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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 […]

Julia Mackey dans le rôle de Jake. Photo par Tim Matheson

Le Cadeau de Jake au GCTC – en français!

Depuis 2007, la pièce de théâtre Le Cadeau de Jake  a parcouru le Canada plus de 800 fois. Elle a même été jouée avec grand succès à l’étranger – aux Etats-Unis, en Angleterre et en France. Initialement créée en anglais, nous aurons la chance d’assister à des représentations spéciales en français. Du 10 au 12 […]

Julia Mackey as Jake in Jake's Gift . Photo by Tim Matheson.

Jake’s Gift a testament to theatre at its finest

“Knock knock.” “Who’s there?” “Isabelle” “Isabelle who?” “Is-a-belle necessary on a bike?” Although humour was neither characters’ strong suit (knock knock jokes turned into an elaborate explanation), their chemistry was palpable and full of playful banter. This slightly somber, albeit completely heartwarming play brought everyone to their feet in a standing ovation. There wasn’t a […]

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NAC play deals with loss of faith + ticket giveaway

We are giving away a pair of tickets to the Friday, October 30 show of The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God at the NAC. To enter, send an email to by 4 pm Tuesday, October 27 with the subject line “NAC Theatre Contest – Adventures.” A winner will be picked and […]

Chandel Gambles (left) and Catherine Ballachey in Joseph and Amarise. Photo by MJ Gervais.

DIY theatre is breath of fresh air

One of the stated goals of Fresh Meat 4 is to attract non-theatre audiences, partially on the basis that twenty minute bites are easier to swallow than the prospect of a two hour play. For those adept at this new-fangled “binge watching” Fresh Meat will be a breeze and feel like a breath of fresh […]

Cast of next to normal from L to R  back row:  C.Lee Bates, Director; Maxim David, Kodi Cameron, Wendy Berkelaar, Musical Director; Jeremy Sanders, Skye MacDiarmid, Justice Tremblay and DJ Eyamie. Photo by Alison Foley-Howard.

next to normal returns to Centrepointe Theatre

 ”I Don’t Feel Anything”. Patient Stable After great success last year, indie women productions has scheduled a second run of next to normal – a raw, provocative and engaging story portrayed as a rock musical, running from October 20th to 24th at the Centrepointe Studio Theatre. Directed by C. Lee Bates, Skye MacDiarmid is reintroduced […]

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DIY theatre fest asks: “What is a play?”

“Theatre”, as we know it, will be turned on its head starting next weekend. Fresh Meat 4: DIY Theatre Fest runs from October 15-17 and 22-24 at Arts Court Studio. Ten local theatre companies including THUNK!theatre, Filament Théâtre, egodeath and more, will perform original, twenty minute works that test the limits of live theatre. Artists […]


Rag & Bone Puppet Theatre brings Inuit legend to life

On October 4, the children of Ottawa will have a opportunity to experience a traditional Inuit legend brought to life through puppets in Rag & Bone Puppet Theatre’s adaptation of A Promise is a Promise, a collaboration between children’s writer Robert Munsch and Nunavut storyteller Michael Kusugak. The story of A Promise is a Promise […]

Cameron Jones and Charlotte Stewart in 4000 Miles. Photos from the Kanata Theatre website.

4000 Miles takes on generation gaps & bandwagon beliefs

Joseph Hutt is an Ottawa-based freelance writer and editor with an interest in local literary and theater culture. He is the Associate Editor for the Ottawa Arts Review, and has just been hired as the Managing Editor of The Leveller. 4000 Miles, presented by Kanata Theatre, and running until September 26th, is a play that […]

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 […]