The Kids are Alright

May 23, 2015 9:03 am
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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
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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
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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
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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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Not Just Another La Bohème

April 9, 2015 12:02 pm
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From its inception in 2004, the mission of Pellegrini Opera has been to make top quality operatic performances accessible to everyone in the nation’s capital. Founded by internationally acclaimed soprano Maria Pellegrini, the local, non-profit organization is dedicated to bringing opera to those who would not normally have the opportunity […]

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Take Me Back to Coles Notes before Take Me Back to Jefferson

April 3, 2015 12:06 pm
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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
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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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Phoenix Players: Rexy!

March 18, 2015 12:01 pm
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Take a step back in time with Rexy! Phoenix Players is back at the Gladstone Theatre with a production of the beloved political satire, Rexy! Phoenix Players, a staple in the capital community since 2001, brings affordable, high quality live theatre to the communities in and around Ottawa. Dedicated to […]

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The Best Brothers at the GCTC

March 17, 2015 1:18 pm
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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
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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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Once Upon Kingdom: Ottawa Children’s Theatre Turns Six

February 13, 2015 10:06 am
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Photo courtesy of Mikhail Matousov Once upon a time, in faraway Russia, a little girl Ekaterina Vetrov dreamed of theatre. Today, the artistic director Vetrov is celebrating the sixth anniversary of her own international theatre for children: Once Upon a Kingdom at the Ottawa’s Woodroffe United Church. Over the past […]

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‘Stuff Happens’ at the NAC

February 12, 2015 10:02 am
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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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Take a Stroll in Moss Park

January 27, 2015 1:30 pm
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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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LIGHT at the End of the Tunnel

January 22, 2015 3:29 pm
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Eating disorders push perfectionists into dark worlds where all they want is to be light, and all they need is a ray of it. Produced and performed by Lisa Jeans, LIGHT is a theatrical duet between a live performer and audiovisual technology like video projections, live sound and original electronic […]

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Shen Yun Returns to Ottawa for Ninth Season

December 26, 2014 2:39 pm
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In Chinese, Shen Yun means “the beauty of divine beings dancing.” Indeed that is exactly what audiences can expect from the 2015 performance of Shen Yun at the National Arts Centre. “The show will be a lasting memory and the profundity of the Chinese culture will uplift their life,” says […]

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Take a Trip with Alice Through the Looking-Glass

December 19, 2014 9:12 am
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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
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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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