THIS is the month, folks. If you don’t do at least six cool things this month, you should probably shout harder for help, as you’re almost certainly trapped under something heavy and need assistance. Are you ready for it? Here we go…
GLACE BAY MINERS’ MUSEUM at the National Arts Center, until the 3rd. Last chance to see the Canuck classic, beautiful set and all.
THE DEATH OF DRACULA at the Gladstone Theatre, from Phoenix Players. Until the 3rd, vampire fun from the good eggs at Phoenix!
JULIUS CAESER at Centrepointe Studio, from the Ottawa Shakespeare Company. Also until the 3rd, see what some of the biggest buzz in Ottawa theatre is all about!
YOU NEVER CAN TELL at Elmwood School Theatre, from Linden House. And still until the 3rd, terrific GB Shaw piece with wee Jenny David knockin’em dead.
IF WE WERE BIRDS at Academic Hall, from the Ottawa U Drama Guild. Still again until the 3rd, probably the starkest piece of theatre O-town’s gonna see this year. Daring stuff from the guildsters!
THE HOLLOW at Ottawa Little Theatre. Until the 10th, Agatha Christie done fun.
FLY ME TO THE MOON at the Irving Greenberg Theatre, from the Great Canadian Theatre Company. From the 1st thru 18th, the dynamic duo of Margo MacDonald and Mary Ellis get the John P.Kelly treatment, and the result is a must-see.
AGNES OF GOD at the Irving Greenberg Studio, from 9th Hour. Playing from the 1st to the 10th, rising stars 9th Hour have been putting out good shows, and I doubt they’re stopping now.
KASPAR HAUSER at Old City Hall, from Anthropos Theatre. Glen Williamson’s one-an show comes for one night only, on the 2nd. I caught his FAUST, and the dude knows his storytelling.
CINDERELLA at Arts Court Theatre, from Opera Lyra. An abridged, family-friendly operatic version of the classic tale, on the 3rd, 4th and 9th!
THIRSTY at the National Arts Centre Studio. From the 5th to the 17th, and featuring the great Andrew Moodie, Jackie Richardson and more!
MARY’S WEDDING at the Ron Maslin Playhouse, from Kanata Theatre. From the 6th to 17th, a cool sounding show set on the eve of WWI.
WHERE POPPIES BLOW from Salamander Theatre. Publicc performances of this special show at Beechwood National Memorial Centre on the 7th, then at the Ottawa School of Speech and Drama on the 10th, then touring schools across the reegion. Don’t miss out!
TONGUE AND GROOVE at Collected Works Bookstore, from Chamber Theatre. From the 21st to Dec 1st, exciting new stuff from Chamber, in a cool new venue!
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE at the National Arts Centre Theatre. Starting on the 21st…Alix Sideris is back, Alix Sideris is back!! Yay!!
FOOTLOOSE at Centrepointe Theatre, from Orpheus Musical Society. From the 23rd thru Dec 2nd…it’s a musical about Footloose! That’s all I know!
DAVID’S REDHAIRED DEATH at the Vanier Community Centre, from Suspension Theatre. From the 27th to Dec 1st at 8pm (plus 2pm matinee on the 1st), ginger fun from some raucous newcomers!
7 STORIES at Saw Gallery, from Red.Collective. from the 22nd to 25th, the Reddies are back with some Morris Panych for y’all. *UPDATE* This show has sadly been cancelled, but is being replaced by a show from Red.Collective the following month.
MR.PIM PASSES BY at Ottawa Little Theatre. Starting on the 27th, the centennial season marches on, courtesy of AA Milne.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the Glebe Community Centre, from the Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group (GNAG). From the 29th to Dec 2nd, Xmas musical fun from director Eleanor Crowder.
Also, from the 16th-17th, 23rd-24th, and 30th-Dec 1st, Ottawa U will present WORKSHOP II – 4TH YEAR ONE ACTS in Studio Leonard-Beaulne, featuring plays directed by cool beans grad students (is that right..?), for FREE! How can you say no??
…And that’s not all!! Here’s what’s coming up locally in THEATRE FRANCAIS:
SOUS-SOL A LOUER at Theatre de L’Ile. Playing all month long, a really fun sounding show in the prettiest little theatre around!
LE VENTRILOQUE at Studio Leonard-Beaulne. From the 8th to 10th, Larry Tremblay’s play in one of my fav’rit spaces.
UNITY MILLE NEUF-CENT DIX-HUIT (Unity 1918) at Academic Hall, from Comedie des Deux rives. From the 20th to 24th, and directed by doctor Joel Beddows himself!
INVENTION DU CHAUFFAGE CENTRALE EN NOUVEAU FRANCE (14th to 17th) and LA SCAPHANDRIERE (28th to Dec 2nd) at the NAC, from NAC French Theatre. Still haven’t caught any of the NAC French productions…hoping to correct that soon!
…But wait, there’s more! IMPROV more!!
CRUSH IMPROV has a stellar month planned, starting with a workshop on Nov 5th at the Hintonburg Community Centre, with Kirsten Rasmussen, who seems to have REALLY pretty eyes. *sigh* Following that is the monthly ‘BOUT TIME battle at the Elmdale Tavern, featuring returning champs TWO AND A HALF WOMEN taking on GRIMPROV (who will still be hosting their own shows the first and last wednesday of the month at the Imperial on Bank street!). Crush will also be returning with their SPOTLIGHT ON… show at the Gladstone, this time on the 24th (following that evenings performance of NOVEMBER) and guest-starring Nicole Milne! And hey ho, THE BRAD MACNEIL is returning, the show AND the man himself! The latest installment of the live chat show will take place on the 22nd at Mercury Lounge, and he’ll also be hosting a workshop of his own at Arts Court Library on the 24th. He’ll also be joining in the Spotlight fun, so don’t miss him!
This isn’t even mentioning the Dance stuff going on..like Ottawa Dance Directive‘s ROAD TRIP from the 1st to 3rd at Arts Court,and POLITICAL MOTHER and 2 AND 4 from NAC dance. Plus there’s THE CASE OF THE PEKINESE PEREGRINE wrapping up from Eddie May Mysteries in the Velvet Room, courtesy of Scarlett’s Dinner Theatre. Or the GLADSTONE UNPLUGGED benefit concert/variety show on the 10th! Or the UNDERCURRENTS launch party on the 15th at GCTC! Or RAG AND BONE puppet theatre for the kids..!
Seriously, folks, I am SO TIRED from writing this post. Just go out and support some local theatre, all right? From the length of this entry, you’d have to try pretty hard NOT to see some cool shows this month. Don’t let me down! And let me know what I missed (I know there’s SOMEthing). Peace, love and soul,
The Visitor (and Winston)