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L to R: Ayesha Chubb and Zaakirah Chubb. Photo: Chris Snow.

Theatre Review: Home Sweet… Something at undercurrents

By Samara Caplan and Laura Gauthier on February 8, 2020

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Laura and Samara spend their days as non-profit unicorns and fill every spare minute exploring the world of musical theatre as BFFs (that’s Broadway Friends Forever). Follow @bffs613 on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.


Home Sweet… Something offered undercurrents audiences a peek at a work-in-progress. The story features three young women forced to play a twisted game to earn their freedombut all centred around their presumed heritage, values and ethics. Bouncing from gameplay to asides with commentary on heritage and culture, the show delves into questions of race, ethnicity, belonging, fairness and ultimately asks how you win in a rigged system.

Ottawa’s undercurrents festival, hosted by Ottawa Fringe, has a new play development program supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. It grants local artists a year-long residency at Arts Court to work on developing a show.

The program, called under development, offers the local artists resources including workspace and a workshop presentation. It allows artists their own space and timelines to create their pieces and gather feedback.

Home Sweet… Something was one of three shows being featured in the under development 2020 series at this year’s festival. Two others, Beth-Anne and Honey Dew Me were also presented during the first week of the festival. There were scheduled “talk-backs” after the artists presented their shows to allow for questions and feedback from the audiences.

Ultimately, undercurrents and Ottawa Fringe are supporting local Ottawa independent theatre to grow and learn and to help them create the best art that they can, and for this, we applaud them!


Home Sweet… Something has completed its run at the undercurrents festival, but many other shows are still playing until February 15th at Arts Court. Visit undercurrentsfestival.ca for showtimes. Tickets are pick-your-price ranging from $5 to $75.


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