I Ain’t Sayin’ She a Gold Digger: A Brief Analysis of Odyssey’s “Amorous Servant”

For many Canadian arts communities summertime usually means theatre in the park. This tradition, hearkening back to Ancient Greece, seeks to bring audience members out of the ‘black box’ and into the open air where the natural elements often heighten the artistic experience. Ottawa in particular is known for having a wide variety of theatre … Continue reading I Ain’t Sayin’ She a Gold Digger: A Brief Analysis of Odyssey’s “Amorous Servant”

New Criticism & Writing From a Place of Privilege

Edited by Caitlin Gowans The hype around #Canada150 has seemingly come and gone and like many others, I spent Canada Day in reflection. On this occasion there was an outpouring of ‘think pieces’ from white individuals, myself included, stating their discomfort or feelings of awkwardness in regards to celebrating Canada Day this year because of … Continue reading New Criticism & Writing From a Place of Privilege

“Szeretlek” is Sweet Like Candy

While Grand Salto Theatre’s Szeretlek: A Hungarian Love Story might have the most difficult title to pronounce (spoiler alert: they teach you the proper pronunciation in the show and it’s actually not that hard), it’s also one of the most endearing stories. Inspired by the true events that led creator-performer Zita Nyarady’s grandparents to fall … Continue reading “Szeretlek” is Sweet Like Candy

“Bless You, Bonaparte” Sci-Fi Revisionism in Need of Revisions

Okay, let’s get one thing straight: the program synopsis does not do Sad Ibsen Theatre’s Bless You, Bonaparte justice. While it certainly describes the outline of events that take place over the course of an hour, it in no way captures the fun and silliness that appear to run rampant throughout this new text. Unfortunately, … Continue reading “Bless You, Bonaparte” Sci-Fi Revisionism in Need of Revisions

“Underneath it All” is a Brave New Work

Underneath it All, written and performed by Hannah Gibson-Fraser and Jodi Morden, is a dark and fragmented look into the lives of two women and how their conceptions of love and monogamy are affected by experiences of abuse and mental illness. It’s a truly harrowing tale that is, tragically, a reality for many women living … Continue reading “Underneath it All” is a Brave New Work

“Lub Dub” Where’s the Rub?

Lub Dub, presented by NickelPumpernickel, is described in the Ottawa Fringe Festival show program as being unclassifiable, collaborative, experimental, comedy, and performance art. It is a mostly improv-based show interwoven with moments of storytelling that “speaks to the backgrounds of [creator-performers] Monica Joan Ogden, as a Filipina settler woman, and Tony Adams, as a European settler … Continue reading “Lub Dub” Where’s the Rub?

Have a Perfectly ‘Tea’-riffic Time with James & Jamesy

One of Fringe’s hottest duos, James & Jamesy, is back at the 2017 Ottawa Fringe with High Tea: Another British Comedy and it is absolutely steeped in hilarity. Riding the momentum from last year’s 2 for Tea, this production is almost guaranteed to sell out in Ottawa again so if you want tickets buy them in … Continue reading Have a Perfectly ‘Tea’-riffic Time with James & Jamesy

Clown Around with “Incognito: in Wishy Washy”

Clowns have been getting a lot of bad press lately. From the creepy clown sightings that popped up across the United States in late 2016 early 2017 to Andrés Muschietti’s downright terrifying remake of Stephen King’s classic horror novel It (slated to come out in September of this year, but the promo material is pure … Continue reading Clown Around with “Incognito: in Wishy Washy”

Definitely Go Do It with “Lauren & Amanda”

It can be difficult sometimes for a critic to review certain genres like Improv or genres based heavily in audience participation, namely because of the ever changing nature of the show or because it focuses more on the viewer’s personal experience. In the case of Lauren & Amanda Do It, presented by local theatre company … Continue reading Definitely Go Do It with “Lauren & Amanda”