by Ron Finnigan Edited by Brie McFarlane On December 6th, I was part of the "voyeurs" watching performer Tess Degenstein, in the role of Mimi, go on a blind date with a man named Paul selected seemingly at random from the audience. This was not rehearsed. Paul had no idea he would be chosen when … Continue reading Blind Date – Laughing at Someone Else’s Nightmare
Dear Brie, the New Ottawa Critics Team and fellow readers, I've found these past few months incredibly eye opening; It has been great to talk to a theatre reviewing collective passionate about their local theatre scene. I continue to look forward to future exchanges, learning about prevalent issues within the Ottawa theatre community. The … Continue reading Cultural Exchange Letter #3: Celebrating Theatre & Technology
The undercurrents theatre festival has made a name for itself by trying to showcase some of this country’s boldest theatre performances here in the Capital city. Last year saw the exhilarating stage presence of Sébastien Heins and the bass-thumping Brotherhood: the Hip Hopera, not to mention the audio-adventure that was Ghost River Theatre’s Tomorrow’s Child. … Continue reading Undercurrents 2018 Launch: Undercurrents Gets Politcal
Written by Ron Finnigan Edited by Ian Huffam Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion is a play presented at the NAC from October 3rd to 14th, 2017. I had the pleasure of attending the performance on October 11th, which included a talk-back with the performers after the play. In the program handed … Continue reading “Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion” – a Review
Check out our new video with Patrice Forbes from Dead Unicorn Ink where we go through some easy DIY stage blood recipes! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KG6AkeFav4E Ten Little Sinners returns to Ottawa on October 27th and 28th as part of the Fringe Encore series. Ingredients: Laundry soap (or dish soap), coffee (cooled), chocolate sauce, red food dye OR … Continue reading Community Voices: Halloween Edition!
by Ron Finnigan Edited by Brie McFarlane You Are Happy is an English translation of the Rébecca Déraspe play “Deux ans de votre vie” currently being presented at GCTC until October 8th, 2017. Upon entering the theatre, I was struck by the unusual set design which reminded me of a solved Rubik’s Cube with the … Continue reading “You Are Happy”: An enigma inside a Rubik’s Cube
Dear New Ottawa Critics, It was great learning about the Ottawa Fringe Festival here in the UK and what it means to creatives taking part. It would also be lovely to learn more about the [On the Fringe] documentary on the festival and where it would be available to watch over here as this would be of … Continue reading Cultural Exchange Vol. 2: Edinburgh Fringe
By: Alexandra Milman 39 Blyth Blvd, written by Cullen McGrail and directed by Izzy Solis Lozano, is an interesting production which could be outstanding with just a little bit more work. Performed as part of the 2017 Youth Infringement Festival , 39 Blyth Blvd is about the proprietor of 39 Blyth Blvd, Mrs. M, who throughout the … Continue reading “39 Blyth Blvd” Mrs. M may forget Vivan but no one will forget this play
By Tamara LaPlante On November 21, 2011, Iain Armitage posted his first theatre review to his YouTube channel: IainLovesTheatre. He was three years old at the time. After seeing a production of Hairspray at Signature Theatre, Armitage filmed a 34 second stand-up with his reactions to the musical. His channel is one example of the … Continue reading Ottawa’s theatre criticism landscape is changing
2017 is a big year: not only is it Canada’s sesquicentennial and the Ottawa Fringe Festival’s 20th anniversary- but it will also mark the NOC’s 5th #OttFringe and, gosh, are we excited to be back! Running June 8th-18th, this year’s Fringe Festival will see a brand new line-up, some new venues, and another change to … Continue reading Fringe Forecast 2017: Critics’ Pick!