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The Mouse That Roared will leave you in stitches!

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Photo courtesy of Ben Silcox.Photo courtesy of Ben Silcox.

The Dutchy of Grand Fenwick is a country that’s three miles wide and five miles long, with a population of about 6,000, and its own national bird. Clearly not the kind of place you’d expect to start a war, especially not one against the United States. But in The Mouse that Roared’s opening act, Grand Fenwick does exactly that. Presented by Carleton University’s Sock ‘n’ Buskin Theatre Company, The Mouse that Roared opens with Grand Fenwick’s leaders watching their economy crumble around them. Tourists can’t be coaxed through their forest,... | Continue reading article

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A dysfunctional medieval family Christmas on stage at Kanata Theatre

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Photos courtesy of Wendy Wagner.Photos courtesy of Wendy Wagner.

First produced in New York in 1966, The Lion in Winter by James Goldman is the story of one family’s very dysfunctional medieval Christmas. Plots are hatched, found out, amended and re-hatched. Loyalties are tested and broken and forged again and all sorts of dark, long buried secrets come out, some for the first time and some for the hundredth. In short, it could be just about any family’s holiday gathering except that the person glaring at you across the buffet table  is unlikely to have armies at their disposal,... | Continue reading article

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Figaro holds you rapt from start to finish

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Photo from the Opera Lyra Ottawa Facebook page.Photo from the Opera Lyra Ottawa Facebook page.

The NAC was teeming with excitement Saturday night as throngs gathered, dressed to the nines for a night at the opera. And what a night it turned out to be! Opera Lyra’s production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro pulls you into Figaro’s world under the spell of great music and sumptuous setting then holds you rapt from start to finish. The Marriage of Figaro is a comedic opera or opera buffa in Italian and this production really embodies the true spirit of this operatic style, opera for the people,... | Continue reading article

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subDevision: Theatre in and around a massive party

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Photo by Nick Kenrick courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)Photo by Nick Kenrick courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)

If you’re looking for some bang for your theatre buck, are slightly short of attention span and own a pair of comfortable shoes, look no further than subDevision. Billed as “theatre in and around a massive party” subDevision brings together artists from thirteen independent companies, each creating a short original piece to fit the unique space they’ve been given, in this case, the nooks, crannies, lofts and studios of the Enriched Bread Artists studio. The building, dating back to 1920, was once a bread factory and for the past twenty-two... | Continue reading article

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Marriage of Figaro fun facts + ticket giveaway!

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Figaro

Photo by Kenneth Ingram. Earlier this week we posted a preview about the upcoming Marriage of Figaro. Today, we bring you some fun facts. And a reminder to enter to win one of two pairs of tickets to see the show on opening night (Saturday, March 21, 2015). To enter, send an email to apartment613@gmail.com with “marriage” in the subject header. Winners will be chosen by random draw at noon on Friday, March 20. The show is a homecoming for Wallis Giunta (Cherubino) who grew up in Ottawa. Her incredible... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend? + subDevision ticket giveaway!

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The Jerry Cans. Photo from folkawards.ca.The Jerry Cans. Photo from folkawards.ca.

This weekend has an intense lineup of music for all ages and genres with vintage pop ups, trivia nights and film festivals to round out activities for everyone. Spring is in the air, and everyone is itching to pack up the layers and get out into the fresh, crisp air. Lets start with he events that are running all weekend. In Case of No Emergency: The Films of Ruben Ostend will be at the Canadian Film Institute until March 28th. Tickets are free for Carleton University students, and can otherwise... | Continue reading article

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The lively Marriage of Figaro takes the stage + ticket giveaway!

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Marriage of Figaro

Photo and videos by Kenneth Ingram. Apartment613 has two pairs of tickets for the Marriage of Figaro’s opening night performance on Saturday, March 21, 2015. To enter, send an email to apartment613@gmail.com with “Marriage” in the subject header. Winners will be selected by random draw at noon on Friday, March 20th. It’s a great time to toss aside everything you thought you knew about opera and take a trip to the theatre. Ottawa’s small but mighty Opera Lyra is bringing its lively take on Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro to... | Continue reading article

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Happiness™ returns to Arts Court for one week only

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Tony Adams and Cory Thibert of Happiness.Tony Adams and Cory Thibert of Happiness.

According to James Lemon and Peter Barrell, a couple of “Happiness Crusaders” for HPL, the worldwide self-help conglomerate at the centre of Happiness™, the driving question of the millennium is: “Can you really affect personal change from the outside in?” and the answer is a resounding “yup!” The performance uses both the Arts Court Studio and Theatre to great effect. The audience begins the Happiness™ experience in the Studio where a couple of chirpy, slightly wild-eyed acolytes lead guests on walking tours of the HPL line of products beginning “in exactly... | Continue reading article

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The Best Brothers is ingenious storytelling

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L-R: Photo of Andy Massingham (Kyle) and John Ng (Hamilton) by GCTC Andrew AlexanderL-R: Photo of Andy Massingham (Kyle) and John Ng (Hamilton) by GCTC Andrew Alexander

There are moments when all of us must reflect on the absurdity of life.  Sometimes we laugh, other times we cry, and then there are those instances when we simply throw up our hands in exasperation. The play The Best Brothers, currently playing at the Great Canadian Theatre Compay until March 29, offers a clever perspective on dealing with the absurd.  Written by Governor Generals Award winning Canadian playwright Daniel MacIvor, this fantastic work provides wisdom (and a lot of laughs) by telling a story that is based on a pretty... | Continue reading article

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Solo show is a journey of self-discovery

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Photo of Tawiah M'Carthy by Jeremy Mimnagh.Photo of Tawiah M'Carthy by Jeremy Mimnagh.

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. - Albert Camus I am not sure if I agree with the famous French existentialist writer Albert Camus, but the above thought did cross my mind while thinking about the one-man show Obaaberima, currently playing at the National Arts Centre until Saturday, March 14. Written by Tawiah Ben M’Carthy, a member of the 2014-15 NAC English theatre ensemble, this powerful show tells the story of Agyeman, a Ghanian-born... | Continue reading article

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