NS reviews

Reviews of theatre and art in Nova Scotia and beyond

The Bitterest Time: powerful N.S. drama about wartime heroine Mona Parsons

Rachel Hastings as Wendy receives a potato from Amanda LeBlanc as Mona in The Bitterest Time: The War Story of Mona Parsons, by Andria Hill-Lehr and Sarah Jane Blenkhorn.  (Bruce Dienes) The Bitterest Time: The War Story of Mona Parsons is a powerful, deeply affecting play about the resilience of the human spirit as two women struggle to survive in a Nazi prison cell. Thanks to Wolfville writer Andria Hill-Lehr, […]

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Fall in Love with Shakespeare in Love

A  merry band of reprobate actors and producers in Shakespeare in Love, Neptune Theatre’s rollicking, witty season-opener, on stage to Oct. 7. (Stoo Metz)  Neptune Theatre’s popular new artistic director Jeremy Webb makes the winter of Atlantic Canadian actors’ discontent glorious summer with his first season-opener. He casts local and homegrown talent, instead of importing from Toronto, and he casts inclusively with African-Nova Scotian and Asian actors. But the play’s […]

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Elapultiek: lovely fireside journey into a Mi’kmaw perspective on the world

shalan joudry, left, and Matthew Lumley perform in joudry’s fireside play Elapultiek, commissioned by Two Planks and a Passion Theatre, first staged at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, now touring Nova Scotia. (Macky Schwartz) Being non-indigenous, the experience of seeing the Mi’kmaw play Elapultiek is both  illuminating and warming. That’s not just because it’s told around a blazing fire with the croaking ravens, the wind, the trees and […]

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Wonder at the talent in comical Alice

The cast of Shakespeare by the Sea’s Alice in Wonderland at Cambridge Battery, Point Pleasant Park. (Nick Harrison) I have watched my little girl grow up watching Shakespeare by the Sea’s all-ages, comic variations on classic tales. Now the company is 25 and she is 18 and living in Montreal. So this summer I took my Ontario great-nieces — eight and 13 – and my sister. I knew the show […]

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It can happen at Any Given Moment: Ship’s Co.’s intense new drama

Wally MacKinnon is Bill in Kim Parkhill’s explosive, contemporary drama Any Given Moment, at Ship’s Company Theatre, Parrsboro, to Sept. 2 before a New Brunswick tour. (Dave Risk) Halifax playwright Kim Parkhill explores the fear of random violence in her explosive, 90-minute drama, Any Given Moment, at Ship’s Company Theatre to Sept. 2. Three disparate characters are caught in a city-block lock-down in a church. They have no idea what […]

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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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