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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: 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: BLINDSIDE

This touring Fringe show was seen and reviewed at the London Fringe Festival, May 31 to June 11, 2016 Stéphanie Morin-Robert from Montreal brings you BLINDSIDE. A tale about a girl, a cat, and one eye. BLINDSIDE is a one-woman act that takes you through the life of a young woman who lost her eye […]

Fringe Review: raw footage

By Alex Katayama 40 minutes | Dance, Solo | PG When I was first assigned to review raw footage, the first thing I did was look up “contemporary dance” on Wikipedia and then desperately searched Youtube for “contemporary dance examples” — I figured a basic education couldn’t hurt. Then Friday night rolled around, I took my seat in […]

Fringe Review: GET LOST jem rolls

59 minutes | Storytelling, Comedy, Solo, Performance Poetry | PG “The human race, don’t you just love it? Yes, I do! It’s the only possible way to cope with it.” Jem Rolls returns to this theme throughout GET LOST. GET LOST is different from Rolls’s other shows. In fact, every performance of GET LOST will be different. Five […]

Fringe Review: C-

By Vanessa Turpin  50 minutes | Comedy, Drama, Solo | PG We’ve all been there. Many of us are still there. Trying to answer the trite question “what is life after college?” Eric Jaffe (playwright and performer) explores the value of a college education and the struggle to choose a meaningful career post-grad in C-, […]

Fringe Review: V. R. Dunne

By Travis Facette 70 min | Drama, Solo | PG Howard Petrick’s show is more a piece of storytelling than anything else. With a drawling, simple style, Petrick takes the role of V.R. Dunne and recounts the man’s life and achievements as a union organizer and revolutionary. It’s a compelling and sometimes vivid story, though […]

Fringe Review: Norman Bisbee Goes to War

By Travis Facette 52 min | Comedy, Drama, Solo | PG Creator and performer Kevin Reid takes on several roles in this solo show, which tells the story of an elderly veteran and his lost locket. It’s clear that Reid is a competent actor, and his portrayal of Norman’s best friend Papini, a self-aware Italian […]

Fringe Review: Saor (Free)

60 minutes | Adventure, Comedy, Solo | Mature I’m sure I wasn’t the first person to see the title of this show and think “Huh? A free Fringe show? Sure, I’m down!” It’s not actually a free show, but that’s ok! Free is the direct translation of the Gaelic word “saor”, and the search for […]

Fringe Review: Victory for the Recycled Virgin

60 minutes | Solo, Drama | Mature If you like oddballs, you will love Victory for the Recycled Virgin. I don’t mean that pejoratively, Houston Robertson is a charming storyteller who has had a very unusual life to tell us about. This is not so much a show as a woman’s life on display. The […]

Fringe Review: A Tension to Detail

60 minutes | Comedy, Solo | Mature British storyteller Gerard Harris takes advantage of the hour to skillfully cast himself as a guy who is down on his luck in A Tension to Detail. Self-described as disadvantaged because he’s a white, middle-aged, heterosexual man, Harris gives the audience plenty of reasons to feel bad for […]

Fringe Review: Magic Unicorn Island

60 minutes | Comedy, Drama, Solo | PG Magic Unicorn Island sold out again and anyone who sees it can understand why. The horrors of war are so viscerally presented, so nuanced is the exploration of the theme and it is so artfully developed that the ending of this comedy had me in tears. That’s because Magic […]

Fringe Review: Everybody Dies in December

This touring Fringe show was seen and reviewed at the London Fringe Festival, May 31 to June 11, 2016 From the woman who brought us Roller Derby Saved My Soul comes another great show in Everybody Dies in December. I was lucky to see Nancy Kenny’s very first performance of her new one woman show […]

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