FRINGE ENCORE: PREVIEW

Are you experiencing Fringe Festival withdrawal? Do you find that there is just too long of a wait in between Fringe and Undercurrents? Are you looking for something to do this weekend that doesn’t involve a self-induced turkey coma and/or PSLs? Well, look no further because the Ottawa Fringe Festival has got your back with … Continue reading FRINGE ENCORE: PREVIEW

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Blog Post: Missing the Fringe and Other Reviews

It’s been almost two weeks now since the 2015 Ottawa Fringe Festival wrapped up over 50 performances and closed out the new Courtyard outside SAW Gallery and I have to admit: I am still feeling the post-Fringe blues pretty hard. What is it about the Ottawa Fringe that feels so, for lack of a better … Continue reading Blog Post: Missing the Fringe and Other Reviews

“pachiv!” is a Shallow Portrait of Romani People

Playing a character of a different cultural background requires actors to delve into that culture’s social and political contexts in order to play that character fairly without falling into caricature (unless that is the explicit point). A piece of art becomes problematic, however, when it chooses to adopt very a specific culture but ignores its … Continue reading “pachiv!” is a Shallow Portrait of Romani People

“The Adventures of Red Rascal” has Potential to be Truly Exciting

Full disclosure: I was lucky enough to be invited to the first ever script read through of The Adventures of Red Rascal, written by Jake William Smith and premiering at the 2015 Ottawa Fringe Festival. I remember discussing with the other members at the table how the text was to only be the backdrop upon … Continue reading “The Adventures of Red Rascal” has Potential to be Truly Exciting

“Hootenanny” Turns Technical Difficulties into Success

Somewhere after Fred Penner, Sharon & Bram, and the Wiggles on the list of World’s Greatest Children’s Musicians you will find the (thankfully) fictional group, Hootenany. This duo, played wonderfully by Kate Smith and Will Somers, bring life to a clear and intentional satire of children’s entertainers on levels that develop obviously in the subject matter … Continue reading “Hootenanny” Turns Technical Difficulties into Success

“Hootenanny!” is a Comical Commentary on Children’s Entertainers

How do you resist a show that stars the local talents of Kate Smith and Will Somers and that’s also directed by Ottawa Fringe favourite Melanie Karin-Brown? The answer is you don’t. Hootenanny! remains a bit of an anomaly here at the 2015 Ottawa Fringe Festival due to the fact that this is a show … Continue reading “Hootenanny!” is a Comical Commentary on Children’s Entertainers