A Company of Fools is bringing A Midsummer Night’s Dream to a city park near you. That’s not an exaggeration—with shows ranging from Navan to Stittsville to Manotick to Wakefield, everyone in the greater Ottawa area has a chance to see it.
Apt613 contributor Jessica Ruano is joined by a member of the local theatre community, Arden Usin. They share their thoughts on some of the shows seen recently at the Canada Scene Festival (running June 15 to July 23).
It may be one of the rainiest summers we’ve had in a while, but don’t let that stop you from getting out and enjoying all the activities this weekend! Summer favourites like the light show at Parliament Hill are back, it’s the final weekend of Bluesfest, and Canada Scene has shows aplenty! Enjoy!
Born out of a collaboration between luminary playwright Hannah Moscovitch, larger-than-life musician Ben Caplan and director Christian Barry, Old Stock blends music, theatre, and storytelling to tell the story of Moscovitch’s great-grandparents who arrived in Canada in 1908 as refugees fleeing the pogroms.
Apt613 got in touch with Hannah Moscovitch to learn more about the inspiration for Old Stock and how it came together.
This week on the podcast, Apt613 contributor Jessica Ruano is joined by two guests, theatre producer Lesley Parlane and local writer David Currie. They share their thoughts on some of the shows so far at the NAC’s Canada Scene Festival.
Canada’s true testament to our performing arts, the National Arts Centre, opened its doors on Canada Day to reveal the completion of Phase I of its $114.9 million Architectural Rejuvenation Project. It is the first large-scaled renovation done of its kind on the building since its original construction in 1969.
After reviewing every show, Apt613 contributors have selected the best shows, best new works, and best performances seen at the 2017 Ottawa Fringe Festival.
Brain Carrol: “Their ensemble work is tight.”
Barb Popel: “It was a treat to watch this at the Fringe. They had a sell-out crowd at their last performance. “
David Currie: “The script is absolutely astonishing and these two titans of the Fringe circuit present one of the tightest pieces of theatre I have ever seen.”
David Currie: “What Vanessa Quesnelle has achieved with this show is remarkable.”
His solo show Gerard Harris: Attention Seeker is playing at the Live! on Elgin (220 Elgin St) until Saturday June 18, 2017. Tickets cost $12 online and at the door.
Jessica Ruano: “For those of you who have experienced Dockery’s performances, all you need to know is that the quality of this show is perfectly consistent with his previous ones. In other words, engaging, invigorating, gripping, and life-affirming.”
Jared Davidson: “Brown is a skilled magician, and those skills are on display here, but they’re hidden behind a lot of extra stuff that wasn’t necessary.”