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Fringe Review: #staystrong

By Sandy Gibson 50 minutes | Comedy, Drama, Multimedia, Solo | PG It’s evident that a lot of effort has been put into #staystrong, an original solo piece by the 2015 Ottawa Fringe Emerging Artist Award winner Tamlynn Bryson. From the varied set to the creative use of a projector to display text messages, video […]

Fringe Review: Searching For Party

60 minutes | Comedy, Drama | PG  I have a confession to make: I’m not much of a video gamer. I don’t own any of the major consoles, I don’t spend much time gaming, and I haven’t spent money on a game in years. Nonetheless, I hugely enjoyed Searching for Party. It’s a series of […]

Fringe Review: May I have this Dance?

By Kat Fournier 60 minutes | Comedy, Drama | Mature Theatre often interacts with pop culture. In the movie Trainwreck, Amy Schumer brought audiences a 30-something-year-old woman who is cynical about men and manages to create a somewhat unconventional rom-com. Here at The Ottawa Fringe Festival, May I have this Dance? offers audiences a play […]

Fringe Review: Bride or Die

50 min l Dark Comedy, Solo l PG Having never seen a one-woman (or one-man) show before, the thought of a full 60 minute play with only one performer seemed to me a daunting task. How would she possibly hold the audience’s attention and keep us engaged for the entire hour? As the crowd filtered […]

Fringe Review: Everybody Dies in December

55 min | Dark Comedy, Drama, Solo | PG Nancy Kenny, who brought us the dynamic Roller Derby Saved My Soul a couple of years ago, returns to Ottawa with another solo show: Everybody Dies in December. It’s a much quieter, almost interior play but, like Roller Derby, it’s about one woman’s passion for her vocation. […]

Fringe Review: Lovely Lady Lump

73 min | Comedy, Clown, Solo | PG Australian comic Lana Schwarcz survived breast cancer. She tells the audience how she discovered a lump, had it diagnosed as cancer, then endured surgery followed by long treatment involving hormonal, radiation and art therapy. Art therapy? For cancer? Who knew? That Schwarcz can leaven gruesome details with humour […]

Fringe Review: Sh!t I’m In Love With You Again

60 minutes | Comedy, Musical | Mature Sh!t I’m in Love With You Again is a one-hour autobiographical musical comedy performed by Rachelle Elie, an award-winning veteran of Fringe who debuted at Ottawa’s 2001 festival. New costumes and a revamped set design distinguish her show from last year, yet the adult theme remains unchanged as […]

Fringe Review: Small Creatures Such as We

By William Kutarna 60 minutes | Drama | Mature Small Creatures Such As We is a two person show, created by Meagan McDonald and Vishesh Abeyratne. The play is about the turbulent relationship of two young adults who reunite after many years apart. As we learn more about their past in a series of flashbacks, […]

Fringe Review: Fugee

60 minutes | Mature | Drama The energy and enthusiasm that young actors bring to the stage is always impressive, and Third Wall Academy is giving them an opportunity this year at Fringe. The story of Fugee is a good fit for teenaged actors, centring as it does on a 14-year-old refugee from Côte d’Ivoire, […]

Fringe Review: Cardinal

By Jessica Ruano 60 minutes | Clown, Physical | G Even though I’d read the show description for Cardinal in advance, I had totally forgotten this clown show was about Alzheimer’s. As soon as I remembered that important detail five or ten minutes into the show, everything made a lot more sense. But before that, […]

Fringe Review: Duet, or: Pas de deux

60+ min | Comedy | PG Dear David circa Wednesday, If you want to live a happier life don’t go to Duet, or: Pas de deux. It pains me to tell you this because the predominantly female cast performs the material to the best of their abilities, and Richard Kaulbars can sell a line like […]

Fringe Review: Next Thing You Know

By Matthew Stella 90 minutes | Comedy | Mature Next Thing You Know is the story of four 20-somethings trying to make it as artists in New York. Waverly is a 28-year-old aspiring actor who works at a law firm during the day and a dive bar on Sullivan Street at night. Her best friend […]