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.

Schmeiser, the Seed and the Genetically-Modified Giant.

April 4, 2014 9:33 am
Schmeiser, the Seed and the Genetically-Modified Giant.

There is nothing like a good David and Goliath story to get your blood boiling, especially when it involves a giant multinational biotech company like Monsanto against the little guy farmer.  Or so it would seem. But before you head to see the latest production at the NAC, Seed, written […]

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Need to Chill Next Week? Hit the Eaton Chelsea Toronto Hotel in the Big Smoke

March 4, 2014 3:15 pm
Need to Chill Next Week? Hit the Eaton Chelsea Toronto Hotel in the Big Smoke

Looking for a cost effective, family escape for March Break? Head to Toronto. You’ve probably been there dozens of times but with kids, it’s a whole other experience. If you need a place to stay and with little ones, there is absolutely no better place to lay your head than […]

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Totally Rad Dude: Don’t miss Enron

February 28, 2014 11:57 am
Totally Rad Dude: Don’t miss Enron

There are three opportunities left to catch the latest NAC production, Enron. Rearrange your schedule, change your plans if you can and don’t miss it.  Take a step back in time to the late 1990s when Bill Clinton was president, when Michael Jackson and Madonna ruled the charts and Enron […]

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This is War

February 15, 2014 12:10 pm
This is War

This is War, currently on at The Great Canadian Theatre Company, may not be a great show for Valentine’s Day but it is thought provoking, poignant, at times heart wrenching and overall a fantastic play.  War is ugly, irrational and makes you do things you would never dream of doing […]

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Get hot to trot with Age of Arousal at the Gladstone

February 12, 2014 3:36 pm
Get hot to trot with Age of Arousal at the Gladstone

For Valentine’s Day this year, take a step back in time to 1885 and catch the incredible show, Age of Arousal, by Linda Griffiths, currently playing at the Gladstone. There is a lot going on this play. For starters, the script is absolutely brilliant.  It is eloquent, provocative, beautifully and […]

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Haven of Hope: Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre

January 22, 2014 1:28 pm
Haven of Hope: Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre

Maybe you have a cough that won’t go away, or maybe a lump appears in your breast. You head to your doctor to get checked out, just to be on the safe side, hoping to be told it is nothing to worry about. Instead, tests you hoped were just routine […]

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Make it one of your favorite things this holiday season… The Sound of Music at the NAC

December 14, 2013 11:19 am
Make it one of your favorite things this holiday season… The Sound of Music at the NAC

It doesn’t matter what kind of day you’ve had. If you’re grumpy or sad, once the lights go down and Maria (Eliza-Jane Scott) takes the stage, The Sound of Music will take you away and lift your spirits high. I believe it is impossible to not like any rendition of The […]

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Warm your heart and soul with Ethan Claymore at the Gladstone

December 11, 2013 9:46 am
Warm your heart and soul with Ethan Claymore at the Gladstone

If you are looking for a warm and fuzzy theatrical experience this holiday season, then head to The Gladstone Theatre and catch its current production, Ethan Claymore.  It has all you want in a feel-good escape play:  great acting, heart-warming plot and a happy ending. Ethan Claymore is a subdued, naïve, shy, […]

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It’s Back … Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)… and it’s better than ever!

December 5, 2013 2:09 pm
It’s Back … Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)… and it’s better than ever!

 It was great back in 1996 the first time it graced the stage of the GCTC and it is fabulous today. Anne-Marie MacDonald’s Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) is at the GCTC and once again this production is a complete theatrical treat from beginning to end. In fact it’s even better the […]

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Get Lost in the Magic of Hamlet

November 18, 2013 9:16 am
Get Lost in the Magic of Hamlet

There is something fundamentally mesmerizing about Shakespeare’s masterpiece Hamlet. First, the brilliance of the language and the wily combination of words and expressions offer incredible, timeless insight into human behavior. There is also the richness of Shakespeare’s characters, of course.  However, Shakespeare peers into the human soul exposing frailty, innocence, vulnerability […]

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Shaken or Stirred? Who cares? Just get to the 007 Spy/ “Funraiser” Bash on Saturday

November 13, 2013 1:33 pm
Shaken or Stirred? Who cares? Just get to the 007 Spy/ “Funraiser” Bash on Saturday

Martinis, live music, great food, dancing, Prosecco and 007: a Saturday night can’t get much better than that. It all goes down this coming Saturday, November 16 at the Firehall on Sunnyside in Old Ottawa South. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill neighborhood party. Local designers have teamed up with event coordinators […]

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What’s Up Doc? Looney Tunes, Bugs Bunny and the NAC Orchestra. That’s what.

November 4, 2013 9:16 am
What’s Up Doc? Looney Tunes, Bugs Bunny and the NAC Orchestra. That’s what.

So when was the last time you went to a National Arts Centre Orchestra concert that didn’t involve Mozart, Handel, Tchaikovsky or Bach? Don’t get me wrong.  I love classical music. How can you not get a buzz from hearing a full orchestra with such talented performers playing intricate pieces […]

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Tart-uffe it up at the NAC

October 28, 2013 9:24 am
Tart-uffe it up at the NAC

Tartuffe may have been originally written in the 17th century, but Molière’s brilliant and biting comedy mocking the hypocrisy of the Church is as applicable today as it was back then. Tartuffe also works for the year 1939 in Newfoundland – and that’s the setting of its latest production, currently playing at […]

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Fun, Fantastic and Fanciful: Catch GCTC’s You Fancy Yourself

October 25, 2013 5:12 pm
Fun, Fantastic and Fanciful:  Catch GCTC’s You Fancy Yourself

You Fancy Yourself, currently onstage at the Great Canadian Theatre Company, is endearing and entertaining.  Transported back to the 1950s, when Buddy Holly was on the charts and the strap at school was still acceptable, the audience follows the trials and tribulations of Elsa, a young immigrant girl from Iceland, […]

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Nature Nocturne: Rock the Castle

October 24, 2013 2:24 pm
Nature Nocturne: Rock the Castle

Thanks to a membership card and young kids, I honestly can’t count how many times I have hit the Canadian Museum of Nature. I thought I had done the place– tarantulas, bugs, birds, underwater creatures, natural disasters.  Been there done that. I was so completely wrong. The Museum’s Nature Nocturne changed it all […]

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Get a Huge Hit of Wit with GCTC’s Proud Political Satire

September 20, 2013 10:33 am
Get a Huge Hit of Wit with GCTC’s Proud Political Satire

If you follow politics, the gossip and rumour mill of Parliament Hill, you will absolutely adore playwright Michael Healey’s Proud, currently on at the GCTC, from the opening scene to the very end. It is pure theatrical crack for the political junkie. That said, Proud will satisfy all audiences because it is funny, well-written and […]

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Tragic, Beautiful and Haunting Portrait in The Drawer Boy

August 12, 2013 11:22 am
Tragic, Beautiful and Haunting Portrait in The Drawer Boy

When a play has won the triple crown of theatre awards in Canada (a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, a Chalmers Award, and a Governor General’s Award). then you know no matter what, you are in for a play with great content. In the case of The […]

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