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A–Z: All reviews from the 2017 Ottawa Fringe Festival

By Apartment613 on June 12, 2017

Xave Ruth previews his new show, Music + Comedy + Math. Photo by Apt613.

Xave Ruth previews his new show, Music + Comedy + Math. Photo by Apt613.

What: 21st Ottawa Fringe Festival
When: continues through June 18
Where: 12 venues downtown (see ottawafringe.com for full schedule)
Tickets: $12 online, at the box office, or at the door

Ottawa’s largest theatre festival opened last weekend. Before Fringe closes on June 18, head downtown to take in some of the 57 shows being offered.

To help you make your choices, Apt613 has assembled a crackerjack team of reviewers:

  • Amanda Dookie
  • Barb Popel
  • Brenda Dunn
  • Brian Carroll
  • Cindy Savard
  • David Currie
  • Helen Lam
  • Jared Davidson
  • Jessica Ruano
  • Julia Bueneman
  • Mer Weinhold
  • Nicholas McBurney
  • Nick Bachusky
  • Travis Facette

They will continue going to shows until every production has been reviewed. Readers can visit apt613.ca/fringe for new reviews posted daily.

Will we all agree? We hope not. As in past years, readers can also post their ratings of the shows in our comments section.

Shows (A–Z)

6 Quick Dick Tricks: A Dirk Darrow Investigation by Tim Motley

A Better Play Than Hamlet by Lorne Elliott (Turtle Pond Theatre Productions)

AL Connors: DJ Detective by AL Connors

BALLS – Je suis un vidéoclip by Marie-Eve Fortier

Blind to Happiness by Tim C. Murphy

Bless You, Bonaparte by Ryan Borochovitz (Sad Ibsen Theatre)

Confederemix by Sandy Gibson and Mark MacDonald (SDT Productions)

DEB Talks by Deborah Ring

Delirium by Martin Dockery

Dicky Dicky Dream Factory by Ray Besharah and David Benedict Brown

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead by Bert V. Royal (Tuba Czar Productions)

Don’t Go Down To The River: A Cautionary Tale by Jessica Gardiner (JIG theatrecompany)

Don’t See This Show by Greg Guevara

Do You Want To Live Forever? by Allison Elizabeth Burns

Endlings by Vishesh Abeyratne (Poo-Tee-Weet Productions)

Ethel by Madeleine Hall (Aplombusrhombus)

Executing Justice by Bill Pats

Fish Saw by Sachie Mikawa & George Lewis (Rundown Cuthouse & Sachie)

Gerard Harris: Attention Seeker by Gerard Harris

God! The One-Man Show by Rich Potter

High Tea: Another British Comedy by James & Jamesy

HOOTENANNY! by Kate Smith & Will Somers

Hotter Than Potter by Keith Brown

House Show by Two Second Push Up

How I Lost One Pound, The Musical by Lesley Carlberg

I Can See Clearly Now by Stephanie Lalor

Incognito: In Wishy Washy by Mike Kosowan

Lauren & Amanda Do It by Lauren Cauchy, Amanda Logan & Allison Harris (Toasted Theatre Company)

Love and Information by Caryl Churchill (Third Wall Academy)

LUB DUB by Monica Ogden & Tony Adams

Luna by Vanessa Quesnelle

Movin’ Melvin Brown: A Man, A Magic, A Music! by Melvin Brown

Quest Friends Forever by Quest Friends Forever

Rough Magic by Philip Psutka (Theatre Arcturus)

Space Jameration: A Stand-up Special by Greg Houston

Sparks Street Ballad: A Canadian Tale of Thomas D’Arcy McGee by Cynthia Sugars (Fiddleheads Musical Theatre)

Szeretlek: A Hungarian Love Story by The Grand Sialto Theatre

Teaching Hamlet by Keir Cutler

Ten Little Sinners by Patrice Forbes (Dead Unicorn Ink)

The ADHD Project by Carlyn Rhamey (Squirrel Suit Productions)

The Chronic Single’s Handbook by Randy Ross

The Comeback Tour by Rhythm & Burgundy

The Dolls’ House by Rag & Bone Puppet Theatre

The Fake News Show by The Improv Embassy

The Home Show by Evolution Theatre

The Iliad for Dummies by Lauriane Lehoullier, Julie Malenfant & Valérie Soares (Table Théâtre)

The Inventor of All Things by jem rolls

The Sellout by Curtis Gough

The Sink by Nick Wade (The Alley Brats)

Three to Leave by Sofie Milito, Sadie Laflamme-Snow, Aurel Pressat & Franco Pang (Floral Theatre)

Tiny Dynamite by Abi Morgan (Meraki Theatre)

Tooth:Hurty by Damien Bailey & Pamela Feghali (Lost Kid Theatre)

Unbridled Futurism by Nicholas Di Gaetano with Teddy Ivanova (makesndoes)

Underneath It All by Hannah Gibson-Fraser & Jodie Morden (Pretty Ugly Theatre Productions)

Who, Me. by Rob Lloyd & Scott Gooding

Xave Ruth: Music + Comedy + Math by Xave Ruth

Your Princess is in Another Castle by Wes Babcock & Nancy Kenny


See the full schedule and show listings at ottawafringe.com. The 21st Ottawa Fringe Festival runs until June 18 at a dozen venues. Tickets cost $12 at the door (cash only) and $14 in advance, including fees. Artists keep 100% of their ticket sales.