Past Productions

Odyssey has been staging its Theatre under the Stars since 1986. Explore our work through a glimpse at some of our most memorable past productions, including our first indoor production, A Guy Named Joe, in 2009.

The Servant of Two Masters

By Carlo Goldoni
Adapted and directed by Andy Massingham

In this rollicking comedy, the savvy and perpetually hungry servant Truffaldino concocts a scheme to double his wages (and his meals) by serving two masters at once.

“…surely this summer’s hit! Not to be missed.”
Rajka StefanovskaCapital Critics Circle

“…a wonderful form of classic theatre, highly accessible for even the most theatre averse to just let go and laugh.”
Allan MackeyOn Stage Ottawa

“[A] truly entertaining show from start to finish”
Kabriya CoghlanApartment 613


Capital Critics Circle Awards for Best Actor – Jesse Buck, Best Director – Andy Massingham

Prix Rideau Awards for Outstanding Production, Outstanding Direction – Andy Massingham, Outstanding Female Performance – Dana Fradkin (nominations for Outstanding Male Performance – Jesse Buck, Outstanding Female Performance – Sarah Finn, Outstanding Design – Jerrard Smith)

Dramaturge Laurie Steven
Set & Mask Designer
 Jerrard Smith
Costume Designer
Vanessa Imeson
Fight Choreographer Zach Counsil
Sound Designer Steven Lafond
Lighting Designer Ron Ward
Stage Manager Alexandra Maisonneuve
Cast Jesse Buck, Sean Sullivan, Lynne Griffin, Dana Fradkin, Maryse Fernandes, Adam Sanders, Zack Council, Sara Finn, Joshua Wiles.

The Things We Do For Love

An evening of three plays inspired by the traditions of Spanish Commedia dell’Arte.

Saving Melisandre
Written and directed by Laurie Steven
Inspired by an episode from Cervantes’ Don Quixote
The Love of Don Perlimpìn and Belisa in the Garden
By Federico García Lorca
Adapted and directed by Laurie Steven
Whether You Like It or Not
By Tirso de Molina
Translated and adapted by José María Ruano de la Haza
Directed by Laurie Steven

…fun, visually stunning, well-acted, and cheeky.”
Ian Huffam, The New Ottawa Critics

“Within Odyssey’s all round incredibly talented cast, Karen Knox is a dynamo as Finea in Whether You Like It Or Not. She’s so engaging that it’s impossible not to get lost in the thrill ride of this show, beginning to end…Odyssey Theatre’s summer shows are consistently some of the strongest and most creative in the Ottawa season, usually managing to accomplish the rare feat of drawing me back out for a second viewing before the run ends.”
–Allan Mackey, On Stage Ottawa

Nominations: Prix Rideau Awards for Outstanding Acting – Karen Knox

Set Designer Marcelo Donato
Costume Designer Naomi Mathieu
Mask Designer & Construction Jerrard Smith
Masks on Sticks Designer Clelia Scala
Fight Choreographer Mark Huisman
Music Director John Armstrong
Lighting Designer Ron Ward
Puppet Design & Coaching John Nolan, Kathy MacLellan
Stage Manager Barry Cook
Cast Karen Knox, Dana Fradkin, Scott McCulloch, Alan K. Sapp, William Beddoe, Chandel Gamble, Mark Huisman, John Nolan.

The Financier

By Alain-René Lesage
Translated by Laurie Steven and Joanne Miller
Directed by Laurie Steven

A satiric look at society filled with greedy schemers.

“Steven has done a wonderful job of choreographing the production’s stylized movement.” 
Patrick Langston, The Ottawa Citizen

“Director Laurie Steven is back among us and her excellent command of the Commedia dell’arte technique that shone through this performance.”
Alvina Ruprecht, Capital Critics Circle

Capital Critics Circle Award: Set and Costume Design – James Lavoie

Set & Costume Designer James Lavoie
Mask Designer Almut Ellighaus
Fight Choreographer 
Mark Huisman
Music Director 
Venessa Lachance
Lighting Designer 
Glenn Davidson
Cast Jesse Buck, Andy Massingham, Alanna Bale, Chandel Gambles, Attila Clemann, Mark Huisman, John Doucet, Paulette Sinclair, Nichola Lawrence.

