Down in Ottawa, we like to refer to this time of the year as six-one-three season, or “61threeson.” You know what I’m talking about: it’s the time of year just after the tulips close, and summer hasn’t quite happened, but it’s warm and the city has awoken to a deluge of events, events, events.
Barbara Popel: Three Sisters Theatre Company seem to have a knack for picking good female-centric plays by female playwrights, as they’ve returned to The Gladstone with Miss Shakespeare (book and lyrics by Tracey Power, music co-written with Steve Charles).
The Gladstone unveils 10th anniversary season filled with musicals, comedies, gripping dramas, and new works by Ottawa playwrights
An astonishing 24 shows by 12 independent companies have been announced for The Gladstone’s 10th Anniversary Season.
Brian Carroll: “Blink is a charming enough tale, but the real reason to see this production is to see the talented Gadsby and her nuanced interaction with Ottawa veteran Whiteley. Ottawa is fortunate to have attracted such a talent to our stages.”
Barbara Popel: “It’s a rare play that elicits sympathy for all its characters. The Clean House, however, achieves this. All the more remarkable a feat, since it is an amalgam of comedy, drama, and surrealism.”
Theatre Kraken’s Othello is at the Gladstone Theatre from February 2-10.
It’s the last weekend of January, everybody! Why, that’s almost February. And February, with its relative lack of days, might as well be March. We’ll get through this winter yet, and the events this weekend will help.
Jennifer Cavanagh: “This short one-woman play by George Brant explores the devastating impact of detached modern warfare on an air force combat pilot who is grounded to become part of the “chair-force” guiding unmanned drones from a windowless trailer in the Nevada desert.”
This personal story cum TEDtalk raises universal questions about aging and eldercare that are provocative and timely. Milner’s work is well-timed with law makers currently struggling to legislate Canada’s 2015 Supreme Court ruling on the right to assisted suicide.
Brian Caroll: “This is your chance to see a bravura performance that has attracted hundreds of audiences, with many people coming back year after year.”
David Whiteley, producer of Basket of Deplorables, calls the staged reading of Tom Rachman’s audiobook “an antidote for our times”. Decide for yourself December 7 and 8 at the Gladstone Theatre.
Brian Carroll: “Cassandra Mentor and Brad Long put in such complex, nuanced and intense performances that I expect Rideau Award or Capital Critics Circle nominations for both of them.”
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Sean Devine: “[Canadians] can’t also claim that we are perfectly insulated from that kind of hatred and violence.”
Phoenix Players’ production of Norm Foster’s Office Hours is playing at The Gladstone Theatre until November 25.
Barbara Popel: “All in all, if you love Leonard Cohen’s music, you’ll enjoy this show. And you’re sure to come away humming one of his wonderful songs.”