James Odin Wade

Writing Person

Acclaim for James' work

In Case of Fire

“A play that shakes the foundations of a young marriage and teaches (or reminds) us that love alone cannot save a partnership.  An intelligent, poignant and often funny exploration of the tension between religious identity and personal fulfillment; the reassurance of community versus the exhilarating terror of total independence” – OLT jury member Nick Carpenter

“An hilarious, entertaining, and moving play that surprises at every turn. The characters’ journeys are very rich and entirely satisfying” – OLT jury member Bobby Theodore

“A sharp two-hander about faith, lack of faith, and the huge twists that life and religion force upon our lives. The play offers two demanding roles and a challenging scenario that actors and directors will love to tackle” – OLT jury member Brian Quirt



"We are pleased to support this play! It was a Finalist for the 2017 New Works Festival at Kitchen Dog Theater in Dallas, Texas." -Kitchen Dog jury


Helmut's Big Day

"A short, surprising dynamo of a theatre piece, packed with surreal humour. An exciting, existential read." -Alberta Playwriting Competition Jury (Grand Prize awarded)

“This delightful two-hander romps at such a quick clip that one almost misses the philosophical questions being tossed back and forth between Sabir and Katar as they try to fulfill their soldiering duty.” –Sara Culkin, VUE Weekly, 2015

One of Liz Nicholls' Picks of the Fringe, 2015, Edmonton Journal

"Show To Watch Out For" at the Calgary Fringe Festival -Stephen Hunt, Calgary Herald, 2015



“Throughout all of this there is understated social satire. My companion and I appreciated that it did not feel the need to call attention to itself, to cry out “this is what’s wrong with gender roles and relationship conventions!” The play simply let those considerations be present as a natural subtext to the action.” -Dorianne Emmerton, Mooney on Theatre, 2016

"WILF is wickedly entertaining" -Kathleen Renne, FFWD Magazine, 2013


A Song of Bucephalus

"This could very well be the most interesting and appropriate use of the classic two-man horse costume yet put to stage. There are also communists. It’s witty, self-aware, and every performer has near perfect comedic timing. This show has been a highlight of the fringe thus far." -Lucas Provencher, Vue Weekly (Edmonton)

“Extremely clever” –Governor General's Award-winning playwright, Sharon Pollock, adjudicator, Calgary Region One-Act Play Festival 2016

"A true joy to watch" -Avianna Hudym, Regina Fringe reviewer