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Review: A Little Fire at Arts Court Theatre

I don’t think it’s all that unusual for small children to have a relationship with God, whatever they conceive that to be. The early years of life are a strange and bewildering time; a prolonged shaking off of the dreams of oblivion. You don’t think about it all that often anymore once the options of […]


Lighting a theatrical fire with Matchstick at the GCTC

Once upon a time, a girl born in an undesirable country meets a boy from the land of freedom and opportunity: and so begins the not-so-fairy-tale journey of Matchstick in Nathan Howe’s beautifully inventive musical-narrative that stitches enchanting storytelling to heart-stopping reality. Young Matchstick (Lauren Holfeuer) leaves behind a traumatic childhood moving to her uncle’s […]


Who knew murder could be so funny?

Mr. Bean meets Clue in The Murder Room, a thoroughly silly send-up of the British murder mystery now playing at the Ottawa Little Theatre through to January 30. Any night of theatre asks the audience to bring the believer in them, a readiness to entertain a greater range of possibilities than we do in everyday […]

Photo by Bindi Cole.

Jack Charles brings brilliant one-man show to NAC

When the National Arts Centre announced its 2015-16 theatre season lineup earlier this year, Jack Charles v The Crown stood out as a special performance. Opening this evening at the NAC for a limited run that finishes this Saturday, January 16, this one-man show has been captivating audiences in different countries with its inspiring tale […]

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The Underpants: A spicy farce at The Gladstone

It’s 1910 in Dusseldorf, Germany.  Off-stage, a pretty young wife, Louise, goes to see the Prussian king parade by her apartment building.  A minor “wardrobe malfunction” occurs:   the ribbons holding up her bloomers give way and her underpants fall to her ankles in the midst of the crowd.  This sets in motion all sorts […]

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Welcome the new year with the magic of Oz

In the spirit of this holiday season let me begin with some well deserved applause. I want to tell Broadway Across Canada that their latest musical is awesome, and that any past bad blood between us is water under the bridge. You see, this past spring I attended the fiasco that was Dirty Dancing. This performance […]

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Q&A with veteran storyteller Kim Kilpatrick

Storyteller Kim Kilpatrick, actor Emily Pearlman and harpist Lucile Brais Hildesheim will be performing A Winter Tale: the Journey of the Blind Harper at the NAC Fourth Stage. It’s about a famous Irish musician whose music is still performed today. Kilpatrick is a veteran storyteller whose repertoire includes her one-woman show Flying in the Dark, […]

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Time-traveling Charles Dickens to appear in NAC’s A Christmas Carol

By a feat of theatrical magic, Mr. Charles Dickens will reprise his performance of A Christmas Carol (a performance which was wildly popular in the Victorian era) at the NAC’s Fourth Stage on December 18, 19 and 21.  Mr. Dickens will perform all the roles, from Scrooge to Tiny Tim.  The beloved story is sure to enthral audiences […]

Scene from A Christmas Story. Photos by Maria Vartanova, unless otherwise stated.

Quirky classic comes to OLT + win tickets

I’ll be straight with you I tend to be wary of all things Christmas-themed. It’s must be all those movies and holiday albums rife with over-the-top sentimentality and lush superficiality. Luckily, there’s no need to worry about any of that walking into the Ottawa Little Theatre to see A Christmas Story. More than anything this […]

Ellen Denny and Alex Furber (Anne & Gilbert). All photos by Andree Lanthier.

A very Canadian love story for the holidays

Anne & Gilbert: The Musical has swept in to Ottawa in time for the holiday season and, not being a committed Anne of Green Gables nor family-friendly-format aficionado, the challenge set was whether without subject enthusiasm this piece could entertain as a one-off night at the theatre. The story follows Lucy Maud Montgomery’s eponymous flame-haired […]

Kayvon Kelly (Jean) and Kate Hennig (Kathleen). Photo by Andrew Alexander.

NAC play grapples with the fallout of Montreal Massacre

The mass murder of 14 women at the École Polytechnique in Montreal on December 6, 1989 is an event that will mark Canadians forever. In a horrifying act of evil, 25-year-old Marc Lépine singled out female students to kill with a rifle. In one particularly barbaric incident, he divided a classroom into men and women, and then […]

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TACTICS opens with emotional double bill

The inaugural show of the 2015-16 TACTICS series comprises two pieces that, though quite different, artistic director and series curator Bronwyn Steinberg sees as likely to appeal to the same type of audience. Both tackle experiences that, though age old, are at the forefront of contemporary life: mental illness and the street harassment women face […]

Kate Smith and WIll Somers in HOOTENANNY!, photo by Cory Thibert

What’s On Stage: Local actor Kate Smith shows her range

Who is Kate Smith? It’s hard to tell from the characters she’s played: ranging from 12-year-old Kit in Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls, to 80-year-old Josephine Strong in Hollmann & Kotis’ Urinetown. Smith’s range doesn’t just cover age. Sampling some of the more than 22 shows that Smith has performed, we find: a prison guard (Iron), […]

Flare Path

Flare Path delivers poignant look at life in shadow of war

Now playing at the Ottawa Little Theatre, Terrence Rattigan’s Flare Path is a moving drama that pulls you in with an impressively human portrayal of war. Klaas Van Weringh directs this poignant production with heart, humour, and a few surprises. Rattigan’s understated script, inspired by his experiences as an RCAF air gunner sidesteps big battle […]