Arts Court Theatre
Apt613 contributor Jessica Ruano is joined by a member of the local theatre community, Arden Usin. They share their thoughts on some of the shows seen recently at the Canada Scene Festival (running June 15 to July 23).
Brain Carrol: “Their ensemble work is tight.”
David Currie: “The opening was a delight to watch, the run is sure to sell out several times before the end of the festival, so get your tickets early.”
Brian Carroll: “It’s listed in the Fringe program as a workshop presentation. Why would they do that? Because the Fringe is a place to experiment.”
To help you make your choices, Apt613 has assembled a crackerjack team of reviewers.
David Currie: “The play has a lot of heart and real emotion, the actors are connected to their movements and deliver lines with clear character and authenticity.”
Nicholas McBurney: “If seeing some of the darker underbelly of children’s entertainers appeals to your inner TMZ fan, you’ll love HOOTENANNY!.”
Nicholas McBurney: “The show makes for a fun, weird mixture of TV’s Sliders, David Bowie’s Space Odyssey, and Mystery Science Theatre 3000 special effects.”
Nick Bachusky: “Even though it is only 30 minutes, every second is used wisely and The Sink is very quick-paced. You will leave with a smile on your face just like the rest of the crowd did tonight. I highly recommend.”
Travis Facette: “This standup/improv show by Greg Houston revolves, as promised, around the 90s classic Space Jam and Houston’s somewhat idiosyncratic fandom. The premise is cute and has potential.”
David Currie: “It’s unusual to walk into a room and experience beauty, but Do You Want To Live Forever? is an exercise in the sublime. A lady walked out five minutes in but I was captivated.”
The festival takes place from June 15 to July 23 at numerous venues. Prices vary and a great deal of the programming is free or pay-what-you-can.
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.
The 2017–18 National Arts Centre season is an exciting lineup of dance, theatre, and music, and will feature the NAC’s new performance spaces being unveiled this year.
Barb Popel: “Theatre 4.669’s production of Un-Countried has restored my faith in Canadian theatre. It’s not often Ottawa audiences get to see a world premiere of such a well-crafted play. Rarer still that the playwright is a local.”