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Global Savages: A meaningful performance

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Photo by Peter van BeekPhoto by Peter van Beek

Despite being featured in the Magnetic North Theatre Festival, Global Savages is not what one might traditionally call a “play.”  In fact, it doesn’t even take place in a theatre.  Don’t go expecting act breaks, set changes and understudies. But then, that would be a little like going to Bluesfest and becoming confused because “Kanye isn’t blues.”  Perhaps Ottawa needs to be a little more flexible with these things. It’s not a play, but it is a performance, and one with a very specific goal.  The promotional material makes it... | Continue reading article

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The Public Servant: Not safe for young professionals?

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Amy Rutherford, Sarah McVie, and Haley McGee in The Public Servant, photo by Andrew Alexander, courtesy of the GCTCAmy Rutherford, Sarah McVie, and Haley McGee in The Public Servant, photo by Andrew Alexander, courtesy of the GCTC

For some, this one may hit a little too close to home. If you’re with young people who want to grow up to work in the public sector, The Public Servant, the latest thing to hit the GCTC stage this spring season, may be a little too, shall we say, real.  As part of the  Magnetic North Theatre Festival (which I understand the cool kids are now calling “MagNorth”), The Public Servant is a series of moments from the lives of three public servants. Not the satisfying, bombastic moments one may... | Continue reading article

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Re: Union – Inside the mind of a martyr

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Emily Morrison in Re: Union, played by Alexa Devine. Photo by Ron Reed.Emily Morrison in Re: Union, played by Alexa Devine. Photo by Ron Reed.

When most people find an injustice that strikes at the very heart of their sense of right and wrong they sign a petition, join a group, march in the streets, maybe raise some money. When Norman Morrison felt that same kind of outrage at the Vietnam War, the young father and Quaker drove to the Pentagon with his infant daughter, a jug of kerosene and a box of matches. Standing below the office of Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara he set himself on fire in a last act of protest... | Continue reading article

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Photos from the GG Performing Arts Awards Gala

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The harps of the NAC Orchestra. All photos by Terry Steeves.The harps of the NAC Orchestra. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Earlier this week we ran highlights from the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award Gala that took place over the weekend. Apt613 was invited to the red carpet. Here are some of the award recipients and special guests of the evening plus a few of the performers. Sarah McLachlan and Geoff Courtnall – Sarah McLachlan was awarded the 2015 Lifetime Artistic Achievement (Popular Music) Atom Egoyan – 2015 Lifetime Artistic Achievement (Film) Former Canadian Prime Minister, Jean Chretien and his wife, Aline Chretien Michael M. Koerner – 2015 Ramon John Hnatyshyn... | Continue reading article

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Magnetic North: Opera carnival comes to the Canal

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Every once in a while, a really special show comes to Ottawa that just makes you go “wow”.  One such event is Fiamma!, an outdoor opera that is taking place on Sunday, June 7 at 9 pm on the shores of the Rideau Canal near the National War Memorial. Performed by Edmonton’s Mercury Opera, this 30-minute extravagance will feature arias, a fire act, circus performers from the Ottawa region and flamboyant costumes.  Even better, the show — which is part of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival — is pay-what-you can. While pre-registration for this... | Continue reading article

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Magnetic North: Needles and Opium is a truimph

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Photo of Marc Labrèche by Nicola-Frank VachonPhoto of Marc Labrèche by Nicola-Frank Vachon

Robert Lepage is arguably Canada’s best ever playwright.  If you have any doubts about this claim, then I encourage you to see Needles and Opium, the stunningly brilliant work by the Quebec-born artist that is running at the National Arts Centre until June 6 as part of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival. Having originally debuted during the NAC’s French theatre’s 1991-92 season, the rewrite of this two-decade-old masterpiece is extraordinary.  From its brilliant set to impressive acting to the great translation by Jenny Montgomery, this performance is nothing short of... | Continue reading article

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Magnetic North: Up to Low is a joy to watch

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Photo by Sarah HoyPhoto by Sarah Hoy

For the past several years, Janet Irwin has worked towards bringing an Ottawa literary classic to the stage.  Fast forward to today, and the playwright’s vision is now a reality with her adaptation of Up to Low, which is playing at Arts Court until June 6 as part of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival. Set in 1950 and based on the popular book of the same name by Ottawa author Brian Doyle, this great production tells the story of how Young Tommy (played very well by Lewis Wynne-Jones) takes a life-changing trip... | Continue reading article

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Magnetic North Festival: From brilliant street theatre to great stage shows

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Fiamma! An Operascape
Image: Courtesy of Mercury Opera (Edmonton)Fiamma! An Operascape Image: Courtesy of Mercury Opera (Edmonton)

For more than 10 years, the Ottawa-based Magnetic North Theatre Festival has brought great performances to audiences in the National Capital Region, as well as communities across the country. What makes Magnetic North unique from other theatre festivals in Canada, however, is its special mandate to travel across our vast land.  While the festival takes place in Ottawa every second year (including 2015), in other years it occurs in other communities. Since first launching in 2003, the festival has gone to Edmonton(2004), St. Johns (2006), Vancouver(2008), Kitchener-Waterloo(2010), Calgary(2012) and Halifax (2014).... | Continue reading article

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Theatre in the Raw with Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune

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David Whiteley as Johnny and Alexis Scott as Frankie, photos by Julie LaurinDavid Whiteley as Johnny and Alexis Scott as Frankie, photos by Julie Laurin

If you’re looking for an entirely different kind of night out you have to check out Vacant House Theatre’s Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune which opened Thursday May 21 at 122 Stewart St. That’s right, 122 Stewart. Vacant House is inviting you right into Frankie’s basement apartment for an altogether immersive theatre experience. In the intimate comedy written by Terrence McNally and set in New York City in 1987, we meet Frankie and Johnny, everyday people who work at the same diner and who, in the very... | Continue reading article

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Q&A with Kid in the Hall, Mark McKinney

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The Kids in the Hall. Photo by David Hawe, courtesy of The National Arts Centre.The Kids in the Hall. Photo by David Hawe, courtesy of The National Arts Centre.

Comedy fans in Ottawa will soon have a chance to revisit a nineties classic. The sketch comedy show Kids in the Hall was renowned for bringing absurdist humour and unrepentant Can-Con to the world. The Kids in the Hall will be bringing their live show to the NAC on May 24th. Apt613 spoke with Mark McKinney, who you may know better as the Chicken Lady, about life on tour, growing up in Ottawa, and his new show, Superstore, which will be airing on NBC. Apt613: How has the tour been... | Continue reading article

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