A Company of Fools Breathes New Life into “Twelfth Night”

Twelfth Night, or What You Will is easily one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies given the playwright’s expert use of such timeless comedic devices as mistaken identities, gender reversal, and devious subplots. Ottawa last saw an excellent presentation of this play back in 2016 at the National Arts Centre with designs by Old Trout Puppet … Continue reading A Company of Fools Breathes New Life into “Twelfth Night”

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Cart Before the Horse Brings the Intensity with “Lungs”

Duncan MacMillan’s Lungs is a rather interesting examination of the inner workings of the relationship between two young individuals and poses the question: am I a good enough person to be bringing a child into this world? It’s a blistering text that’s arguably become even more relevant now than when it originally premiered in 2011 … Continue reading Cart Before the Horse Brings the Intensity with “Lungs”

“Karma Chamedian” Brings Strong Comedic Presence to the Ottawa Fringe

Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chamedian(Karma Chamedian) is a show that is just as ridiculous as its title. A new show from Australian comedian Josh Glanc, this is 60 minutes of knee-slapping sketch comedy that features clown, audience participation, and, one of my favourite 90s bands, Aqua. Glanc is a talented performer who knows how … Continue reading “Karma Chamedian” Brings Strong Comedic Presence to the Ottawa Fringe

“Interstellar Eldar” is Out-of-This-World Good

Prepare yourself for an epic cosmic adventure with INTERSTELLAR ELDER Badass Grandma in Space presented by Ottawa Fringe favourite, SNAFU Dance Theatre. Blasting off into a (maybe not-so-distant) future where Earth is no longer habitable by humans and has, in fact, become overrun with swiss chard, our protagonist Kitt Peterson wakes up on board a … Continue reading “Interstellar Eldar” is Out-of-This-World Good

Not Oasis Shows Serious Comedic Chops with “Canada 151”

The team behind Canada 151 has come to the Ottawa Fringe with a strong reputation and an even stronger funny bone. Toronto-based Not Oasis Productions brings a smart and well-executed sketch comedy show that makes every minute a joy to watch. With clever sketches tackling politics, pop culture, and gender stereotypes, this production isn’t one … Continue reading Not Oasis Shows Serious Comedic Chops with “Canada 151”

“Rachel and Zoe” is a Guilty Pleasure at the Ottawa Fringe

Rachel and Zoe: Uncorked and Uncensored isn’t going to be for everyone. Written and performed by irl bffs Hannah Gibson-Fraser and Jodi Morden, this show is a fun piece of fluff that’s definitely better enjoyed alongside some good friends and even better wine. It tackles such classic topics of sex, love, and failed relationships and … Continue reading “Rachel and Zoe” is a Guilty Pleasure at the Ottawa Fringe

“Agent Madeleine” Brings Strong Performances, but a Weak Pace to Ottawa Fringe

Agent Madeleine by Chelsea MacKay is an exciting historical drama about the incredible life of Noor Inayat Khan- the first female wireless operator renown for her actions working with the Special Operations Executive (SOE) as a secret agent in German-occupied France during WWII. Given the depth of the material presented to us, Rainy Hearts Productions … Continue reading “Agent Madeleine” Brings Strong Performances, but a Weak Pace to Ottawa Fringe

Plan B Productions brings Visually Impressive “#Faustus” to Ottawa Fringe

The infamy of Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus largely lives on due to its representations of moral ambiguity, spirituality, and the dark arts. So, perhaps it’s no wonder then as to why the 1592 text still resonates in an era that feels as dark and as morally ambiguous as ever. Plan B Productions brings the doctor … Continue reading Plan B Productions brings Visually Impressive “#Faustus” to Ottawa Fringe