Jamaal Jackson Rogers (AKA Just Jamaal the Poet) is well-known as a driving force for good in Ottawa’s spoken-word and literary scene, as well as a member of the MASC community. He talks about working with youth, being inspired by his family, and how he’s managing to stay creative in our COVID-19 world.
The live reading takes place on Thursday, April 23 at 1pm. The stream will run 30 minutes including a live Q&A.
Well-known playwright and comedian Pierre Brault is live streaming his solo show on Friday, April 17th at 8pm.
The Ottawa Arts Council announced its annual Arts Awards winners this week via social media.
The news of the Ottawa Fringe Festival cancellation still came as a shock, since it was the first major summer festival in Ottawa to be cancelled.
Brian Carroll: “This is a finely balanced and executed ensemble performance of a 1990s classic.”
If you are already a fan of the music (ie. have listened to the cast recording on repeat) and have never seen Cats on stage, you couldn’t ask for a better production value to bring something you already love to life. However, for the rest of us, Cats leaves a lot to be desired.
BFFs: “If you’re a fan of the movie, or a fan of this era of hair bands, or just want a trip down memory lane, Rock of Ages is well worth it. You’ll leave tapping your foot, banging your head and grinning from ear to ear.”
Sharon King-Campbell is coming to Ottawa this weekend to tell the story of Original, a sixty minute one-woman show portraying three of the world’s first or “original” women of myth.
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.”