“next to normal” is a Production Worthy of Accolades

Trepidation: the feeling that inexplicably fills my body whenever I encounter a production that focuses solely on mental health. Though, perhaps, it is not so inexplicable: in my limited (but continually expanding) theatregoing experience, sometimes theatre performance that attempts to destigmatize mental illnesses only reinforces those same stigmatizations or stereotypes despite their good intentions. This … Continue reading “next to normal” is a Production Worthy of Accolades

Fresh Meat Sizzles

Fresh Meat Sizzles             The latest edition of the Fresh Meat: DIY Theatre Fest this month proves not only that Arts Court is the place to check out up-and-coming theatre artists, but also that their art is something worth checking out. This year Fresh Meat offers up 10 bite-size performances spread over 2 weekends, with … Continue reading Fresh Meat Sizzles

Fresh Meat 4: What’s Happened and What’s to Come!

I don’t want to bore you any longer with how awesome I think the Fresh Meat DIY Theatre Festival is. You can read my preview of the first weekend of the 2015 festival here, and my reviews of past festivals here, here, and here. Instead, I’m going to throw these five, brand-new, twenty-minute theatre fillets … Continue reading Fresh Meat 4: What’s Happened and What’s to Come!

Toto Too Brings High Quality Queer Theatre to Ottawa

TotoToo Theatre’s production of Terrence McNally’s Love! Valour! Compassion!, playing until Sunday 10 October at Academic Hall, shows how a 20-year old script full of dated cultural references can still feel fresh and relevant through solid directing and acting. Love! Valour! Compassion! follows a group of 8 gay men over the course of the major … Continue reading Toto Too Brings High Quality Queer Theatre to Ottawa

PREVIEW: Fresh Meat 4 is Fresher than Ever!

October is practically bursting at the seams with the numerous theatrical events taking place in Ottawa this month. The impressive Norman Conquests trilogy wrapped up at the Gladstone only a few days past and the remount of two wildly successful shows at the Fringe Encore happening this last weekend, we are now looking forward to the … Continue reading PREVIEW: Fresh Meat 4 is Fresher than Ever!

Fringe Encore is a Win-Win for Artists and Patrons

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

Opera Lyra’s Styles “Barber of Seville” to Speak to a Younger Crowd

Opera Lyra’s season opener might not win over opera traditionalists with their new production of The Barber of Seville. Rossini’s famed Spanish comedy has been removed entirely from its 18th century context and placed within a 1940s Seville film studio, which sometimes works in the libretto’s favour but other times it feels like an odd … Continue reading Opera Lyra’s Styles “Barber of Seville” to Speak to a Younger Crowd

“The Things We Do for Love”: Three one-acts don’t form unified whole

The Things We Do for Love: An Evening of Spanish Theatre is many things: fun, visually stunning, well-acted, and cheeky. Cohesive, however, is one thing it is not. The Things We Do… combines three one-act plays into a single evening of the playful physical and mask performance that you would expect from Odyssey Theatre. Each … Continue reading “The Things We Do for Love”: Three one-acts don’t form unified whole

Dark Horse Dance Projects Showcases Strong Storytellers

Two Fridays ago I found myself at the Glebe Community Centre for the first installment of Dark Horse Dance Projects (DHDP) and my first foray into the independent dance scene here in Ottawa. An evening of nine short movement pieces, DHDP looks to showcase new experimental works from emerging performers. As one might expect, some … Continue reading Dark Horse Dance Projects Showcases Strong Storytellers