Not Oasis Shows Serious Comedic Chops with “Canada 151”

The team behind Canada 151 has come to the Ottawa Fringe with a strong reputation and an even stronger funny bone. Toronto-based Not Oasis Productions brings a smart and well-executed sketch comedy show that makes every minute a joy to watch. With clever sketches tackling politics, pop culture, and gender stereotypes, this production isn’t one … Continue reading Not Oasis Shows Serious Comedic Chops with “Canada 151”

Advertisements

“Rachel and Zoe” is a Guilty Pleasure at the Ottawa Fringe

Rachel and Zoe: Uncorked and Uncensored isn’t going to be for everyone. Written and performed by irl bffs Hannah Gibson-Fraser and Jodi Morden, this show is a fun piece of fluff that’s definitely better enjoyed alongside some good friends and even better wine. It tackles such classic topics of sex, love, and failed relationships and … Continue reading “Rachel and Zoe” is a Guilty Pleasure at the Ottawa Fringe

“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