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Jennifer Cavanagh

Theatre Reviewer

After 15 years in London, England as Editor to a lifestyle mag and Communications Consultant, Jennifer returned to Canada, making Ottawa her new Capital City and Apt613 her outlet for arty opinions. An avid people watcher and conversation eavesdropper, Jennifer remains delighted to have her writing derided, mocked and shouted-down in equal measure.


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Fringe Review: Well Isn’t This Super… (Marvellous Man IV: The Return of Marvellous Man)

60 minutes |Comedy | Play |PG A rather sophisticated story with sweet perspective shifts. Well Isn’t This Super… exhibits an impressive maturity by Dead Unicorn Ink while their irreverent edge remains firmly intact. In the amusing opening sequence, a Tinder hook-up reveals itself to be the set of a superhero movie. The production shifts between the […]

Claudia Salguero in concert. All photos courtesy of the artist.

Cantares: A Latin Jazz journey with Claudia Salguero

Apt613 caught up with musician and visual artist Claudia Salguero in the run up to Cantares, her 6th annual Latin Jazz concert at the National Arts Centre. A collaborative multi-cultural effort, Salguero will present a range of hand-picked Latin Jazz songs and be joined on stage by 10 musicians from nine different countries including: Peru, […]

Photo by Andrée Lanthier. All photos courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

Belles Soeurs is an absolute home run

Les Belles Soeurs is Michel Tremblay’s most frequently produced and translated play.  Alive with caustic joual-speaking women its strong matriarchal themes fairly rocked Quebec society in the late 60’s. Tremblay ignited controversy with his use of low-brow dialect, mockery of the restrictive grip of the church and his straightforward presentation of disillusioned, pining working class […]

Scene from Rodgers + Hammerstein's The Sound of Music, all photos by Matthew Murphy.

The Sound of Music plays perfectly to its charms

The story needs little introduction, so familiar is the iconic 1965 film version of Rodger & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. So the question at last night’s packed opening was could this version begin to approach the crowd-pleasing experience associated to its famous legacy? Set in Salzberg, Austria (oddly […]

Cameron Carpenter, NYC. Photo by Michael Hart

Cameron Carpenter: Not your grandmother’s organist

Cameron Carpenter is not your grandmother’s organist.  A far cry from the pious image frequently associated with the “church’s instrument”, the mohawked and diamanté styled Carpenter smashes any attempt to typecast while his virtuoso composer-performer talents dazzle the uninitiated and authorities alike. Inspired at the tender age of 4 by images of silent-movie organ-playing accompanists, […]

Sarah Waisvisz in Monstrous. Photo by Christopher Snow.

undercurrents: Monstrous blends storytelling to dance in search for cultural belonging

Miscegenation (noun): the interbreeding of people considered to be of different racial types. Sarah Waisvisz travels a murky, muddled and miss-remembered heritage in Monstrous a world premiere performance at undercurrents that blends storytelling to dance in Waisvisz search for cultural belonging. Premiering during Black History Month this work comes at an opportune moment offering insight […]

Robert Bockstael. Photo from roomtemperaturecollective.com.

undercurrents: Getting to Room Temperature one-person show about dying

Fringe theatre by its very name explores characters and topics frequently marginalized.  Getting to Room Temperature adheres to this tradition in Arthur Milner’s one-man show recounting the struggles that accompany the decline and death of his mother Rose. Based on Milner’s experience with his mother Rose’s death the work was inspired by her pursuit of […]

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