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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, […]

All photos by Wendy D, courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

Betroffenheit is a human journey worth taking

Post by Taylor Boileau. “Betroffenheit, A German word for the shock that follows a violent incident.” If you hold a bias towards shows that portray the human struggle you should not miss the Vancouver based Kidd Pivot and Electric Company Theatre’s Betroffenheit. This short and impactful piece portrays the sweet agony of rehashing trauma. Although […]

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 […]

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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 […]