful simplicity to Once that's allowed it to garner various awards and accolades since its 2007 film debut. Written by John Carney and originally starring singer frontman of the Irish band The Frames, Glen Hansard, and his Czech collaborator/musician Markéta Irglová, Once provides proof to the assertion that simple done well can be… Read More