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L to R: William Beddoe and Danielle Savoie in '2084'. Photo: Andrew Alexander

A–Z: All reviews from the 2019 Ottawa Fringe Festival

By Apartment613 on June 13, 2019



What: 23rd Ottawa Fringe Festival
When: continues through June 23 (see for full schedule)
Where: Arts Court, University of Ottawa, Knox Presbyterian Church
Tickets: $14 in advance, including fees, or $12 cash at the door

Before Fringe closes on June 23, you should head downtown to take in some of the 54 shows being performed. Ottawa’s largest non-curated theatre festival opens this weekend.

That’s so many shows, so, to help you make your choices, Apt613 has assembled a crack team of reviewers:

  • Livia Belcea
  • Luke Brown
  • Samara Caplan
  • Kate Carmanico
  • Brian Carroll
  • Jennifer Cavanagh
  • David Currie
  • Jared Davidson
  • Amanda Dookie
  • Brenda Dunn
  • Laura Gauthier
  • Helen Lam
  • Nicholas McBurney
  • Courtney Merchand
  • Colin Noden
  • Barb Popel
  • Mer Weinhold

Their first reviews are being published after opening night on Thursday, June 13, and they will continue going to shows until every production has been reviewed. Readers can visit for new reviews posted daily.

Will we all agree? We hope not. As in past years, readers can also post their ratings of the shows in our comments section.

N.B. Shows open tonight, June 13. Check back for links to reviews as they’re published.

Shows (A–Z)

2 Sherlock Holmes Adventures by Kenneth Brown & John D. Huston

2084 by Andrew Alexander

52 Pickup by Katie Nixon

A Modest Attempt by Darcy Smith

A Period Piece by Laura Welchner & Monica Bradford-Lea

ARNOTT: A Masterclass In Good Theatring by Nicholas Aymott

Babel On by Tim C. Murphy

Bat Brains or (let’s explore mental illness with vampires) by Sam Kruger

Beans of Fury by Matt Hertendy

Becoming Magic Mike: An Action Adventure Comedy by DK Reinemer

Beneath The Bikini by Katie Thayer

Beyond The Pale by Sherri Rose

Dammit, Jim! I’m A Comedienne, Not A Doctor! by Polly Esther

Destiny, USA by Laura Anne Harris

Entangled by Jacob Berkowitz

ExDEMONators by Leaping Mammal Collective

Fuckboys The Musical by Savannah Cassidy Pedersen

Get Well Soon by Hamda Elmi

Get Yourself Home Skyler James by Jordan Tannahill

God Is A Scottish Drag Queen by Mike Delamont

GoFundYourself by Black Box Comedy

Happy Birthday, Claire! by Valerie Cardinal

I Am The Most Unfeeling Doctor In The World (An Other True Tales From The Emergency Room) by Melissa Yuan-Innes

I Think I’m Dead by Al Lafrance

Ingenue: Deanna Durbin, Judy Garland and the Golden Age of Hollywood by Melanie Gall

Jimmy? by Cullen McGrail

LIGHTS! CAMERA! ODD JOBS? by Arthur MacKinnon

Ludwig(a) by Adam Linton & Gwyneth Orr

Magnificence by Keir Cutler

My Good Friend Jay by Montana Adams

Night Feed by Sarah Joy Bennett, Ginette Mohr & Shawna Reiter

No More Secrets by Spare Change Theatre

Not: A Bev Oda Memoir by Clara Madrenas

Olive: A Culinary Landscape by Sarah Haley

Pack Animals by Holly M. Brinkman & S.E. Grummett

Perfect Date by Sam Pomerant

Pinter Stew by Harold Pinter & Third Wall

Quantum Calamity by Aerial Antics

Scaredy Cat by Carlyn Rhamey

Skirts in the Forest by Becky McKercher & Sarah Thuswaldner

Stick or Wizard? by Oli Weatherly

Suitcase of Wonders by Ryan Pilling

The Date by Phoebe Webber

The Key to Time Travel by Allison Elizabeth Burns

The Knitting Pilgrim by Kirk Dunn

The Last President of Canada by Doug Rutherford

The Royal Flush by Kate Jaimet

The Shape of a Girl by Joan MacLeod

THE WALK IN THE SNOW: the true story of Lise Meitner by jem rolls

The Win At Life Mega Expo by Faisal Butt, Amish Patel & Morgan O’Shea

Timmy, the Dog, Disappears by Martin Dockery

Tornado Troubles by Rory Gardiner

Who’s Your Mommy? by Rachelle Elie

Worldly Women by Dance Fachin

See the full schedule and show listings at The 23rd Ottawa Fringe Festival runs until June 23 at Arts Court, Knox Presbyterian Church and the University of Ottawa. Tickets cost $12 at the door (cash only) and $14 in advance, including fees. Artists keep 100% of their ticket sales.