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Impressions of Fringe de Montréal 2013

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Photo courtesy of Fernando Farfan from the apt613 flickr groupPhoto courtesy of Fernando Farfan from the apt613 flickr group

For the last four years Apt613 has run the Fully Fringed initiative, where an intrepid team tries to review every single Fringe play within 24 hours of opening night. This year we sent two of our Fully Fringed veterans, Barbara Popel and Brian M. Carroll, to see how they fringe in la belle province. Check out their review of Around Ms Julie, which will also be appearing at the Ottawa Fringe, for a sneak peak of what to expect on Fully Fringed next week! What a delight to be able... | Continue reading article

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Hawksley Workman brings the Bacchanalia to Ottawa in The God that Comes

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Photo courtesy of The Good that Comes.Photo courtesy of The Good that Comes.

The God that Comes is a delightful cocktail of cabaret, Greek tragedy, avant-garde theatre, one-man show, musical, queer theatre, and rock concert. This show will undoubtedly draw two types of audiences: the theatre fan and the Hawksley Workman fan. Neither will be disappointed. Adapted from The Bacchae by Christian Barry and Hawksley Workman, the play is a decidedly musical and modern twist on the Greek classic. In The Bacchae, a straight-laced ascetic Soldier-King named Pentheus is pit against the original hedonist, Bacchus (sometimes referred to as Dionysus), god of wine and ecstasy. Pentheus disrespects Bacchus... | Continue reading article

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The Fringe Festival adds even more value with a free concert series

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Photo courtesy of Devan M from flickrPhoto courtesy of Devan M from flickr

Last week, details emerged for this year’s Fringe Festival, and what a festival it promises to be. This year, Ottawa’s biggest theatre festival will get even bigger, sporting 54 productions over its ten day run. Beginning on June 20th, fringe-goers will be treated to some of the most eclectic theatre out there, and for only ten bucks a ticket, it’s hard to resist spending a night or two enjoying the unpredictability and energy found at the Fringe. And this year, there’s even more reason to get down to Arts Court. In addition... | Continue reading article

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Fringe fave Countries Shaped Like Stars arrives at the Ottawa International Children’s Festival

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Photo courtesy of Micasa TheatrePhoto courtesy of Micasa Theatre

This week, thousands of children are getting the opportunity to explore their creative side at the Ottawa International Children’s Festival. We may not have that many readers in the 12 and under crowd (email and correct me if I’m wrong, kids), but there was one show in the festival program that struck us as pretty cool for kids of all ages: Mi Casa Theatre’s production of Countries Shaped Like Stars. If you’re a parent with any hipster credibility at all, you must take your kids to Countries Shaped Like Stars —... | Continue reading article

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Attention! Electrical charges and other vibrating pleasures spark up The Gladstone.

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Photo by Andrew Alexander. Left to right: Michelle LeBlanc as Annie, Sarah Finn as Sabrina Daldry and David Whiteley as Dr. Givings.Photo by Andrew Alexander. Left to right: Michelle LeBlanc as Annie, Sarah Finn as Sabrina Daldry and David Whiteley as Dr. Givings.

Picture this: You are sitting in The Gladstone  with your father watching a play about the early history of the vibrator.  Do you: a) feel awkward; b)  laugh at the unusual situation; or c) become captivated by the delightful show in front of you. After viewing the very funny and intriguing production of In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), I can report that, yes, a play about vibrators can be great theatre, as well as being a fun evening out with a parent. Written by U.S.-born playwright Sarah Ruhl, In the... | Continue reading article

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Stand tall in solidarity with the Ottawa Stilt Union

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It’s been a season of labour unrest in Canada; first the teachers in Ontario, and then the prison guards in Alberta. Now the Ottawa Stilts Union is threatening to cause some ruckus. Yes, Ottawa has a Stilt Union, a theatre group that uses stilts, acrobatics and other forms of extreme physical action to tell their stories. They are planning their first fundraiser raiser, Karnival de Kleo, for this weekend. A number of subversive activities and planned, including stilt try-outs, acrobatics try-outs, a music station, a crafts table, a kissing booth, and a cash bar.... | Continue reading article

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Tonight: Northern Scene kicks off with SWARM

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From Indian Brand Corporation (2009) by Joseph Tisiga. Image courtesy of the Ottawa Art Gallery.From Indian Brand Corporation (2009) by Joseph Tisiga. Image courtesy of the Ottawa Art Gallery.

Looking for something to do tonight? As a part of the launch of Northern Scene, a handful of galleries in Ottawa and Gatineau will be hosting events, exhibition openings and performances by some of the best talent coming from the North. Billed as “the largest gathering of artists from Yukon, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut”, the festival will showcase more than 250 artists over ten days. SWARM starts with a gallery crawl at 6pm — to get around the city you can walk, bike or take a ride... | Continue reading article

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La Traviata: A phenomenal talent showcase

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Photo by jessica @ flickr on Flickr.Photo by jessica @ flickr on Flickr.

Opera Lyra Ottawa’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata opened last night at the NAC. It was a wonderful performance, but for those of you thinking about trying out an opera for the first time, this may not be the show for you. OLO’s version of La Traviata was a concert presentation, which means no sets or costumes and minimal acting, although the full score was performed. While a fully staged operatic creation makes a magical evening, a concert presentation is more like a radio play than a television soap opera –... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s opera history: Keeping classical soaps on stage

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La Traviata starts March 21.La Traviata starts March 21.

Telling people I love opera often results in curious, funny looks – then again, if you’ve never been to the opera, you might be one of those people giving me a funny look. For some reason, people think the adoration of opera is a pretention: that opera is snobby, elitist and aristocratic, and those who claim to enjoy it are just trying to seem cool.  For those of you who’ve never been, operas are beautiful and exciting and dramatic – they’re essentially the soap operas of the classical music world.... | Continue reading article

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NAC’s Metamorphoses Misses the Mark

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Wrapping up at the NAC this past weekend was Mary Zimmerman’s Tony-Award winning play, Metamorphoses.  The piece, which took place in a pool of water, is a playfully anachronistic take on Ovid’s classic tales. Zimmerman uses these classic myths to critique our contemporary world. Erysichthon’s tale of black comedy warns of the dangers of overconsumption. Baucis and Philemon’s story shows the importance of charity and humility.  The play weaves together poignant, humourous, and tragic tales to delight the audience. The staging of this production is inventively done through the use of two... | Continue reading article

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