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Le Cadeau de Jake au GCTC – en français!

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Julia Mackey dans le rôle de Jake. Photo par Tim MathesonJulia Mackey dans le rôle de Jake. Photo par Tim Matheson

Depuis 2007, la pièce de théâtre Le Cadeau de Jake  a parcouru le Canada plus de 800 fois. Elle a même été jouée avec grand succès à l’étranger – aux Etats-Unis, en Angleterre et en France. Initialement créée en anglais, nous aurons la chance d’assister à des représentations spéciales en français. Du 10 au 12 novembre, préparez-vous à assister à un récit captivant et interprété magnifiquement! Le Jour J revisité Fascinée depuis son plus jeune âge par la Deuxième Guerre mondiale et touchée par les événements du débarquement de Normandie,... | Continue reading article

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Jake’s Gift a testament to theatre at its finest

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Julia Mackey as Jake in Jake's Gift . Photo by Tim Matheson.Julia Mackey as Jake in Jake's Gift . Photo by Tim Matheson.

“Knock knock.” “Who’s there?” “Isabelle” “Isabelle who?” “Is-a-belle necessary on a bike?” Although humour was neither characters’ strong suit (knock knock jokes turned into an elaborate explanation), their chemistry was palpable and full of playful banter. This slightly somber, albeit completely heartwarming play brought everyone to their feet in a standing ovation. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as audience members alternated between vigorously clapping and discreetly wiping their eyes. This multi-award winning, Canadian play, written and solely performed by Julia Mackey, was a testament to theatre in... | Continue reading article

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NAC play deals with loss of faith + ticket giveaway

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Photo by Andree LanthierPhoto by Andree Lanthier

We are giving away a pair of tickets to the Friday, October 30 show of The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God at the NAC. To enter, send an email to apartment613@gmail.com by 4 pm Tuesday, October 27 with the subject line “NAC Theatre Contest – Adventures.” A winner will be picked and notified early Tuesday evening. Theatre is a tricky business. Unlike a book, which is etched permanently on paper, or a movie  that can be repeated numerous times, a live play varies from production to production.... | Continue reading article

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Fresh Meat IV brings dark but entertaining DIY theatre (part 2)

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Image from the Fresh Meat 4 website, from "Van Go", created and directed by Danica Olders and Laura AcostaImage from the Fresh Meat 4 website, from "Van Go", created and directed by Danica Olders and Laura Acosta

See the writeup on Part 1 of Fresh Meat 4 here. Part 2 of Fresh Meat 4 takes a slightly darker turn and I couldn’t help but go with it. Somehow everything is different this week than it was last week. Maybe that always happens and I just never noticed it until I had a two part festival to review. Or maybe something funny is going on. It’s not like I don’t have other weekly recurring events against which to mark my ever nearing death. But anywhoo… The Liberals won (good,... | Continue reading article

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DIY theatre is breath of fresh air

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Chandel Gambles (left) and Catherine Ballachey in Joseph and Amarise. Photo by MJ Gervais.Chandel Gambles (left) and Catherine Ballachey in Joseph and Amarise. Photo by MJ Gervais.

One of the stated goals of Fresh Meat 4 is to attract non-theatre audiences, partially on the basis that twenty minute bites are easier to swallow than the prospect of a two hour play. For those adept at this new-fangled “binge watching” Fresh Meat will be a breeze and feel like a breath of fresh air, including the literal fresh air you’ll get on the way to and from the theatre. The program for Fresh Meat 4 somewhat cheekily suggests that the writers and performers involved with the festival are... | Continue reading article

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next to normal returns to Centrepointe Theatre

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Cast of next to normal from L to R  back row:  C.Lee Bates, Director; Maxim David, Kodi Cameron, Wendy Berkelaar, Musical Director; Jeremy Sanders, Skye MacDiarmid, Justice Tremblay and DJ Eyamie. Photo by Alison Foley-Howard.Cast of next to normal from L to R back row: C.Lee Bates, Director; Maxim David, Kodi Cameron, Wendy Berkelaar, Musical Director; Jeremy Sanders, Skye MacDiarmid, Justice Tremblay and DJ Eyamie. Photo by Alison Foley-Howard.

 ”I Don’t Feel Anything”. Patient Stable After great success last year, indie women productions has scheduled a second run of next to normal – a raw, provocative and engaging story portrayed as a rock musical, running from October 20th to 24th at the Centrepointe Studio Theatre. Directed by C. Lee Bates, Skye MacDiarmid is reintroduced as Diana again this year, a wife and mother deeply struggling with worsening bipolar disorder, while Justice Tremblay also reprises her role as Natalie, the daughter. Joining them are newbies to this particular production (although... | Continue reading article

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DIY theatre fest asks: “What is a play?”

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Photo courtesy of #FreshMeat4.Photo courtesy of #FreshMeat4.

“Theatre”, as we know it, will be turned on its head starting next weekend. Fresh Meat 4: DIY Theatre Fest runs from October 15-17 and 22-24 at Arts Court Studio. Ten local theatre companies including THUNK!theatre, Filament Théâtre, egodeath and more, will perform original, twenty minute works that test the limits of live theatre. Artists have been given just a few months to create pieces that push the boundaries, experiment, and bring something new to the table. Audiences can expect to see five completely different shows each weekend. The line-up... | Continue reading article

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Rag & Bone Puppet Theatre brings Inuit legend to life

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Promise

On October 4, the children of Ottawa will have a opportunity to experience a traditional Inuit legend brought to life through puppets in Rag & Bone Puppet Theatre’s adaptation of A Promise is a Promise, a collaboration between children’s writer Robert Munsch and Nunavut storyteller Michael Kusugak. The story of A Promise is a Promise takes place in the faraway setting of Pangnirtung, Nunavut, but many elements of the plot will be familiar: a young child with an independent spirit goes against her parents’ advice and now forced to be... | Continue reading article

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Norman’s desire for conquest continues in Round and Round the Garden

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AL Connors as Norman and Margo MacDonald as Sarah.
Photo by David Whiteley.AL Connors as Norman and Margo MacDonald as Sarah. Photo by David Whiteley.

2 hours with one 15 minute intermission/ Comedy | Parental Guidance Alan Ayckbourn’s trilogy, The Norman Conquests, is a set of plays that takes place in parallel, involving the same six characters, during the same weekend, in three different parts of an English country home (garden, living and dining room). Round and Round the Garden takes place in a run-down garden, that, like the cracked plaster walls of the house and the well-worn folding chairs, has seen better days. For those who have seen the first two plays of the... | Continue reading article

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4000 Miles takes on generation gaps & bandwagon beliefs

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Cameron Jones and Charlotte Stewart in 4000 Miles. Photos from the Kanata Theatre website.Cameron Jones and Charlotte Stewart in 4000 Miles. Photos from the Kanata Theatre website.

Joseph Hutt is an Ottawa-based freelance writer and editor with an interest in local literary and theater culture. He is the Associate Editor for the Ottawa Arts Review, and has just been hired as the Managing Editor of The Leveller. 4000 Miles, presented by Kanata Theatre, and running until September 26th, is a play that struggles to decide whether it wants to be a comedy or a drama. Written by Amy Herzog, this play is about the generational gaps and personal struggles of Vera, a progressive/leftist octogenarian, and Leo, her... | Continue reading article

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