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Fringe Review: Division 161

40 minutes | Mystery, Sci-fi | PG  If you never hear anything interesting when you eavesdrop, take this opportunity to listen in on an intense, guarded conversation between two people with a complex history. Division 161 delivers on being both a mystery and sci-fi, with a gradual reveal of information and some unexpected twists. The […]

Highlights from the Orpheus production of Tommy

From a multi-platinum album, to a rock opera production, various orchestral versions, a film in 1975, and finally, a broadway musical in 1992, never have we seen so many incarnations sprout from 24 tracks of rock music, as we’ve seen in The Who’s, Tommy. So when I read that Orpheus, the second longest running musical […]

All photos by Maria Vartanova.

Things get a little crazy (God of Carnage)

Now playing at the Ottawa Little Theatre, Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage is an edgy four-hander driven by black humour, a destructive impulse and some deep philosophical questions. A trip through the wringer never felt so good. Truth be told, I was not all that convinced by the synopsis. God of Carnage’s set up is […]

Photo by City Clock Magazine, from the Apt613 flickr pool.

Weekend Roundup: What to do?

Some say Ottawa’s two seasons are winter and construction, but “some” forgot an important third: festival season. Side effects include wristband tan, illusions of a seven-day weekend, performers’ obligatory Justin Trudeau jokes, and wishing festival season was over the moment a woo girl spills her beer all over you. But hey, entertainment exhaustion is a […]

All photos from the Ottawa Children's Festival website.

Children’s Fest launches with a bang

She Who Must Be Obeyed (but rarely is) blogs about food, travel and homeschooling five kids at travellargefamily. On May 24, you’ll find her dispensing travel tips at the Westboro Brainery. The 31st installment of the fabulous Ottawa Children’s Festival is kicking off.  Back in the day when I only had three kids, we used to […]

All photos by Maria Vartanova.

Ottawa Little Theatre’s Mouse House keeps you guessing

Like the mouse in the title, Mouse House is a tricky little story that plays with your head and makes you squirm. Now playing at the Ottawa Little Theatre, the psychological thriller written by Peterborough’s Robert Ainsworth may be more shadowy foreboding than white knuckle in style but it’s slippery with plot twists nonetheless with […]

Photo by Andrée Lanthier. All photos courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

Belles Soeurs is an absolute home run

Les Belles Soeurs is Michel Tremblay’s most frequently produced and translated play.  Alive with caustic joual-speaking women its strong matriarchal themes fairly rocked Quebec society in the late 60’s. Tremblay ignited controversy with his use of low-brow dialect, mockery of the restrictive grip of the church and his straightforward presentation of disillusioned, pining working class […]

Photo by Sydney Smith

Canterbury HS takes on ambitious modernist drama with A Dream Play

Post by Ari Mazur-Mathieu and Patrick Little The Arts Canterbury High School Drama Program’s graduating class will be performing Michael Meyer’s translation/adaptation of A Dream Play by August Strindberg. A Dream Play follows the daughter of a god (played by three actresses throughout the show: Sarah Olberg, Sydney Smith, Kenna Jacobs) as she descends from the heavens […]

Production shots of Janet Wilson Meets the Queen, courtesy of the GCTC.

Review: Janet Wilson Meets the Queen

In light of the Queen’s 90th birthday, the world premiere of Janet Wilson Meets the Queen, written by Beverly Cooper, was well timed in its debut on the Great Canadian Theatre Company stage. The play centred around Janet Wilson (Marion Day), a typical housewife resurrected from the late-1960s. Having seen Day play a powerhouse mogul […]

Photo by Stephanie Godin.

Woyzeck’s Head explores your breaking point

Third Wall Theatre opens Woyzeck’s Head on April 22nd. Drew Moore will be playing the lead role. James Richardson directs. Brian Carroll interviewed Richardson and Moore about the show and their backgrounds. The interview has been edited for length. Apt613: In 30 seconds or less, what is Woyzeck’s Head about? Richardson: Woyzeck’s Head is a […]

Scene from Rodgers + Hammerstein's The Sound of Music, all photos by Matthew Murphy.

The Sound of Music plays perfectly to its charms

The story needs little introduction, so familiar is the iconic 1965 film version of Rodger & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. So the question at last night’s packed opening was could this version begin to approach the crowd-pleasing experience associated to its famous legacy? Set in Salzberg, Austria (oddly […]

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