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Fringe Review: Cabaret-zy!

By Laura Gauthier and Samara Caplan on June 19, 2021

Cabaret-zy!
Created by Michelle Paré
Produced by Moose Lake Productions (Gatineau)

50m | PG | Musical
Content warnings: Mature language, Mental health

Don’t make your judgments too soon in this Ottawa Fringe Festival show! But do follow the content warnings guide. Michelle Paré shares highlights from her life, including her struggles with mental health, as she goes through short monologues and shares cover songs. Michelle invites you into her story and is very funny, but does share some dark moments with the audience. A one-woman (ish) show, Cabaret-zy is much like an intimate conversation with a friend.

Michelle invites you into her story and is very funny, but does share some dark moments with the audience… Cabaret-zy is much like an intimate conversation with a friend.

Interspersed with beautiful cover songs Michelle sings (her brother accompanying her on guitar), she often shares a little quip about why she chose the song or the meaning of it and, as people with siblings, we appreciate the unspoken thoughts that come through from the looks her brother gives her.

Unfortunately, some of the monologues are filmed slightly out of focusbut we’ll take Fringe any way we can now! The songs are filmed beautifully and the sound quality is excellent. Bravo to all those Ottawa theatre folks who’ve had to also become masters of audio-visual tech this past year.

After an extra tough year for many people and their mental health, Michelle will make you feel a little less alone in your struggles.

The show’s 50 minutes fly by as Michelle keeps the audience engaged through every minute from beginning to end. Her story is one many of us can relate to and after an extra tough year for many people and their mental health, Michelle will make you feel a little less alone in your struggles. And we don’t want to spoil anything, but you may notice Brad Pitt’s pivotal presence in the showbecause let’s be honest, most good stories need at least a little Brad Pitt.


Cabaret-zy! is screening at the Ottawa Fringe Festival until June 27, 2021. Tickets are pick-your-price from $12.50 to $47.50 (100% of which goes to the artists) plus a $2.50 surcharge. Visit ottawafringe.com for streaming information and the complete festival lineup. Read more reviews at apt613.ca/fringe. Shows are on-demand, however, the festival’s ticketing platform can take up to 12 hours to email the streaming link. So although there’s no risk of online shows selling out, your best bet is to buy tickets early!