“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

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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

“Drawn That Way” is a Fun-Filled Hour of Musical Shenanigans

Drawn That Way is billed as being an open-mic style event with showcases from different guests each performance and centres around the musical stylings of performer and drag queen Bebe Queen and his accompanists, Kenny Hayes and Andrea MacWilliams. Taking inspiration from their real-life experiences with trying to come to terms with their identity as … Continue reading “Drawn That Way” is a Fun-Filled Hour of Musical Shenanigans

“A Girl in the Fridge” is a Small Tasting of Dead Unicorn Ink’s Full Potential

The Ottawa Fringe Festival just wouldn’t feel like itself without an annual offering from local troupe Dead Unicorn Ink(DUI). Going on 7 years now with their first showing at the 2011 Fringe Festival where Playing Dead, a zombie puppet show, to the stage and captured audiences’ hearts and, since then, have been regularly producing new … Continue reading “A Girl in the Fridge” is a Small Tasting of Dead Unicorn Ink’s Full Potential

“Who Done the Donald?” Is An Encouraging First Start For New Company

Ottawa is no stranger to murder-mystery dinner theatre, with companies like Eddie May Murder Mysteries and Murder Mystery Ottawa having entertained local crowds for over 20 years. The genre itself relies on the combination of the classic tropes of the mystery novel with moments of audience participation, and usually (though not always) ends with the … Continue reading “Who Done the Donald?” Is An Encouraging First Start For New Company

“Gracie” Fails to Engage on Stage Despite Textual Resonance

It’s hard to believe that it’s already the end of the season for the Great Canadian Theatre Company. Coming in hot on the heels of the uber-enjoyable How Black Mothers Say I Love You, is Joan MacLeod’s Gracie- a cautionary tale about the dangers of blind faith, isolated (yet pervasive) cults, and festered patriarchy. On … Continue reading “Gracie” Fails to Engage on Stage Despite Textual Resonance

Second Step Offers Up a Tasting Flight of Theatrical Goodies with “Light(less)”

It’s always encouraging to see young independent theatre creators come up in the community and make a name for themselves through bold creative choices. Second Step theatre looks to be one of those companies where we will be able to see exactly that. Though Light(less) only had the briefest of runs (April 17th & 18th), … Continue reading Second Step Offers Up a Tasting Flight of Theatrical Goodies with “Light(less)”

Serendipitous Indifference: Diving Deeper into David Yee’s “carried away on the crest of a wave”

“How do you pick up the threads of an old life? How do you go on, when in your heart, you begin to understand, there is no going back”- Frodo Baggins, Return of the King (2003)  When the hobbits return to Hobbiton after their epic quest through Middle Earth, Frodo Baggins finds himself unable to … Continue reading Serendipitous Indifference: Diving Deeper into David Yee’s “carried away on the crest of a wave”