“Xave Ruth: Music + Comedy + Math” = a Fun, if Loose Ride

Xave Ruth shows off the talents of a performer who, while not fully professional, could make a decent go of it with a little more time to tie his material together into a polished progression of songs. Music + Comedy + Math is a concert-style show with heavy amounts of audience participation (you get to … Continue reading “Xave Ruth: Music + Comedy + Math” = a Fun, if Loose Ride

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“Unbridled Futurism”: Weirdly Satisfying

I’m going to be honest: Unbridled Futurism is probably the weirdest show at this year’s Fringe, but its balls-to-the-wall approach to its unusual subject material leads to a satisfying conclusion à la pulpy science fiction. Unbridled Futurism combines original rock music (and one more hip-hop-inspired musical number) with video projections and a surreal plotline in … Continue reading “Unbridled Futurism”: Weirdly Satisfying

Definitely Go Do It with “Lauren & Amanda”

It can be difficult sometimes for a critic to review certain genres like Improv or genres based heavily in audience participation, namely because of the ever changing nature of the show or because it focuses more on the viewer’s personal experience. In the case of Lauren & Amanda Do It, presented by local theatre company … Continue reading Definitely Go Do It with “Lauren & Amanda”

“Ten Little Sinners” is Smutty, Sexy Fun

Last year’s Marvellous Man IV is some of Dead Unicorn Ink’s best work to date in my opinion. Back again this year with their R-rated murder mystery, Ten Little Sinners, DUI- riding the waves of that momentum- delivers one of the most enjoyable shows at the 2017 Ottawa Fringe. It’s kitschy, it’s punny, and definitely … Continue reading “Ten Little Sinners” is Smutty, Sexy Fun

“Confederemix”: Performers Make the Most Out of Weak Text

Confederemix is well-performed by actors who give it their best, but it isn’t quite enough to save the show from its misguided concept. Confederemix centres around George Brown, a hugely important political figure at the time of Confederation (and founder of the The Globe newspaper, which eventually became The Globe and Mail) but who is … Continue reading “Confederemix”: Performers Make the Most Out of Weak Text

“The Iliad for Dummies”: Strong Concept, Needs Fine Tuning

If you’ve been keeping up with the NOC’s Fringe coverage, you might be aware that Table Théâtre’s The Iliad for Dummies is on my list of things worth checking out at this year’s festival. While I still stand by that sentiment, after having seen the show it is worth mentioning that this production is certainly … Continue reading “The Iliad for Dummies”: Strong Concept, Needs Fine Tuning