NS reviews

Reviews of theatre and art in Nova Scotia and beyond

YAGA: Witches Get Real in Suspenseful Halloween Mystery

Prepare to be spooked and entertained by Yaga at the Highland Arts Theatre in Sydney through Sunday. This two-hour drama is both a supernatural Halloween story rooted in the Slavic legend of the witch Baba Yaga and a mystery story with a fast-paced, engaging plot. The well-written, Canadian play by Kat Sandler (Sucker, Punch Up, Mustard) – first staged at Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre in 2019 – is steeped in atmosphere […]

Continue Reading →

A SASSY, SWEET-16, SHAKESPEAREAN ROMP (with a message)

Stevey Hunter’s Fat Juliet is a rollicking, playful twist on Romeo and Juliet full of rapidly-changing visual images and pop songs and dance. Already sold out, a few more seats have been added for this co-production by Eastern Front Theatre and Shakespeare by the Sea at Alderney Landing Theatre, Dartmouth, until Oct. 31. (Box office is 902-461-8401). This 75-minute show would be perfect for teens in its celebration of self-love […]

Continue Reading →

CALLING ALL POT(tery) HEADS: Unified Earth at Tatamagouche is a Must

THOSE of us who love pottery – and there are many of us! – should drive to Tatamagouche if at all possible to see Unified Earth, a feast of Nova Scotia ceramics past and present filling the multiple spaces of the cozy Ice House Gallery. Curated by artist/curator Brandt Eisner (who ran Swoon Gallery in Hammonds Plains), this exhibit leaps from elegant, spiritual raku by Sally Ravindra to Teresa Bergen’s […]

Continue Reading →

A Battle Against Torture: Shining a Light on Women’s Truths

NOTE: This story was assigned by the late Robert Devet of the Nova Scotia Advocate because he believed strongly in Jeanne’s and Linda’s work. This is the wrong place for it but the story must be placed somewhere .out in the world. Please be warned it is disturbing and, in parts, graphic. This is for you Robert with faith in your belief in championing unheard voices. It all began with […]

Continue Reading →

Sky Dancers, epic film, dance and theatre show, in Halifax Thursday at the Spatz Theatre

For the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Live Art Dance and the Prismatic Arts Festival co-present Sky Dancers by A’nó:wara Dance Theatre at the Spatz Theatre, Halifax, Thursday, Sept. 30, 8 p.m. Indigenous choreographer Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo’s multi-media show of dance, theatre and film is inspired by the death of her great-grandfather in a 1907 Quebec construction disaster that killed 75 men. On Aug. 39, 1907, the world’s […]

Continue Reading →

TWIN FLAMES tours the Maritimes

Award-winning Canadian Indigenous duo, Twin Flames, is the Maritimes for the first time with 12 shows from Sept. 30 to Oct. 16. The Nova Scotia shows are: Sept. 30, Truro, Marigold Cultural Centre; Oct. 1, Windsor, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia; Oct. 2, Chester, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 44; Oct. 3, Halifax, The Carleton, as part of the Prismatic Arts Festival, and Oct. 9, Annapolis Royal, King’s Theatre. For tickets […]

Continue Reading →

Fully Committed: a one-person tour de force and Neptune’s first on-stage play since COVID

Breton Lalama’s performance in the madcap, fancy restaurant, send-up Fully Committed is a phenomenal feat of ever-changing voices and physical gestures. The 90-minute, one-person show without intermission – the first play staged by Neptune Theatre in 18 months – is a rollicking ride as Sam, an unemployed actor working the reservation line at a high-end New York restaurant, is bombarded by entitled socialites and celebrity handlers. At the same time […]

Continue Reading →

Matchstick and Moscovitch: a winning combination at the Bus Stop Theatre

Footnotes: An evening of 3 Short Plays by award-winning Canadian playwright Hannah Moscovitch, at the Bus Stop Theatre through Sunday, is a not-to-be missed experience in professional, polished, provocative and playful theatre. (However, sadly, all 10 shows, two a night, are sold out. To get on a waiting list in case of cancellations email matchsticktheatre@gmail.com. ) Matchstick Theatre imaginatively stages the three mini-plays of entirely different tones in three distinct […]

Continue Reading →

Where You Are makes Baddeck Where You Want to Be

Canadian playwright Krista Da Silva’s comedy, Where You Are, is a picture of life and love to hold in your heart. Running through Saturday at Theatre Baddeck, 24 Queen St., this drama about two retired sisters is set in a small Cape Breton community where neighbours help neighbours and people love to gossip. Director Samantha Wilson has a dream cast expressing all the life force, playfulness and deep affection in […]

Continue Reading →

Scott conjures Pulitzer-winning poet and her wisdom in Elizabeth Bishop and the Art of Losing at FIN

The time is right for a film about loss, says Nova Scotia filmmaker John D. Scott. His mesmerizing 84-minute masterpiece, Elizabeth Bishop and the Art of Losing, is framed by the poem One Art about loss, written by Bishop after a lifelong string of tragedy including her father’s death when she was an infant and the suicide of her Brazilian lover Lota. The film, over 10 years in the making, […]

Continue Reading →