News & Reviews Archive

What do technology, absurdism, and game shows have in common? Find out with PeerLess Productions.

  • Interview
  • News
  • Peerless Productions

We’re All in Jeopardy is PeerLess Productions most adventurous show yet. The unique mixed-abilities theatre company returns with this multimedia comedy that was birthed from collective creation. An inter-disciplinary performance, a fictional group of local celebrities compete on a rigged game show to support make believe Kingston restaurants that have been impacted by the pandemic. The surreal spoof, directed by Kathryn MacKay with music by David Archibald, features more than […]

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Selfie is Clumsily, Painfully, and Firmly Real

  • Festival
  • FoLDA
  • Review
  • Spiderwebshow

Told through the literal lens of digital technology such as phones and computers, the internet and social media play a critical role in communication and evidence.

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Political Agency in the Digital Realm: the Case of VR

  • Festival
  • FoLDA
  • Kingston Theatre Alliance
  • Review
  • Spiderwebshow

The performance of You Should Have Stayed Home, directed by Michael Wheeler, was a component of the Festival of Live Digital Art (FoLDA) and as a work it explores the tensions and political possibilities inherent in virtual reality.

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Contracts as Dialogue, as Conversation. Contracting as Maybe, Possibly, Ethical.

  • Festival
  • FoLDA
  • Industry
  • Kingston Theatre Alliance
  • News
  • Spiderwebshow

I was once told that a contract is meant to be a conversation, and hopefully, a dialogue. Yet it is rarely treated as such.  In reality, a contract often brings up feelings of fear. Perhaps these anxieties regarding contracts come from a worry that one may misunderstand the legal jargon, or maybe it comes from an understanding of a history of manipulation and deception. Contracts as we know it, and […]

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Practices in care with The Maydee Box

  • Festival
  • FoLDA
  • Kick & Push Festival
  • Review
  • Spiderwebshow

The Maydee Box, created by Murdoc Schon and Rebecca Cuddy, was presented at this year’s Festival of Live and Digital Art in the Isabel Bader Center’s Art and Media lab. The work is an audio, visual, and tactile piece in the real world, but amplified by augmented reality. Advancing the physical world through a smart device, Schon and Cuddy have used this technology to present the actual performance of the […]

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SOLO: The Modern Opera The World Needs

  • Review
  • Watershed Festival

There is a conventional expectation of what a Western opera performer and performance should look like. With expensive sets and costumes and elaborate orchestrations, it is an artform who’s high-brow reputation is the only part I’m familiar with. But Musique 3 Femmes’ presentation of SOLO at this year’s Watershed Festival, the “tour-de-force double bill for solo voice” actively subverted the Eurocentric tradition inherent to opera allowing the songs and stories […]

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Juvenis’ 13 is Endearing, Heartfelt, and Talented

  • Blue Canoe Productions
  • Review

I remember being 13. I remember thinking every mistake was the end of the world, or that my happiness was dependent on what people thought of me at face-value. I now wince at my behaviour then, but truth be told, I still fall into that trap. Blue Canoe Theatrical Productions presents their annual Juvenis Festival where 13 (Jason Robert Brown, Dan Eilish, Robert Horn) ran from April 28th to April […]

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Now Hiring: Producer of SWIRLS

  • Industry
  • Kingston Theatre Alliance
  • News
  • Single Thread Theatre Co
  • Spiderwebshow

Project Description: SWIRLS: a series of workshops held around Kingston as a collaborative setting for meaningful engagement to improve artists’ digital literacy and enhance their capabilities in using AR/VR as an art form. In-person and virtual workshops will bring together a wide array of artists working within different artistic disciplines. The workshops will be experiments in providing learning opportunities while creating a context that makes for creative sparks to happen. […]

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Now Hiring: Associate Theatre Critic

  • Industry
  • Kingston Theatre Alliance
  • News

The Performance Blog is a primary resource for audience members, artistic collaboration, critical dialogue, and industry contacts. Our platform consolidates events, news, artists, and organizations in the Southeastern area in an accessible and accountable manner that the region has never seen before. Led by the Editor, the writing team is looking for passionate individuals who are committed to questioning who and what criticism is FOR. Job Description The Associate Theatre […]

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What Future Theatre Makers Have to Offer

  • Review

The Dan Studio Series Theseus was an interesting series of shows to say the least, ranging from existential crises to Western moral stories.

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It All Started (& Ended) With a BOOM

  • Port Hope
  • Review

At the top of the show, the audience was asked to participate in a quick census by clapping to indicate which generation we belonged to. First, the “Baby Boomers” were called—raucous clapping filled the traditional theatre space as almost everyone around us slapped their hands together.

I was surrounded.

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Last, last, last Friday was a DRAG

  • Review

Accompanied by local favourites Rowena Whey, Tyffanie Morgan, Lilith Cain, Mimi Osa, and Rane St. Cloud, Rowena Whey presents: Icesis Couture marks the headliner’s return to Kingston as Canada’s next Drag superstar. But take everything you learned from Drag Race and throw it out the window. The hit reality competition television show is an incredibly popular point of contact for Drag culture at large, but don’t expect the drama, spectacle, and competition you see onscreen onstage.

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