“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

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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

“Drawn That Way” is a Fun-Filled Hour of Musical Shenanigans

Drawn That Way is billed as being an open-mic style event with showcases from different guests each performance and centres around the musical stylings of performer and drag queen Bebe Queen and his accompanists, Kenny Hayes and Andrea MacWilliams. Taking inspiration from their real-life experiences with trying to come to terms with their identity as … Continue reading “Drawn That Way” is a Fun-Filled Hour of Musical Shenanigans

“…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

“A Girl in the Fridge” is a Small Tasting of Dead Unicorn Ink’s Full Potential

The Ottawa Fringe Festival just wouldn’t feel like itself without an annual offering from local troupe Dead Unicorn Ink(DUI). Going on 7 years now with their first showing at the 2011 Fringe Festival where Playing Dead, a zombie puppet show, to the stage and captured audiences’ hearts and, since then, have been regularly producing new … Continue reading “A Girl in the Fridge” is a Small Tasting of Dead Unicorn Ink’s Full Potential