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Weekend roundup: Let them eat cake!

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Photo courtesy Auntie Loo's Treats website.Photo courtesy Auntie Loo's Treats website.

Today’s roundup is chock-a-block full of adventures, and also gives you the chance to win your very own delicious vegan cake. Read on to find out more. The second weekend of Support Local starts off tonight down at Flock Boutique, where Purple Urchin is setting up a pop-up apothecary. Just down the street at Twiss & Weber, you’ll find a trunk show featuring local designers, and Wunderkammer kicks off the holidays tonight in the Market. Friday night, A Curious Shop loves its customers back with fire spinning, treats and deals... | Continue reading article

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War of the Worlds production brings classic radio play to life on The Gladstone stage

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Michelle LeBlanc and David Gerow.  Photo by David Whiteley.Michelle LeBlanc and David Gerow. Photo by David Whiteley.

It’s certainly possible to close your eyes and just listen to Plosive Productions stage adaptation of Orson Welles classic 1938 radio play War of the Worlds, which is playing at The Gladstone until Saturday. Director Teri Loretto-Valentik has made only small modifications to the script, so simply listening to this production with eyes closed is similar to the experience of listening to an audio recording of the original live broadcast.  But doing so, the audience would miss out on the visual adaptations that Loretto-Valentik has made to bring the script to life on the stage.... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Ticket giveaway for NAC’s Casual Friday

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Photo of Lindy Vopnfjord by berkelyvop, courtesy Lindy's Facebook page.Photo of Lindy Vopnfjord by berkelyvop, courtesy Lindy's Facebook page.

We gain that extra hour back this weekend, giving us extra time to jam in all of the events taking place over the next few days. Support Local Month officially kicks off tomorrow, with two events happening – the free Scattered Clouds show, and a Dia de los Muertos party at the Atomic Rooster. The HiLoTrons show at the Black Sheep is a special one, too – they’ll have the Goodluck Assembly and Hydrothermal Vents on stage, too, with Hard Science providing visuals. Tickets for the bus from Ottawa to... | Continue reading article

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Freud’s Last Session is a thought provoking and stimulating play

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Photograph by Claude Hache.Photograph by Claude Hache.

Well, this was a pleasant surprise!  When asked by Apartment613 to review 9th Hour Theatre Company’s production of Freud’s Last Session, I had heard of neither the play nor the company.  Fortunately, I checked out the company’s website and decided to go. The 9th Hour Theatre Company is three years old, and its mandate is the exploration of issues of faith through the arts.  Freud’s Last Session was an excellent choice for the company.  Written by Mark St. Germain, it won the 2011 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play.  It’s a fictional meeting between... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Little Theatre offers a thrilling evening of Deadly Murder

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Deadly Murder, a mystery by David Foley.  Photo by Maria Vartanova.Deadly Murder, a mystery by David Foley. Photo by Maria Vartanova.

A night of fast-paced double crosses, psychological twists and Manhattan murders are taking centre stage at  the Ottawa Little Theatre. Set in the luxury apartment of Camille, a Manhattan socialite of “a certain age” (played by Kim Strauss), Deadly Murder gets straight to business with Camille attempting to divest herself of one-night stand waiter Billy (Connor Marghetis) who, in turn, most ungallantly rejects this post-romp dismissal.  Attempted offers of “cab-fare” escalate to sex tape blackmail and the summoning of security guard Ted (Tim Finnigan). Revealing himself as an accomplished hustler, Billy... | Continue reading article

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NAC production of Tartuffe uses Newfoundland wit to transform Molière’s classic play

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Left to right: Petrina Bromley (Dorine) and Andy Jones (Tartuffe).  Photo by Andree Lanthier. Left to right: Petrina Bromley (Dorine) and Andy Jones (Tartuffe). Photo by Andree Lanthier.

There is a strong case to be made that Canada’s best comedians come from Newfoundland.  Whether it’s Canadian humour icon Rick Mercer, or the inimitable Mary Walsh, the Rock has produced some of this country’s greatest comedic voices. Among this group of talented performers is Andy Jones, former member of the legendary Canadian humour troupe CODCO.   With cutting-edge skits that were far ahead of their time, Jones tackled such issues as homophobia, the priesthood and his beloved province of Newfoundland. Jones is now bringing his sharp Newfie wit to... | Continue reading article

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Maja Ardal enthrals audience with delightful solo show

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Photo of Maja Ardal by GCTC/Andrew Alexander.Photo of Maja Ardal by GCTC/Andrew Alexander.

Several good plays have been performed in Ottawa over the last few months.  While some have been quite enjoyable, (others not so much), up to now no recent theatrical production in the city could be called a true standout. This has now changed with You Fancy Yourself, the award-winning solo show written and performed by Maja Ardal, which is playing at the Great Canadian Theatre Company until November 3. Based on Ardal’s childhood, this semi-autobiographical account tells the story of the fictional Elsa, a young girl who moves from Iceland to Scotland... | Continue reading article

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Review: Sherlock Holmes – The case of the Hansom Cab Killer

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Credit: Christopher Bange in Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Hansom Cab Killer. Supplied photo.Credit: Christopher Bange in Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Hansom Cab Killer. Supplied photo.

One of the essential ingredients for a successful live comedy is audience involvement.  I don’t mean audience members being brought up on stage; I mean pervasive and sustained audience laughter at whatever is happening on stage. Unfortunately, on opening night of Black Sheep Theatre’s farce Sherlock Holmes – The Case of the Hansom Cab Killer, which is playing at The Gladstone until October 26, the audience was disengaged. Some of us laughed some of the time, but despite the best efforts of Chris Bange, Emily Windler and Brian Kuwabara, this... | Continue reading article

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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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