“A Tension to Detail” Worthy of High Praise

A Tension to Detail, by Gerard Harris, is a one-man storytelling show from a performer who brings magnetic energy to the stage. Over the course of the show, Harris’ autobiographical stories explore the central question of why we choose to tell the stories that we do. There are myriad facts, says Harris, and he often … Continue reading “A Tension to Detail” Worthy of High Praise

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“Cardinal” Achieves Brilliance

The circus must be in town considering the variety of clown shows being offered at the Ottawa Fringe Festival this year. The genre itself, if you are unfamiliar, does not strictly rest in comedy or ridicule and as Aplombusrhomus’ Cardinal shows us, clown can be an incredible way to reach new levels of storytelling.  Using … Continue reading “Cardinal” Achieves Brilliance

“Bride or Die” Comes Close to Greatness

Ok, to be completely honest: Bride or Die was probably one of my least anticipated shows this Ottawa Fringe season (and that hurts me to say, because, if you’ve ever met creator-performer Ashley Rissler then you would know that she is the loveliest human being). Admittedly my initial hesitation stems from the show’s subject matter, … Continue reading “Bride or Die” Comes Close to Greatness

“Victory for the Recycled Virgin” is easy to like

I’m a little sad I didn’t see this show earlier, or else I might have included it in my picks for closing weekend!             Victory for the Recycled Virgin is Houston Robertson’s autobiographical show about new beginnings and how it is never too late to achieve self-worth. When she was still called Barbara she married … Continue reading “Victory for the Recycled Virgin” is easy to like

Find Your Psychic Calling at “In Waking Life”

In the basement of the Royal Oak audiences gather not for book club but for spiritual enlightenment. We are welcomed in by the Synsk sisters, Garnish and Cora, who draw you into their world of spirituality, astrology, and lessons in speaking Goat. In Waking Life is a decidedly character-driven piece; there is a small element of plot … Continue reading Find Your Psychic Calling at “In Waking Life”

“Division 161” is an encouraging debut

Two men meet in the basement of the Royal Oak to discuss something very sensitive. Something mysterious. Something… that may not be happening? Division 161 sees a secret agent (Cullen Petersen, whom I will refer to as P) meet up with a former fellow spy (Cullen McGrail, henceforth M) to discuss a failed operation that … Continue reading “Division 161” is an encouraging debut

“The Heavy Weight” a satisfying seed of a show

A young Ukrainian man is trying to study his English lessons until a crying American woman runs into his apartment. They can’t communicate very effectively through words but they manage to reach an understanding. The Heavy Weight is a nicely-written and –acted piece that sees its main plot through very effectively, but I do wonder … Continue reading “The Heavy Weight” a satisfying seed of a show

Don’t Miss “Love is a Battlefield”!

Perennial Fringe favourites Martin Dockery and Vanessa Quesnelle bring a brand new high stakes drama to life with a pair of vibrant performances in Love is a Battlefield. Dockery and Quesnelle are a pleasure to watch as they slowly unearth the depths of their characters’ insecurities through the layers of armor that humans frequently erect … Continue reading Don’t Miss “Love is a Battlefield”!

“Norman Bisbee Goes to War” Has A Lot of Heart

Kevin Reid brings to life a motley assortment of clownish characters to tell the story of Norman Bisbee, a WWII veteran in his sunset years going to battle once more. Reid’s physicality and voice-work are the strongest assets of this show. He does an excellent job bringing to life the distinct characters in such a … Continue reading “Norman Bisbee Goes to War” Has A Lot of Heart