Arms and the Man

By George Bernard Shaw
Directed by Andy Massingham

Shaw’s comedy about love and war.

“…a beautiful burst of energy that starts high from the first drumbeat and rises with no snags until the final clap.”
Ian Huffam, The New Ottawa Critics

“…this production—funny, fast, and furiously satire—works…strong in concept and overall execution, the production includes small, memorable moments.”
Patrick Langston, The Ottawa Citizen

Set Designer Snezana Pesic
Costume Design & Construction Alex Amini
Mask Design & Construction Almut Ellinghaus
Lighting Design Ron Ward
Stage Manager Chantal Hayman
Cast Pierre Brault, David Warburton, Philippa Leslie, Doreen Taylor-Claxton, Claire Armstrong, Attila Clemann, Dylan George.

The Game of Love and Chance

By Marivaux
Adapted and directed by Andy Massingham

A comedy that probes the human heart as it exposes class distinctions.

“…a glass full of joy and immense fun, sprinkled liberally with the sexy time, served on a platter of wonderful, accessible, and timeless source material…”
–Allan Mackey, On Stage Ottawa

“I loved the moments when Dorante (Daniel Briere) and Silvia (Stephanie Izsak) disguised as their own servants, try to show how indifferent they really are to each other even though both have been smitten with the love bug from the first glimpse…Snezana Pesic’s costumes were fitting and her set shone and glittered like the perfect site of one of Offenbach’s musical masterpieces.”
–Alvina Ruprecht, Capital Critics Circle

Capital Critics Circle Award: Best Design (Masks) – Almut Ellinghaus

Nominations: Prix Rideau Awards: Outstanding Design  Snezana Pesic

Sound Designer Andy Massingham
Dramaturge Janet Irwin
Set Design Snezana Pesic
Costume Design Snezana Pesic
Mask Design & Construction Almut Ellinghaus
Choreographer Courtney Bamford
Lighting Design Ron Ward
Stage Manager Chantal Hayman
Cast Daniel Briere, Stephanie Isaac, Jodi Stevens, Chris Ralph, Zach Counsil, Evan Dowling.

The Fan

By Carlo Goldoni
Adapted and directed by David Craig

A riotous, tender, angst-ridden exploration of small town machinations.

Prix Rideau Award: Outstanding Adaptation – David S. Craig
Capital Critics Circle Award: Best Professional Actor – Andy Massingham

“As the Count, Andy Massingham is a highly amusing embodiment of pomposity and foolishness. Pierre Brault delivers a Baron who is as conniving as the Count but slightly more intelligent and much better off. Stylish in appearance (aided by Snezana Pesic’s costumes and Almut Ellinghaus’s masks) and presentation, both are precise in holding the exaggeration of mannerisms and tone to the appropriate level…this production of The Fan is a clear reminder of Odyssey’s raison d’être.”
Iris Winston, Capital Critics Circle

“This is a wonderful way to discover Goldoni, a great evening of fun and an exciting 25th anniversary celebration.”
Alvina Ruprecht, Capital Critics Circle

“…Chief among [the main cast] is Andy Massingham whose Count, an impecunious poseur who claims a devotion to the “beaux arts,” is alone worth the price of admission…sly, obsequious and vastly entertaining.”
Patrick Langston, The Ottawa Citizen

Nominations: Prix Rideau Awards for Outstanding Production, Direction – David S. Craig, Female Performance – Rose Napoli,  Male Performance – Andy Massingham. Capital Critics Circle Awards for Best Professional Production.

Dramaturge Laurie Steven
Set Design Brian Smith
Costume Design Snezana Pesic
Mask Design & Construction Almut Ellinghaus
Choreography Jay T. Schramek
Music Composer John Armstrong
Lighting Design Ron Ward
Stage Manager Krista MacIsaac
Cast Andy Massingham, Pierre Brault, Alix Sideris, Nicolas Van Burek, Robin Craig, Brad Long, Rose Napoli, Jay T. Schramek, Kaitlyn Semple, Michael Showler.

