Apt613 reviews five shows on opening weekend of Fresh Meat 8. Five new shows run next weekend, October 17–19.
Counterfeit! is a new play by the Ottawa Baroque Consort, with actor Pierre Brault. Coining is high treason in 17th-century England, and the penalty is death by hanging. But William Chaloner is no ordinary criminal. His counterfeit coins are so good that they rival – and some say surpass – the quality of those made […]
Barb Popel: “Dief the Chief… is Pierre Brault’s best work as a playwright.”
Brian Carroll: “King Lear is often looked on as a bravura vehicle for the lead actor. But don’t just keep your eyes on Howarth. There are other estimable performances in this production.”
“This is certainly a show that will leave an impact on you.”
See the shows Apt613 contributors look forward to in the winter 2019 season.
The 9th undercurrents festival is taking place at Arts Court from February 6–16.
Colin Noden: “This is a solo show, but it is not a monologue. I counted at least five different characters having conversations onstage, all coming out of one shifting body. And doing it convincingly, with tone and mannerisms.”
The 22nd Ottawa Fringe Festival runs from June 13–24, 2018 at multiple downtown venues including Arts Court Theatre, ODD Box, La Nouvelle Scène Gilles Desjardins and the University of Ottawa.
New Play Tuesday played in the undercurrents festival at Arts Court Studio (2 Daly Avenue) on Tuesday February 13. The festival continues until February 17.
Barbara Popel: “All in all, if you love Leonard Cohen’s music, you’ll enjoy this show. And you’re sure to come away humming one of his wonderful songs.”
This testing ground for indie theatre has seen more than forty short plays premiere since 2012. It’s a chance to see nascent ideas tested out before a live audience. And it’s that opportunity to explore potential, without the fear of failure, that makes Fresh Meat such a unique night out.
Pierre Brault has an excellent track record of writing and performing one-man plays based on historical figures. First, there was Patrick Whelan, the man hung for assassinating D’Arcy McGee (Blood on the Moon). Then Elmyr de Hory, the notorious art forger (Portrait of an Unidentified Man). And then Lenny Breau, the guitar genius (5 O’Clock Bells). […]
American playwright A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters is an epistolary play. Epistolary plays – plays based on the exchange of letters – reside in a small niche in the world of theatre. You may be familiar with plays such as 84 Charing Cross Road and Les liaisons dangereuses. Using only dramatically read letters, Love Letters traces the complicated […]
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 […]