Much Ado About Feckin’ Pirates! is at The Gladstone until March 29. The fun starts as soon as you enter the theatre lobby. One of the jolly staff (everyone associated with this production seems to be having a grand old time) directs you to a table where you must find your very own pirate name. […]
Summer love is in the air and what are we crushing on? Improv. If you’re looking for somewhere to laugh your pants off with a beer in hand, look no further than the 3-week comedy series, My Summer Crush which opened at Arts Court Tuesday, August 12th. Featuring some of the best improv, sketch comedy, […]
In 2005-06, during the worst hurricane season in recorded history, Julie Angus became the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean (yes, row) from mainland to mainland. She was accompanied by her fiancé (now her husband), Colin Angus. It took them 145 days. Julie wrote a best-selling book about their experience, Rowboat in a […]
If conflict be an essential element in good storytelling, then here be some fine stories indeed. Much Ado About Feckin’ Pirates, the mounting of the improv piece by Richard Gélinas and Margo MacDonald and directed by Al Connors, is as much a workshop in storytelling as it is a funny, absurd hour of improv theatre. […]
Table Manners is the first of a theatrical triple-header at The Gladstone and, I believe, a first for Ottawa. As a result of a flippant remark to a reporter in 1973, Alan Ayckbourn found himself committed to writing a trilogy of plays. The result was his brilliant classic, The Norman Conquests. Ayckbourn’s three plays share […]
There’s a not-to-be-missed theatrical treat at The Gladstone! Living Together is the second of a theatrical triple-header called The Norman Conquests. You can read my review of the first play, Table Manners here. I’ve learned since then that Alan Ayckbourn wrote this brilliant trio of plays in a mere 10 days. One patron on opening night […]
By Sandy Gibson 50 mins | Comedy, Improv | PG One never knows how an improv show is going to turn out but the artists and improvisers involved in the opening show of Cold Open by Crush Improv have much to be happy about. Drawing inspiration from a humorous monologue about art therapy and finger […]
Jared Davidson: “Exceptional character work… [Burnt is] fascinating, clever, and immersive.”
A hub for independent theatre, The Gladstone has hired its first manager. The venue – which had long been run by volunteers – is entering an exciting period of growth and looking toward its 10th anniversary season.
The 21st Ottawa Fringe Festival runs from June 7–18, 2017 at downtown venues including Arts Court Theatre, La Nouvelle Scène and the University of Ottawa.
In short, The Gladstone is the busiest theatre in Ottawa. Resident companies and guests will produce 12 shows for their 2017–18 season.
Ottawa’s largest theatre festival opens tonight. See our picks for opening night.
Julia Bueneman: “It’s funny, quirky and awkward while simultaneously being informative and comically insightful.”
AL Connors’ new show premiered at the Ottawa Fringe Festival last weekend. DJ Detective is playing until Sunday June 18, 2017.
Brenda Dunn: “There’s a lot of happy head bobbing and not all of it due to the beats.”