Opera Lyra’s Barber of Seville : Clear-Cut Case of Greatness

October 2, 2015 2:39 pm

Photo courtesy of Opera Lyra. When it comes to opera, The Barber of Seville is a fun, light, entertaining singing sensation.  Gioachino Rossini’s compositions are recognizable to many, in part, thanks to Bugs Bunny, and Opera Lyra’s current production of The Barber pays homage to that reality in a very […]

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Get Your Politics On With Generous at the GCTC

September 25, 2015 10:56 am
Kristina Watt (Maria) and Drew Moore (Alex). photo by Pascal Huot

All photos courtesy of Pascal Huot The Great Canadian Theatre Company is opening its season with a solid hit of political theatre. Generous, by award-winning Canadian playwright Michael Healey, is a great play to see at any time, but it’s a special treat during an election campaign. Generous at first […]

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Chatting with the NAC’s Jillian Keiley

August 12, 2015 3:34 pm
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Photo credit: David Leclerc If the federal election already has you wanting to look elsewhere for theatrics, cast your eye to the National Arts Centre. Have you wondered how the plays at the NAC are chosen? I have so I jumped at the chance to ask the NAC’s English Theatre […]

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Kick up your Heels with Kinky Boots

August 10, 2015 9:50 am

You may recall the 2005 independent movie Kinky Boots. In it, main character Charlie Price unexpectedly inherits his father’s shoe company. He discovers that the company is in deep trouble as comfortable, sturdy and practical men’s footwear is no longer in demand. As Charlie looks to save the company, he […]

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‘The Creation of the World’ is Worth Your Time

August 4, 2015 2:46 pm

All photos by Andre R. Gagne. When The Creation of the World and Other Business opened in 1972, the New York Times reviewer said “…the whole thing has the air of a comic-strip version of Genesis.” As the years went on, Creation’s press didn’t get much better. 20 years later […]

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Feel the Love with Odyssey Theatre

July 29, 2015 12:00 pm
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All photos by Maria Vartanova. Odyssey Theatre, the open-air theatre in Strathcona Park that specializes in telling stories with the use of masks, opened its 30th season on Sunday night, and this year’s theme is love. With a nod to three Spanish literary giants, (Cervantes and Tirso de Molina from […]

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This Glass Menagerie Shines and Glows

July 15, 2015 10:00 am
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All photos by Michael Green Photography. Tennessee Williams’ classic play, The Glass Menagerie, is not what you would call upbeat. In fact, it is downright depressing, and what makes it all the more sad is the fact that much of what happens is autobiographical. However, when the brilliantly written play […]

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A Company of Fools Coming to a Park Near You

July 2, 2015 2:00 pm
Company of Fools - Comedy of Errors

Photo credit: Justin Van Leeuwen at JVL Photography Come one, come all! A Company of Fools, Ottawa’s original professional Shakespeare company, is bringing The Comedy of Errors to parks all over the city and you’re invited! The production is a celebration of the Fools’ 25th anniversary. This particular play has […]

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Cirque du Soleil Lands in the Capital

June 25, 2015 2:12 pm

Cirque du Soleil descends from the sky for seven shows in the capital, and we guarantee it will not disappoint. Landing at the Canadian Tire Centre from July 2– 5, Cirque du Soleil presents its breathtaking performance of Varekai. Varekai is set in an enchanted forest where a plethora of […]

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O god Brings Spirituality to the Stage at the Ottawa Fringe Festival

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Audiences are encouraged to turn their phones off at most Ottawa Fringe festival but at O god they’ll be told to keep them on. Cast members of the interactive play, put on by Ottawa Faith and Arts, encourage the audience to tweet their thoughts on heaven and prayer before and […]

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Head to Hudson for a Great Blind Date

June 24, 2015 10:12 am

It takes an incredible combination of wit and talent to create what Rebecca Northan has ingeniously done in her play Blind Date. It is an innovative piece of theatre that brilliantly mixes improvisation with traditional theatre. It has had successful runs in London, New York, Toronto and across Canada for […]

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The Public Servant Serves Up the Satire

June 18, 2015 11:00 am

You don’t need to be toiling away in a cubicle, answering the noble call to work for Canadians to be entertained by The Public Servant, currently playing at the GCTC. However, if you do work for the government, then you will find it all the more amusing. Writers Jennifer Brewin, […]

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The NAC’s Needles and Opium Mesmerizes

June 3, 2015 2:42 pm
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Photo credit: National Arts Centre Spectacular is the only way to describe Robert Lepage’s reproduction of his 20-year-old play Needles and Opium, currently playing at the NAC. The play centres around three characters. Jean Cocteau shares his thoughts and impressions on his first visit to the U.S. in 1949, while […]

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The Kids are Alright

May 23, 2015 9:03 am

Photo credit: David Hawe There is only one place you should be on Sunday night at 8 p.m. and that is at the National Arts Centre to catch the only Ottawa performance by Kids in The Hall (KITH). Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson have […]

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Let the End of Civilization Wind You Up

May 22, 2015 11:22 am
Let The End of Civilization Wind You Up

Not exactly a plot spoiler here, but you know heading into one of George F. Walker plays from the Suburban Motel series, you are in for some great, witty dialogue and some thought-provoking commentary on the struggles of life and the existential angst that can follow. Currently at the Gladstone, […]

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Let Propeller Take You to New Heights

May 8, 2015 11:59 am
Deliverables 1 - L-R Liz Winkelaar, Rob Chartier, Moni Hoffman, Julia Gutsik, Jessie Huggett Photo by Erica Ferrarin (1)

Above: (left to right) Liz Winkelaar, Rob Chartier, Moni Hoffman, Julia Gutsik, Jessie Huggett Photo by Erica Ferrarin.   While the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) on Wellington Street offers up phenomenal, eclectic theatre productions every year, it also opens its doors to other types of artistic talent. For this year […]

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The Children’s Theatre Festival

April 16, 2015 12:22 pm

Cast of The Spleicher Shrinker Spring has finally sprung! The sun is out, the birds are singing and, if you’re like me, you’re jumping with joy, eager to take advantage of the warm weather. While this extra bit of energy is great for spring cleaning, it can be a hassle […]

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