“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

“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

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