Articles by: Jennifer HartleyJennifer Hartley
Jennifer Hartley is a features writer and copy editor for Ottawa Life magazine. Previously she was theatre editor for Ottawa Xpress and now defunct Metro newspaper and has written articles for a variety of magazines across the country and abroad in the United Kingdom.

Take a Trip with Alice Through the Looking-Glass

December 19, 2014 9:12 am
Take a Trip with Alice Through the Looking-Glass

It is often debated whether or not author Lewis Carroll was under the influence of some kind of narcotic when he created Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking-Glass. It is completely understandable to ponder the question as the stories are wacky, out-of-this-world, fantastical and outrageous.  They are equally […]

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The Magic of Narnia

December 15, 2014 10:03 am
The Magic of Narnia

If you are looking for a great family night out with a meaningful story this holiday, head to Centrepointe Theatre for 9th Hour Theatre Company’s musical production of Narnia, based on The Lion, The Witch and Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. 9th Hour Theatre Company productions explores questions and stories of […]

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Get Lost in Shipwrecked with the Company of Fools

December 1, 2014 12:30 pm
Get Lost in Shipwrecked with the Company of Fools

Photo courtesy of Andrew Alexander Clever and funny are what you expect from the Company of Fools and its latest creation, Pomme and ‘Restes: Shipwrecked! On the Tempestuous Lost Island of Never, is no exception. It is currently running at the Great Canadian Theatre Company. Characters from various literature classics, including […]

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Crack Up with Craigslist Cantata at NAC

November 19, 2014 9:00 am
Crack Up with Craigslist Cantata at NAC

If you’re not familiar with the strange and sometimes wacky world of Craigslist, you would be wise to visit the web site before heading to the NAC to see Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata or it may not make a lot of sense. This show, […]

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Oscar Wilde Still Going Strong at the NAC

October 30, 2014 10:02 am
Alex McCooeye, Christopher Morris. Photo by Andree Lanthier

Alex McCooeye, Christopher Morris. Photo by Andree Lanthier He may be one hundred and sixty years old, but there is no question Oscar Wilde still has what it takes to please a crowd. Even when it’s done badly, you love it. Thankfully, The Importance of Being Earnest, the season opener for […]

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Get Great Vision from Fish Eyes at the GCTC

October 20, 2014 2:41 pm
Get Great Vision from Fish Eyes at the GCTC

Beyoncé, eat your heart out. When it comes to shaking your booty and making the moves on the dance floor, there is nobody like Anita Majumdar. Majumdar, the star, playwright and choreographer of the current double bill at the GCTC, Fish Eyes and Boys with Cars, has Beyoncé beat by […]

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GCTC’s 40 Seasons Strong and Just Getting Stronger…

September 26, 2014 7:15 pm
GCTC’s 40 Seasons Strong and Just Getting Stronger…

photo credit: GCTC/Andrew Alexander As  the GCTC celebrates its 40th season, it once again proves it is on the cutting edge of thought-provoking, hard-hitting, fantastic Canadian theatre.  The GCTC chose a whopper of a play to open its 2014-2015 season, The Boy in the Moon, by Emil Sher. Based on […]

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Let Opera Lyra’s Tosca Take you Away

September 11, 2014 12:00 pm
Let Opera Lyra’s Tosca Take you Away

Photo courtesy of Marc Fowler. There is nothing quite grander than hearing beautiful voices singing about love, betrayal and politics. There is one chance left to catch Opera Lyra’s production of Puccini’s Tosca and you shouldn’t miss it:  Saturday night.  The singing, set, costumes and music will instantaneously transport you […]

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Celebrate Jane Austen in Perth tonight

August 29, 2014 1:42 pm
Celebrate Jane Austen in Perth tonight

There is no question Jane Austen fans were celebrating the bicentennial anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice in 2013. However, it’s not too late to tip your hat to the occasion. The play Elizabeth – Darcy: An Adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, which had two successful Toronto runs, […]

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Drop a Few Coins to See The Financier (Turcaret)

August 5, 2014 11:37 am
Drop a Few Coins to See The Financier (Turcaret)

One of the great mid-summer treats in Ottawa is the return of Odyssey Theatre to Strathcona Park and its masked Commedia dell’ Arte productions. This year’s show is the adaptation of Alain-René Lesage’s play, Turcaret, translated by Joanne Miller and Odyssey’s Artistic Director Laurie Steven. The Financier (Turcaret) follows the […]

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Babes4Breasts and the OICC

July 24, 2014 9:59 am
Babes4Breasts and the OICC

You have cancer. Breast cancer. Those are words that can instantaneously send bad chills up and down your spine and take your breath away in the worst way. A cancer diagnosis can leave a person feeling helpless and all alone, and, understandably, wanting care to start right away. The problem […]

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LutherCountry

June 10, 2014 12:30 pm
LutherCountry

Images: Wikipedia & visit-luther.com Martin Luther, Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Frideric Handel, writers Goethe and Schiller … all are well-known German cultural icons. However, what is less known, is that they all come from the same general region of Deutschland: the area currently known as LutherCountry. Two states, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia […]

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The GCTC’s The Burden of Self Awareness … Is Anything But A Burden

June 9, 2014 12:58 pm
The GCTC’s The Burden of Self Awareness … Is Anything But A Burden

Adultery, prostitution, murder, corruption: it has it all.  While it sounds like the latest episode of Game of Thrones, it isn’t. It’s even better. It is the latest GCTC production, the world premiere of The Burden of Self Awareness, by George F. Walker .It is bold, vulgar and absolutely brilliant. […]

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Bring Sunshine to Your Day with Days of Rain

June 6, 2014 11:38 am
Bring Sunshine to Your Day with Days of Rain

Patrick Ballantyne is no stranger to the Canadian music scene — but usually he is the one creating the tunes instead of singing them. Canrock giant Gordie Johnson (of Big Sugar, Wide Mouth Mason fame), up-and-coming Meredith Shaw (the new Jann Arden) and the Trews are a few who have […]

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Great way to spend your night … Catch 9-5

June 4, 2014 11:35 am
these are people on a stage/. they are dancing and having a great time.

There is nothing like a good musical to pick you up when you are feeling down and 9-5 fills the job nicely.  For those you may have forgotten, 9-5 was actually a 1980 film that went on to become one of the highest-grossing comedies.  Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Dolly […]

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Community Leaders Rally to Support the OICC Approach to Cancer

May 29, 2014 10:59 am
Community Leaders Rally to Support the OICC Approach to Cancer

Spring has finally sprung in Ottawa and with it tulips and daffodils are popping up everywhere… not just the daffodils in your garden but the ones you pin on as a reminder that cancer is all around too. But there are havens of hope, and one such oasis of healing […]

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huff at the NAC: It will blow you away

May 7, 2014 10:04 am
huff at the NAC: It will blow you away

Photo Credit –  Cliff Cardinal It is poignant, powerful, funny, touching and deeply disturbing.  huff, currently at the NAC , written by and starring Cliff Cardinal, movingly tells the heartbreaking story of Wind and his brothers , (Huff who is younger and Charles is their older brother who is a […]

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