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 Me Back to Coles Notes before Take Me Back to Jefferson

April 3, 2015 12:06 pm
Take Me Back to Coles Notes before Take Me Back to Jefferson

Photo Credit: Katherine Fleitas Before you head to the NAC for its latest production, Take Me Back to Jefferson, do yourself a favour and dig out your high school English class copy of As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner, or at least your Coles Notes version if you still have […]

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Don’t Miss this Wedding: Opera Lyra’s the Marriage of Figaro

March 24, 2015 10:02 am
Don’t Miss this Wedding: Opera Lyra’s the Marriage of Figaro

Photo courtesy of Andrew Alexander If you have never been to an opera, The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart would be a fantastic place to start. It is light, funny, easy  to follow and for the most part, the music is bouncy and upbeat. Opera Lyra Ottawa, which […]

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The Best Brothers at the GCTC

March 17, 2015 1:18 pm
The Best Brothers at the GCTC

Photo credit: Andrew Alexander They say weddings and funerals bring out the best and worst in families. Old rivalries and wounds resurface with a vengeance together of moments filled with tenderness and love. You get both in Daniel MacIvor’s play, The Best Brothers, playing at the Great Canadian Theatre Company. […]

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Outstanding Obaaberima

March 11, 2015 2:14 pm
Outstanding Obaaberima

Photo credit: Jeremy Mimnagh Looking for something incredible to do this week? Head to the National Arts Centre to see its latest production Obaaberima. Playwright and actor Tawiah M’Carthy won a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best Outstanding Production in 2013 for his masterpiece. The play actually won three Doras in total: […]

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‘Stuff Happens’ at the NAC

February 12, 2015 10:02 am
‘Stuff Happens’ at the NAC

Photo courtesy of Andree Lanthier Take yourself back to post 9/11, to the time of George W. Bush’s ‘War on Terror’ in Iraq and the cast of characters like Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz and Tony Blair, just to name a few. There have been so […]

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Disney Dreaming

February 6, 2015 12:59 pm
Disney Dreaming

When it comes to creating an extraordinary world of escape, there is nobody who does it better than Disney. Whether you are nine or 90, it is impossible to come away from a Disney experience and not be amazed by it, even awestruck, and completely relaxed and renewed. Disney has […]

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Make Every Day Sun Day in Clearwater and St. Petersburg, Florida

February 2, 2015 3:04 pm
Make Every Day Sun Day in Clearwater and St. Petersburg, Florida

Photo courtesy of Visit St. Petersburg & Clearwater If dreams of daytime highs of +24 instead of -24 or visions of sandy beaches are occupying your mind, then it’s definitely time to take your wind-chilled heart south. Sun, fun and beautiful beaches that will surpass your dreams await you in […]

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Take a Stroll in Moss Park

January 27, 2015 1:30 pm
Take a Stroll in Moss Park

Photo credit: Mark Halliday Any play by Canadian playwright George F. Walker is a satisfying theatre experience. Sometimes disturbing, funny, moving or sad—sometimes all at the same time. Walker’s work is always thought provoking and entertaining. Last year, the Great Canadian Theatre Company’s season included the hilariously brilliant moral-questioning Walker […]

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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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