They All Do It

By Janet Irwin
Directed by Paul Griffin
Based on Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte

Janet Irwin’s exploration of love and commitment in the age of consumerism.

“Had Mozart been in the audience Thursday night, he would have been tickled pink at Odyssey Theatre’s new production They All Do It.”
Patrick Langston, The Ottawa Citizen

“…the action is as light and funny as an episode of Glee, particularly when John Armstrong’s music, described as a twist on Mozart’s score, kicks in.”
Denis Armstrong, Ottawa Sun

“…They All Do It is surprisingly wonderful. The writing is sharp, funny, clear, relatively clean and transcends Mozart’s original comedy succinctly in the vernacular kids speak today. That’s an amazing accomplishment, when you consider that our 16-year-old loved it…the production boasts one, two, three terrific performances.”
Denis Armstrong,
Ottawa Sun

Dramaturge Laurie Steven
Set & Costume Designer Roy Hansen Robitschek
Mask Design & Construction Karen Rodd
Music Composer John Armstrong
Lighting Designer Ron Ward
Stage Manager  Samira Rose
Cast Ben Clost, Kelly Rigole, Andy Cockburn, Emma Hunter, Charlotte Gowdy, Matt O’Connor.

A Guy Named Joe

Written and directed by Laurie Steven

An original contemporary social satire, and Odyssey’s first indoor production co-produced with Gladstone Theatre.

“The storyline develops in a most unexpected and very amusing way. People who can’t pay their rent, poor people harassed by the police, victims of civil injustice, corrupt capitalism ­and that’s exactly what Laurie Steven’s vision is here. … she’s created a multitude of exciting stage figures to tell her story … Pierre-Paul Savoie’s choreography, linked to Laurie Steven’s staging, created the most exciting moments. [The cast] worked like a perfect acrobatic team … they do almost like a dance with words. Everything
works together beautifully.”
Alvina Ruprecht, CBC Radio

“[A Guy Named Joe is a] resonant comedy…written and directed with a highly focused vision by the company’s artistic director. The masks and stylized movement of Commedia, heightened by Davidson’s lighting, underscore these powerful tensions between Joe’s interior and exterior action, just as they do in other characters.”
—Patrick Langston, The Ottawa Citizen

Nominations: Prix Rideau Awards for Outstanding Costume Design – Jennifer Triemstra, Karen Rodd

Assistant Dramaturge Laurie Fyffe
Set & Lighting Designer Glenn Davidson
Costume Designer Jennifer Triemstra
Design & Construction of Masks, Puppets,
Puppet Costumes, & Special Effects
 Karen Rodd
Choreographer Pierre-Paul Savoie
Fight Choreographer Mark Huisman
Composer & Musical Director John Armstrong
Stage Manager Wendy Rockburn
Cast Nicholas Di Gaetano, Scott McCulloch, Cory Doran, Scott Florence, Mark Huisman, Alex Guard, Thea Nikolic.

A Curious Mishap

By Carlo Goldoni
Directed by Paul Griffin

Even the best laid plans are thwarted. A whirlwind of comic misunderstandings of P.G. Wodehousian proportions!

“Andy Massingham, as the father, Philibert, and Sideris as his daughter, Giannina, seem at home here. They give excellent physical performances that range from frantic to nuanced. Thea Nikolic does solid work as the servant Marianna, who is never shy about pressing her own agenda…Thanks to the 1920s setting and the design work of Art Penson, A Curious Mishap looks splendid. The flapper-style dresses, Philibert’s rich brocade smoking jacket and Cotterie’s golf togs are fancifully elegant. The pretty set is a model of economy, with two doors and three swinging panels to accommodate the action.”
Catherine Lawson, Ottawa Citizen

“It is not just Griffin who should be lauded for the success of the show, but his cast as well, who tap into the world of clowning to draw out zany characters. Andy Massingham’s interpretation of a wealthy, stubborn (but soft-hearted) father is perfect.”
–Kat Fournier, Ottawa XPress

Set & Costume Designer Art Penson
Mask Design & Construction Karen Rodd
Lighting Designer Lynn Cox
Stage Manager Samira Rose
Cast Alix Sideris, Andy Massingham, Scott Florence, Madeleine Donohue, Dylan Anthony Jukes, Thea Nikolic.

