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So Much Theatre: The Glace Bay Miner’s Museum

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I’ve listened to my share of Cape Breton coal mining stories, having had an elementary school teacher whose father was a doctor in just such a settlement. Although I found the world laid out in The Glace Bay Miner’s Museum familiar, I also found it fresh and full of life. The Glace Bay Miner’s Museum tells the story of the MacNeils, a Cape Breton coal mining family, from the viewpoint of Margaret MacNeil (Francine Deschepper). Margaret lives in a shack with her bereaved mother Catherine (Martha Irving), her surviving brother Ian (Jeff Schwager)... | Continue reading article

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How it Works: Theatre You’ll Want to See Twice

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As a natural pessimist, I get antsy when a director stands in front of the audience at a season launch and announces that he’s directing a play because he was asked to and likes to work, giving no details as to the plot or the nature of the play, or even what makes it special to him.  This antsiness curdles into stark dread when the play in question is written by Daniel MacIvor, and thus is quite possibly a work of genius. On opening night, the revelation comes as decidedly... | Continue reading article

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The Fresh Meat Theatre Festival in Review

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As I was on my way through the crowd to my comfortable front-row couch seat, May Can Theatre’s Madeleine Boyes Manseau approached me with a fan of folded construction-paper cards. “Do you believe in fate?” she asked. I won’t tell you what my answer was, or what was written inside the card I chose.  That would spoil the surprise. Surprise is probably the key element in the Fresh Meat Theatre Festival, a three-day cabaret-style showcase of short works by local independent theatre companies.  The brainchild of Backpack Theatre’s Jonah Allingham, Fresh... | Continue reading article

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SNAPSHOT – Still time needed for development

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It is rather rare, I am glad to say, that I have nothing good to say about a play.  Sometimes, however, it happens. SNAPSHOT, written by Karen Balcome and directed by Patrick Gauthier, unfolds roughly as follows:  After the death of his wife Leona, Dalton (Peter Froelich) has an unexpected visitor: his teenage granddaughter Charlie (Teddy Ivanova), who at her mother’s urging has come to help him clean house.  Thanks to a “school strike” (which one assumes is a teachers’ strike), she has plenty of time to separate out the... | Continue reading article

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Get your animation on! Win passes to this year’s animation festival

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Apartment613 is pleased to be partnering with the Ottawa Animation Festival this year. I think the Animation Festival is a local treasure and hopefully we can all get out to enjoy it. All the screenings and major events are in our event calendar on the left, so have a look through and see what you’re into. We’ve got a bunch of passes for Apartment613 readers and we’re hoping that you’ll tweet and comment about the shows and events. If you’re interested in attending the festival shoot us an email and... | Continue reading article

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The Secret Mask: Compelling in its familiarity

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What’s funny about a stroke? Plenty. Enough, at least, to make for a play that’s sensitive and humorous in equal measure. The Secret Mask is a richly-written text given a worthy, full interpretation by three talented performers and a promising start to the Great Canadian Theatre Company’s 2012–13 season. In The Secret Mask, Winnipeg businessman George Ryan (Michael Mancini) arrives in Vancouver to find his father Ernie (Paul Rainville) suffering from aphasia, relearning basic words in the care of speech therapist Mae (Kate Hurman) following a stroke. Ernie doesn’t recognize... | Continue reading article

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Review — Stones in His Pockets

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A suicide, a wake, and a funeral: only the Irish can pull that off on stage and call it a comedy. Marie Jones’s Stones in His Pockets is set in a village in contemporary rural southwest Ireland, where local Jake Quinn (Richard Gélinas) and drifter Charlie Conlon (Zach Counsil) are making £80 a day as extras on the set of a Hollywood film—along with most of the rest of the town. When the film’s star, Caroline Giovanni (also Zach Counsil) decides to fraternize with the locals, Jake in particular, it sets off... | Continue reading article

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Review—La Bohème

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After a nearly year-long hiatus, Opera Lyra Ottawa returns to the stage of Southam Hall at the National Arts Centre with a limited-engagement production of La Bohème, in the hopes of rekindling their fortunes. I think they stand a rather good chance of succeeding, and winning the hearts of new audience members to boot. The plot of Puccini’s La Bohème is simple enough: Rodolfo (Michael Fabiano) is a poet who lives in a Parisian garret (an attic) with the painter Marcello (Joshua Hopkins), the musician Schaunard (Peter McGillivray), and philosopher Colline (Valerian Ruminski). On Christmas... | Continue reading article

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Opera Lyra’s La Bohème

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Let’s go to the opera. But, you say, we don’t have any opera in Ottawa. Yes, in fact, we do—it’s just been a while. After a season’s hiatus made necessary by a series of financial upsets, Opera Lyra Ottawa has their sights set on a dramatic comeback.  To this end, they’ve hired a new General Director, John Peter “Jeep” Jefferies, whose specialty is turning around opera companies with failing fortunes, and Artistic Director Tyrone Paterson has chosen an opera that will appeal to seasoned opera fans as well as provide... | Continue reading article

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Fringe Benefits: Space Mystery… from Outer Space! and Alien Predator: The Musical

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Photos Courtesy of Go Fly a Kite Productions and Dead Unicorn Ink. via the Ottawa Fringe FestivalPhotos Courtesy of Go Fly a Kite Productions and Dead Unicorn Ink. via the Ottawa Fringe Festival

For the last couple of summers, the Downtown Rideau Business Improvement Area and Ottawa Arts Court Foundation have co-presented a series of theatre productions as a mini-festival called Summer Fling.  The lineup has included remounts of selected local productions from the Ottawa Fringe Festival, called “Fringe Benefits.”  With the quiet demise of the OACF—leaving the future of the Arts Court performance spaces as a venue for independent theatre on uncertain ground—Summer Fling has been reduced to a bare skeleton: the current Ottawa Little Theatre production of Jasper Station, an Ottawa Dance... | Continue reading article

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