DARTCritics is a project of the Department of Dramatic Arts, founded by Dr. Karen Fricker.  Launched in 2013, the site originated as a practical way for students to train in the art of reviewing, and also sought to bring the artistic community of Brock University and St. Catharines closer together. The website features writing about theatre produced and seen in Niagara, Hamilton, Stratford and Toronto. Please follow DARTCritics as they continue to search for awesome theatre, meeting fascinating artists along the way.

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  • Behind the Scenes from an Execution: The Execution
    Scenes from an Execution has opened, and even as someone working on it I was floored by how well the ambitious design turned out and how far the actors have come since the first rehearsal. As the dramaturg I have been watching the production night after night from the comfort of my living room. Though some...
  • Behind the Scenes from an Execution: Lights, Camera, Camera, Camera, Action
    In the week before Scenes from an Execution opens, everyone I talked to has wanted to know how it works. We are staging the production online, a convention in theatre that has become necessary in the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no precedent for how to rehearse and perform theatre live online; the team has been...
  • Behind the Scenes from an Execution: The Magic of Theatre
    As the first online Mainstage, Scenes from an Execution has the whole team live-streaming in from their homes. There is one cast member who is bridging an exceptional distance through his participation in the Mainstage: Diego Blanco (pictured above) is performing and rehearsing from Querétaro, Mexico. Diego’s experience this year is remarkable because of his...