Broadway Friends Forever: “Through laughs and raps No More Mr. Rice Guy is able to delve into issues of race and what it’s like to manoeuvre through a world where you never quite feel accepted. More than finding himself as a rapper, Rice Guy starts to discover who he wants to be as a human being.”
Livia Belcea: “The full-length world premiere of No More Mr. Rice Guy integrates all the ingredients that worked so well for its shorter format: the humorous references to Asian culture are innocent, the dialogue is original and quirky, and Franco is as skilled and exceptional as ever in his performance, even from what is presumably his bedroom in Richmond Hill.”
Broadway Friends Forever: “Without reading the synopsis, it may take you a while to actually catch on to what the show is about, even though you’ll enjoy the songs and journey it takes you on.”
Barb Popel: “This polished production, particularly because of the quality of its music, deserves an audience.”
Amanda Armstrong: “This is the first piece of live(stream) theatre I have seen during the pandemic and I have to say, I was impressed. The performance captures your focus.”
Ottawa’s winter theatre festival is now on the web.
Winter Jazz Fest has been postponed until further notice and the Undercurrents Festival has pushed its dates to March.
Brian Carroll: “Often laugh out loud funny, combining dance, live music, giant shadow puppetry and live video wizardry, Kitt & Jane also has touching moments where these two middle-schoolers reveal depths of feeling that they would rather we not see. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but you won’t know unless you try.”
Brian Carroll: “The disjointed plot line still feels stuck in Fringe territory.”
BFFs: “Kitt & Jane is a fun and fast paced show, with tons of big laughs, some musical stylings, lots of overhead projections and pie. Underneath the comedy, the show makes a statement on the state of the world and how dire things really are.”
Brian Carroll: “If you missed the 2016 Ottawa Fringe award-winning version of Cardinal, don’t miss this new opportunity. If you did see that version with its recorded music, the live music makes Cardinal worth seeing again.”
Amanda Armstong: “Awkward Hug is heartfelt, entertaining, and a piece of impressive storytelling.”
Amanda Armstrong: “Crippled is an absolutely masterful piece of writing that we are fortunate to have had shown here in Ottawa.”
Ottawa’s undercurrents festival has a new play development program that grants local artists a year-long residency at Arts Court.
Barb Popel: “Thibert’s story is touching and engaging.”