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Matt Cassidy (Richard), Katie Ryerson (Lily) and Adam Pierre (Scotty Nguyen) Photo credit Pascal Huot.

GCTC presents a pointed political satire for election season

What better city than the nation’s capital and what better time than with a federal election hot on our heels for the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) to debut their 41st season with Michael Healey’s politically-charged satirical piece, Generous. Healey, an award-winning playwright, is no stranger to stirring up controversy in the theatre scene with […]

All photos by Maria Vartanova.

Hauntings, high jinks & plenty of humour

The Ottawa Little Theatre`s 103rd season is off to a great start with a solidly entertaining production of Noel Coward’s comedy Blithe Spirit. Jim McNabb directs an excellent cast in Coward’s funniest and spookiest play brimming with masterful wordplay, wit and humour. Blithe Spirit sees Charles, a newlywed novelist put on a dinner party and […]

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The 39th Ottawa International Animation Festival

Animation aficionados rejoice! It’s Ottawa International Animation Festival season once again, with five full days of fantastical images and stories from Canada and around the world being presented on the big screen. Now in its 39th year, the OIAF is a well-established fixture on the Ottawa festival scene, and a much loved and anticipated one […]

Julie Le Gal and AL Connors in Living Together. All photos by David Whiteley.

Norman continues to conquer in Living Together

There’s a not-to-be-missed theatrical treat at The Gladstone! Living Together is the second of a theatrical triple-header called The Norman Conquests.  You can read my review of the first play, Table Manners here.  I’ve learned since then that Alan Ayckbourn wrote this brilliant trio of plays in a mere 10 days.  One patron on opening night […]

Production shots from Monstrous Nights Theatre's Burning: A Bridge. All photos by Bulldog Photography.

Monstrous Nights Theatre presents Burning: A Bridge

Burning: A Bridge is the story of two twenty-somethings being pulled apart by life. Jay is intent on moving across the country to pursue fame and fortune while feeling like a fraud and Clara feels trapped at home by commitments to school, work and family. Both feel cast adrift and abandoned by the other and […]

Scene from Table Manners. Photo by Julie Le Gal.

Table Manners is a complete success

Table Manners is the first of a theatrical triple-header at The Gladstone and, I believe, a first for Ottawa. As a result of a flippant remark to a reporter in 1973, Alan Ayckbourn found himself committed to writing a trilogy of plays.  The result was his brilliant classic, The Norman Conquests. Ayckbourn’s three plays share […]

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The sexy circus of Spiegelworld’s Empire

The circus has come a long way since carnies and elephants. Now performances like Spiegelworld’s Empire incorporate traditional clowning slapstick and acrobatics with dirty language and mind-blowing acts from around the world. I don’t say this lightly: You have never seen anything like this before. As a huge fan of anything to do with the […]

Scene from The Creation of the World and Other Business. Photo provided by 9th Hour Theatre Company.

Review: The Creation of the World and Other Business

A play featuring a breakdown in communication, first-hand accounts of the exile from the Garden of Eden and other misadventures is rich fodder no matter where your audience stands on questions of theology.  However Arthur Miller’s The Creation of the World and other Business has historically been a challenge to stage and this production proves […]

Scene from Bedtime Stories. All photos courtesy of Ottawa Little Theatre.

Bedtime Stories is a light summer romp

Love, laughs and . . . sex on the radio? The Ottawa Little Theatre’s production of Bedtime Stories delivers all this and more. Written by Norm Foster, one of Canada’s most produced playwrights, Bedtime Stories is a fun comedy with some surprisingly poignant moments that unfold in a series of six vignettes. Though the six […]

Still from Varekai by Cirque du Soleil – Official Trailer. Other photos courtesy of Cirque du Soleil.

Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai a mind blowing experience

Cirque du Soleil is like watching one of your dreams happen as a spectator. The performers are a combination of acrobats, gymnasts and athletes who somehow are also excellent actors. Classic clown-like circus acts meet children’s fairy tales in the latest Cirque installment, titled Varekai. Varekai was in Ottawa over the weekend, but will continue […]

Photo by Itai Erdal, from the Magnetic North website

Laughter first, yoga second: Through the Gaze of a Navel

Well, it finally happened folks. There I was, bent over in my Downward Dog when Emelia Symington Fedy – the yoga instructor, professional advice giver, self-proclaimed pop psychology expert and witty performer – told the class to “twerk it like you can work it”. I never thought I’d see the day I’d be encouraged to […]

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S’éclater pleinement au festival Fringe d’Ottawa

La 19e édition du Festival Fringe d’Ottawa a pris son envol mercredi soir au théâtre de la Cour des arts. Pleine à craquer, les spectateurs ont chaleureusement accueilli 32 performances présentées en format « échantillon ». La palette de couleurs est attrayante; cet avant-goût a fait son effet, nous trépignons d’impatience! Jusqu’au 28 juin, toutes les têtes […]