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FreshMeat: Serving bite-sized theatre with a brew

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Photo courtesy of Dead Unicorn Ink.Photo courtesy of Dead Unicorn Ink.

Grab your drink and take your seats as FreshMeat2 Theatre rolls in to town for not one but two consecutive weekends October 17-19 and 24-26. The pop-up festival brings 14 top theatre companies together to showcase brand spanking new short and sharp edgy works in a single, comfortable and ‘serving’ venue. Keeping it fresh the 14 companies are split over two weekends – so it’s a completely new experience any time you drop in. The 7 companies selected per weekend (Thursday-Sunday nights) perform a total of 4 brief, 20-minute, pieces per... | Continue reading article

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Plosive Productions presents a new take on Private Lives

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Photo by Andrew Alexander. From left to right: David Whiteley (Elyot), Alix Sideris (Amanda).Photo by Andrew Alexander. From left to right: David Whiteley (Elyot), Alix Sideris (Amanda).

Craig Walker directs Noel Coward’s Private Lives in an interesting fashion – one which all audiences may not agree with but which I enjoyed.  Instead of treating the play as a glittering bauble of witty repartee – a comedy about a devil-may-care pair of sophisticated lovers – Walker treats it as a dramatic comedy in which we’re intended to sympathize with the plight of two people who can’t live without each other but can’t live with each other, either. Since this is a very popular play to stage, you’re probably familiar... | Continue reading article

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Sook-Yin Lee plays with memory and narrative in two Ottawa exhibits

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Artist Sook-Yin Lee, Photo: Caroline RyanArtist Sook-Yin Lee, Photo: Caroline Ryan

Sook-Yin Lee is a force to be reckoned with. She’s a musician, writer, director, actor, broadcaster, and visual and performance artist. I caught up with her while she was in town for the opening of her new photography exhibit We Are Light Rays and the one-night performance of her multimedia work How Can I Forget? We’re seated in the exhibition: intimate, darkened and close “a strange space-room” as Lee describes it. On the wall is the photographic series; back-lit displays on light boxes that run in a line around the... | Continue reading article

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Only two more sleeps until Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau

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Marc Adornato will be showing Wood; The artwork of Marc Adornato at Greyarea in the Hintonburg zone. Photo from the NBOG website.Marc Adornato will be showing Wood; The artwork of Marc Adornato at Greyarea in the Hintonburg zone. Photo from the NBOG website.

Rest up, friends. Starting at 6:21pm this Saturday, the city will be hosting Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau (NBOG) – it’s the biggest all-night art party you’ve been waiting for! With over 100 projects from local, national and international artists working in animation, audio, film, fine craft, installation, new media, performance, photography, sculpture, spoken word, textile, and a variety of other visual art forms – it’s the perfect opportunity to engage with the city and catch some innovative artistic practices at the same time (and stay up ’til 4:22am with 30,000 of your... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Soak up the summer-like weather while you can, Ottawa – the leaves, they are a-changin’. If you want to be outside as much as possible, run around the city for Nuit Blanche all Saturday night. There will be art, music, crafts, beer – and it is all (mostly) free! In the market, Victoire Boutique to host Behind the Seams, a “slow fashion” performance, China Doll will throw a Crafts & Drafts party,  DJs Hobo and Sweetcheeks will host the A/V Room at Brixton’s, and there will be much more! In the music world,... | Continue reading article

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Satirical play offers a fresh (and funny) look at Prime Minister Harper

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From left to right: Jenny Young, Tom Barnett and Michael Healey.   Photo by GCTC/Andrew Alexander.From left to right: Jenny Young, Tom Barnett and Michael Healey. Photo by GCTC/Andrew Alexander.

Canadian federal politics, we are repeatedly told, is becoming increasingly polarised.  The person that many people blame for this division is Prime Minister Harper. A new comedy at the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC), however, offers a unique perspective on Canada’s federal leader, by presenting a witty story that challenges political partisans of all stripes. Opening the GCTC’s 2013-14 season, Proud is the creation of Canadian playwright Michael Healey and is set right after the 2011 federal election.  But unlike the real vote two years ago, in which the NDP swept Quebec, it... | Continue reading article

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So Much Theatre: Hal and Falstaff

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Hal and Falstaff

Review by Brian M. Carroll 175 minutes (including one intermission) | Historical Drama | G Like Shel Silverstein’s poem Hamlet as Told on the Streets, the Company of Fools’ street smart production of Hal and Falstaff is aimed at the rabble: the types of folks who paid a penny to stand in the pit of the original Globe Theatre. Director Margo MacDonald has her actors in lower-class roles gesturing like punks and squatters, while costume designer Vanessa Imeson outfitted them in boots, slashed clothes, studs, pins, tattoos and hair cuts to match. Appropriate... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Magneta Lane performs tonight at Pressed. Photo courtesy their website.Magneta Lane performs tonight at Pressed. Photo courtesy their website.

Happy Labour Day, Ottawa! This weekend is a little less crazy than the rest of the summer has been, but there’s no shortage of events to check out. Don’t forget to stop by the Apartment613 Talks event tonight, featuring local sports lovers and intramural organizers talking about how play – for kids and grownups alike – helps make this a vibrant city. Bonus: deals on beer and food at 8 Locks Flat, where the Talks is taking place! For you music lovers, Toronto indie band By Divine Right will be at... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup + ticket giveaway!

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Photo of New Country Rehab by David Leyes, courtesy NCR's website.Photo of New Country Rehab by David Leyes, courtesy NCR's website.

It’s another busy summer weekend, Ottawa – and the weather is gonna hold up so you can attend everything! Find out how you can win tickets to a show on Sunday down at the end of the post. Thursday night, you’ve got your pick of two album release parties: local blues rockers Cold Capital will launch their EP down at Babylon, while sax/guitar/drums trio Wire Circus will be throwing their launch party down at GigSpace. The Gladstone’s latest one-night-only theatre production is Flying in the Dark, and La Petite Mort... | Continue reading article

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Crush Improv presents My Summer Crush + ticket giveaway!

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Photo courtesy of Crush Improv.Photo courtesy of Crush Improv.

If you’re tired of seeing productions where you know what’s going to happen (spoiler warning, Hamlet kills Claudius), or if your summer is just feeling all too rote and predictable, it may be that some improvisation is in order.  The Ottawa-based improv comedy group Crush Improv is putting on a full slate of improvised and non-improvised comedy performances and workshops over the next three weeks. Crush Improv, who call their work “professional make-believe”, began in 2007 as a “weekly workshop play date” at the University of Ottawa, but have grown... | Continue reading article

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