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Chamber Theatre Hintonburg lets the beast out

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Donnie Laflamme and Brent Rouleau (foreground) in The Hairy Ape. All photos by Glen McIntosh.Donnie Laflamme and Brent Rouleau (foreground) in The Hairy Ape. All photos by Glen McIntosh.

Hunched over, shovels in hand, the firemen get to work feeding coal into the belly of the beast. The rhythmic sound of laboured grunts fill the silence. Welcome to the bowels of an ocean liner, an all too real picture seamlessly painted by the cast of The Hairy Ape: a Comedy of Ancient and Modern Life in Eight Scenes. The Chamber Theatre Hintonburg takes on Eugene O’Neill’s complex tale of an exploited working class and their hatred for the capitalist structure. The intelligent, albeit ignorant, Yank (Donnie Laflamme) quickly emerges... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Little Theatre offers big fun next season

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Some of Ottawa’s leading theatres recently announced their lineup for the 2015-16 season.  In response, Apartment613 is previewing what local audiences can expect in the near future.  Today we look at the upcoming season at the Ottawa Little Theatre. As the oldest theatre company in the city, the Ottawa Little Theatre has been performing plays and musicals for more than a century.  With the recent announcement of their 2015-16 schedule, they are continuing the proud tradition of offering great theatrical entertainment. “[The upcoming plays offer] a really broad range of... | Continue reading article

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Venus in Fur is a sex comedy turned on its birch-switched bottom.

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Actors David Whiteley and Chandel Gambles in Venus in Fur. Phto courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.Actors David Whiteley and Chandel Gambles in Venus in Fur. Phto courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.

Kinky? Serious? Dramatic? Comic? Suspenseful? Warped? Disturbing? Playful? Political? Role-bending? All of the above? Venus in Fur is a sex comedy turned on its birch-switched bottom. Don’t come expecting a frothy farce like Noises Off. Yes, there’s a scantily clad attractive woman. Yes, there’s a pedantic tight-assed frumpily dressed man. Yes, there’s a play within a play. But that’s where the resemblance to a standard sex comedy ends. For we soon discover that little is as it first appears. A battle of wits emerges and the audience must follow multiple... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 8 avril 2015 :: Théâtre – Un peu de Tardieu SVP !!! Le Théâtre français du CNA lance une programmation éclatante. Nouveautés musicales Coeur de Pirate, Doldrums et Miracles

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Photo tirée de la page Facebook de l'événement.Photo tirée de la page Facebook de l'événement.

Basement 819 pose cette semaine un regard bien curieux sur les nouveautés théâtrales qui ont cours dans la région. En début d’émission, nous avons reçu Théo Martin, metteur en scène de la pièce Un peu de Tardieu SVP !!! accompagné de Valeria Contreras Perez, responsable des communications pour la Troupe Désinvolte. La pièce sera présentée du 17 au 25 avril et constitue un regroupement original de six petites pièces du poète, écrivain et dramaturge français Jean Tardieu. Un peu de Tardieu SVP !!! nous plongera au coeur des Années 30,... | Continue reading article

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Music, drama, dance: The 2015-16 GCTC season

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Some of Ottawa’s leading theatres recently announced their lineup for the 2015-16 season.  Over the next fews days, Apartment613 will highlight some of the great events that audiences can expect in the near future.  Today we review what is coming up at the Great Canadian Theatre Company. For 40 years, the Great Canadian Theatre Company (1233 Wellington St. W.) has showcased many wonderful works by talented playwrights.  The performances at the GCTC building, however, are not limited to theatre, as can be seen by some of the exciting shows that... | Continue reading article

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Fellowship of the Blog: Introducing Jith Paul

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Photo courtesy of Jith Paul.Photo courtesy of Jith Paul.

In 2014, Apartment613 launched an Indiegogo campaign to support a new fellowship program, which would allow us to fund projects that go beyond blog posts and radio segments. Thanks to our generous donors, the program is underway and today, we’re pleased to present our first fellow, Jith Paul! Jith is a long-time member of Ottawa’s creative scene. The founder of Treepot Media (named for the curious teapot/tree sculpture at Kent and Slater), Jith has produced and collaborated on documentaries and short films that have appeared on national broadcasts and have... | Continue reading article

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A sold-out smash hit at The Gladstone

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Rocky Horror Picture Show

Vanity Project Productions brought us Hedwig and the Angry Inch (twice) at The Gladstone last year.  Alvina Ruprecht called it “the theatre event of the season”.  From April 1 to 4, they’re presenting another theatrical treat:  a dynamite production of Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show. I pity those without a ticket – this is the most fun I’ve had in a theatre in years!  The sold-out opening night audience ranged from young hipsters to folks who saw the cult film when it first came out in 1975 to their... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Scattered Clouds. Photo from their Bandcamp page.Scattered Clouds. Photo from their Bandcamp page.

This first weekend of April brings warmer weather and the passing of annual prankster day. With all the festival lineups being released, it finally feels like the fun can start. This weekend is an excellent opportunity to pick up something new with a Bubble Soccer Tourament, Glass Blowing and free hot dog parties. Thursday evening marks Fringe Festivals annual Stiff Quickies fundraiser. This collection of short films, tall drinks and deep pockets is the primary fundraiser for Fringe Festival and takes place at Arts Court with some of the best... | Continue reading article

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Goodbye Piccadilly: Secrets, surprises, and songs aplenty

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This is a show that does what good theatre should, taking you completely away from yourself and immersing you in someone else’s story, besides providing a friendly mirror on your own experience.  Director Sarah Hearn brings the loveable Goodbye Piccadilly, to the Ottawa Little Theatre. With a pitch perfect script written by Ottawa-raised screenwriter and playwright Douglas Bowie this is an adventure about family, in all its forms. The story begins with Bess and “Brick” Brickley, a couple married 47 years who have always been good at keeping up appearances... | Continue reading article

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Take Me Back to Jefferson is brilliant + ticket giveaway

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Photo of the cast of Take Me Back to Jefferson by Katherine FleitasPhoto of the cast of Take Me Back to Jefferson by Katherine Fleitas

We are giving away a pair of tickets to the Friday, April 3 performance of Take Me Back to Jefferson at the National Arts Centre.  To enter email Apartment613 with the subject like “Contest – Take Me Back to Jefferson” by noon Wednesday, April 1.  The winner will be picked by random draw and notified on Wednesday afternoon. Since being founded in 1980, Toronto-based Theatre Smith-Gilmour has wowed audiences across Canada and in several countries around the world with their impressive shows. The award-winning ensemble is now in Ottawa where they... | Continue reading article

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