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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 […]

Photo courtesy of #FreshMeat4.

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 […]

Promise

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 […]

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 […]

OIAF Animation

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 […]

All photos from spiegelworld.ca.

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 […]

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