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.

Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad Offers a New Perspective on a Classic Piece of Literature

The Penelopiad, directed by Megan Follows, is a product of significant pieces of literature written by two well-known authors in our literary canon. Margaret Atwood’s novel The Penelopiad was published in 2005 and explores the events of Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey, the sequel to The Iliad. Atwood’s novel and the play do not follow the adventures of Odysseus himself, played by Praneet Akilla, but rather his wife, Penelope, played by Seana McKenna. The focus on Penelope opens up a new, exciting perspective for those who have read The Odyssey. In contrast, the play provides enough detail that audience members do not need to be familiar with Homer’s works. Both types of audience member are giv

The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza Draws Viewers into the Debate

This year, the Arts and Humanities student council adds, The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza, directed by Julia Sebastien, to its list of captivating productions. The show, written by David Ives, is set in 1600s Amsterdam and picks up on Baruch de Spinoza in a moment of conflict; he has to convince a congregation that he still shares the same religious beliefs as everyone in his Jewish community. If Spinoza is not able to convince his community that his beliefs align with theirs, he risks excommunication. The play is filled with moments of drama, heartbreak, and incredibly intelligent humour. The set and props are simple, allowing viewers to focus on the weight of the words being said. Th


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