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Fringe Review: ArborAmor

By Amanda Dookie  30 min | Comedy, Clown, Family | G Two cheerful, energetic mimes love to dance to the music of a quirky accordionist and all is happy in the world… until an unsuspecting tree comes to life with the music and shakes things up. Everything is said through music and dance in this funny little […]

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Fringe Review: GARY

By Julia Bueneman 54 min | Comedy, Drama | Mature Never in Fringe history have I seen such well-portrayed, realistic, and beautifully sexual characters move so elegantly in large Hawaiian shirts. GARY is a fun, sexy, riveting, and driven show about three friends cleaning up the aftermath post a gay uncle’s wake. Dubbed a “Sexistential Crisis”, this […]

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Fringe Review: Duet, or: Pas de deux

By David Currie 60+ min | Comedy | PG Dear David circa Wednesday, If you want to live a happier life don’t go to Duet, or: Pas de deux. It pains me to tell you this because the predominantly female cast performs the material to the best of their abilities, and Richard Kaulbars can sell […]

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Fringe Review: The Exclusion Zone

By Helen Lam 50 min | Comedy, Travelogue | Mature Brooklyn-based playwright and Fringe veteran Martin Dockery overlays a trip to Chernobyl, Geoff Dyer’s book Zona, and the film Stalker by Andrei Tarkovsky into a solo show about the search for human creativity. All three of these pieces are quests in one way or another […]

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Fringe Review: Well Isn’t This Super… (Marvellous Man IV: The Return of Marvellous Man)

60 minutes |Comedy | Play |PG A rather sophisticated story with sweet perspective shifts. Well Isn’t This Super… exhibits an impressive maturity by Dead Unicorn Ink while their irreverent edge remains firmly intact. In the amusing opening sequence, a Tinder hook-up reveals itself to be the set of a superhero movie. The production shifts between the […]

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Fringe Review: Ottawa Fringe To-Do Review

By David Currie (with Vanessa Lynn Turpin) Imagine your perfect hour away from your telephone and/or children. What does that look like? Would you visit a dance show, a drama, a comedy, or something captivating but practically impossible to put into words the next day!? This is the imagining that bound together the packed audience of […]

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Fringe Review: Division 161

40 minutes | Mystery, Sci-fi | PG  If you never hear anything interesting when you eavesdrop, take this opportunity to listen in on an intense, guarded conversation between two people with a complex history. Division 161 delivers on being both a mystery and sci-fi, with a gradual reveal of information and some unexpected twists. The […]

Highlights from the Orpheus production of Tommy

From a multi-platinum album, to a rock opera production, various orchestral versions, a film in 1975, and finally, a broadway musical in 1992, never have we seen so many incarnations sprout from 24 tracks of rock music, as we’ve seen in The Who’s, Tommy. So when I read that Orpheus, the second longest running musical […]

All photos by Maria Vartanova.

Things get a little crazy (God of Carnage)

Now playing at the Ottawa Little Theatre, Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage is an edgy four-hander driven by black humour, a destructive impulse and some deep philosophical questions. A trip through the wringer never felt so good. Truth be told, I was not all that convinced by the synopsis. God of Carnage’s set up is […]

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Weekend Roundup: What to do?

Some say Ottawa’s two seasons are winter and construction, but “some” forgot an important third: festival season. Side effects include wristband tan, illusions of a seven-day weekend, performers’ obligatory Justin Trudeau jokes, and wishing festival season was over the moment a woo girl spills her beer all over you. But hey, entertainment exhaustion is a […]

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Children’s Fest launches with a bang

She Who Must Be Obeyed (but rarely is) blogs about food, travel and homeschooling five kids at travellargefamily. On May 24, you’ll find her dispensing travel tips at the Westboro Brainery. The 31st installment of the fabulous Ottawa Children’s Festival is kicking off.  Back in the day when I only had three kids, we used to […]

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Ottawa Little Theatre’s Mouse House keeps you guessing

Like the mouse in the title, Mouse House is a tricky little story that plays with your head and makes you squirm. Now playing at the Ottawa Little Theatre, the psychological thriller written by Peterborough’s Robert Ainsworth may be more shadowy foreboding than white knuckle in style but it’s slippery with plot twists nonetheless with […]

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Belles Soeurs is an absolute home run

Les Belles Soeurs is Michel Tremblay’s most frequently produced and translated play.  Alive with caustic joual-speaking women its strong matriarchal themes fairly rocked Quebec society in the late 60’s. Tremblay ignited controversy with his use of low-brow dialect, mockery of the restrictive grip of the church and his straightforward presentation of disillusioned, pining working class […]

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