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!
"Introducing a new segment to both Theatrefullstop and New Ottawa Critics. As two independent blogger collectives, we are both inspired by what theatrically is happening beyond our borders. Each month, we will correspond with all the latest happenings in our cultural cities. This is an opportunity to learn, be inspired, communicate and collaborate!"- Lucy Basaba, … Continue reading Cultural Exchange|Theatrefullstop
By Natalie V. Creating a world with morbid humour, captivating plot and conniving characters, 39 Blyth Boulevard, written by Cullen McGrail and directed by Izzy Solis Lozano at the 2017 Youth Infringement Festival, is sure to draw you in. As the cryptic Mrs. M and determined detective N. (Sarah Thuswaldner and Andrew Foster) tell their … Continue reading “39 Blyth Boulevard”: Killing the Game?
Editor's Note: This article was originally posted on Gabbie Lazarovitz's personal website. All of us here at the NOC felt particularly inspired by this story upon first reading it and were passionate about having it launch our Community Voices series. Gabbie is a professional theatre artist and administrator in the Ottawa theatre community. You can … Continue reading What if…?
By Timofei Smolko During this play i had many analogies to my life. The play walked the audience through a story of all the letters in the alphabet. The first scene was A and they were screaming a lot and moving abruptly that reminded me of how it is to be on a roller-coaster. The … Continue reading Dance Through Your ABCs with “26 lettres à danser”
by Natasha Popovych (14 years old) You look at me like you know me, Yet you don't. You talk, and ask my name, But for what reason, You don't tell me that. You dance, sing and interact Yet I get no answer. You created us a piece, Of alphabet meaning, But no such explanation. Your words are … Continue reading “26 lettres à danser”: Alphabet Confusion
By Natalie Vilkoff (15 years old) Throwing us back to the days when the world was full of wonder and when life was just a game, 26 lettres à danser directed by Hélène Langevin is an interactive play that is great for all ages. As the four dancers (Ariane Boulet, Joannie Douville, Alexandre Parenteau et Georges-Nicolas Tremblay) … Continue reading “26 lettres à danser”: A New Take on Childhood