“Hootenanny” Turns Technical Difficulties into Success

Somewhere after Fred Penner, Sharon & Bram, and the Wiggles on the list of World’s Greatest Children’s Musicians you will find the (thankfully) fictional group, Hootenany. This duo, played wonderfully by Kate Smith and Will Somers, bring life to a clear and intentional satire of children’s entertainers on levels that develop obviously in the subject matter … Continue reading “Hootenanny” Turns Technical Difficulties into Success

“Hootenanny!” is a Comical Commentary on Children’s Entertainers

How do you resist a show that stars the local talents of Kate Smith and Will Somers and that’s also directed by Ottawa Fringe favourite Melanie Karin-Brown? The answer is you don’t. Hootenanny! remains a bit of an anomaly here at the 2015 Ottawa Fringe Festival due to the fact that this is a show … Continue reading “Hootenanny!” is a Comical Commentary on Children’s Entertainers

“Hootenanny!” Makes for an Hour Well Spent

Hootenanny! (playing at Arts Court Theatre), with its blend of clever music and dark humour, makes for an hour well spent. Hootenanny! is a performance by two Australian children’s entertainers, Hoot and Annie, bouncing back from Hoot’s recent criminal charge selling cocaine to minors – the latest in a long string of misdemeanours, and the … Continue reading “Hootenanny!” Makes for an Hour Well Spent

“Junior Sleuths” Will Tickle Your Funny Bone

A ridiculous foray into a mixed-up world where junior detectives like Nancy Drew, Encyclopedia Brown, and the Hardy Boys teach the police their business, while also showing more of their human dark side than those blue-bound hardcover books ever let on. Junior Sleuths, written by Richard Hemphill, is really funny. I read all those books as … Continue reading “Junior Sleuths” Will Tickle Your Funny Bone

“Two Girls, One Corpse” is a Comedy that Speaks to Millennials

Members of the millennial generation will certainly get a good time out of seeing Two Girls, One Corpse, a show that feels like an extended, wittily written sitcom episode. Meet Marissa and Michelle, two twenty-something roommates on their way to Marissa’s ex’s wedding. After shameless amounts of drinking and a very cleverly-designed and well-executed series … Continue reading “Two Girls, One Corpse” is a Comedy that Speaks to Millennials

“The Cockwhisperer” is Funny and Entertaining

For a show that puts up something of a bawdy front (just check out the title), The Cockwhisperer makes very valid points about the condition of publicly-funded sex education and the need to appreciate the relationship aspect of sexual relationships as much (if not more) than the sex. In this solo storytelling show Colette Kendall … Continue reading “The Cockwhisperer” is Funny and Entertaining

Shit! I’m in Love with You Again is a Fun Ride

From the opening strums of the guitar to its closing notes, Shit! I’m in Love with You Again delivers a highly polished product that never drops in energy despite its conventional themes. With the help of guitarist Luke Jackson, Rachelle Elie tells the autobiographical story of her discovery of and relationships with the opposite sex, … Continue reading Shit! I’m in Love with You Again is a Fun Ride