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Barbara Popel

Theatre Reviewer

Barb Popel is a frequent film-goer (hooray for the ByTowne Theatre!) and avid theatre-goer (almost 100 plays per year). She also attends quite a few classical music concerts. Not sure when she sleeps. Quoting a friend, she says, “I don’t support the arts; the arts support me.” Photo by Andrew Alexander.


Theatre Review: Blissful State of Surrender by Sanita Fejzić at GCTC

Ottawa writer Sanita Fejzić’s Blissful State of Surrender is her first play but it doesn’t seem like one. Its world premiere at GCTC is impressive for a number of reasons. It accomplishes something rather rare in the theatre — it’s a drama that tackles “heavy” topics but which also successfully delivers flashes of comedy and […]

Magic in the Dark: What’s playing at Ottawa’s independent cinemas

Hooray! We can go back to see movies as they’re intended to be seen — in a real cinema. Poppa Ford has even allowed us to buy popcorn while we’re there. So, guys, it’s time to go to the movies! Here’s my list of recommended films at Ottawa’s two independent cinemas, the ByTowne and the Mayfair, until Valentine’s Day.

Where to start at the Ottawa International Animation Festival

The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) begins on September 22, and animation lovers have a lot to look forward to in this year’s selections, which were chosen from a record-breaking 2,528 entries representing more than 100 countries. So it might be overwhelming to know where to start. Barbara Popel offers some selections to begin with.