Bungsu and the Big Snake

By Lib Spry
Directed by Diana Fajrajsl

Based on a scenario by Lib Spry and material created collaboratively by the ensemble.

“Girouard’s lovable, spunky Bungsu is a special delight, but the whole cast is outstanding, achieving acting magic even while wearing masks (an Odyssey regular feature). While the masks add to the fairytale enchantment, they prevent the actors from relying on full facial expressions. Not an easy task, but they pull it off without exception.”
Jennifer Hartley, Ottawa XPress

“… the play is … alive with magic and fun. In typical Odyssey fashion, ornate costumes, music and a commedia dell’arte flair give the show vibrant life.”
—Kim Mannix Vermette, Metro

“The stage is greatly enlivened by Alix Sideris, an Odyssey regular, as the Monkey Goddess. Sideris keeps the audience in stitches with her hilarious performance of a goddess trapped inside a monkey’s body.”
—Paul Gessell, The Ottawa Citizen

Nominations: Capital Critics Circle Awards for Best Actor Alix Sideris

Dramaturge Laurie Steven
Set Designer Katka Hubacek
Costume Designer Stephanie Carter
Mask Design & Construction Karen Rodd
Sound Design Luc Martin
Lighting Design Lynn Cox
Stage Manager Tina Goralski
Cast Alix Sideris, Beverley Wolfe, Jesse Aaron Dwyre, Michelle Girouard, Terry Judd, Claire Frances Muir, David Shelley.


By Molière
Translated and adapted by Joanne Miller and Laurie Steven
Directed by Laurie Steven

An original contemporary adaptation of this comic tale of the machinations of a rogue.

“Scapin takes the best of both French farce and Italian commedia and rolls it into a riotous satire of contemporary mores and politics. The effect is breathtaking… 5 stars!”
—Denis Armstrong, Ottawa Sun

“It’s very smart, it’s energetic, it’s entertaining…the performances are impressive…Laurie Steven’s direction, it’s sure footed and it’s imaginative and the result is really a marvelous evening of theatre.”
—Tom McSorley, CBC Radio

“A post-modern urban Commedia dealing with contemporary issues: illegal immigration, drugs, gangs, assassins…a non-stop whirlwind of breathless energy…excellent performances…you’ve got to go and see it.”
—Alvina Ruprecht, CBC Radio

“Joy is evident in every facet of Odyssey’s Scapin”
—Bruce Deachman, Ottawa Citizen

Set Designer Louise Lapointe
Costume Designer Pascale Matheron
Mask Design & Construction Karen Rodd
Fight Choreographer Mark Huisman
Movement Coach Pierre-Paul Savoie
Composer & Music Director John Armstrong
Lighting Designer Ron Ward
Stage Manager Heather Landon
Cast Jesse Buck, Alix Sideris, Kurt Spenrath, Sarah Joy Bennett, Mark Huisman, Kevin Kincaid, Dykan Jukes, Thea Nikolic, Adrienne Rogers, Fraser Mackay, Cynthia Bernstein.

The Wedding

Adapted and directed by Laurie Steven

Adapted from an Indonesian shadow puppet play translated by James R. Brandon, Pandam Guritno Siswoharsojo, and Stephen R. Alkire.

“[The Wedding‘s] transposition on a stage with human actors worked magnificently, thanks mainly to director Laurie Steven. Very clearly, she has reached the pinnacle of her art… Laurie has done something extraordinary by creating a hybrid corporeal performance. She has fused commedia techniques with the gestures and movements of the Indonesian shadow puppets and the result is a fascinating style of movement, which fuses the vulgar commedia with the delicate hand gestures and ways of walking and talking of those lacy refined puppet creatures. The Wedding is a must!”
—Alvina Ruprecht, CBC Radio One

