Articles tagged with: John Koensgen
September is not being kind to local theatre; reviewers and audiences are being downright cruel. I haven’t attended any performances this month so there’s no sense in getting specific, but only when arts columnist Denis Armstrong gets bored or local actor Kris Joseph, thankfully, gets huffy, has the the mist of blah-dom risen from the Ottawa scene
There’s a trace of trepidation in John Koensgen as he prepares his newest role. When he picked up the script for Educating Rita, he realized, “boy, these people sure talk a lot.” Not that Koensgen doesn’t like lines; he is, after all, an actor. But it’s the language that’s made him blink, the complex sentence structure and the nuanced words that play England’s upper class off against its lower. So finding resonance in a version of theatre’s most archetypal theme of transformation will be, he admits, a big challenge.
Peter Honeywell of the Council for the Arts in Ottawa has responded to my emails, and I now have a list of the nominees for Ottawa’s arts awards. The council didn’t want to release the names until it had photos and will publish something in the Ottawa Citizen later this week.
Awards are really important for promoting arts to the public but, like all news, get stale quickly. For those who like their information less than a week old, the list includes:
Victor Tolgesy Award
Christine Tremblay – the indefatigable arts administrator in …