Footnotes – September 2021

Morgan Mullin,
The Coast

“Across the three works, a sense of delight felt palpable just below the surface for each actor. Here is a contingency of the army of theatre-makers Moscovitch has influenced and inspired, getting to play the parts she has written in her earliest works. “Tonight I saw theatre IN PERSON. I forgot that theatre—live—is AMAZING and also MAGIC,” Moscovitch tweeted the day after she saw FOOTNOTES. It’s a show that’ll remind you the same things, too.” Full article here

Joyride – January 2019

Elissa Barnard, NS Reviews

“Matchstick Theatre gives the tightly-structured, suspenseful play its hard-core strength as well as all the bells and whistles” Full article here


Amanda Campbell, TWISIT

“This is an extremely strong production from one of Halifax’s youngest theatre companies” Full article here


The Little Years – October 2018


Carey Bray, Halifax Bloggers

“Matchstick Theatre closes out its season with its sixth and best show to date…The Little Years holds your attention from start to end…Matchstick Theatre is gaining traction, and the proof is in the proverbial pudding with the talent reeled in for this show” Full article here

Elissa Barnard, NS Reviews

“This production has…a magical quality…well worth seeing” Full article here

The Woodcutter – July 2018

Carey Bray, The Coast

“This ambitious Matchstick production features a standout performance from Sébastien Labelle.”

“Matchstick Theatre can—and should—applaud itself on tackling the darker, serious theatre that others won’t dare to do…”

“Labelle surrenders himself entirely to the role of Ted, a man navigating the dark forest that is the extensively transformed Bus Stop Theatre.”
Full article here

Peter Fechter: 59 Minutes – March 2018

Carey Bray, Everyone’s A Critic Reviews

“Director Alison Crosby has crafted a solid rendition of Tannahill’s original work. Finely acted…with Sarty’s sincere likability and an endearing sense of allegiance, you feel Peter’s hope as he reaches out into the dark hoping someone’s there to reach back.” Full article here

Meghan Hubley, The Present Presence

“I am really hyped that Matchstick
is here in Halifax and dedicated
to the work of Canadian playwrights…
they are dreaming big and bold
and that’s what the indie theatre
scene needs.” Full article here

Bone Cage – October 2017

Lisa Cochrane, The Chronicle Herald

“Move over established Halifax theatre companies, newcomer Matchstick Theatre has just sat down at the big table…Book ahead…this play could leave you on a waiting list, disappointed, very much still on the ground.” Full article here

Michael Lake, The Coast

“…the material is rich and complex…strong direction and powerful performances take the poetry of despair and make it sing.” Full article here

“A great indie production from an intrepid theatre company, Bone Cage boasted a mesmerizing lead performance from Jessy Matthews, and a tour de force script from the great Catherine Banks.” 
Full article here

Bitter Rose – June 2017

Michael Lake, The Coast

“Kim Parkhill is astounding as Rose. She keeps the audience enraptured, giving glimpses into the depth of her character with a single glance or gesture. In one moment, sorrow bubbles, pooling tears in her eyes, and in the next it is dismissed with anger, or resolve, or evaded with a joke. Catherine Banks, two-time winner of the Governor General’s award for drama, has written a complex, challenging, and deeply feminist play. Parkhill and director Jake Planinc have taken the nuance off the page and staged a relevant and hard-hitting piece of theatre.”Full article here