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SNAPSHOT – Still time needed for development

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Photo courtesy of Andrew Alexander.Photo courtesy of Andrew Alexander.

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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Photo courtesy of The Gladstone's WebsitePhoto courtesy of The Gladstone's Website

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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Weekend roundup: Labour day edition

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Sea Chart 1, 2011, stitch work on paper, 80 x 60 cm by Jenny McMaster.Sea Chart 1, 2011, stitch work on paper, 80 x 60 cm by Jenny McMaster.

So, Ottawa, how are you spending your last long weekend of the summer? Catching the best sci-fi plays in town? Singing some Verdi? Creating a coffee map? Celebrating a crafty birthday? Some people are convinced that bacon goes with anything, and this show, featuring Roberta Bondar and The Yips, is proving that bacon and music make a great couple. Other music adventures this weekend include DJ Hobo and Sweetcheeks doing a pop-up show at the H’burg Public House, and your favourite Ramones cover band taking to the stage at Zaphod’s. STILLNATIVE will... | Continue reading article

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“The City as a Canvas:” Windows Collective’s Underpass Films

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On a beautiful summer night, with the tranquil waters of the Rideau Canal rippling nearby, six local film makers transformed a downtown passageway into a dreamlike movie theatre. Beginning at dusk on the evening of August 15, the six-person Windows Collective gathered at the Plaza Bridge Underpass for a one-night-only experimental film screening. Projecting six separate short films simultaneously in different spots, the show created a gallery of moving images on the walls of the underpass, which is located between the National Arts Centre and the Bytown Museum. “We use... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for August 22, 2012: Pride edition!

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Listen here or on iTunes. It’s pride week in Ottawa, and this week’s Apt613 Live is nothing if not prideful! Kicking off the show, we have an interview with Sebastien Provost from House of SAS. House of SAS is behind this year’s premiere of Cirque Bizarre, a 1930s-style carnival that has taken residence in the Ottawa Jail Hostel for pride week. In addition to carnival games and gourmet food, the event sports some pretty great DJs such as Lady Miss Kier and Honey Dijon. For a full listing of events,... | Continue reading article

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