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Lara Loves Lightfoot

Fringe Review: Lara Loves Lightfoot

By Helen Lam 60 min | Solo, Musical | PG Stratford singer-songwriter Lara MacMillan brings a slice of Canadiana to the Fringe stage. The solo show recounts MacMillan’s life as a hospitality worker during her 1986 gap-year in Banff, replete with images of open highways, Lake Louise and Banff in the snow. A selected catalogue of […]

Fringe – Drinksitter: The Irresponsible Adventures Of A Well-Paid Failure

Par Renée Michaud (@ladyinottawa) J’ai fait 7 nouvelles connaissances ce soir pour le bas prix de 12 $ : Regie l’agente de communication en milieu de carrière, Jean-Paul le gestionnaire francophone, Deirdra la pharmacienne toxicomane, Kim l’amie hurluberlue, Junie la hippie, Harriet la maman de soccer qui déteste les fumeurs et le médecin qui annonce de […]

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Fringe Review: Home In Time

By Lars van Tol 40 min | Drama | PG What would you do if someone came into your sister’s coffee shop and threatened you… existentially? Home in Time is a metaphysically-tinged drama exploring that very idea. You will chuckle, you will scratch your chin with bemusement, you might even question yourself. Home in Time is […]

In Waking Life_Credit Shelley Welchner

Fringe Review: In Waking Life

60 mins | Comedy | PG In Waking Life is a lively two-handed improvised performance piece that successfully mixes banter, musical numbers and audience participation. It’s an overblown fortune-telling romp celebrating off-the-wall humour and oddities. The Norwegian-born psychic Synsk sisters, raised by a mother goat and surrounded by “family members” made up of a crystal […]


Fringe Review: Love and Loathing: gritty truth about mothers

60 minutes | Comedy, Drama, Solo | Mature There’s a lot I don’t know about motherhood.  That’s a massive understatement really.  As a cisgender man, what I don’t know, and will never know, about motherhood could probably fill the sinkhole on Rideau a few times over. Love and Loathing by Allie Weigh aims to give […]


Fringe Review: Best Picture

60 min | Comedy, Parody | Mature A comedic tour de force! I highly suggest you arrive early to this incredible play as you will greeted as a celebrity on the red rug (carpet) very warmly by the entertainment media (the actors) as they interview you as if you are the actors from the movies. […]

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Fringe Review: How to Be a Gentleman

60 min | Comedy | Mature William Beddoe and Robin Hodge have an incredible chemistry that reminds us of a modern-day Thelma and Louise. This brilliantly directed play had a simple set that was accentuated by a great lighting display. There were many extremely funny and witty parts exploring the topics of chivalry and gentlemanly […]


Fringe Review: May I have this Dance?

By Kat Fournier 60 minutes | Comedy, Drama | Mature Theatre often interacts with pop culture. In the movie Trainwreck, Amy Schumer brought audiences a 30-something-year-old woman who is cynical about men and manages to create a somewhat unconventional rom-com. Here at The Ottawa Fringe Festival, May I have this Dance? offers audiences a play […]

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Fringe Review: Grade 8

By Jessica Ruano 60 minutes | Spoken Word, Drama |PG Oh, Dwayne Morgan, you heartwarmer. For years I’ve known you as the guy who almost single-handedly made the Canadian spoken word scene flourish, most notably with your slam-tastic When Brothers Speak / When Sisters Speak showcases. But now I’m acquainted with you under a different […]

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Fringe Review: Fugee

60 minutes | Mature | Drama The energy and enthusiasm that young actors bring to the stage is always impressive, and Third Wall Academy is giving them an opportunity this year at Fringe. The story of Fugee is a good fit for teenaged actors, centring as it does on a 14-year-old refugee from Côte d’Ivoire, […]


Apt613 review opening weekend of the 20th Ottawa Fringe Festival

For the fifth consecutive year, Apt613 will be reviewing all Ottawa Fringe plays on their first night (as much as humanly possible). Every published review is linked below. You can also find these on our Fringe page. A huge thanks to all of our 30 volunteer contributors and to all, enjoy Fringe’s 20th anniversary! #Staystrong $12 […]

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Fringe Review: Everybody Dies in December

55 min | Dark Comedy, Drama, Solo | PG Nancy Kenny, who brought us the dynamic Roller Derby Saved My Soul a couple of years ago, returns to Ottawa with another solo show: Everybody Dies in December. It’s a much quieter, almost interior play but, like Roller Derby, it’s about one woman’s passion for her vocation. […]


Fringe Review: Searching For Party

60 minutes | Comedy, Drama | PG  I have a confession to make: I’m not much of a video gamer. I don’t own any of the major consoles, I don’t spend much time gaming, and I haven’t spent money on a game in years. Nonetheless, I hugely enjoyed Searching for Party. It’s a series of […]


Fringe Review: Lovely Lady Lump

73 min | Comedy, Clown, Solo | PG Australian comic Lana Schwarcz survived breast cancer. She tells the audience how she discovered a lump, had it diagnosed as cancer, then endured surgery followed by long treatment involving hormonal, radiation and art therapy. Art therapy? For cancer? Who knew? That Schwarcz can leaven gruesome details with humour […]

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Fringe Review: ArborAmor

By Amanda Dookie  30 min | Comedy, Clown, Family | G Two cheerful, energetic mimes love to dance to the music of a quirky accordionist and all is happy in the world… until an unsuspecting tree comes to life with the music and shakes things up. Everything is said through music and dance in this funny little […]