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Opera Lyra presents Puccini’s tragic masterwork – Madama Butterfly

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James Westman as Sharpless, Shuying Lee as Madama Butterfly and Antoine Belanger as Lt. Pinkerton. Photo courtesy of On Stage Ottawa.James Westman as Sharpless, Shuying Lee as Madama Butterfly and Antoine Belanger as Lt. Pinkerton. Photo courtesy of On Stage Ottawa.

Opera Lyra is back at the NAC with its spring production. Giacomo Puccini’s masterpiece, Madama Butterfly (aka Madame Butterfly) is the bittersweet tale of a young Japanese woman, Ciocio-san ( Madama Butterfly), who falls in love with, and marries, a cowardly and callous American naval officer, Lieutenant Pinkerton. She converts to Christianity for her American husband causing her family to disown her. Her husband returns to the States shortly after their wedding, leaving Butterfly alone, and pregnant, with only her maid, Suzuki for company. Lieutenant Pinkerton returns to Nagasaki three... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Arms of the Girl courtesy their website.Photo of Arms of the Girl courtesy their website.

If you’ve had your fill of chocolate eggs and want to get out and about this weekend, here’s what’s up in the city: In music, the Steve Adamyk Band kicks things off tonight with Finderskeepers at Babylon, followed by Transmission dance party with DJ Male Nurse. If you’re looking for some traditional east coast music, Matthew Byrne has you covered at the NAC. Friday at Zaphod’s will find Ambrosia Famine, Arms of the Girl, and GingerFox putting on a rocky-pop show. House legend Jason Hodges can be found at Mercury... | Continue reading article

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Lawyers prepare a GCTC take-over

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Mitchell Charness performs in His Girl Friday in 2012. Photo courtesy of The Great Canadian Theatre Company.Mitchell Charness performs in His Girl Friday in 2012. Photo courtesy of The Great Canadian Theatre Company.

As surely as buds bloom so too at this time of year are Ottawa lawyers found limbering up to break some legs. Not those of disgruntled clients but of the theatrical nature as they come together for the annual “Lawyer Play”. This yearly fundraiser brings together legal eagles of all stripes: criminal, corporate, civil, family, labour and more treading the boards to raise money for the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) and a hand-selected charity partner. The 15th anniversary performance this year pulls out all the stops: ambitiously tackling Shakespeare’s... | Continue reading article

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The Anger in Ernest & Ernestine: Vacant House Theatre explodes onto theatre scene

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Photo by David Whiteley.Photo by David Whiteley.

As the virtual curtain fell on The Anger in Ernest & Ernestine this tweet went out: venue is insane but the talent is undeniable. The setting in the tiny basement of the Backpacker’s Hostel on York Street is uninviting. Seating –12 max- includes dingy stained sofas and cushions on the laundry room cement floor. With the actors literally at arm’s length it all heralds an amateur evening… and then the play begins. The 1987 work by Leah Cherniak, Robert Morgan and Martha Ross follows the downward trajectory of blissful newlyweds... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa goes back for seconds with Stiff Quickies + ticket giveaway

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Screen shot from My Number by The Hilotrons. Co-directed by Craig Allen Conoley and Luca Fiore.Screen shot from My Number by The Hilotrons. Co-directed by Craig Allen Conoley and Luca Fiore.

Ottawa goes back for seconds with Stiff Quickies, an Ottawa Fringe Festival fundraiser this Thursday night. The cheeky title titillates ones interest, and I asked Greggory Clark to give some background into the event. “It started last year. It was a pretty good time, so we thought we’d do it again.” Clark says referring to the success the fundraiser had last year. The event boasts short films, tall drinks and deep pockets with the alluring tease of being able to meet the filmmakers and actors themselves. “What we did was... | Continue reading article

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Sans Sense delivers absurdly thoughtful theatre

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Sans Sense is a collection of short plays and monologues featuring farfetched fantastical storylines. The material is creative and fresh yet despite the advertised brevity the production would have greatly benefited from harsher editing. Joel Garrow delivers the monologues that bookend the evening in diametrically opposed style. The opener is a frenetically nervous retelling of the story of an armed man vs an unsuspecting poodle. Garrow feverishly acts out every sentence almost energizing the audience for the night ahead while in the close monologue The Engagement he edges creepily around... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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This next few days look very promising: when we’ve got something like FerretFest happening, the weekend has to be great. Tonight, Arboretum Arts Festival brings PHÈDRE, Boyhood and Ken Park to Pressed, while there’s a 60s Franco-jazz revival down at Maxwell’s with Les Petits Fours and The Sick Sick Sicks. Tomorrow, Zaphods has a night of rock/pop with Eric Gilmore and The Mad Hatters, along with The City Gates and By The Lights. Down at the Sheep, you’ll find Claude Munson and the Storm Outside, while it’s a crazy dance party... | Continue reading article

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch – A rocking good show

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Photo courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.Photo courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.

90 minutes (no intermission) | Rock Musical | Mature content including explicit sexual and coarse language. I approached this Vanity Project production with some trepidation. The last time I saw Hedwig and the Angry Inch was in another city where a professional rock singer and a punk band sold out every night of a 12 day run in a one of the roughest and seediest bars in town. I am pleased to say that Vanity definitely exceeded my expectations. If you like rock and roll and aren’t afraid of adult... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: LAFF ticket giveaway

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On the set of Solo, playing Thursday night at the Latin American Film Festival.On the set of Solo, playing Thursday night at the Latin American Film Festival.

Looking to get your fill of Latin American film with free passes? Read on! Let’s break the weekend down by day. Thursday, kick things of with a fundraiser or two: the Ottawa BFA students are raising money for their year end show, the Lunenburg Pub is hosting one for autism research, and there’s a fundraiser featuring a few local bands and burlesque babes down at the Rainbow. Celebrate National Poetry Month with the A B Series down at the library, or catch the Uncooperatives at the Dominion. On Friday, The Wooden... | Continue reading article

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Seeds is a fascinating docudrama with an excellent cast (+ ticket giveaway)

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Photo of Eric Peterson (who plays Percy Schmeiser) by Guntar KravisPhoto of Eric Peterson (who plays Percy Schmeiser) by Guntar Kravis

We are giving away one pair of tickets to the Saturday, April 5, performance of Seeds at 7:30 pm.  To enter, email apartment613@gmail.com by noon Thursday, April 3, with the subject line “Seeds NAC Contest”.  We will randomly pick a winner after the Thursday noon deadline. Seeds is a significant departure from the National Arts Centre’s usual dramatic offerings, as it is documentary theatre.  Most of the dialogue is taken from court transcripts or interviews with the people involved in this story. The 2005 award-winning play from Montreal’s Porte Parole company has recently been... | Continue reading article

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