“Home in Time”: Neatly Written Script, but Lacks Direction

Home in Time is a neatly written script that is done a decent service by its performers although the production lacks solid direction. Martha works in her sister Mary’s café, and as they prepare to close up one night Martha encounters a stranger with an unusual proposition. Fred has in his possession the Book of … Continue reading “Home in Time”: Neatly Written Script, but Lacks Direction

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Martin Dockery Explores Big Questions in “The Exclusion Zone”

This is a review about a show that purports to be about a trip inspired by a book about watching a movie about a trip on which nothing happens. In fact, The Exclusion Zone seems more like it’s about the power of coincidence and serendipity, and the vagaries of the human search for meaning and inspiration … Continue reading Martin Dockery Explores Big Questions in “The Exclusion Zone”

Fringe Encore Presents the Cream of the Crop

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

Some awkward direction ‘Eclipse’d by the talent at TWA

Some awkward direction 'Eclipse'd by the talent at TWA Brianna McFarlane           Third Wall Academy is at it again and this year they’re back with Simon Armitage’s Eclipse, a decidedly dark tale about the interrogation of a group of teens after one of their members goes mysteriously missing during a solar eclipse. Having seen last … Continue reading Some awkward direction ‘Eclipse’d by the talent at TWA

Kitt & Jane: Pure Brilliance

Kitt & Jane: Pure Brilliance Brianna McFarlane                 I’m going to get right to the point and say that I can’t recommend this show highly enough. Kitt & Jane: an Interactive Survival  Guide to the Near-Post-Apocalyptic Future presented by SNAFU Dance Theatre is excellent. Showcasing the delightfully adorable quirks best known from SNAFU’s prequel, of sorts, Little Orange … Continue reading Kitt & Jane: Pure Brilliance

Review: Grimmest Tales, Past and Present

Grimmest Tales, Past and Present Meaghan Flaherty                 Claiming to be a retelling of Hansel and Gretel, Grimmest Tales, Past and Present doesn’t accomplish what it sets out to. Presented by the Manotick Arts Camp, the story we all know is rather glossed over in favour of focusing on the relationship between the two children … Continue reading Review: Grimmest Tales, Past and Present

Burnt At the Steak: Grade ‘A’ Theatre

Burnt At the Steak: Grade 'A' Theatre Meaghan Flaherty                 Beginning with high energy country music and ending with possibly the best curtain call I’ve ever seen from a one-man show, Burnt at the Steak, written and performed by Carolann Valentino, tells the story of her experience managing a multimillion dollar steak house in NYC … Continue reading Burnt At the Steak: Grade ‘A’ Theatre