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Undercurrents review

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Tuesday evening marked the beginning of Ottawa’s third annual undercurrents festival at the Great Canadian Theatre Company (1233 Wellington Street West). Festival Director Pat Gauthier’s  showcase of six theatre productions includes a mix of local and national creations that highlight some of the best cutting-edge theatre in the country. With each show lasting about an hour at the most, very reasonable ticket prices, multiple performances, and productions you might not normally get to see—or know about until after the fact — the festival is one of the most accessible theatre available.... | Continue reading article

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Les Coquettes bring the art of tease to Centrepointe

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Photo provided by Les Coquettes.Photo provided by Les Coquettes.

This Saturday, Toronto’s Les Coquettes will bring their style of burlesque cabaret to Centrepointe theatre for their first ever “soft-seat” show. The troupe has been gigging in and around the Greater Toronto Area for the last nine years, so local burlesque fans are in for a real treat. To sweeten the deal, Toronto’s infamous and vivacious Coco Framboise will be along for the ride. Even better, you can read more about how to get free tickets to the show through Apartment613 at the bottom of this post. Les Coquettes co-founder... | Continue reading article

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Carmen Aguirre’s Blue Box an adventure

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Post by Laura Freitag In the middle of Carmen Aguirre’s Blue Box she advises, “When one is on an adventure, one must see it through to the end.”  Aguirre has not simply lived her adventures; she compelled them into existence. Blue Box is an hour and a half long one-woman show performed by a revolutionary-witch-lover-prophet-comedienne, Carmen Aguirre. The autobiographical play takes the form of interwoven tales. The several stories centre upon participating in the resistance movement against Pinochet in Chile and falling in love with a real Chicano Hollywood actor who has “a really... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo by Alexandre Mattar, courtesy the SoulJazz Orchestra website.Photo by Alexandre Mattar, courtesy the SoulJazz Orchestra website.

It’s back to being chilly, which has all of the skaters in the city crossing their fingers and hoping that the canal will open soon… For those of you needing a bit of extra warmth, while Winternude sounds like a very cold activity, it’s gonna be hot. Local band Good2Go will be at the Atomic Rooster tomorrow night, while down at Raw Sugar there’s a fundraiser/party for the Ottawa Rock Lottery, featuring Zoo Legacy, a screening of the ORL documentary, and a DJ dance party. Also in fundraisers, the Carleton... | Continue reading article

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Crush Improv celebrates five years of professional make-believe

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Photo by vepstudio.com.Photo by vepstudio.com.

These days, with so many things going on around us, how many of you have time to treat yourselves to a good laugh?  Well, you can begin by making plans to attend Crush Improv’s Fifth Anniversary Show this Friday at 8pm.  I’ll even pause a few moments while you call/text/email/holler-at/tweet that person you’re crushing on. Heck, contact your best friends and certainly contact your friends who have no idea what improv is. For those of you who don’t know much about improv, maybe it’ll help to hear from Al Connors... | Continue reading article

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Pride and Prejudice: Blazingly Fast and Funny

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I must confess to never having read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice—not even the version with added zombies. I’ve somehow also missed the miniseries, any movies, and other stage adaptations. To be honest, I never really thought the story would interest me. Perhaps I, too, am a victim of that same malady of prejudice to which Austen makes Elizabeth Bennet susceptible in her most famous and enduring work. This adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, by Janet Munsil of Victoria, BC, is fast-paced and full of humour. Yes, it’s a love story, or... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Jenna Tenn-Yuk in warmer days by Brian Cote, courtesy her website.Photo of Jenna Tenn-Yuk in warmer days by Brian Cote, courtesy her website.

It’s the last few days of Support Local month, folks (and the annual facial hair growing marathon), so get out to catch the last few events. Tonight, some Dalhousie shops are hosting a festive night, and tomorrow? We’ve got a dance party, a mustache celebration, a supper club featuring fresh food mixed with live music, and a chance to learn how to make local treats for the holidays. Before we hit December, you’ve got the chance to see Old Man Luedecke and Grey Kingdom out at The Branch, or a little... | Continue reading article

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Electioneering is a farce in SevenThirty Productions’ November

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Every four years, the US presidential election captures the attention of the world.  And why shouldn’t it?  From a practical perspective, it is of immense interest to every person on the planet: who will be placed in charge of the largest nuclear arsenal and greatest concentration of purchasing power in the world?  Even then, a straightforward intellectual contest between two capable candidates would likely be quite uninteresting whatever the stakes.  Fortunately, the American presidential race has a long and proud history of shenanigans, crackpot candidates, scandal, and cover-up.  In short,... | Continue reading article

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thirsty Review: A Poetic, Beautifully Performed Descent

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Photo courtesy of the NAC's websitePhoto courtesy of the NAC's website

When I walked into the NAC’s main doors on Thursday night, I was greeted by a somewhat bizarre image: a row of men with long, fake beards posing for a picture, beers in hand. A glance through that night’s programme made sense of the strange tableau—ZZ Top was playing Southam Hall that night and these were their fans. While I personally harbour no unkindness towards those bearded old men who still spin guitars in celebration of rock, I wasn’t there to see them. Thursday night was the world premiere of... | Continue reading article

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So Much Theatre: Fly Me to the Moon

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Photo credit: Andrew Alexander/GCTCPhoto credit: Andrew Alexander/GCTC

No matter how routine your job, you never really know what you’re going to find when you go in to work. What starts as a regular shift for Belfast home-care workers Loretta Mackie (Margo MacDonald) and Frances Shields (Mary Ellis) quickly turns into a question of scruples when their client dies on the toilet on the day his pension cheque is due to be deposited. The moral dilemma with which the protagonists of Marie Jones’s Fly Me to the Moon are faced grows deeper and deeper as the day goes... | Continue reading article

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