The Wedding [is] a production that combines elements of commedia dell’arte, Indonesian shadow puppetry and even a little martial arts into an original theatrical experience that goes from the ridiculous to the sublime… Rated 5 stars out of 5.”
—Denis Armstrong, The Ottawa Sun

Capital Theatre Critics Award: Best Director – Laurie Steven

Set & Costume Designer Art Penson
Mask Design & Construction Karen Rodd
Choreographer Peter Chin
Fight Choreographer Mark Huisman
Composer & Music Director John Armstrong
Musical Collaborator & Musician Robert Graves
Lighting Designer Rebecca Miller
Prop Design & Construction Almut Ellinghaus
Stage Manager Heather Landon
Cast Alix Sideris, Pierre Simpson, Scott Maudsley, Marc Bendavid, Nathalie Baroud, Terry Judd, David Langlois, Mark Huisman, Craig Burnatowski.

The Illusion

By Tony Kushner
Adapted from Pierre Corneille’s L’Illusion Comique.
Directed by Diana Fajrajsl

A complex exploration of the intersections between illusion and reality, and life and theatre.

“…one of the most innovative, invigorating and consistently intelligent theatre companies in Canada…Odyssey has…delivered something approaching a masterpiece…Art Penson’s set is a wonder, something straight out of a late period Fellini film…startling, wild combinations [in design] animate the themes of this sparkling, literate text and the performers even more so… [there is] a wondrous alchemy of light and shade in this masterful production…”
—Tom McSorley, CBC Radio 1

…the performance was utterly stylish, perfectly coherent and an enormous pleasure to watch…the illusion we were watching was perfect!”
—Alvina Ruprecht, CBC Radio 1

Assistant Director Catherine Edwards
Set & Costume Designer Art Penson
Mask Design & Construction Karen Rodd

Composer & Music Director John Armstrong

Fight Choreographer Mark Huisman
Lighting Designer Rebecca Miller
Stage Manager Lara Goldenberg
 Jeffrey Aarles, Alix Sideris, Anand Rajaram, Nicky Brodie, Mark Huisman, Michelle Girouard, Attila Clemann, William Beddoe.

False Confessions

By Marivaux
Translated and adapted by Joanne Miller and Laurie Steven
Directed by Laurie Steven

An original version of Marivaux’s penetrating exploration of love and the art of seduction.

Set, Costume, & Prop Design Art Penson
Mask Design & Construction Karen Rodd
Baroque Choreography & Movement Coach Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière
Composer & Musician John Armstrong
Lighting Design Ron Ward
Stage Manager Stéfanie Séguin
Cast Guislain Turcotte, Paul Griffin, Andrew Morphew, Jordan Hancey, Amy Cunningham, Birgitte Solem, Kim Renders, William Beddoe, Mary Shearman, Nathan Swartz, Allison Patterson.

The Raven

By Carlo Gozzi
Translated and adapted by Lib Spry and Laurie Steven
Directed by Laurie Steven

“ The production is lively and enjoyable… Laurie Steven’s direction is simple and subtle, and the cast is terrific… Times have changed, but Odyssey has endured, developing into one of the most exciting and imaginative theatre companies anywhere.”
—Tom McSorley,
CBC Radio 1

The Raven is a very syncretic performance. The adaptation has captured [the] shifts in theatrical style and levels of language. It unfolds on Art Penson’s very sophisticated set which opens to create imaginary spaces for Louise Lapointe’s exquisite fairy tale puppet creatures.”
—Alvina Ruprecht, CBC Radio 1

“The production is smooth, visually stunning and hugely entertaining. This production is a visual feast.”
—Barbara Crook, Ottawa Citizen

Capital Critics Circle Award: Best Design – Art Penson

Nominations: Capital Critics Circle Award – Alix Sideris

Set, Costume & Prop Designer Art Penson
Mask Design & Construction Karen Rodd
Puppet Design & Construction Louise Lapointe
Choreography Robin Patterson

Composer & Music Director John Armstrong
Lighting Designer Ron Ward
Stage Manager Stéfanie Séguin
Cast Alix Sideris, Paul Griffin, Brendan McClarty, Kyle Horton, Nathalie Baroud, Brendan McClarty, Andrew Morphew, Jordan Hancey, David Marta, Mary Shearman, Cassandra Silver, Lawren Taylor.


