“Damaged Goods” is Well Worth Seeing

I have little to no experience in the world of dance. My knowledge in this art form spans eight or nine seasons of So You Think You Can Dance and one trip to the Festival Trans-Ameriques in Montreal (plus a handful of shows I've seen through NAC Dance). However, I enjoy going to see dance … Continue reading “Damaged Goods” is Well Worth Seeing

You might forget you’re inside This Prison

Review by Wes Babcock   While you’re reading this, it might be beneficial to understand that Theatre of the Beat, the company behind This Prison, “tries its darndest to create thought-provoking theatre to educate, challenge and inspire a diversity of communities.” This Prison is a truly funny examination of the ways human beings cope with … Continue reading You might forget you’re inside This Prison

“Evening of Sin” Brings Burlesque to Ottawa Fringe

I’m not someone who has ever been uncomfortable with sexuality and the body on stage. Performances that try to reclaim or redefine the physical form or normative ideas and stereotypes often do so by titillating or challenging one’s preconceptions through elements of discomfort and/or arousal. So, when I discovered there was to be a burlesque … Continue reading “Evening of Sin” Brings Burlesque to Ottawa Fringe

We’ve Made Our Decision about Working Title: Undecided

Review by Wes Babcock Working Title: Undecided, from the minds of Drawing Board Productions’ Kyle Kimmerly and Tamlynn Bryson rides the cliff-edge of audience interaction to poignant and hilarious heights. This show draws on a strong script to harness the unpredictable nature of its invariably-unique audience through Bryson’s dynamic performance as Tess. Yes. That does … Continue reading We’ve Made Our Decision about Working Title: Undecided

“Hannah & George” is Aggressively Adorable

Full disclosure: I was incredibly doubtful when I first encountered this piece at the last year’s Fresh Meat Theatre Festival. I had little confidence that Kevin Reid, reviewer turned actor of almost no stage experience, could pull off a clown show with much success. Obviously these are some most unfair expectations to have going into … Continue reading “Hannah & George” is Aggressively Adorable

Elephant Girl Lays the Storytelling Stomp-down

The Elephant Girls Review by Wes Babcock Written and performed by Margo MacDonald and directed by Mary Ellis, this show tells the incredibly fascinating and little-known story of the Elephant Girls, a gang of women thieves from early in London’s last century.   Elephant Girls is one of the most interesting stories not only at … Continue reading Elephant Girl Lays the Storytelling Stomp-down

We’re Crowing About The Orchid and The Crow

by Wes Babcock In The Orchid and the Crow, creator/performer Daniel Tobias delivers a moving and darkly funny chronicle of his battle with testicular cancer through the mediums of song and story. Tobias has a wicked knack for audience interaction. He plays the crowd like another instrument with the pace of the text he has … Continue reading We’re Crowing About The Orchid and The Crow