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Theatre world premières, queer history, & vintage costumes: all in one place!

Mer Weinhold is an Ottawa-dwelling writer, editor, book reviewer, and costuming enthusiast. You can follow them on Twitter. Ottawa has a vibrant theatre scene, comprising a multitude of venues hosting shows, troupes and companies performing them, and programs of study producing new actors, playwrights, and stage managers. From Centrepointe to the Shenkman, and many places […]

Norman continues to conquer in Living Together

There’s a not-to-be-missed theatrical treat at The Gladstone! Living Together is the second of a theatrical triple-header called The Norman Conquests.  You can read my review of the first play, Table Manners here.  I’ve learned since then that Alan Ayckbourn wrote this brilliant trio of plays in a mere 10 days.  One patron on opening night […]

Table Manners is a complete success

Table Manners is the first of a theatrical triple-header at The Gladstone and, I believe, a first for Ottawa. As a result of a flippant remark to a reporter in 1973, Alan Ayckbourn found himself committed to writing a trilogy of plays.  The result was his brilliant classic, The Norman Conquests. Ayckbourn’s three plays share […]

Shipwrecked! offers a wonderful (and clever) dose of silliness

Silliness often gets a bad rap.  For some lovers of culture, art is not really art unless it is exploring a serious theme.  “Real actors don’t do slapstick,” I can hear these deep thinkers declare.  “While ridiculous plot lines are signs of a weak imagination.” In response, one can imagine how Pomme Frites, the wonderful […]

Yo ho ho and a bottle of fun!

Much Ado About Feckin’ Pirates! is at The Gladstone until March 29. The fun starts as soon as you enter the theatre lobby. One of the jolly staff (everyone associated with this production seems to be having a grand old time) directs you to a table where you must find your very own pirate name. […]

Age of Arousal fails to arouse

In 1893, George Gissing published a novel called The Odd Women.  The title derived from the fact that there were a million more women than men in Victorian England.  These “odd” women weren’t able to land a husband, and this had a severe economic impact on women. Gissing’s story was of three impoverished sisters – Alice, […]

Award-winning Canadian comedy lights up the GCTC stage

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) is a triumph of Canadian theatre.  First premiering in 1988, this brilliant comedy won playwright Ann-Marie MacDonald the Governor General’s Award as well as other prizes. Playing at the Great Canadian Theatre Company until December 15, this work is proof that intellectually challenging plays can be a crowd-pleaser. For those not familiar […]