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!
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
2017 is a big year: not only is it Canada’s sesquicentennial and the Ottawa Fringe Festival’s 20th anniversary- but it will also mark the NOC’s 5th #OttFringe and, gosh, are we excited to be back! Running June 8th-18th, this year’s Fringe Festival will see a brand new line-up, some new venues, and another change to … Continue reading Fringe Forecast 2017: Critics’ Pick!
The season is upon us. What season, you ask? Fringe season, of course. It’s less than 3 weeks ‘til Ottawa Fringe begins, and last week I was in attendance at the 1st annual Tampa International Fringe Festival as a kind of warm up for the long haul of the season. This week for Dark Day … Continue reading Critics on the Road: Tampa International Fringe
Fresh Meat Theatre Festival just opened their call for submissions for their 6th annual edition, and have also taken some really exciting steps towards increasing the diversity of programming available in the awareness of the Ottawa theatre community. What’s the big deal about diversity anyways? Diversity exists on a (ha ha) wide range of axes, … Continue reading D is for Diversity
I wrote some time ago about “the end” of art. Now it’s time to talk about the beginning. How does the artist know when a piece is ready? How does the audience know when it’s half-baked. There are different kinds of ready. A play might be ready for a staged reading. It might be … Continue reading Half-baked
There’s a tendency I’ve noticed in theatre writers and theatre-goers alike to want things to be tied up in a neat little bow. But what if things weren’t so tidy? What if the playwright conspired with the director and the actors to leave a few things unresolved. What if we left the theatre with questions, … Continue reading The Unresolved
I’ve been reading Jordan Tannahill’s Theatre of the Unimpressed, and it has been hitting some chords for me. The main inspiration for writing this book is Tannahill’s observation that a lot of the people he talks to have sworn off ever attending the theatre. They went once, their experience made them unforgivably bored, and they … Continue reading On Mediocrity in Theatre
1979, a new play by the esteemed Michael Healey debuted Thursday night at the GCTC as a co-production with the Shaw Festival. A farcical, somewhat fantastical, and wholly fictional take on the behind the scenes of real historical events, Healey’s play aims its satire squarely at the individuals who formed the Canadian political elite around … Continue reading Michael Healey Unites Audiences with New Political Satire “1979”
Following the cancellation of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival March 22nd, NOC’s Wes Babcock spoke with board member John Goldsmith in a search for more information about the cancellation, the festival’s history, and its future. Dark Day Mondays goes investigative. In order to better understand the Festival’s cancellation, it’s necessary to talk a bit about it’s … Continue reading MagNorth: A Post-Mortem