“Re:Construct”: Does Not Disappoint

Re: Construct was one of my pre-Fringe picks going into this year’s festival and I am happy to announce that I was not disappointed by theatre decentred’s final result. A show that reflects on identity politics, sexuality, and trying to fit in by way of a simple cake-decorating metaphor, this a piece that speaks to … Continue reading “Re:Construct”: Does Not Disappoint

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“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”

“Little One” Brings Big Performances to Stage

If you’re looking for something fun and edgy to watch this weekend, look no further than Little One currently playing at Live! On Elgin until this coming Saturday. This dark and sometimes sinister production carries a lot of emotional depth, not to mention some fantastic performances that will keep your eyes glued to the stage. … Continue reading “Little One” Brings Big Performances to Stage

“How Black Mother’s Say I Love You” is a Production with A Lot of Heart

If you’re looking for a family drama with an abundance of emotional depth and a production that runs like a well-oiled machine, look no further than How Black Mothers Say I Love You(HBMSILY), written by Trey Anthony, currently playing at the Irving Greenberg Centre until March 25th. Riding the success of previous play ‘da kink … Continue reading “How Black Mother’s Say I Love You” is a Production with A Lot of Heart