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Sarah Waisvisz in Monstrous. Photo by Christopher Snow.

undercurrents: Monstrous blends storytelling to dance in search for cultural belonging

Miscegenation (noun): the interbreeding of people considered to be of different racial types. Sarah Waisvisz travels a murky, muddled and miss-remembered heritage in Monstrous a world premiere performance at undercurrents that blends storytelling to dance in Waisvisz search for cultural belonging. Premiering during Black History Month this work comes at an opportune moment offering insight […]

Robert Bockstael. Photo from roomtemperaturecollective.com.

undercurrents: Getting to Room Temperature one-person show about dying

Fringe theatre by its very name explores characters and topics frequently marginalized.  Getting to Room Temperature adheres to this tradition in Arthur Milner’s one-man show recounting the struggles that accompany the decline and death of his mother Rose. Based on Milner’s experience with his mother Rose’s death the work was inspired by her pursuit of […]

Photo by Brooke Wedlock.

undercurrents: Mouthpiece a silent scream made audible

Jared Davidson is a freelance writer and regular contributor to Apt613. Follow his Twitter for more. The opening night of undercurrents closed with Mouthpiece, a play from Toronto’s Quote Unquote Collective, and a play whose title only hints at the social commentary that bursts forth from this performance in new and important ways. It is […]

Mimi Violette and Unetelle as Patty and Selma. All photos from the Facebook event page.

An uncommon combination of cartoons and cabaret + ticket giveaway

Mer Weinhold is an Ottawa-dwelling writer, editor, book reviewer, and costuming enthusiast. You can follow them on Twitter. Watching The Simpsons was a staple of my youth. Back when broadcast TV existed, we got two syndicated episodes every weekday evening on CFMT and CityTV (three episodes if one of my siblings climbed on the roof […]

Brad Long in Dream On. Photo by Andrew Alexander.

What’s On Stage: Brad Long, a trial in passion

Brian Carroll of Apartment613 interviewed actor Brad Long. You’re nominated as Outstanding Actor for the Prix Rideau Awards for Re:Union. How did you get involved in this production? Brad Long: Sean Devine, who is the writer/director of Re:Union, and Artistic Director of Horseshoes and Hand Grenades Theatre, came and saw a performance of We Glow that we did here in Ottawa […]

Sarah Waisvisz in Monstrous. Photo by Christopher Snow.

Eric Coates picks four must-see performances at undercurrents

Post by Eric Coates, Artistic Director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company. Full disclosure: my personal picks for undercurrents are all projects that GCTC has supported, in one way or another, so it makes sense that I want to highlight them. I’m like a hockey parent cheering for my kid’s team, and woe betide anyone […]

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Love Letters a good play for thoughtful lovers

American playwright A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters is an epistolary play.  Epistolary plays – plays based on the exchange of letters – reside in a small niche in the world of theatre.  You may be familiar with plays such as 84 Charing Cross Road and Les liaisons dangereuses.   Using only dramatically read letters, Love Letters traces the complicated […]

Tristan D. Lalla, Quincy Armorer and Kayvon Kelley in 12th Night. All photos courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

Shakespeare for people who don’t like Shakespeare

A year and a half ago, Jillian Keiley, the Artistic Director of English Theatre at the National Arts Centre, asked Calgary’s Old Trout Puppet Workshop to collaborate on a production of one of Shakespeare’s most loved comedies – Twelfth Night.  However, she wanted them to imagine the play without puppets.  As the Old Trouts say […]

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The Crucible: Sock ‘n’ Buskin’s latest is something of a trial

Joseph Hutt is a freelance writer and editor in Ottawa, and a radio host on CKCU. You can find links to his various endeavours on his website, at www.cuppajoebooks.com. I absolutely loved Sock ‘n’ Buskin‘s performance of Dr. Faustus, so when I was offered the chance of seeing their most recent production, The Crucible, I was stoked […]

Photo courtesy of TACTICS.

Review: A Little Fire at Arts Court Theatre

I don’t think it’s all that unusual for small children to have a relationship with God, whatever they conceive that to be. The early years of life are a strange and bewildering time; a prolonged shaking off of the dreams of oblivion. You don’t think about it all that often anymore once the options of […]

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Lighting a theatrical fire with Matchstick at the GCTC

Once upon a time, a girl born in an undesirable country meets a boy from the land of freedom and opportunity: and so begins the not-so-fairy-tale journey of Matchstick in Nathan Howe’s beautifully inventive musical-narrative that stitches enchanting storytelling to heart-stopping reality. Young Matchstick (Lauren Holfeuer) leaves behind a traumatic childhood moving to her uncle’s […]

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Who knew murder could be so funny?

Mr. Bean meets Clue in The Murder Room, a thoroughly silly send-up of the British murder mystery now playing at the Ottawa Little Theatre through to January 30. Any night of theatre asks the audience to bring the believer in them, a readiness to entertain a greater range of possibilities than we do in everyday […]

Photo by Bindi Cole.

Jack Charles brings brilliant one-man show to NAC

When the National Arts Centre announced its 2015-16 theatre season lineup earlier this year, Jack Charles v The Crown stood out as a special performance. Opening this evening at the NAC for a limited run that finishes this Saturday, January 16, this one-man show has been captivating audiences in different countries with its inspiring tale […]

Photo courtesy of Maria Vartanova.

The Underpants: A spicy farce at The Gladstone

It’s 1910 in Dusseldorf, Germany.  Off-stage, a pretty young wife, Louise, goes to see the Prussian king parade by her apartment building.  A minor “wardrobe malfunction” occurs:   the ribbons holding up her bloomers give way and her underpants fall to her ankles in the midst of the crowd.  This sets in motion all sorts […]

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