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.

March 23, 2018

The Grand Theatre’s production of ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ at the Spriet Stage is hauntingly enchanting. Though hard to watch, the story is thoroughly compelling, detailing the lives of three women of different generations and their experience in Afghanistan after the Soviet occupation. Based on the book of the same name by Khaled Hosseini, the story follows fifteen-year-old Laila (Mirian Katrib) after the death of her parents from a bombing in the city. Her neighbours, Rasheed (Anousha Alamia...

January 23, 2018

A ‘farce’, or “a comic dramatic work using buffoonery and horseplay and typically including crude characterization and ludicrously improbable situations”, is the perfect way to define Nurse Jane Goes to Hawaii. Despite the clever title, no characters travel to Hawaii and the audience never meets Nurse Jane; instead, a host of seemingly unrelated characters enter and are trapped within the same house. The unchanging set features a series of doors that allow new characters to enter and exit the Ch...

October 31, 2017

Shirley Valentine is a one-woman show that tells the endearing story of Shirley, a middle aged housewife in Liverpool. Shirley recounts tales of her youth, when she was ‘Brave Shirley,’ and contrasts that with stories about her now loveless marriage, where she finds more comfort in talking to the walls. The play begins after her friend, Jane, has given her tickets to go to Greece, and follows Shirley’s decision and attempts to justify a vacation. Shirley is witty and self aware, using dark humou...

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