Fresh Meat 6 Weekend 1 Round Up

Author’s Note: Edited on October 16th, 2017. This article has been edited from a previous version to better articulate some critical analysis of Fresh Meat’s mandate for diversity.  These conversations are important to have and it’s important to choose our words carefully.  These edits reflect the author’s development in thinking and analysis and may continue … Continue reading Fresh Meat 6 Weekend 1 Round Up

High Praise for “Almighty Voice & His Wife”

Although my compatriot and I sat through an ungodly amount of traffic last Tuesday evening to get to Kingston, Ontario, Daniel David Moses’ Almighty Voice & his Wife, directed by the formidable Lib Spry and playing at The Grand Theatre (the Baby Grand, to be exact), certainly made up for it. An incredibly thought-provoking text … Continue reading High Praise for “Almighty Voice & His Wife”

Musical Stage Company Navigates Problematic Stereotypes with Strong Female Lead in “Onegin”

The National Arts Centre’s English Theatre kicked off their newest season Friday night with Veda Hille and Amiel Gladstone’s foot-stomping new musical Onegin. Based on the verse novel Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin as well as Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s opera adaptation, The Musical Stage Company (in collaboration with NAC English Theatre) have respun this classic tale … Continue reading Musical Stage Company Navigates Problematic Stereotypes with Strong Female Lead in “Onegin”

Upcoming Events 2017-2018

While local baristas are preparing for the onslaught of PSLs headed their way, the Ottawa theatre community is gearing up for another year jam-packed with performances. Yes, September is already in full swing which can only mean the launch of new seasonal programming at numerous venues across the city (NAC, GCTC, La Nouvelle Scene, OLT, … Continue reading Upcoming Events 2017-2018

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

“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?