The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Ottawa Fringe Embraces New Works

“I don’t remember what I saw that day, only that I didn’t like it, and I wanted my $5 back. But that didn’t stop me from coming back to Fringe the next day, and the day after that, and the day after…” – Patrick Gauthier                 New work makes up a large part of the … Continue reading The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Ottawa Fringe Embraces New Works

“Duet, or: Pas de Deux” takes silly too far

Richard Hemphill’s Duet, or: Pas de Deux is a silly romp that takes the silly too far, verging on the cartoonish. Trinity has an unusual problem: she was born with a parasitic twin whose head pokes out of her left shoulder, and only one of them can be conscious at a time. Having endured this … Continue reading “Duet, or: Pas de Deux” takes silly too far

“Get Lost” is Hilariously Dynamic While Riveting the Audience Together on a Great Journey

  In Get Lost, Fringe veteran Jem Rolls explores the special place outside our comfort zones where life actually happens, if only we can get out of own way and get lost in the unknown-unknown. Jem Rolls travels a lot, Jem Rolls talks a lot, and Jem Rolls gets lost a lot – and all … Continue reading “Get Lost” is Hilariously Dynamic While Riveting the Audience Together on a Great Journey

“Alpha Delta 86” is High-Energy Clown You Can’t Help But Enjoy

 Alpha Delta 86, by Kiva Murphy and Filipa Mendes of Can Ducks Fly Theatre, tells the story of a pair of hilarious clown spies employed to rid the world of love. This show is busy high-energy comedic clown that you can’t help but enjoy. Murphy and Mendez play wonderfully off one another, and even when … Continue reading “Alpha Delta 86” is High-Energy Clown You Can’t Help But Enjoy

“V.R. Dunne” Dully Tells an Exciting Story

V.R. Dunne is a storytelling show that narrates the life story of Vincent Raymond Dunne (‘Ray’ for short), a soft-spoken but intelligent man who was among the union leaders during the 1934 truck drivers’ strike in Minneapolis. The story of the strike is actually quite exciting, but the direction chosen by artist/performer Howard Petrick stifles … Continue reading “V.R. Dunne” Dully Tells an Exciting Story

“The Red Shoes” features some very entertaining performances

 The Red Shoes, by Moon Ballad Circus, features some very entertaining performances.  First off, do you like fire? There was fire, and it was cool.  This assessment holds true for the gamut of circus skills on display in this production; really impressively cool. As a piece of theatre, this show leaves a lot to be … Continue reading “The Red Shoes” features some very entertaining performances

“Rideshares & Rope Swings” is Refreshingly Quiet and Beautiful

Rideshares and Rope Swings, from Two Kind Boys Productions, tells a quirky tale the friendship that develops between two young adults (played by Matt Hertendy and Zoe Towne) on a rideshare across Ontario. There is a line from the near the beginning of this show that says, about the stars that, “beauty isn’t always in … Continue reading “Rideshares & Rope Swings” is Refreshingly Quiet and Beautiful

Strong Performances Despite Wordy Text in “As Rome Burns”

A period piece set in ancient Rome, FireFlood Productions’ As Rome Burns brings strong performances to bear on reconsidering an historical moment from long ago. This show explores the motivations and circumstances that led one of history’s most controversial figures to cast him in a human light. That is not to say redeem him, but … Continue reading Strong Performances Despite Wordy Text in “As Rome Burns”

“Next Thing You Know” Has Style If Not Substance

Next Thing You Know takes the Broadway musical formula and applies it to four young people in New York who realize they aren’t getting younger. The show’s creators have a solid grasp of the Broadway style, but the show suffers from a lack of dramatic substance. Waverly moved to New York to become an actress … Continue reading “Next Thing You Know” Has Style If Not Substance