Within and outside of Western are plays of all kinds--thought-provoking and emotive, shocking and tantalizing, heartwarming and humorous. No matter the kind, someone from our theatre critic committee will be there in the audience, taking note. Discover some of the best of London’s theatre by staying tuned to our theatre reviews, published here and on our social media. Better yet, join our committee and get some critic practice and publishing experience of your own! Connect with our Theatre Critic Commissioner Shannon Scott (featured to the left) at sscot52@uwo.ca for more details.

'INTIMATE APPAREL': Theatre Review by Andrea Holstein

The Grand Theatre’s production of Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage is in honour of Black History Month. The piece follows the life of Esther (Sophia Walker), a 35 year old African American seamstress working in New York. Her life is forever changed when she receives a letter from a Bajan man, George (Andre Sills), who asks to maintain a correspondence with Esther to give him something to look forward to as he works on the Panama Canal. The piece opens with the visual of Esther working at her sewing machine, and closes with the same scene. The simplicity of this visual neatly bookends a dramatic tale full of aspiration, love, and deception. The title of the piece carries a certain mystere tha

'CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF': Theatre Review by Jonas Trottier

Presented by: The London Community Players Directed by: John Pacheco Featuring: Robert Mills, Mara Fraccaro, Catharine Sullivan, John Garlicki, and others. Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is one of the most celebrated works in the American dramatic canon. Set in a room of the plantation home of Big Daddy(John Garlicki) situated in the Mississippi Delta, the play centers around the relationships shared between the members of Big Daddy’s family, that of his son Brick(Robert Mills) and his wife Maggie(Mara Fraccaro) in particular. The London Community Players production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is staged on a beautiful, if traditional, set, designed by Rob Cousins and Rick Sturgeons.

'SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL': Theatre Review by Jillian Baker

When you think of children’s literature, a name that almost immediately springs to mind is Dr. Seuss. His imaginative exploration of a world unencumbered by the mundane creates a colorful and vivid stage upon which many of the world’s harshest realities are played. It is this world, and all of it’s truly bizarre inhabitants that Western’s Althouse College has attempted to capture with their production of Seussical the Musical. Co-Directors Sarrah Farrant and Ian Campbell brought to the stage all of most incredible elements of Seuss’ world, creating a vision which was impossible to tear your eyes away from. Upon entering Althouse College’s auditorium, the eye is immediately drawn to the impec

'PURPLE SHORTS, NIGHT TWO': Theatre Review by Maryam Golafshani

From the moment I reached the University Community Center’s second floor, I could already feel the excited atmosphere that Purple Shorts (Theatre Western’s one-act student-written play festival) always incites, which only increased as I finally entered the crowds of students mingling enthusiastically in The Wave. The mix of light laughter and intense conversations seemed to foreshadow the mix of comedy and drama that would soon be presented on stage, in contrast to the first night, which exclusively featured comedies. The second night of Purple Shorts took the audience from the peaks of happiness to the depths of sorrow with the plays Hard Rocks, Happiness Only Real, and That’s a Wrap. Patri

'PURPLE SHORTS': Theatre Review by Shalu Mehta

Let me preface this review by saying The Wave is an ideal venue for an event like this. For those of you that don’t know what Purple Shorts is, it is a one-act play festival featuring six student-written, student-directed plays over the course of two nights. The Wave, being a popular campus restaurant as is, has an atmosphere that caters to comedies like the ones I saw Monday night with its casual setting, alcoholic beverages at the ready (for those of legal drinking age) and a welcoming feel as soon as you walked into the venue. The plays I had the opportunity to see were: Breaking and Entering my Heart, Rosenwood Alcoholics Support Group, and Simon the Brave. I have to say, each play had t

'BARE: A POP OPERA': Theatre Review by Andrea Holstein

King’s Players’ musical this season is bare: A Pop Opera written by John Hartmere Jr. and Daman Intrabartolo. The Priest (Benjamin Braz) delivers the line “Don’t question too much and you’ll get along fine” halfway through Act 2, but this line covers the general theme of this tragic coming-of-age piece. bare follows a group of Catholic boarding school seniors who are trying to explore their sexuality within the confines of their religion. This journey from adolescence to adulthood is further challenged by secrecy, drug use, and homophobia, among other social issues. The first thing that struck me about bare actually occurred before the show started. I opened my programme only to be confronte


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