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Yes mom, watching Dostoevsky on acid is fun

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Photo of the Narrator (Arif Mirabdolbaghi) by Lacey CreightonPhoto of the Narrator (Arif Mirabdolbaghi) by Lacey Creighton

Just so there’s no misunderstandings, I didn’t do any hallucinogens before, during or after watching The Double at the National Arts Centre, which is currently playing until Saturday, May 2. Based on my mind-bending experience watching this clever performance, however, one may be forgiven for thinking that someone spiked the Orangina I drank at intermission with some psychedelic. The Double is based on Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novella of the same name, in which Golyadkin (played by Adam Paolozza) has to confront his real life alter-ego with an identical name.  Yet again, perhaps Golyadkin is simply... | Continue reading article

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Future of Ottawa: Fear and hope for our theatre scene

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Tim Oberholzer as Hedwig (Hedwig and the Angry Inch). Photo courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.Tim Oberholzer as Hedwig (Hedwig and the Angry Inch). Photo courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.

This is part two in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa (arts and culture edition).  In this guest column, Eric Coates, the artistic director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company, offers his insights on our city’s theatre community.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. When I was asked to write about the future of Ottawa’s theatre scene, I was first struck by the impossibility of the task.  I can no more predict the future of Ottawa theatre than I can predict the next wave... | Continue reading article

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Under Derek’s Bed explores grief through epic fairtytale adventure

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Photo courtesy of TACTICS (Theatre Artists’ Co-operative: the Independent Collective Series).Photo courtesy of TACTICS (Theatre Artists’ Co-operative: the Independent Collective Series).

If you were once a child and are now an adult, you may already be familiar with that process that one day renders the bizarrely unfathomable into the mundanely inexplicable, which in every day parlance is usually referred to as “growing up.” Derek (Mike Kosowan) is deep in mourning over the very sudden and recent death of his wife when his old friend Earl the Monster (Nick Fournier), pops back into his life after a prolonged absence to convince him to return with him to the magical Land Under the... | Continue reading article

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Future of Ottawa (arts and culture edition)

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Photo by fishbown_fish courtesy of Apartment613 Flickr poolPhoto by fishbown_fish courtesy of Apartment613 Flickr pool

Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. This past January we published the Future of Ottawa series that looked at some of the major urban development projects in our city.  The original plan was to have a one-off group of posts, but after receiving a lot of positive feedback from readers we decided to do another series of articles. As we thought about the future of our region, however, we realised that we should not limit ourselves to urban affairs.  The National Capital Region is... | Continue reading article

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The big one is back – Youppi Club’s second pop up show

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Photo from the Ottawa Stilt Union Facebook page.Photo from the Ottawa Stilt Union Facebook page.

Roll up. Roll up. The fun is coming! Feel the magic up close with the Youppi Club, a community of fun-loving folk dedicated to exploring interactive styles of play and spreading joy through performance! The Ottawa Stilt Union, Ottawa-Gatineau’s bilingual theatre company dedicated to the art of stilting, is now stretching its legs even further with the creation of Youppi Club, an initiative seeking to embrace fun among its members and to grow as a body of inspiring and cohesive co-creators. This series of monthly pop-up events began last month,... | Continue reading article

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Oh boy, Dirty Dancing the musical is pretty bad

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Here at Apartment613 we tend to be fairly positive.  When we are asked to review a play, concert, musical or art exhibit, we like to focus on the good aspects and give constructive criticism whenever possible. It therefore takes a really unusual situation for us to declare, “wow, that performance was really, really terrible.”  The musical Dirty Dancing, currently playing at the National Arts Centre until Sunday, April 19, is an example of such a situation. How bad was it?  My date for the opening night on Tuesday left at... | Continue reading article

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Looking ahead to the 2015-16 NAC theatre season

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Some of Ottawa’s leading theatres recently announced their lineup for the 2015-16 season.  Over the past few days, Apartment613 has previewed what local audiences can expect in the near future. Today we conclude our look ahead by focusing on the National Arts Centre’s upcoming season for English theatre. Jillian Keiley, the artistic director of English theatre at the National Arts Centre, has seen hundreds of performances over the years.  So when she tells you that one particular play is her number one choice you should listen. “The Adventures of a... | Continue reading article

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Chamber Theatre Hintonburg lets the beast out

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Donnie Laflamme and Brent Rouleau (foreground) in The Hairy Ape. All photos by Glen McIntosh.Donnie Laflamme and Brent Rouleau (foreground) in The Hairy Ape. All photos by Glen McIntosh.

Hunched over, shovels in hand, the firemen get to work feeding coal into the belly of the beast. The rhythmic sound of laboured grunts fill the silence. Welcome to the bowels of an ocean liner, an all too real picture seamlessly painted by the cast of The Hairy Ape: a Comedy of Ancient and Modern Life in Eight Scenes. The Chamber Theatre Hintonburg takes on Eugene O’Neill’s complex tale of an exploited working class and their hatred for the capitalist structure. The intelligent, albeit ignorant, Yank (Donnie Laflamme) quickly emerges... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Little Theatre offers big fun next season

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Some of Ottawa’s leading theatres recently announced their lineup for the 2015-16 season.  In response, Apartment613 is previewing what local audiences can expect in the near future.  Today we look at the upcoming season at the Ottawa Little Theatre. As the oldest theatre company in the city, the Ottawa Little Theatre has been performing plays and musicals for more than a century.  With the recent announcement of their 2015-16 schedule, they are continuing the proud tradition of offering great theatrical entertainment. “[The upcoming plays offer] a really broad range of... | Continue reading article

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Venus in Fur is a sex comedy turned on its birch-switched bottom.

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Actors David Whiteley and Chandel Gambles in Venus in Fur. Phto courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.Actors David Whiteley and Chandel Gambles in Venus in Fur. Phto courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.

Kinky? Serious? Dramatic? Comic? Suspenseful? Warped? Disturbing? Playful? Political? Role-bending? All of the above? Venus in Fur is a sex comedy turned on its birch-switched bottom. Don’t come expecting a frothy farce like Noises Off. Yes, there’s a scantily clad attractive woman. Yes, there’s a pedantic tight-assed frumpily dressed man. Yes, there’s a play within a play. But that’s where the resemblance to a standard sex comedy ends. For we soon discover that little is as it first appears. A battle of wits emerges and the audience must follow multiple... | Continue reading article

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