Reviews and Critical Response


SummerWorks Theatre Festival, Toronto, 2015

One of NOW Magazine’s picks for “Best of the Fest” and “Best Ensemble”

“Expertly played by Theatre Free Radical’s ensemble company… nicely crafted..”—Jon Kaplan, NOW

“Lac/Athabasca will leave you breathless–truly… Len Falkenstein’s writing is vivid and arresting… what is there and how it is presented is stunning.”–Lynn Slotkin, The Slotkin Letter

“..Should make you lose sleep at night… The cast is divine in all their multiple roles..”–Julian Bynone, Bynoe On Arts

“The ensemble cast … does a remarkable job of weaving this story, shifting in and out of character, location and time period”—Cate McKim, Life with more cowbell

“Lac/Athabasca stands out for its cast and technical team”—Samantha Wu, Mooney on Theatre

Winner, Second Prize, Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition

“This is an intelligent, passionately convincing, imaginatively structured piece of political theatre. I wish there were more like this being written in Canada today”—John Murrell, juror.

“I love how epic it is, how it dares to link narratives into a thematic whole. I love that it seems to take on the entire country. I like an ambitious play, I wish there were more like this”—Damien Atkins, juror.

Winner, Dorothy White Award, Ottawa Little Theatre National Playwriting Competition

“Weaving together strands of the past and present, the personal and the political and the mythic and the mundane, Falkenstein has created a cultural and ‘geographic’ tapestry of our Canadian landscape that is both terrifying and hopeful” — Iris Turcott, adjudicator

Co-presentation with Saint John Theatre Company, May 2016

“A hauntingly beautiful story, Lac/Athabasca will leave you with a heavy heart and, perhaps, a changed perspective on the effects of the oil industry”–Kennedy McGeachy, The East Magazine

Co-presentation with Live Bait Theatre Company, Sackville NB, March 2016

“… reinforced my feeling that political theatre is an important way to educate a public that is often kept from hearing the truth about things that impinge on our lives. It made me proud to be a New Brunswicker, for many reasons.”–Marilyn Lerch, Sackville Tribune-Post

Co-presentation with NotaBle Act Theatre Company, Fredericton, NB, October 2015

“The characters are the kinds of people who lived down the street from you growing up. The story is our story.”–Esther Soucoup, STU Reviews

Vancouver Fringe Festival, 2014

“This play is a necessity..”—Karina Billesberger, Plank Magazine

“Falkenstein’s vision is clear in the beautifully structured play…. For those who like films by Atom Egoyan, well-written scripts, fantastic acting”—Shazia Hafiz Ramji, Zouch Magazine

Utopia (SummerWorks Theatre Festival 2013, Vancouver Fringe Festival, 2012)

“Utopia is a thoughtful and heartwarming little gem of a play… It’s a must see at this year’s SummerWorks!” –Istzan Dugalin,

“..superbly weird..”—Greg Everett, STU Reviews

“Utopia invites and explores many meaty questions.” –Ramya Jegatheesan, Charlebois Post


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