Knock Knock: Man Walks into a Bar

Review by Wes Babcock   Man Walks Into a Bar pulls apart the conventions of comedy and theatre to deliver a powerful examination of the roles we inhabit in our real lives. Created by Rachel Blair, and performed by Blair and Blue Bigwood-Mallin, this show aims straight at the centre of the ongoing discussion about … Continue reading Knock Knock: Man Walks into a Bar

Monstrous, or What’s the Advantage?

  Monstrous, or, The Miscegenation Advantage starts with a simple question of identity but quickly becomes distracted by unnecessary historical background and underused dramaturgical elements; this show raises issues instead of questions and because of this it becomes impossible to provide answers. Part autobiography, part research, part indictment of racism, part dance, it’s hard to … Continue reading Monstrous, or What’s the Advantage?

UNDERCURRENTS 2015: “Punch Up” Packs Serious Comedic Heat

Following a lovely opening night party that boasted a fine spread courtesy of the Albion Rooms and affordable alcoholic beverages thanks to Dominion City Brewery Co. and the Wine Rack, I was back at the Undercurrents theatre festival Friday night to see three more shows. While Punch Up and Much Ado About Feckin’ Pirates take … Continue reading UNDERCURRENTS 2015: “Punch Up” Packs Serious Comedic Heat

UNDERCURRENTS 2015: “Air” Doesn’t Reach Its Potential

The nice thing about the Undercurrents theatre festival having moved downtown to Arts Court theatre (previously housed at the Irving Greenberg Centre) is that it is now much easier to accommodate performances so small and so intimate that even the black box theatre is too large. A prime example is Air, a thirty minute physical … Continue reading UNDERCURRENTS 2015: “Air” Doesn’t Reach Its Potential

UNDERCURRENTS 2015: Yarr! “Pirates” Sets Sail From Clichéd Territory

Finishing up my Friday night at Undercurrents, I was treated to the opening performance of Ottawa’s own Much Ado About Feckin’ Pirates, presented by Parry Riposte Productions. I missed it when it originally premiered at the Gladstone because, honestly, I was skeptical about this show. I really wondered how interesting could an improv show about … Continue reading UNDERCURRENTS 2015: Yarr! “Pirates” Sets Sail From Clichéd Territory