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Theatre Reviews

This play tells the sto­ry of Daisy, a young ide­al­is­tic teacher who accepts a job as prin­ci­pal in a remote town in north­ern Saskatchewan. Her pre­con­ceived notions of what she expects to achieve are quick­ly put to the test by the unex­pect­ed real­i­ties that await her. The play fol­lows her progress as she con­tends with dif­fi­cul­ties such as iso­lat­ing snow storms, out­breaks of fleas and the threat to her stu­dents from wild dogs liv­ing near the school. 
This sto­ry works very well thanks to actor Danielle Roy’s ener­getic and ani­mat­ed per­for­mance which draws the audi­ence into the sto­ry. She is able to bring out all the rich humour and touch­ing dra­ma of Nathan Howe’s script as well as paint a vivid pic­ture of what life is like in this remote com­mu­ni­ty. One of my favourite parts of the sto­ry is the friend­ship that devel­ops between Daisy and the mis­chie­vous young stu­dent Theodore. At first exas­per­at­ed by Theodore’s hi-jinks, she even­tu­al­ly learns of the trou­bles in his home life and reach­es out to him in friend­ship. The scenes where this friend­ship devel­ops were quite touch­ing. I also very much liked Daisy’s ambiva­lent rela­tion­ship with Poo­dle, a scary look­ing but friend­ly dog that hangs around the school. Over the course of the play the trou­ble Poo­dle caus­es for Daisy pro­vides some quite fun­ny scenes.

I hearti­ly rec­om­mend this play for its engag­ing sto­ry and sol­id act­ing, as well as the glimpse it offers into life in north­ern communities.

The Wild Dog Waits On The Con­crete Path
Venue 3 — Pan­tages Stu­dio
60 Min­utes
Gen­er­al Audi­ence
Show Acce­si­bil­i­ty: Low Vision/​Blind