In a world… where people have abandoned their decisions to a higher authority, what happens when there is no time to consult that authority? What will they do? What will be the consequences? In a play heavy with blunt allegories, there is a danger of the play sinking under the weight of its own didacticism. […]
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Si l’an dernier le festival undercurrents avait enregistré un nouveau record d’assistance, on ne s’attend pas à moins cette année ! Parmi les neuf productions qui font partie de la programmation, voici nos coups de cœur.
This testing ground for indie theatre has seen more than forty short plays premiere since 2012. It’s a chance to see nascent ideas tested out before a live audience. And it’s that opportunity to explore potential, without the fear of failure, that makes Fresh Meat such a unique night out.
Brian Carroll of Apartment613 interviewed actor Brad Long. You’re nominated as Outstanding Actor for the Prix Rideau Awards for Re:Union. How did you get involved in this production? Brad Long: Sean Devine, who is the writer/director of Re:Union, and Artistic Director of Horseshoes and Hand Grenades Theatre, came and saw a performance of We Glow that we did here in Ottawa […]
Storyteller Kim Kilpatrick, actor Emily Pearlman and harpist Lucile Brais Hildesheim will be performing A Winter Tale: the Journey of the Blind Harper at the NAC Fourth Stage. It’s about a famous Irish musician whose music is still performed today. Kilpatrick is a veteran storyteller whose repertoire includes her one-woman show Flying in the Dark, […]
And you may find yourself missing the thrill of frosh week. And you may find yourself behind the desk of a shiny new job. And you may find yourself watching talking heads on CBC. And you may find yourself in a beautiful city, with beautiful people, and you may ask yourself: “Well… what’s up this […]
60 min | Storytelling, Solo | PG While the title and the online Fringe description may prepare you for something else entirely, Emily Pearlman’s I Think My Boyfriend Should Have An Accent is an insightful and expertly crafted collection of tales, sporting an incredible juxtaposition of deeper meaning and whimsy. She takes us along to […]
Post by Nicole Milne, Associate Producer for Tale of a Town. By now most of you have heard about The Tale of a Town, the unique (and uniquely Canadian) multi-media performance piece generated from real life stories told by local residents in cities all across the country. The Ottawa contingent is in full creation mode, […]
On Sunday evening a cavalcade of theatre luminaries gathered in Bates Hall, Sandy Hill to honour the brightest amongst their ranks. The Prix Rideau Awards founded in 2006 celebrates locally produced professional theatre and artists in both French and English. It is inspiring to see categories, including best male and female performers, best director, emerging […]
Review by Allison Vanek 70 min | Comedy | R Fringe shows are generally very simple affairs. Most are are low-budget and be can easily adapted to fit any space. But once in a while, a show comes to Fringe and sets up at a BYOV as if it had explicitly been conceived and created […]
This week, thousands of children are getting the opportunity to explore their creative side at the Ottawa International Children’s Festival. We may not have that many readers in the 12 and under crowd (email and correct me if I’m wrong, kids), but there was one show in the festival program that struck us as pretty cool […]
As I was on my way through the crowd to my comfortable front-row couch seat, May Can Theatre’s Madeleine Boyes Manseau approached me with a fan of folded construction-paper cards. “Do you believe in fate?” she asked. I won’t tell you what my answer was, or what was written inside the card I chose. That […]
Many readers likely followed the controversy at the SummerWorks Festival in Toronto last year over their presentation of the play Homegrown. According to Sun Media, here’s what a spokesperson for the PMO said at the time about Catherine Frid’s play about the relationship between a writer and a terror suspect: We are extremely disappointed that […]
Since 2009, Apartment 613 has been offering well-written, independent reviews of each and every one of the productions in the Ottawa International Fringe Festival. This year’s festival runs from June 17 to 28, and we’ll be posting all our reviews for each play within 24–48 hours of opening night. Click here for reviews from 2014. Search […]