Happy Birthday to Me (or Blow Out the Candles, Make a Wish)

The New Ottawa Critics is celebrating its 5th birthday this week, so this Dark Day Monday Tuesday, we’re here to tell you a little bit more about our plans for the upcoming year and why we need your help more than ever. Over the last 5 years, the New Ottawa Critics and I have been … Continue reading Happy Birthday to Me (or Blow Out the Candles, Make a Wish)

Sláinte! “Vigilante” Arrives at the NAC

If you’ve ever heard of the ‘Black Donnellys’, it’s no doubt it’s because they’re central to an infamous Canadian tale that ends with their family’s massacre. Vigilante, written, composed and directed by Jonathan Chistenson, is an electric retelling of this dark and mysterious story that deals in blood feuds, vengeance, and murder. The deliciously macabre … Continue reading Sláinte! “Vigilante” Arrives at the NAC

A Local Guide to Celebrating World Theatre Day 2017

“Within these twenty-four hours we may be taken from France to Russia, from Racine and Moliere to Chekhov; we can even cross the Atlantic as a bolt of inspiration to serve on a Campus in California, enticing a young student there to reinvent and make their name in theatre. Indeed, theatre has such a thriving … Continue reading A Local Guide to Celebrating World Theatre Day 2017

NAC & GCTC Look to Excite with new 2017/18 Seasons

This past Saturday may have been one of the more frigid days we’ve seen all winter, but that wasn’t enough to stop two of Ottawa’s professional theatre organizations, the National Arts Centre (NAC) and the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC), from heating things up by announcing their brand new seasons to launch this Fall. Artistic … Continue reading NAC & GCTC Look to Excite with new 2017/18 Seasons

TACTICS Season 3 Brings the Heat

The third season of the Theatre Artists’ Co-operative: the Independent Collective Series (TACTICS) made its launch this past Sunday and this year we’re excited to see a compressed festival-style season with supersized artistic programming. With only two mainstage shows happening this year, Artistic Director and Festival Curator Bronwyn Steinberg has scheduled readings of five new … Continue reading TACTICS Season 3 Brings the Heat

Don’t Pass By “Les Passants”

For the first time ever, the Great Canadian Theatre Company is mounting a bilingual co-production with the hopes of forging new artistic relationships and creative opportunities within the city. Les Passants, written by Luc Moquin and directed by Jean Stéphane Roy, represents an “unprecedented partnership” in Ottawa and is a production you certainly won’t want … Continue reading Don’t Pass By “Les Passants”

“Un-Countried” Finds Timely Relevance in History

When Stéphanie Turple first wrote Un-Countried she, like many of us, was still laughing off the idea of a Donald Trump presidency. Now, making its world premiere at the 2017 undercurrents Theatre Festival, Theatre 4.669’s production must contend with the fact that, given current political realities, the issues and messages within the piece now carry … Continue reading “Un-Countried” Finds Timely Relevance in History

“Vovk” is Packed with ‘Fang’tastic Potential

One of my favourite parts about undercurrents are the Late Night pay-what-you-can performances.  This year audiences who stick around the Arts Court Studio lobby will be treated to Vovk, running until February 11, and Faster than the Speed of Dating, starting February 16th, and the intimacy and cabaret-feeling of the Late Night shows add a … Continue reading “Vovk” is Packed with ‘Fang’tastic Potential

“Burnt” and the Magic of Theatre

I’m not going to be reviewing Norah Paton’s show Burnt in the traditional sense. Instead, what I want to talk about is the concept of “the magic of theatre”. People often bring up this phrase when they’ve witnessed some incredibly unique event during a live performance that was either completely accidental or coincidental. It’s the … Continue reading “Burnt” and the Magic of Theatre

“Brotherhood: The Hip Hopera” Delivers Entertainment & Poignancy

Brotherhood: The Hip Hopera initially caught my eye because I am a big fan of using the style of hip hop music to convey narrative in theatre (see: my latest obsession with Hamilton). A co-production between b current Performing Arts Co. and writer-performer Sébastien Heins, this high energy production is not without vulnerability.  Combining original … Continue reading “Brotherhood: The Hip Hopera” Delivers Entertainment & Poignancy