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Fringe Review: Magic Unicorn Island

By David Currie 60 minutes | Comedy, Drama, Solo | PG Magic Unicorn Island sold out again and anyone who sees it can understand why. The horrors of war are so viscerally presented, so nuanced is the exploration of the theme and it is so artfully developed that the ending of this comedy had me in tears. […]

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Fringe Review: GET LOST jem rolls

By Julia Bueneman 55 minutes | Storytelling, Comedy, Solo | PG When was the last time you got lost or, better yet, lost yourself? Jem Rolls’s latest show is a fantastic reminder that when you are stagnant, you are stuck. A beautifully composed, captivating piece that is not only a commentary on the tourism industry […]

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Fringe Review: Rideshares & Rope Swings

By Julia Bueneman 60 minutes | Comedy, Drama | PG Heartwarming, heart-wrenching, adorable and charming: Genevieve (Zoe Towne) and Reid (Matt Hertendy) have incredible onstage chemistry. Rapid-fire dialogue, hilarious one-liners, brilliant writing, and wonderfully elaborate characters: this is a show that has everything (and a little bit of unexpected more). Two strangers embark on a […]

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Fringe Review: GARY

60 minutes |Comedy, Drama | Mature GARY defies description for a number of reasons. To give away too much of the plot would diminish the experience, for one thing. Explaining every detail of what happens would take nearly as long as the show itself — there’s a lot going on in just an hour, on […]

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Fringe Review: Saor (Free)

60 minutes | Adventure, Comedy, Solo | Mature I’m sure I wasn’t the first person to see the title of this show and think “Huh? A free Fringe show? Sure, I’m down!” It’s not actually a free show, but that’s ok! Free is the direct translation of the Gaelic word “saor”, and the search for […]

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Fringe Review: Victory for the Recycled Virgin

By David Currie 60 minutes | Solo, Drama | Mature If you like oddballs, you will love Victory for the Recycled Virgin. I don’t mean that pejoratively, Houston Robertson is a charming storyteller who has had a very unusual life to tell us about. This is not so much a show as a woman’s life […]

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Fringe Review: The Red Shoes

By David Currie 40 minutes | Circus, Comedy, Drama | PG A performer comes out 10 minutes before the show opens to stretch. Anticipation builds as audience members try and find the perfect seat. Hopping from seat to seat like eager children, I empathize with them the lead-up to this show is exhilarating. As a green-clad woman, […]

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Fringe Review: Fringe Late Night

By David Currie After a seeing two shows, and having a couple of drinks of at the beer tent I walked over to check out the “season premiere” of Fringe Late Night. Now, there are very few things in heaven or on earth that I love as much as a variety show – so this […]

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Fringe Review: Small Creatures Such as We

60 minutes | Drama | Mature Brace yourself for a tough look at the scars left behind by a cruel adolescence in Small Creatures Such as We, as well written yet painful to watch at times offering by Angels in the Rafters productions. An unassuming set with a sofa to stage left and a kitchen/bar […]

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Fringe Review: Sh!t I’m In Love With You Again

By Sandy Gibson 60 min | Comedy Musical | Mature Fresh from the Montreal Fringe, Sh!t I’m In Love With You Again returns to the Ottawa Fringe festival with updated, eye-catching sets, some new numbers and as many laugh-inducing moments as can possibly be crammed into a musical comedy. Written and performed by Rachelle Elie […]

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Fringe | Blindside : un malaise désopilant

Par Cindy Savard Les amateurs de malaises seront servis avec Blindside, une performance tirée d’une expérience vécue. En entrevue, lorsque l’auteure Stéphanie Morin-Robert m’a présenté l’idée qui se trouvait à la base de son projet – celle de son handicap oculaire ; elle porte un œil en acrylique – j’ai ressenti un malaise. Où nous […]

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Fringe Review: 2 for Tea

60 minutes | Comedy | G With 14 Best of Fest awards to their name and glowing praise across the interwebs, I expected 2 for Tea to deliver some quality entertainment — and boy did they follow through! Dynamic duo Jamesy and James make a delightfully opposite comedy pair, one flamboyantly balancing on the tip […]

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Fringe Review: BLINDSIDE

65 minutes | Comedy, Solo | G If you like unique and gritty, down-to-earth storytelling, BLINDSIDE is the play for you. When she was just an infant, Stéphanie Morin-Robert was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare form of cancer that rapidly forms in the immature cells of the retina. In order to save her life, doctors had […]

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Fringe Review: Angels & Aliens

By David Currie 60 minutes | Comedy | Mature “To this minute, I have experienced nothing but disappointment at these plays,” I wrote in a notebook moments before the play began. So melodramatic, so filled with ennui one can only experience with the most ridiculous of First World problems. “This abundance of entertainment doesn’t meet […]

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