“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

Half-baked

I wrote some time ago about “the end” of art. Now it’s time to talk about the beginning. How does the artist know when a piece is ready? How does the audience know when it’s half-baked.   There are different kinds of ready. A play might be ready for a staged reading. It might be … Continue reading Half-baked

“Art Class in Session. Nude Model. Please Knock.” is not perfect, but promising

You don’t actually need to bring art supplies to this one, but no one’s stopping you if you do. Art Class is not quite an immersive theatre experience and it’s not quite a play, but if it expanded both these aspects then it could be something really special. Every spectator is given a “program” that … Continue reading “Art Class in Session. Nude Model. Please Knock.” is not perfect, but promising

“Something More Glamorous” Filled with Unrealized Intentions

Something More Glamorous, Shell Shocked, Burnt Out… and now, the Weather explores the mental landscape of a war correspondent as she comes to terms with her role in the news machine of television journalism. Being that it is set inside a human mind trained by years in the rapid-fire worlds of warzones and newsrooms, it … Continue reading “Something More Glamorous” Filled with Unrealized Intentions

Concrete Drops Creates Gripping Drama with New Work

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

“Grade 8” Stands on the Merits of a Well-Told Story

Grade 8, created and performed by Dwayne Morgan, is a spoken-word story telling experience that explores the joys and hardships of a single father raising his daughter. Morgan is a veteran of the spoken word circuit, and the vocal presence he developed in this arena is definitely the most notable strength of this production. Morgan … Continue reading “Grade 8” Stands on the Merits of a Well-Told Story

Undercurrents Theatre Festival Sees its Best Year Yet

Those of us living in Ottawa understand just how cruel these winter months can be. Despite having a relatively mild and easy December and January this year, these past few weeks in February have given us good reminder that we’re not through it yet. However, no amount of inclement weather could keep Ottawa audiences away … Continue reading Undercurrents Theatre Festival Sees its Best Year Yet

“Japanese Samurai Don Quixote Challenging Against English Windmills” Overcomes all Language Barriers

Hiroshi Shimizu will tell you that his English is very bad (it isn’t). He will tell you that this has caused him many problems in his career as an English-Language comedian (it has). He will tell you that his father is crazy (it’s genetic). And he will tell you this in such a way that … Continue reading “Japanese Samurai Don Quixote Challenging Against English Windmills” Overcomes all Language Barriers