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Fringe Review: Burnt

By Jennifer Cavanagh on June 17, 2022

Burnt
Created by Shauna Akkermans
Produced by Morph Arts (Ottawa)
35+ | 14+ | Comedy
Content warnings: Mature Language, Violence

Burning down the house with an arson whodunit @ Ottawa Fringe

The lights come up on Julie Warner dialling 911 to report a fire at the house of her neighbours, Mark and Katherine Stephenson. The couple rush back from an anniversary vacation to find, when the fire marshal declares it arson, that there is more to this personal calamity than initially meets the eye. Devastated, Mark is incandescent and furiously determined to solve the mystery and get to the bottom of what caused the inferno.

A five-hander set in Julie’s home—mind the kumquats—the plot thickens as Katherine’s housesitting work mate Kayla makes a suspicious discovery among Julie’s belongings while her own chaotic relationship with boyfriend Chris and her predilection for cigarettes means any one —or perhaps none—of these characters may be to blame.

There’s a lot going on with lots of characters on stage for a 35-minute run time, and though some performances are slightly stilted–opening night jitters perhaps—the roles of Kayla and Katherine are particularly on point, bringing a natural cadence and humour to the piece.

Burnt was a great first-night experience and warm-up. Consider adding it to your list as it provides a light-hearted experience and would be an entertaining addition to any Fringe schedule. Fun and fast-paced, it will keep you amused and guessing up to the final reveal.


Burnt by Shauna Akkermans is playing at LabO (60 Waller Street) until June 25, 2022. Tickets are $12 online (plus a $2 processing fee) and at the door. Visit ottawafringe.com for the schedule and box office info. Read more reviews at apt613.ca/fringe.