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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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Concord Floral depicts secret lives of suburban teens

Some places have their mysteries: the secret lives born witness to when people were sure no one was watching, a record of which is imprinted on the place, in cypher understood only by initiates of that particular moment. Concord Floral, a condemned greenhouse where people go to live out their secret lives, is a place […]

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Theatre: Pierre Brault brings history to vibrant life

Pierre Brault has an excellent track record of writing and performing one-man plays based on historical figures.  First, there was Patrick Whelan, the man hung for assassinating D’Arcy McGee (Blood on the Moon).  Then Elmyr de Hory, the notorious art forger (Portrait of an Unidentified Man).  And then Lenny Breau, the guitar genius (5 O’Clock Bells). […]

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The One Man Star Wars Trilogy, reviewed by someone who has never watched the original Star Wars

Charlie Ross brought his One Man Star Wars Trilogy to Ottawa’s Centrepointe Theatre Wednesday night. It was a special performance to fundraise for the 20th Ottawa Fringe Festival. The play debuted on the Fringe circuit in 2001 and has since grown into a Lucasfilm-licensed production. It’s impossible to review the show without the disclaimer that […]

Photo by Dean Kalyan.

Q&A with Charlie Ross, One Man Star Wars + win tickets

Without props or costumes, Charlie Ross has performed his one-man Star Wars show more than 4,000 times in about 400 cities. Prior to his March 23rd performance in Ottawa (one night only), Ross sets the record straight about meeting George Lucas and shares a few highlights about his 15-year adventure playing all of the main […]

Photo by Viktor S. Device.

Tuesdays are the sexiest nights in town

While many are at home on Tuesday night getting ready for the following midweek hump day, one of the Capital’s best kept secrets, An Evening of Sin, unfolds at the Rainbow Bistro. After 9 p.m., the ByWard Market shuts off its lights, but the Rainbow transforms into a vibrant, lively and enchanting Burlesque cabaret. An […]

All photos by Andrew Alexander.

Review: Perfect Pie

In Judith Thompson’s Perfect Pie, Patsy and Marie meet as children in a small drive-through town in Ontario in a time when children from what were considered good families shared bathwater once a week . Despite major differences in class and social status they become fiercely loyal friends, remaining so until their teens when they […]

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

The manic pixie dream billboard of Justin Trudeau and Barack Obama hugging in Sandy Hill (thanks CBC!) just might have brought sunlight back to Ottawa. We may not have state dinners, but we are beaming with endless arts and culture festivals, shows, and outdoor adventures. Sunny ways are back, baby! Versefest, Ottawa’s international poetry festival, […]

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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 […]

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