Floral Theatre Plants a Seed with “Becoming”

Floral Theatre’s Becoming is the seed of a good show. Presenting the experience of one woman as she floats through purgatory, Becoming has good bones although at only 20 minutes in length the show isn’t long enough to fully explore its ideas. As the audience enters Arts Court Theatre they are greeted by a projection … Continue reading Floral Theatre Plants a Seed with “Becoming”

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“The Ultraviolet Life” Doesn’t Quite Dazzle

Photomirage’s The Ultraviolet Life has a fascinating concept at its heart, but the show seems to be weighed down by a burlesque interpretation that sometimes works but still isn’t fully integrated into the play. Ultraviolet Life tells the story of a young woman living with a skin disease and its effects on her relationships with … Continue reading “The Ultraviolet Life” Doesn’t Quite Dazzle

“The Biscuiteater” Tackles Social Issues with Charm

The Biscuiteater is a perfectly charming show on its own merits, though at this socially tense point in history it has a certain timeliness in examining masculinity in the American South. Performer/creator Jim Loucks pieces together a series of reminiscences to paint a largely autobiographical portrait of himself at a young age and the grandfather … Continue reading “The Biscuiteater” Tackles Social Issues with Charm

“Five More Minutes” Could Use Five More Minutes

Five More Minutes is a promising start to what could be a thoughtful look into male friendship in high school, coming of age, and self-destructive decisions, although in its current form there’s a bit more work to do. Nick, Sam, and Tom, best friends since kindergarten, have one more exam left before they’re finished high … Continue reading “Five More Minutes” Could Use Five More Minutes

“…like nobody’s watching” Creates a Remarkable Synthesis on Stage

One of my favourite things that a show that can possibly do is to put two seemingly random concepts together to create a surprising and remarkable synthesis, and ...like nobody’s watching accomplishes this magnificently. In this case the two elements are “isolation films” such as Castaway, 127 Hours, and Gravity, and the distinctive monologue style … Continue reading “…like nobody’s watching” Creates a Remarkable Synthesis on Stage

“The Last Spartan” is a Timely and Compelling Historical Drama

This may not come as a surprise to anyone familiar with Pierre Brault’s work, but his latest, The Last Spartan, is a fantastic show. Dorion was raised from birth to be the perfect soldier, the pinnacle of Spartan achievement. After being captured by the Athenians instead of dying on the battlefield at Sphacteria however, his … Continue reading “The Last Spartan” is a Timely and Compelling Historical Drama

“Heirloom Toys Circus” Brings the Big Top to the Ottawa Fringe Festival

Heirloom Toys Circus, presented by Toronto’s Deflying Feets, combines several different types of acrobatics to tell a story of loss and finding love again when you least expect it. A lonely toymaker takes on a new employee, who quickly discovers that there’s more to the toys in the shop than meets the eye. Along the … Continue reading “Heirloom Toys Circus” Brings the Big Top to the Ottawa Fringe Festival

“The Music Buffet” Leaves it Up to the Audience

Rory Gardiner brings something a little different to the table with The Music Buffet. As a singer-songwriter who’s “been doing the bars for about 20 years,” much of the set list for this 60-minute mini-concert is determined by the audience in a similar manner to live music at a bar. With a mix of original … Continue reading “The Music Buffet” Leaves it Up to the Audience

“The Beast’s Library”: Strong in Theory

With The Beast’s Library, Sad Ibsen Theatre presents a feminist/Marxist retelling of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, asking the question: what if Belle just stayed in the library the whole time and got really into philosophy? As you might guess, this show presents a rather irreverent take on the 1991 film (there’s no mention of … Continue reading “The Beast’s Library”: Strong in Theory