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The Shape of a Girl is a provocative one-woman show sure to impress.

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Cart Before the Horse theatre incorporates a chorus of eight female grade ten Canterbury drama students to capture the authentic teenage voice. All photos by Zahra Larche.Cart Before the Horse theatre incorporates a chorus of eight female grade ten Canterbury drama students to capture the authentic teenage voice. All photos by Zahra Larche.

“I want to go home and cry. That’s the saddest thing EVER!” says a sweet young thing after leaving the Avalon Studio. “No dear, it isn’t.” I think to myself. “It ain’t Auschwitz!” But then I think of Stanley Milgram. In 1997, fourteen-year-old Reena Virk was surrounded and beaten by seven girls and one boy. And left to die. Two people from that group returned to drag her into the water and hold her head under. No one reported the incident to the police. No one. Reena’s body washed ashore... | Continue reading article

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Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol comes to the NAC’s 4th stage

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It wouldn’t be a proper Christmas without seeing a performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Lucky for local theatre fans, John D. Huston’s solo performance of this timeless story can be seen at the National Arts Centre’s 4th Stage on December 20 and 21. Huston (Charles Dickens) offers and loving and skillful reproduction of this famous tale.  Using nothing more than his voice and gestures, Dickens/Huston plays more than two dozen characters. You’ll be spellbound.  Moreover, as you can see by the image above, the talented actor bears an uncanny physical resemblance to Dickens.... | Continue reading article

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Another Emily Pearlman play, another imaginary world | Collapsible by Mi Casa Theatre

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All photos by Cory Thibert.All photos by Cory Thibert.

In a world… where people have abandoned their decisions to a higher authority, what happens when there is no time to consult that authority? What will they do? What will be the consequences?  In a play heavy with blunt allegories, there is a danger of the play sinking under the weight of its own didacticism. One thing saves this production from that: the children of the New Edinburgh Community and Arts (NECTAR) Centre Youth Drama Program. These 5 to 10 year olds act as Greek Chorus in the play, as... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup + a theatre ticket giveaway

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Dog Day plays tonight at Pressed.Dog Day plays tonight at Pressed.

‘Tis the season for launch parties, apparently. Tonight Dann Oickle releases his new album Blitzkreig! down at the Mercury Lounge. Tomorrow, Oldam Brand kicks off its existence at IdeaSpace, displaying some of their unique fixtures and makings. Down on Elgin, the new Mags + Fags sister store Boogie and Birdie officially opens, with treats and deals galore. There are plenty of craft shows happening, if you’re still looking for unique handcrafted gifts. Urban Craft is Saturday down in the Glebe, while the Ottawa Farmers Market has a special holiday version.... | Continue reading article

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Bring your singing voice to the NAC’s production of The Sound of Music

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The cast of The Sound of Music. All photos by Andree Lanthier.The cast of The Sound of Music. All photos by Andree Lanthier.

Sometimes a reviewer has to reveal his/her biases, so I might as well do this up front. If a live performance moves and excites children, it’ll win me over. Children are a tough audience. Let down your guard and you lose them. Fast. I like to go to theatre for kids because performers have to be good to keep their attention. This production does just that. At intermission, I was surprised (and delighted) to see how many children were in the audience. They’d been quietly attentive throughout the first half.... | Continue reading article

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Ethan Claymore is delightful theatre for the Christmas season

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Sarah Finn (Teresa), Tim Oberholzer (Ethan) and Paul Rainville (Douglas) in Ethan Claymore. Photo by Andrew Alexander.Sarah Finn (Teresa), Tim Oberholzer (Ethan) and Paul Rainville (Douglas) in Ethan Claymore. Photo by Andrew Alexander.

At this time of year, most of us, whatever our religious beliefs, enjoy stories with messages of redemption and happy endings.   Charles Dickens knew what he was doing when he wrote A Christmas Carol, as did Frank Capra when he directed It’s a Wonderful Life.  And so did Canada’s prolific playwright Norm Foster when he penned Ethan Claymore, which is playing at The Gladstone until December 22. Ethan Claymore is a struggling egg farmer and amateur painter.  He’s been a bit of a recluse ever since his beloved wife... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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There’s plenty to keep you going this weekend, whether you want to find unique gifts or get one of your own. Craft shows continue, with Craftalicious and the Hub Market on Saturday and the Chinatown Craftwalk on Sunday afternoon. The Enriched Bread Artists are mixing it up with an 80s dance party and an art sale featuring photographs, textiles, prints and more. Get your share of foodies delights at the Holiday Locavore Artisan Food Fair, happening all day Saturday. And you can make your own gifts with the Make and... | Continue reading article

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Six years of CRUSHing laughter

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Photo by Andrew Alexander.Photo by Andrew Alexander.

I have a soft spot for improv. I love that it is so positive. The main rule being; Yes and, then what happened? Anything is possible, except stagnation, boredom or no thank yous.  It is a pleasure to witness fast minds, serious about silliness, creating new realities as the audience comes up with ideas to keep the story moving to new and unexpected places. Ottawa is very lucky to have a thriving improv community. If you have never been, there is no better chance to see the range of what... | Continue reading article

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Award-winning Canadian comedy lights up the GCTC stage

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Left to right: Zach Counsil, Pippa Leslie, Margo MacDonald, Sascha Cole and Geoff McBride.  Photo by GCTC Andrew Alexander.Left to right: Zach Counsil, Pippa Leslie, Margo MacDonald, Sascha Cole and Geoff McBride. Photo by GCTC Andrew Alexander.

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) is a triumph of Canadian theatre.  First premiering in 1988, this brilliant comedy won playwright Ann-Marie MacDonald the Governor General’s Award as well as other prizes. Playing at the Great Canadian Theatre Company until December 15, this work is proof that intellectually challenging plays can be a crowd-pleaser. For those not familiar with the story, it revolves around Constance Ledbelly, a timid junior English professor at Queen’s University who is working on her doctoral thesis.  Constance speculates that William Shakespeare’s Othello and Romeo and Juliet were originally comedies, and that they... | Continue reading article

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SPAIN Arts & culture: l’Odyssée de la culture espagnole au Canada

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Propos recueillis par Mariette Delevallée. Depuis le 14 novembre dernier, la Bibliothèque des Archives accueille le 28ème Festival du Film de l’Union Européenne. Pour sa dernière fin de semaine, trois opus sont projetés, mettant l’Espagne, la Lettonie, la Grèce, la Belgique et les Pays Bas au premier plan. >Une occasion opportune de découvrir le travail des agents culturels des Ambassades qui travaillent à faire rayonner leurs artistes et leurs œuvres à travers le Canada. Paloma Linés Gomez, Agent des projets culturels à l’Ambassade d’Espagne d’Ottawa, présente son travail à BMT 819.... | Continue reading article

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