2 Shows 2 Years Later: The Sink and Hootenanny!

There are a number of remounts at this year’s Ottawa Fringe Festival, some of which I saw for the first time 2 years ago. I decided to take this opportunity to discuss the numerous changes that the respective works have undergone in the course of their development. Please follow these links for the original reviews … Continue reading 2 Shows 2 Years Later: The Sink and Hootenanny!

Have a Perfectly ‘Tea’-riffic Time with James & Jamesy

One of Fringe’s hottest duos, James & Jamesy, is back at the 2017 Ottawa Fringe with High Tea: Another British Comedy and it is absolutely steeped in hilarity. Riding the momentum from last year’s 2 for Tea, this production is almost guaranteed to sell out in Ottawa again so if you want tickets buy them in … Continue reading Have a Perfectly ‘Tea’-riffic Time with James & Jamesy

“God! The One-Man Show” Falls a Bit Flat Despite Talented Performer

Rich Potter’s God! The One-Man Show is a bit of a jumble of stand-up, magic, and clown – all of which are fun and enjoyable types of performance, but when combined in this production it somehow falls a bit flat. God is about to create the universe (not this one, he just gets bored sometimes … Continue reading “God! The One-Man Show” Falls a Bit Flat Despite Talented Performer

Clown Around with “Incognito: in Wishy Washy”

Clowns have been getting a lot of bad press lately. From the creepy clown sightings that popped up across the United States in late 2016 early 2017 to Andrés Muschietti’s downright terrifying remake of Stephen King’s classic horror novel It (slated to come out in September of this year, but the promo material is pure … Continue reading Clown Around with “Incognito: in Wishy Washy”

“Unbridled Futurism”: Weirdly Satisfying

I’m going to be honest: Unbridled Futurism is probably the weirdest show at this year’s Fringe, but its balls-to-the-wall approach to its unusual subject material leads to a satisfying conclusion à la pulpy science fiction. Unbridled Futurism combines original rock music (and one more hip-hop-inspired musical number) with video projections and a surreal plotline in … Continue reading “Unbridled Futurism”: Weirdly Satisfying

Bill Pats Brings Some Much Needed Drama in “Executing Justice”

Bessie-Jean’s Executing Justice is a timely examination of the direction Canadian society and its laws could go based on their current trajectories. Writer/performer Bill Pats goes a bit beyond the “social warning” nature of the show to explore the characters he’s created in more detail, and though this does muddy the basic intent a little … Continue reading Bill Pats Brings Some Much Needed Drama in “Executing Justice”

Definitely Go Do It with “Lauren & Amanda”

It can be difficult sometimes for a critic to review certain genres like Improv or genres based heavily in audience participation, namely because of the ever changing nature of the show or because it focuses more on the viewer’s personal experience. In the case of Lauren & Amanda Do It, presented by local theatre company … Continue reading Definitely Go Do It with “Lauren & Amanda”

For Your “Love and Information”

TWA brings Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information to the Ottawa Fringe this year. It’s a little headier than your average Fringe show, but I encourage you to check out this production of a modern classic, performed by a promising group of young performers. Love and Information is not a play; it’s more like fifty plays … Continue reading For Your “Love and Information”

“The Sellout”: a Mixed Bag of Insight

*The third paragraph of this review (starting “The writing is…”) includes content that could be considered spoilers. The Sellout is a bit of a mixed bag: it ultimately makes a strong, valid statement about balancing artistic integrity and economic reality, but it gets there in a strange way. The Sellout tells the story of Sam, … Continue reading “The Sellout”: a Mixed Bag of Insight

“Balls: Je suis un vidéoclip” steams up La Marquise

Balls: Je suis un vidéoclip is a one-woman show par-excellence in la marquise of La Nouvelle Scène. Aside from the obvious draw of being the venue with the best view in the festival, this show makes full use of the rather odd space that it has set itself in, and the long developmental process that … Continue reading “Balls: Je suis un vidéoclip” steams up La Marquise