“Burnt” and the Magic of Theatre

I’m not going to be reviewing Norah Paton’s show Burnt in the traditional sense. Instead, what I want to talk about is the concept of “the magic of theatre”. People often bring up this phrase when they’ve witnessed some incredibly unique event during a live performance that was either completely accidental or coincidental. It’s the … Continue reading “Burnt” and the Magic of Theatre

“Burnt” Explores Authenticity at Burning Man

There is a cultural phenomenon called Burning Man. Ten days of “radical freedom” in the Nevada desert, an economy of gifts, a massive party, fantastic art installations. This show is about that, but only so far as it’s a setting for the competing and overlapping narratives that form the collective cultural memory of Burning Man. Creator/performer … Continue reading “Burnt” Explores Authenticity at Burning Man

“Vovk”: an Intriguing Work-in-Progress

Lana Kouchnir’s Vovk (pronounced voh-vick) is a work-in-progress being presented as part of undercurrents’ Late Night series. In its current iteration Vovk leaves more questions than it does answers, but the content is already fascinating enough that I eagerly anticipate the completed play. Vovk follows Sasha, an burgeoning writer with apparent personal issues, as she goes … Continue reading “Vovk”: an Intriguing Work-in-Progress

“Brotherhood: The Hip Hopera” Delivers Entertainment & Poignancy

Brotherhood: The Hip Hopera initially caught my eye because I am a big fan of using the style of hip hop music to convey narrative in theatre (see: my latest obsession with Hamilton). A co-production between b current Performing Arts Co. and writer-performer Sébastien Heins, this high energy production is not without vulnerability.  Combining original … Continue reading “Brotherhood: The Hip Hopera” Delivers Entertainment & Poignancy

“Brotherhood:The Hip Hopera” is a Powerful Solo Show

  Brotherhood: The Hip Hopera is a powerful solo show that blurs the boundaries along the edges of theatre to incorporate elements of R&B, rap and musical performance to tell a classic story of brotherhood, escape from poverty, and redemption. This show is truly a tour-de-force from creator/performer Sébastien Heins. To begin, the text does … Continue reading “Brotherhood:The Hip Hopera” is a Powerful Solo Show

Ottawa Fringe Favourite Returns to 2017 Undercurrents Festival

Since stampeding onto the Ottawa Fringe scene in 2015, Margo MacDonald’s The Elephant Girls has gone on to see great success with audiences in both Canada and the UK. With another month long tour planned to England this coming April, company Parry Riposte show no signs of stopping this momentum any time soon. Getting your … Continue reading Ottawa Fringe Favourite Returns to 2017 Undercurrents Festival

The Elephant Girls Return at undercurrents

    I first saw Margo MacDonald’s hit one-woman show, The Elephant Girls, at its sold out run at Ottawa Fringe in 2015. The script hasn’t changed in very substantial ways since then – the story is still fascinating, and the voice(s) that tell it are unique in my experience – so many of the … Continue reading The Elephant Girls Return at undercurrents

undercurrents Sets Sail with Eight New Shows

Strap on your snowshoes (though maybe skates rainboots would be more appropriate at this point)- it's time to make the winter pilgrimage down to Arts Court for the 7th annual undercurrents Theatre Festival which opens tonight (!!!) and runs until February 18th. Hosting a wide variety of live performance that brings together both local and touring artists, undercurrents … Continue reading undercurrents Sets Sail with Eight New Shows

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