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Grain of Salt tries to explore the role of Christianity in modern culture

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"Grain of Salt" ensemble cast in rehearsal, from L - R: Robin Hodge, Mitchel Rose, Megan Piercey Monafu, Lori Jean Hodge, Jeff Lefebvre. Photo provided by 9th Hour Theatre Company."Grain of Salt" ensemble cast in rehearsal, from L - R: Robin Hodge, Mitchel Rose, Megan Piercey Monafu, Lori Jean Hodge, Jeff Lefebvre. Photo provided by 9th Hour Theatre Company.

It isn’t often a play staged in a bar takes on the role of Christianity in modern culture. Thus on the coldest night of the year we settled into The Mercury Lounge with a glass of wine and the day’s headlines of the Joe LeClair affair on our mind eager to see how this production would address the controversial role of organised religion. The narrative of the play loosely follows Megan (Megan Piercey Monafu) a young Christian conflicted by her faith. Megan’s concern about the exclusion of homosexuals is further... | Continue reading article

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With lovable characters and impressive set Kim’s Convenience is a hit (+ ticket giveaway)

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Photo of Jean Yoon (Mrs. Kim) and Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Mr. Kim) by Cylla von TiedemannPhoto of Jean Yoon (Mrs. Kim) and Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Mr. Kim) by Cylla von Tiedemann

We’re giving away a pair of tickets to the evening show of Kim’s Convenience on Saturday, February 1. To enter the contest email apartment613@gmail.com by noon Wednesday with the subject line “Kim’s Convenience – Contest.”  The winner will be notified on Wednesday afternoon. To quote playwright Michel Tremblay, “Why should we be surprised to see our people on our own stages?” Kim’s Convenience, which is playing at the National Arts Centre until February 8, is a short (85-minute) distillation of the inter-generational clashes that inevitably arise between first- and second-generation Canadians.... | Continue reading article

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War Horse: an emotional tale with amazing puppets

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Photo by Brinkhoff/Mögenburg.Photo by Brinkhoff/Mögenburg.

Post by Adria May and Sean Zio. It seems that a lot of people love the story of War Horse. It’s an emotional and touching tale about a boy named Albert and his horse, Joey, in wartime England in 1914. We saw it on opening night at the National Arts Centre on January 21 and the audience gave it a standing ovation. War Horse is based on Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 children’s novel of the same name. And in addition to being a Broadway play, Steven Spielberg adapted it to film in... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa + Home Reno Show giveaway

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Photo of Her Harbour by Jamie Kronick, courtesy Her Harbour's website.Photo of Her Harbour by Jamie Kronick, courtesy Her Harbour's website.

So, it’s cold. You’ve probably already discussed this around the water cooler today – there’s nothing like weather to get people riled up. So change the conversation and talk about your weekend plans – the city is hopping this weekend! Chinatown Remixed, that summertime street festival, has joined up with the Museum of Nature this Friday for one of the Nature Nocturne events. They’ll have life-sized board games, bubble tea, live art and of course, karaoke with China Doll. They’ll also have the usual dance parties throughout the museum. It’s... | Continue reading article

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Detroit is a rousing performance of the neighbourly get-together gone wrong

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David Whiteley and David Benedict Brown. Photo Credit: Plosive Productions.David Whiteley and David Benedict Brown. Photo Credit: Plosive Productions.

It happens a lot in our mobile society. New neighbours move in. Somebody invites them for drinks, or dinner, or brings a casserole, or flowers. Before you know it, kindred spirits find each other. Friendships form around common interests and activities. There’s usually some wine or beer or spirits involved. Some of these friendships last for years, decades even. But what happens when an economic recession tightens the screws? The real Detroit has lost 2/3rds of its population. Tens of thousands of buildings stand abandoned. What does this do to... | Continue reading article

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The Shape of a Girl is a provocative one-woman show sure to impress.

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Cart Before the Horse theatre incorporates a chorus of eight female grade ten Canterbury drama students to capture the authentic teenage voice. All photos by Zahra Larche.Cart Before the Horse theatre incorporates a chorus of eight female grade ten Canterbury drama students to capture the authentic teenage voice. All photos by Zahra Larche.

“I want to go home and cry. That’s the saddest thing EVER!” says a sweet young thing after leaving the Avalon Studio. “No dear, it isn’t.” I think to myself. “It ain’t Auschwitz!” But then I think of Stanley Milgram. In 1997, fourteen-year-old Reena Virk was surrounded and beaten by seven girls and one boy. And left to die. Two people from that group returned to drag her into the water and hold her head under. No one reported the incident to the police. No one. Reena’s body washed ashore... | Continue reading article

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Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol comes to the NAC’s 4th stage

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John D. HustonJohn D. Huston

It wouldn’t be a proper Christmas without seeing a performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Lucky for local theatre fans, John D. Huston’s solo performance of this timeless story can be seen at the National Arts Centre’s 4th Stage on December 20 and 21. Huston (Charles Dickens) offers and loving and skillful reproduction of this famous tale.  Using nothing more than his voice and gestures, Dickens/Huston plays more than two dozen characters. You’ll be spellbound.  Moreover, as you can see by the image above, the talented actor bears an uncanny physical resemblance to Dickens.... | Continue reading article

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Another Emily Pearlman play, another imaginary world | Collapsible by Mi Casa Theatre

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All photos by Cory Thibert.All photos by Cory Thibert.

In a world… where people have abandoned their decisions to a higher authority, what happens when there is no time to consult that authority? What will they do? What will be the consequences?  In a play heavy with blunt allegories, there is a danger of the play sinking under the weight of its own didacticism. One thing saves this production from that: the children of the New Edinburgh Community and Arts (NECTAR) Centre Youth Drama Program. These 5 to 10 year olds act as Greek Chorus in the play, as... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup + a theatre ticket giveaway

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Dog Day plays tonight at Pressed.Dog Day plays tonight at Pressed.

‘Tis the season for launch parties, apparently. Tonight Dann Oickle releases his new album Blitzkreig! down at the Mercury Lounge. Tomorrow, Oldam Brand kicks off its existence at IdeaSpace, displaying some of their unique fixtures and makings. Down on Elgin, the new Mags + Fags sister store Boogie and Birdie officially opens, with treats and deals galore. There are plenty of craft shows happening, if you’re still looking for unique handcrafted gifts. Urban Craft is Saturday down in the Glebe, while the Ottawa Farmers Market has a special holiday version.... | Continue reading article

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Bring your singing voice to the NAC’s production of The Sound of Music

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The cast of The Sound of Music. All photos by Andree Lanthier.The cast of The Sound of Music. All photos by Andree Lanthier.

Sometimes a reviewer has to reveal his/her biases, so I might as well do this up front. If a live performance moves and excites children, it’ll win me over. Children are a tough audience. Let down your guard and you lose them. Fast. I like to go to theatre for kids because performers have to be good to keep their attention. This production does just that. At intermission, I was surprised (and delighted) to see how many children were in the audience. They’d been quietly attentive throughout the first half.... | Continue reading article

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