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Monty Python madness takes center stage at Centrepointe Theatre

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Photo by Valleywind Productions / Davis Pasho.Photo by Valleywind Productions / Davis Pasho.

It’s not every night that knights in shining armor perform a strip tease onstage. But then again, these aren’t your average knights. For the past three months, the cast and crew of Orpheus Musical Theatre Society’s latest production, Monty Python’s Spamalot, have been hard at work perfecting their jousting and jesting. Based on and “lovingly ripped off” the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the 2005 musical tells the story of King Arthur and his knights of the round table. Created by comedian Eric Idle, the show is... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Giveaway to NAC’s Casual Friday

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So it’s true: you have one less hour to have fun this weekend. But that’s really just an excuse to pack as many adventures into the rest of the time as you possibly can. Plus, throw your hat in the ring for four tickets to the NAC! Thursday night is heavy with vernissages: Ottawa School of Art has new work by Aganetha Dyck, while Norman Takeuchi’s work down at Cube Gallery explores the duality of being Japanese Canadian. Down at the Ottawa Art Gallery, the curator of their latest exhibit... | Continue reading article

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Underbelly is a fictional take on the life and work of William S. Burroughs and the Beats

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Jayson McDonald in Underbelly. Photo by William Beddoe.Jayson McDonald in Underbelly. Photo by William Beddoe.

The 1950s were a time when it was easy to despair. To despair for the future, which seemed doomed to nuclear holocaust. The atrocities and horrors of WWII made it easy to despair about humanity. The McCarthy era trampled on hard-won liberties. That despair led some young people to unrest and dissatisfaction, which needed to be voiced. Those voices became the Beat Movement. Three personalities emerged to define the Beat Generation: Jack Kerouac (who coined the term), Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs. Playwright and actor Jayson McDonald has chosen... | Continue reading article

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Trois: 3 Short Productions create comfortable ménage a trois

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Victoria Elizabeth Luloff (left) and Aaron Lajeunesse in "The Acceptable Appearance Theory" produced by Dead Unicorn Ink. Photo by On Stage photographer David Pasho.Victoria Elizabeth Luloff (left) and Aaron Lajeunesse in "The Acceptable Appearance Theory" produced by Dead Unicorn Ink. Photo by On Stage photographer David Pasho.

Arts Court is hosting a trio of theatre productions for the next two nights. “Trois (Three)” brings three 30min productions from fringe favourites MayCan theatre, Dead Unicorn Ink and GrimProv. To sweeten the deal the theatre lobby is set up nightclub-style complete with a well priced bar. Playing on the name there is even a 3-beers- for-10-bucks offer getting you a cold one for each production. The GrimProv trio MC the night creating a vibrant welcome despite forgetting the name of the MayCan’s “What about Horses?” on opening night. Cory... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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So maybe the winter blahs have you down. Have no fear! Fun can be had despite the cold weather – or, if you’re headed to the Winter Village Meshkawadoon, fun will be had because of the cold. There’s something for everyone music-wise this weekend. Zaphod’s will feature The Jerry Cans and Saali, bringing the sounds of the north to Ottawa. Get some rock with Danko Jones, Say Yes, and The Red Rails down at Mavericks, and a mix of punk and indie math rock with Bonnie Doon, Notta Comet and... | Continue reading article

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Production of Enron recounts one of the most infamous cases of corporate greed (+ ticket giveaway)

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(L-R) Christine Brubaker, David Coomber, Dmitry Chepovetsky, Eliza-Jane Scott.  Photo by
Andrée Lanthier. (L-R) Christine Brubaker, David Coomber, Dmitry Chepovetsky, Eliza-Jane Scott. Photo by Andrée Lanthier.

We are giving away a pair of tickets for the evening performance of Enron on March 1 at the National Arts Centre.  To enter email apartment613@gmail.com by noon Tuesday, February 25, with the subject line “Enron Ticket Giveaway Contest”.  The winner will be notified on Tuesday afternoon. 2 hours 40 minutes (including one intermission) | Drama | PG To be clear: there are definitely things I like about this production.  I’ll start with Dmitry Chepovetsky.  As the brainy, arrogant, manipulative Jeffrey Skilling, Chepovetsky does a fine job of playing a villain.  He... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa and ticket giveaway!

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Vaudeville troupe the Mansfield Brothers. Vaudeville troupe the Mansfield Brothers.

The weekend’s knocking at our doors and it’s another busy one, particularly if you’re living or heading to Wakefield! Thursday EcoEquitable is a non-profit, small-scale social enterprise that uses repurposed fabric in an innovative manner to create employment opportunities for women, particularly the immigrant & refugee, unemployed, or part-time workers. It’s been around for years but is taking a big step, opening up a boutique. Its launch party is taking place tonight at 404 MacArthur Ave at 5:30. DtD Media X presents lounge music at Pressed, hosted by Kway Sway... | Continue reading article

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Undercurrents Theatre Festival: It’s runaway hormones! Don’t miss Morro and Jasp Do Puberty!

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Photo courtesy of the GCTC Photo courtesy of the GCTC

Finally, Ottawa has a chance to see accomplished Toronto clown sisters Morro (Heather Marie Annis) and Jasp (Amy Lee) in their brilliant show about that emotionally fraught time in a teenage girl’s life – puberty.   The opening night audience had a blast.  I thought some of us were going to fall out of our seats, we were laughing so hard. Every scene was only a slight exaggeration of reality.  Perhaps not even an exaggeration.  These two seem to have excavated every horrible/magical/cringe-inducing/exciting memory of their teenage years and woven them into... | Continue reading article

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Undercurrents Theatre Festival: A Quiet Sip of Coffee

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There are some things on which playwrights Anthony Johnston and Nathan Schwartz agree. They agree that they wrote a prank letter to a fundamentalist “ex-gay” organization. They asked for funds to develop a new play. The organization invited them to workshop the play at the group’s rural retreat. The offer was conditional: they had to spend two weeks participating in gay conversion therapy. Johnston (gay) and Schwartz (straight) agreed to these terms and joined the therapy session, but under assumed names. At the time they were best friends. So far... | Continue reading article

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The Tashme Project: A powerful look at the internment of Japanese Canadians during WWII

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Graphic provided by the Great Canadian Theatre Company Graphic provided by the Great Canadian Theatre Company

60 minutes (no intermission) | Storytelling | G “Our neighbour was German.  How come we have to leave and he doesn’t?” What more is there to say about the internment of Japanese Canadians that we haven’t already read in Joy Kogawa’s novel Obasan, published in 1981?  It turns out that there’s plenty. Obasan and The Tashme Project share many issues: memory, forgetting, prejudice, identity, injustice, internment, persecution. What is most striking in The Tashme Project are the voices. It’s a verbatim theatre piece based on interviews with over 60 Nikkei about the experience of Nisei (2nd... | Continue reading article

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