Fresh Meat Weekend Inventive: Final Thoughts

In an attempt to give local independent theatre companies an opportunity to create and perform original work, the first (of hopefully many) Fresh Meat Weekend Inventive took place this past Saturday evening at Arts Court theatre. Both Bad Hats Theatre Co. and duo Karina Milech and Patrick Kelly were given three days and a shared … Continue reading Fresh Meat Weekend Inventive: Final Thoughts

Fresh Meat Weekend Inventive: PREVIEW

The last day of rehearsal was upon us. Walking into the Studio Lobby at Arts Court Theatre Saturday morning the tension in the room was palpable. Both companies (Bad Hats Theatre Co. and Karina Milech and Patrick Kelly) are in the final stages of creating their original pieces for the Fresh Meat Weekend Inventive. With … Continue reading Fresh Meat Weekend Inventive: PREVIEW

Weekend Inventive Day 2: Form Sets In

I got to Arts Court Theatre around noon on Friday and the studio was bustling with activity. My second day at the Fresh Meat Weekend Inventive experimenting with some embedded criticism and I was delighted to see both companies, Bad Hats Theatre Co. and Karina Milech and Patrick Kelly, up on their feet working through … Continue reading Weekend Inventive Day 2: Form Sets In

Fresh Meat Weekend Inventive: Becoming a Fly on the Wall

Well, it’s happened. I took the plunge and embedded myself within the rehearsal room of two companies who are creating original work for the Fresh Meat Theatre Festival’s Weekend Inventive, happening this Saturday.  A new project for both artist and critic, the mild tension in the room during the first few minutes of me being … Continue reading Fresh Meat Weekend Inventive: Becoming a Fly on the Wall

Fresh Meat Weekend Inventive Showcases Original Work and Takes on “Embedded” Criticism

This coming weekend at Arts Court Studio the Fresh Meat Theatre Festival is showcasing original works from two local independent theatre companies in a fresh new Weekend Inventive program. The idea is that the initiative brings in two companies who, in a shared studio space, each create short pieces of theatre over a three day … Continue reading Fresh Meat Weekend Inventive Showcases Original Work and Takes on “Embedded” Criticism

UNDERCURRENTS 2015: “Punch Up” Packs Serious Comedic Heat

Following a lovely opening night party that boasted a fine spread courtesy of the Albion Rooms and affordable alcoholic beverages thanks to Dominion City Brewery Co. and the Wine Rack, I was back at the Undercurrents theatre festival Friday night to see three more shows. While Punch Up and Much Ado About Feckin’ Pirates take … Continue reading UNDERCURRENTS 2015: “Punch Up” Packs Serious Comedic Heat

UNDERCURRENTS 2015: “Air” Doesn’t Reach Its Potential

The nice thing about the Undercurrents theatre festival having moved downtown to Arts Court theatre (previously housed at the Irving Greenberg Centre) is that it is now much easier to accommodate performances so small and so intimate that even the black box theatre is too large. A prime example is Air, a thirty minute physical … Continue reading UNDERCURRENTS 2015: “Air” Doesn’t Reach Its Potential

Once Upon a Kingdom Theatre Reviews “The Magic Flute”!

Once Upon a Kingdom Theatre Reviews The Magic Flute! Brianna McFarlane This past month the New Ottawa Critics led another workshop in criticism for the youth theatre program at Once Upon a Kingdom Theatre, run by OttawaU alumni Ekaterina Vetrova. This time around we went to see Opera Lyra's production of The Magic Flute which was staged … Continue reading Once Upon a Kingdom Theatre Reviews “The Magic Flute”!