Undercurrents Theatre Festival Sees its Best Year Yet

Those of us living in Ottawa understand just how cruel these winter months can be. Despite having a relatively mild and easy December and January this year, these past few weeks in February have given us good reminder that we’re not through it yet. However, no amount of inclement weather could keep Ottawa audiences away … Continue reading Undercurrents Theatre Festival Sees its Best Year Yet

Monstrous, or What’s the Advantage?

  Monstrous, or, The Miscegenation Advantage starts with a simple question of identity but quickly becomes distracted by unnecessary historical background and underused dramaturgical elements; this show raises issues instead of questions and because of this it becomes impossible to provide answers. Part autobiography, part research, part indictment of racism, part dance, it’s hard to … Continue reading Monstrous, or What’s the Advantage?

Listen to Me Listen to You

Listen to Me Listen to You Review by Ian Huffam Interactive theatre is still fairly unexplored territory in Ottawa. There’s been SubDevision and May Can’s HappinessTM in TACTICS last year as two standout examples, but performances of this variety are far fewer in number than traditional dramatic productions in this city. Wait, you say, a … Continue reading Listen to Me Listen to You

Listen To Me: A Struggle for Connection

Review by Wes Babcock   Listen to Me is an odd show. The only people with tickets are the eight audience participants who begin the show sitting alone at café tables, who are shortly joined by their first of eight possible actors. After three minutes, you change tables, and begin to listen to and interact … Continue reading Listen To Me: A Struggle for Connection

Mouthpiece a Masterpiece

    Review by Ian Huffam Quote Unquote Collective’s Mouthpiece is provocative and relevant, funny and horrifying, universal yet highly individualized, and deals beautifully with ugly issues. A lot can rush through someone’s mind in one day, which is what we see in this tightly choreographed parade of one woman’s thoughts and experiences over a … Continue reading Mouthpiece a Masterpiece