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Tuesdays with Morrie: Moving lessons-in-living at the Gladstone

A truism: death comes to us all. How we approach our own deaths, and how we deal with loved ones as they approach death, say a great deal about who we are. In 1995, Mitch Albom, a successful sports reporter, watched his favourite professor, Morrie Schwartz, die of ALS, also known as”Lou Gehrig’s disease”. Albom’s […]

L-R John Koensgen, Jonathan Koensgen and Sean Devine in Butcher. All photos by Andrew Alexander.

Not everything is as it seems with Butcher

The line between justice and revenge isn’t as always defined or easy to follow as we’d like. Who’s to have the final say in what is acceptable and unacceptable when righting a wrong? And when the justice system we hold in such high regard fails us, who’s to deny anyone the opportunity for retribution? Playwright […]

Photos by Alexander Vlad / Captivate Creative Studios and Merritt Decloux.

Honouring Saartjie

Stepping into Origin Studio, at 57 Lyndale Avenue, actor/writer Jacqui Du Toit welcomes me in and offers me a tea. If you’ve never been, the studio is a quirky, warm and inviting space. Du Toit points to the ceiling, which I’m surprised to see is completely covered in doors. She is dressed in full makeup […]

Photos by Maria Vartanova courtesy of Ottawa Little Theatre.

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest leaves a mark

I have to admit I was a little apprehensive when I heard the Ottawa Little Theatre was taking on One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Dale Wasserman’s stage adaptation of Ken Kesey’s popular novel. It can be tough to go up against the expectations audiences bring from reading a book or seeing a movie. It’s […]

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BOOM! starts with a bang and ends with a whimper

Joseph is busy, busy, busy, but always looking for new opportunities to apply and develop his talents. He reviews for Apt613 and OnStage Ottawa, writes for the Kitchissippi Times, and is slowly compiling a portfolio of his published works on his website at cuppajoebooks.com. Kidoons’ and WYRD’s production of BOOM, written by and starring Rick Miller, is […]

Margo MacDonald, Sarah Waisvisz, and Lawrence Aronovitch. Photo by Titus Androgynous.

Theatre world premières, queer history, & vintage costumes: all in one place!

Mer Weinhold is an Ottawa-dwelling writer, editor, book reviewer, and costuming enthusiast. You can follow them on Twitter. Ottawa has a vibrant theatre scene, comprising a multitude of venues hosting shows, troupes and companies performing them, and programs of study producing new actors, playwrights, and stage managers. From Centrepointe to the Shenkman, and many places […]

All photos courtesy of Cameryn Moore.

Share your story at Cameryn Moore’s Smut Slam

Cameryn Moore is a self-described “award-winning playwright/performer, sex activist and educator, sidewalk pornographer, and a long-time phone sex operator”.  On February 25th, she is bringing Smut Slam to Ottawa: a performance where attendees sign up to tell a five-minute erotic story drawn from their own experiences.  A team of judges awards prizes to the tellers. Brian Carroll […]

Photo courtesy of undercurrents Theatre Festival.

undercurrents: Listen to Me tries its hand at speed-dating

Listen To Me is speed dating as theatre, with the stated goal of attempting to tear people away from their phones long enough to make a genuine face to face connection with another human.  In the Arts Court Studio, a total of eight ticket holders per performance are given a name tag and assigned a […]

Kristina Watt in Particle. Photo by Stéphanie Godin.

undercurrents: Particle a work in progress

undercurrents has built a reputation as a forum for “theatre below the mainstream”, a place where artists and audiences are encouraged to take chances with original contemporary theatre. Since 2011, it has brought 12 world premieres to stage. Kristina Watt and Martha Ross’s Particle is one such premiere. Particle has a pedigree. Ottawa audiences know […]

Photo by David Ross Whiteley.

Romantic Poetry features so much talent on stage

Romantic Poetry is billed as “a crackpot musical romance”. True to the musical genre, the plot is an excuse to tie together many songs with clever lyrics between interstices of comic dialogue via an unlikely plot. An overabundance of improbabilities may strain suspension of disbelief, but if the singing, choreography and acting are really good, […]

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