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Six years of CRUSHing laughter

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Photo by Andrew Alexander.Photo by Andrew Alexander.

I have a soft spot for improv. I love that it is so positive. The main rule being; Yes and, then what happened? Anything is possible, except stagnation, boredom or no thank yous.  It is a pleasure to witness fast minds, serious about silliness, creating new realities as the audience comes up with ideas to keep the story moving to new and unexpected places. Ottawa is very lucky to have a thriving improv community. If you have never been, there is no better chance to see the range of what... | Continue reading article

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Award-winning Canadian comedy lights up the GCTC stage

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Left to right: Zach Counsil, Pippa Leslie, Margo MacDonald, Sascha Cole and Geoff McBride.  Photo by GCTC Andrew Alexander.Left to right: Zach Counsil, Pippa Leslie, Margo MacDonald, Sascha Cole and Geoff McBride. Photo by GCTC Andrew Alexander.

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) is a triumph of Canadian theatre.  First premiering in 1988, this brilliant comedy won playwright Ann-Marie MacDonald the Governor General’s Award as well as other prizes. Playing at the Great Canadian Theatre Company until December 15, this work is proof that intellectually challenging plays can be a crowd-pleaser. For those not familiar with the story, it revolves around Constance Ledbelly, a timid junior English professor at Queen’s University who is working on her doctoral thesis.  Constance speculates that William Shakespeare’s Othello and Romeo and Juliet were originally comedies, and that they... | Continue reading article

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SPAIN Arts & culture: l’Odyssée de la culture espagnole au Canada

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Propos recueillis par Mariette Delevallée. Depuis le 14 novembre dernier, la Bibliothèque des Archives accueille le 28ème Festival du Film de l’Union Européenne. Pour sa dernière fin de semaine, trois opus sont projetés, mettant l’Espagne, la Lettonie, la Grèce, la Belgique et les Pays Bas au premier plan. >Une occasion opportune de découvrir le travail des agents culturels des Ambassades qui travaillent à faire rayonner leurs artistes et leurs œuvres à travers le Canada. Paloma Linés Gomez, Agent des projets culturels à l’Ambassade d’Espagne d’Ottawa, présente son travail à BMT 819.... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Stephen Harper The Musical ticket giveaway

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Idle Hands Craft Sale will feature the work of Diane Bond (pictured here) and other artists on Sunday.Idle Hands Craft Sale will feature the work of Diane Bond (pictured here) and other artists on Sunday.

Well, folks, we’ve just about made it to the end of Support Local month. More than 70 events and 150 artists, musicians, restaurants and shops filled November up with creative collaborations and events. There are still a few more, though, to pack in before the month winds up: tonight, 25One Community celebrates their first anniversary, while Goods, a shop-within-a-shop at Victoire’s West Wellington location, kicks off tonight. Tomorrow, mark Black Friday in style with two shop local versions – one at terra20, and at the shops along Dalhousie. That same... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do + ticket giveaway

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This weekend, we’ve got a musical shattering blonde stereotypes, a festival dedicated to all things steeped, and a night celebrating all things Africa. We’re also giving away tickets to a show at Raw Sugar – read on for more details! Support Local month continues, with the latest installment of Apt613 Talks tonight down at Shopify. Ever wondered when you’ll be able to start printing off replacement car parts or create a perfect replica of your pet? It might be sooner than you think – our panelists will discuss the future... | Continue reading article

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You Should Have Stayed Home – A G20 Romp

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Photo by Will O'Hare.Photo by Will O'Hare.

“I wasn’t an activist before G20, but G20 made me an activist…” You Should have Stayed Home covers the explosive events in the summer of 2010 when protestors and police clashed violently at Toronto’s G20. Based on a Facebook note detailing the arrest and detention of first time rally attendee Tommy Taylor, it’s the story of bystanders and observers caught up in the chaos as police and the government cross the line and Canadian civil rights are attacked. Apt613 spoke with Taylor as the Praxis Theatre production arrives in Ottawa... | Continue reading article

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One-man production of Hamlet fails to impress

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Photo of Raoul Bhaneja by Andrew Kenneth Martin.Photo of Raoul Bhaneja by Andrew Kenneth Martin.

There is no doubt in my mind that Raoul Bhaneja is a talented actor.  He’s been performing Hamlet (solo), his one-man version of Shakespeare’s masterpiece, for over a decade. The director, Robert Ross Parker, and Bhaneja are alumni of Canterbury High School, and both have impressive CVs from theatre, television and films.  Bhaneja plays 17 characters – male and female, major and minor – in a condensed version of the play (it runs just over 2:15 hours, with one intermission).  This being a one-man play, he’s constantly on stage,  having to shift personae rapidly,... | Continue reading article

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Something for everyone at the Extremely Short New Play Festival + ticket giveaway

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Eric Craig (Gorilla) in Top Job and Colleen Sutton (Tammy) in Out of Gas. All photos by Andrew AlexanderEric Craig (Gorilla) in Top Job and Colleen Sutton (Tammy) in Out of Gas. All photos by Andrew Alexander

Post by Barbara Popel and Brian Carroll The short play format dates back to the satyr plays of ancient Greece, with a modern resurrection in the “Polaroid playwriting” pioneered in 1977 by the Actors Theater of Louisville. John Koensgen, the Festival’s producer and director, along with playwrights Robert Marinier and actress Mary Ellis, selected the ten plays in the festival by emerging and established Ottawa authors, each of which runs for less time than your morning shower. Koensgen’s creative team was a strong one. The actors – Eric Craig, Maureen Smith, Brian K. Stewart and Colleen... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Let them eat cake!

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Photo courtesy Auntie Loo's Treats website.Photo courtesy Auntie Loo's Treats website.

Today’s roundup is chock-a-block full of adventures, and also gives you the chance to win your very own delicious vegan cake. Read on to find out more. The second weekend of Support Local starts off tonight down at Flock Boutique, where Purple Urchin is setting up a pop-up apothecary. Just down the street at Twiss & Weber, you’ll find a trunk show featuring local designers, and Wunderkammer kicks off the holidays tonight in the Market. Friday night, A Curious Shop loves its customers back with fire spinning, treats and deals... | Continue reading article

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War of the Worlds production brings classic radio play to life on The Gladstone stage

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Michelle LeBlanc and David Gerow.  Photo by David Whiteley.Michelle LeBlanc and David Gerow. Photo by David Whiteley.

It’s certainly possible to close your eyes and just listen to Plosive Productions stage adaptation of Orson Welles classic 1938 radio play War of the Worlds, which is playing at The Gladstone until Saturday. Director Teri Loretto-Valentik has made only small modifications to the script, so simply listening to this production with eyes closed is similar to the experience of listening to an audio recording of the original live broadcast.  But doing so, the audience would miss out on the visual adaptations that Loretto-Valentik has made to bring the script to life on the stage.... | Continue reading article

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