By Laurie Steven
Based on a scenario by Laurie Steven and material created collaboratively by the ensemble
Directed by Laurie Steven

An original romance inspired by an Indian folktale about the war between two sisters to divide a kingdom. Staged integrating elements of Indian Kathakali.

“The elaborate multi-faceted set design is a delight, the percussive musical accompaniment is expertly performed and well-conceived, and the costumes and masks, as is usually the case at Odyssey, are spectacular. Laurie Steven’s direction is supple and imaginative, as she keeps this restless fictional world in marvelous motion… Odyssey has delivered another magic evening of theatre. We are lucky to have such an imaginative and intelligent theatre company here in our city.”
—Tom McSorley,
CBC Radio 1

“The spell cast by Kamalay is in the spectacle of Karen Rodd’s masks, Art Penson’s versatile set design, Ron Ward’s lighting and Anne-Marie Gaston’s choreography. Not to mention the music; it is all enhanced by Dan Sauvé’s performance. The formula of many seasons continues to work its charm under Steven’s assured direction.”
—Iris Winston,
Ottawa Citizen

Dramaturges Chet Rajani
, Lib Spry
Set & Costume Designer Art Penson
Mask Design & Construction Karen Rodd
Choreographer: Anne-Marie Gaston (Anjali)
Composer & Music Director John Armstrong
Musical Collaborator & Musician Dan Sauvé
Lighting Designer Ron Ward
Prop Design & Construction Isaiah King
Stage Manager Erin Oke
 Jesse Buck, Beverley Wolfe, Jeffrey Aarles, Andrew Morphew, Robert Ross Parker, Susan Bonham, Sarah Chrétien-Melbourne, Lincoln Shand, Lisa Norton, Sarah Joy Bennet, Lindsay Milligan, Allison Patterson, Alistair Cheng, Matt Nemer, Andrew Watson.

The Miser

By Molière
Translated and adapted by Lib Spry and Laurie Steven
Directed by Laurie Steven

“…a 20th century, post-modern, Commedia dell’Arte, punk rap performance, with an added bit of Brechtian political theatre… a madcap orchestration of rhythmic movements, leaps, hand gestures, facial manipulations, comic effects, set of by banging, snapping of percussions and multiple electronic sounds… this is the world of the body gone wild, of raw, vulgar humour and they do it well.”
Alvina Ruprecht, CBC Radio

“…a highly entertaining broad comedy… a life-sized Punch and Judy show — as this stylized, precisely timed, physical comedy bubbles into life… a show rich in visual and aural appeal. Each exaggerated gesture and facial expression, every flick of a cloak or removal of a piece of furniture is part of a harmonious whole…”
—Iris Winston,
The Ottawa Citizen
Set, Costumes, & Prop Designer Art Penson
Mask Design & Construction Karen Rodd
Movement Coach & Choreography Valerie Dean
Composer & Music Director Paul Vaillancourt
Lighting Designer Ron Ward
Musician & Musical Collaborator Dan Sauvé
Stage Manager Erin Oke
 Robert Ross Parker, Jeffrey Aarles, Paul Griffin, Tanya Popert, Mark Whitbread, Stephen Guy-McGrath, Paulette Sinclair, Andrew Morphew, Susan Bonham.


By Jean Giraudoux
Translated and adapted by Joanne Miller and Laurie Steven
Directed by Laurie Steven

“Odyssey’s journey into German myth via Giraudoux melts the boundaries between drama, music, dance and visual art… the overwhelming impression is of a multi-dimensional richness.”
Iris Winston, Ottawa Citizen

“Once again, director Laurie Steven uses the fantastic in the service of reality… a unique blend of Commedia dell’Arte, dance and spectacle… Odyssey has gelled into something special… Ondine is a fun, thought-provoking time which appeals to all of the senses.”
S. Mistal Baker, Ottawa X-Press

“It’s beautiful, absolutely beautiful… go and see Ondine, it’s a wonderful experience.”
Alvina Ruprecht, CBC Radio

