The eagerly anticipated new work from dynamic duo Martin Dockery and Vanessa Quesnelle (better known here as Concrete Drops), Love is a Battlefield, makes its Canadian premiere at the Ottawa Fringe Festival this year and suffice to say it’s well on its way to being another great piece for this company. Dockery and Quesnelle appear … Continue reading Concrete Drops Creates Gripping Drama with New Work
The 2016 Ottawa Fringe Festival officially kicked off last night with a number of shows opening their doors to audiences for the very first time. It also marks the start of Ottawa Fringe’s 20th year in production and the beginning of their #Fringe20 Series in preparation for the big anniversary party in 2017. Since the festival’s … Continue reading Ottawa Fringe 2016: Opening Night–> “The Exclusion Zone”, “Gary” & “Best Picture”
The Ottawa Fringe has come up with a great way to extend the “#ottfringe experience” by bringing back two hit productions from past (and not so past) years, giving theatregoers one last chance to catch shows that were particularly sought-after during their initial runs at the Festival. This year the Fringe Encore presented a remount … Continue reading Fringe Encore is a Win-Win for Artists and Patrons
If you’re in withdrawal from the Ottawa Fringe or other summer theatre festivals, then the Fringe Encore at Arts Court will definitely tide you over until Undercurrents – especially if you haven’t seen one or both of the shows on offer, because they both feature a sophistication of writing that goes beyond what you might normally … Continue reading Fringe Encore Presents the Cream of the Crop
Are you experiencing Fringe Festival withdrawal? Do you find that there is just too long of a wait in between Fringe and Undercurrents? Are you looking for something to do this weekend that doesn’t involve a self-induced turkey coma and/or PSLs? Well, look no further because the Ottawa Fringe Festival has got your back with … Continue reading FRINGE ENCORE: PREVIEW
It’s been almost two weeks now since the 2015 Ottawa Fringe Festival wrapped up over 50 performances and closed out the new Courtyard outside SAW Gallery and I have to admit: I am still feeling the post-Fringe blues pretty hard. What is it about the Ottawa Fringe that feels so, for lack of a better … Continue reading Blog Post: Missing the Fringe and Other Reviews
Sometimes I go to a show and write nothing down in the little book that marks me as critic as clearly as a floppy white hat says chef. Bursting Into Flames, starring Martin Dockery, is one of these shows, and this is always a mark of the greatest distinction.
If you still need someone to tell you to check out Martin Dockery’s work, you probably haven’t been paying attention. Let me help you out here: just go. In Inescapable, Martin Dockery and Jon Paterson star in a two-hander about a moment that never ends. Sadly, it does end for the audience, though it seems pretty … Continue reading “Inescapable” features riveting performances
Surprise, Surprise: Dockery is Amazing Again Wes Babcock One of three plays written by Martin Dockery at the festival, in The Surprise Dockery tells a masterfully paced and entrancing tale, in such a captivating fashion you wish he would never stop telling his stories. I promise not to ruin the surprise, but in case … Continue reading I won’t spoil The Surprise. I couldn’t.
Moonlight After Midnight: Brianna McFarlane **WARNING. This review contains some spoilers. If you have not seen Moonlight After Midnight yet, go now. Do it. Get up from whatever screen you are currently looking at, head to the Courtroom at Arts Court and see this show. **