NS reviews

Reviews of theatre and art in Nova Scotia and beyond

Mary-Colin brings her magic to Ship’s Co.

Karen Bassett and Martha Irving star in Mary-Colin Chisholm’s Hook, Line & Sinner, to July 29 at Ship’s Company Theatre, Parrsboro. (Jennifer Harrison) Sister Vivian Salter is back in action solving crime and cracking up an audience in Mary- Colin Chisholm’s mystery-comedy Hook, Line & Sinner. The third instalment in Ship’s Company Theatre’s series, this play is highly entertaining, wonderfully local and warm-hearted with a convivial, village community of old […]

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Uncle Vanya+Animal Farm=1 Great Night

Matthew Lumley is Uncle Vanya and Andrea Lee Norwood is his niece Sonia in North Mountain Vanya, a Two Planks and a Passion Theatre outdoor production at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts near Canning to Aug. 18. (Malachy Schwartz) Chekhov’s 1899 Uncle Vanya fits amazingly well into a Nova Scotia wood in 2018. Two Planks and a Passion Theatre’s stimulating, enigmatic and intense production at the Ross Creek […]

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Highly international N.S. Tattoo

This year the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo is like going on a trip. Now in its 40th year,  it has more international acts than ever with a sword-flashing Jordanian honour guard, German aerial bicyclists, Russian folk dancers, Brazilian acrobats and a Singapore police force band. The culture clash is fascinating as you go from kilted Scottish pipers to friendly, highly-skilled Kenyan acrobats building amazing, body pyramids. This tattoo, running […]

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A Sable Island dream come true

Pieces of Sable Island, 5′ x 5′, oil on birch panel, is both a painting by Briana Corr Scott and the title of her exhibit at Argyle Fine Art to July 4. Sable Island has such a hold on artist Briana Corr Scott that her haunting, layered still lifes and landscapes are about a real place and an enchanted, dreamed-of place. “My work is about the beauty of decay and […]

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Go have an Art Attackk

Henricus Gielis is a rule-bound security guard encouraged to pursue his dreams by a talking, folk art statue in Art Attackk, a trio of plays about art and life by Halifax Theatre for Young People. Halifax Theatre for Young People’s Art Attackk is a trio of adventures for kids about life and art. The company took this fun, kinetic, hour-long show on a school tour in May and recently performed […]

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Red is the colour of memory

Green Room Marquee, oil on canvas, by Marilyn McAvoy, in her exhibit Red at Studio 21, 1273 Hollis St., Halifax.  Marilyn McAvoy’s new paintings at Studio 21 to June 6 are fascinating, shadowland portraits of women at bars, caught alone in an empty space in dramatic reflection. They are inspired by the 20 years she spent as the partner of a local musician going to shows at Halifax bars, being […]

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THEATRE THAT MAKES YOU THINK

Halifax actor Jeff Schwager, left, and Ontario Metis actor Sean Hauk, bring award-winning Ojibwe playwright Drew Hayden Taylor’s intense and funny drama,  In a World Created by a Drunken God, to life at Neptune Scotiabank Studio theatre to May 20. (Stoo Metz) Ojibwe playwright Drew Hayden Taylor’s In a World Created By a Drunken God is a thought-provoking, funny play about big issues in life. Would you give a kidney […]

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The Blazing World: funny, pointed, sci-fi, comedy with a giant bug puppet

Playwright Colleen MacIsaac stars as a despairing scientist experiencing a sci-fi utopian world in The Villain Theatre’s The Blazing World, at the Neptune studio theatre through Sunday. (photo by Stoo Metz)  Colleen MacIsaac’s The Blazing World is a brilliant, hopeful, 90-minute comedy about environmental issues and a depressed scientist. Literate, funny and theatrically inventive, the play is refreshing in tackling today’s fears and despair about climate change. In fact, MacIsaac’s […]

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Diary of Anne Frank as haunting as ever

Sarah Chalmers as Anne Frank tries on the fur coat so beloved by Mrs. van Daan (Rayna Smith-Camp) in the Theatre Arts Guild’s production of The Diary of Anne Frank, running to April 21 in the community theatre’s Pond Playhouse. (photo by Bruce Goodick)     I have never totally forgiven my mother for presenting me with The Diary of Anne Frank when I was 13. I so strongly identified […]

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