“Odyssey is equally dynamic in its experimentation and explorations of theatrical forms and space [as Robert Lepage]… fast-paced action, dozens of… idiosyncratic characters, spectacularly colourful masks and costumes and a live soundtrack… Ondine is a poetic, provocative production and a great night at the theatre.”
Tom McSorley, CBC Radio

Set Designer Art Penson
Costume Designer Teresa Przybylski
Mask Design & Construction Karen Rodd
Choreographer Xing Bang Fu
Music Composed & Performed by Paul Vaillancourt
Musical Accompaniment Andrée Martin
Lighting Designer Ron Ward
Stage Manager Judi Pearl
Cast Pierre Brault, Paulette Sinclair, Jeffrey Aarles, Bernard Arène, Laura Di Cicco, Mark Whitbread, Mireille Rancourt,  Susan Bonham, Robert Ross Parker, Cheron Martin, Sarah Bennett, Katie Layng, Zachary Smith, Craig Desson.


By Laurie Steven and Lib Spry
Based on a scenario by Laurie Steven and material created collaboratively by the ensemble
Directed by Laurie Steven

“Magical! That is the only word that adequately describes the visual and aural richness of Turandot… [a] fascinating blend of the traditions of Commedia dell’Arte and Chinese opera… employs flowing robes, pennants and gongs in the Chinese style, and comic characters drawn from both. The result is stunningly effective… this fast-paced and beautifully choreographed production of Turandot is a theatrical experience that touches all the senses. This is the type of show that underlines theatre as a major art form.”
Iris Winston, The Ottawa Citizen

“…a marvellous, incredible production by Odyssey Theatre… a witty, wise, and thoroughly entertaining play. Events like these are exciting as they are rare — a new play given a tour de force production. There are powerful ideas at work here — the most powerful of which concerns the relationship between the sexes. (Director Laurie Steven) has created a wonderful world using all the resources she could muster.”
Chris Baker, Ottawa X-Press

“Sumptuous! …the dancing, prancing entrances, the robes and ribbons flying, the gongs pounding, the circular movement, the sweeping hand gestures, the choreography with all the weapons, the many pitched voices… I don’t think there is another company in Canada doing the kind of work Laurie Steven does and it gets better each year.”
Alvina Ruprecht, CBC Radio

Dramaturge Liang Tee Tue
Mask Design & Construction Karen Rodd
Costume Designer Teresa Przybylski
Set Designer Barry Padolsky
Choreographer Xing Bang Fu
Music Composer & Performer Paul Vaillancourt
Lighting Designer Ron Ward
Stage Manager Sarah Gale
Cast Diana Fajrajsl, Laura DiCicco, Kathleen Egan, Tim Kohout, Henry Gauthier, Mark Whitbread, Mike Brunet, Bruce Spinney, Sarah Muff, Robin Black, Devon Taylor.

Don Juan

By Molière
Translated by Joanne Miller and Laurie Steven
Directed by Laurie Steven

“A manic roller coaster of laughs and melodrama. Molière’s depth has been added to the mile-a-minute pacing of Commedia resulting in a fast paced, entertaining show with a dash of melodrama and tragedy thrown in for good measure… the direction is inspired (the chorus of clownish bouffons and Sganarelle’s supper are truly marvellous).”
Chris Baker, Ottawa XPress

“…this adaptation has added action, mimicry and noises, shrieking, playful encounters and visual games, and of course, the masks … there was some very, very, good staging… it’s a very entertaining show.”
Alvina Ruprecht, CBC Radio

Costume & Set Designer Teresa Przybylski
Mask Design & Construction Karen Rodd
Bouffon & Movement Coach Fiona Griffiths
Fight Choreographer John Koensgen
Composer & Music Director Timothy Kohout
Lighting Designer Scott McTavish
Stage Manager Sarah Gale Berger

Cast Diana Fajrajsl, Steven Bush, Ross Mullan, Timothy Kohout, Bernard Arène, Bernadette Hendrickx, Mark Whitbread, Andrew Peck, T.L. Stewart, Yurij Kis, Virginia West.