Don’t Skip Out on “I, IDIOT”!

A jem rolls performance is something everyone needs to experience at least once in their life. A legend of the Fringe Festival circuit, rolls is back at the Ottawa Fringe with his newest, and quite possibly his funniest, work I, IDIOT. A production that is both quintessential jem rolls and like nothing you’ve seen from … Continue reading Don’t Skip Out on “I, IDIOT”!

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“Josephine” is Pure Excellence on Stage

There’s always one or two shows a season that come in and absolutely sweep ticket sales at the Ottawa Fringe simply based on word-of-mouth publicity. And if you’ve had a chance to hang out around the Skylounge at all this year, then you’ll know that Josephine, a burlesque cabaret dream play is one of these … Continue reading “Josephine” is Pure Excellence on Stage

“Agent Madeleine” Brings Strong Performances, but a Weak Pace to Ottawa Fringe

Agent Madeleine by Chelsea MacKay is an exciting historical drama about the incredible life of Noor Inayat Khan- the first female wireless operator renown for her actions working with the Special Operations Executive (SOE) as a secret agent in German-occupied France during WWII. Given the depth of the material presented to us, Rainy Hearts Productions … Continue reading “Agent Madeleine” Brings Strong Performances, but a Weak Pace to Ottawa Fringe

“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

Plan B Productions brings Visually Impressive “#Faustus” to Ottawa Fringe

The infamy of Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus largely lives on due to its representations of moral ambiguity, spirituality, and the dark arts. So, perhaps it’s no wonder then as to why the 1592 text still resonates in an era that feels as dark and as morally ambiguous as ever. Plan B Productions brings the doctor … Continue reading Plan B Productions brings Visually Impressive “#Faustus” to Ottawa Fringe

“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