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Ottawa goes back for seconds with Stiff Quickies + ticket giveaway

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Screen shot from My Number by The Hilotrons. Co-directed by Craig Allen Conoley and Luca Fiore.Screen shot from My Number by The Hilotrons. Co-directed by Craig Allen Conoley and Luca Fiore.

Ottawa goes back for seconds with Stiff Quickies, an Ottawa Fringe Festival fundraiser this Thursday night. The cheeky title titillates ones interest, and I asked Greggory Clark to give some background into the event. “It started last year. It was a pretty good time, so we thought we’d do it again.” Clark says referring to the success the fundraiser had last year. The event boasts short films, tall drinks and deep pockets with the alluring tease of being able to meet the filmmakers and actors themselves. “What we did was... | Continue reading article

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Sans Sense delivers absurdly thoughtful theatre

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Sans Sense is a collection of short plays and monologues featuring farfetched fantastical storylines. The material is creative and fresh yet despite the advertised brevity the production would have greatly benefited from harsher editing. Joel Garrow delivers the monologues that bookend the evening in diametrically opposed style. The opener is a frenetically nervous retelling of the story of an armed man vs an unsuspecting poodle. Garrow feverishly acts out every sentence almost energizing the audience for the night ahead while in the close monologue The Engagement he edges creepily around... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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This next few days look very promising: when we’ve got something like FerretFest happening, the weekend has to be great. Tonight, Arboretum Arts Festival brings PHÈDRE, Boyhood and Ken Park to Pressed, while there’s a 60s Franco-jazz revival down at Maxwell’s with Les Petits Fours and The Sick Sick Sicks. Tomorrow, Zaphods has a night of rock/pop with Eric Gilmore and The Mad Hatters, along with The City Gates and By The Lights. Down at the Sheep, you’ll find Claude Munson and the Storm Outside, while it’s a crazy dance party... | Continue reading article

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch – A rocking good show

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Photo courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.Photo courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.

90 minutes (no intermission) | Rock Musical | Mature content including explicit sexual and coarse language. I approached this Vanity Project production with some trepidation. The last time I saw Hedwig and the Angry Inch was in another city where a professional rock singer and a punk band sold out every night of a 12 day run in a one of the roughest and seediest bars in town. I am pleased to say that Vanity definitely exceeded my expectations. If you like rock and roll and aren’t afraid of adult... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: LAFF ticket giveaway

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On the set of Solo, playing Thursday night at the Latin American Film Festival.On the set of Solo, playing Thursday night at the Latin American Film Festival.

Looking to get your fill of Latin American film with free passes? Read on! Let’s break the weekend down by day. Thursday, kick things of with a fundraiser or two: the Ottawa BFA students are raising money for their year end show, the Lunenburg Pub is hosting one for autism research, and there’s a fundraiser featuring a few local bands and burlesque babes down at the Rainbow. Celebrate National Poetry Month with the A B Series down at the library, or catch the Uncooperatives at the Dominion. On Friday, The Wooden... | Continue reading article

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Seeds is a fascinating docudrama with an excellent cast (+ ticket giveaway)

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Photo of Eric Peterson (who plays Percy Schmeiser) by Guntar KravisPhoto of Eric Peterson (who plays Percy Schmeiser) by Guntar Kravis

We are giving away one pair of tickets to the Saturday, April 5, performance of Seeds at 7:30 pm.  To enter, email apartment613@gmail.com by noon Thursday, April 3, with the subject line “Seeds NAC Contest”.  We will randomly pick a winner after the Thursday noon deadline. Seeds is a significant departure from the National Arts Centre’s usual dramatic offerings, as it is documentary theatre.  Most of the dialogue is taken from court transcripts or interviews with the people involved in this story. The 2005 award-winning play from Montreal’s Porte Parole company has recently been... | Continue reading article

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Murder in Noirville has all the trappings of a 50s noir play

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Photo provided by Kanata Theatre.Photo provided by Kanata Theatre.

Straight up, this is not a production geared to me as an audience. It’s a 1950’s play revival for my grandparents’ generation. It has all the trappings of a noir play, with its stiff front-man sheriff, hidden secrets in a small town, shadowy lighting, and a femme fatale with a past and a shiny gold gun. However, this production is lesser than the sum of its parts. The production has great bones in its set: that of a sheriff’s office complete with jail cell, paralleling the Andy Griffith Show. It... | Continue reading article

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The Broadway genius of Kander and Ebb arrives in Ottawa (+ ticket giveaway)

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We are giving away a pair of tickets to the Saturday, April 5, show of All That Jazz at the National Arts Centre.  To enter, email apartment613@gmail.com by 3 pm Tuesday, April 1, with the subject line “All That Jazz Contest”.  We will randomly pick a winner after the 3 pm deadline. Composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb wrote some of the most memorable songs in Broadway history.  Their brilliant body of work includes such classic musicals as Chicago, the Kiss of the Spider Woman and Cabaret. This fantastic repertoire... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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So this weekend is a weekend of choices – you’re going to have to make some tough ones, since the city is hopping. In the music world tonight, you’ve got your pick of indie darlings Basia Bulat and The Head and The Heart, or a bit of a pop punk party with Andrew W.K., We were Sharks, and Robots! Everywhere!!, or some wild trombone down at Zaphods. Just in case that wasn’t enough, Claude Munson and the Storm Outside will be down at the Mercury Lounge. Friday brings indie rockers... | Continue reading article

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Classic play Death of a Salesman opens in Hintonburg

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Chamber Theatre Hintonburg cast in rehearsal for Death of a Salesman. Photo by Jen Vawer.Chamber Theatre Hintonburg cast in rehearsal for Death of a Salesman. Photo by Jen Vawer.

Death of a Salesman, the classic play by legendary U.S. playwright Arthur Miller, is now playing in Ottawa thanks to Chamber Theatre Hintonburg. Local theatre lovers can see first-hand the famous story of travelling salesman Willy Loman, whose pursuit of the American Dream ends in tragedy. “You can learn so much from what this guy goes through,” says Donnie Laflamme, who plays Loman. “He has so many hopes and dreams and he just settles … [The play] can be seen as a way to avoid that.” The play will run at the... | Continue reading article

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