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Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Fringe Festival.

Fringe Review: Something About New York

By Laura Gauthier and Samara Caplan on June 19, 2021

Something About New York
Created by Mathieu Charlebois & Joy Mwandemange
Produced by Lost Baggage Musical Theatre (Ottawa)

60m | 14+ | Musical

When more than just coincidence brings former Ottawans to New York City, the tangles of relationships twist and turn and start to unfurl in this musical presented by Lost Baggage Musical Theatre.

Presented as part of this year’s Ottawa Fringe Festival, Something About New York tells the story of a queer love triangle between Alex, Melissa and Dylan through dialogue and song. With a small ensemble and simple staging filmed with COVID precautions in place (the actors wear masks when singing, but thanks to a great microphone setup they do not come through muffled), the virtual production is done quite well.

With a small ensemble and simple staging filmed with COVID precautions in place, the virtual production is done quite well.

The audience is quickly immersed into the relationships as backstories are revealed and the songs are performed well and move the story forward by letting the audience in on the singing character’s thoughts and feelings.

Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Fringe Festival.

Creators Mathieu Charlebois and Joy Mwandemange wear many hats for this production: they play two of the main characters, as well as helping to choreograph, write and play some of the music. This is no small feat as the bulk of the show is told through song.

Though the show really seems like a bit of a love letter to New York, there isn’t much to give you the sense that it is actually taking place in NYC.

Though the show really seems like a bit of a love letter to New York, there isn’t much to give you the sense that it is actually taking place in NYC. All the scenes take place in indoor venues like apartments or the backs of theatres and there is no extra-special piece of staging that really connects to the NYC vibe.

From the beginning it is definitely not clear how this love story will end—will love prevail and friendship survive? You’ll have to watch for yourself to find out.


Something About New York 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!