Fringe is over, but Theatre marches on! And happily, there’s still a good lot of stuffs going on in July to ease those post-courtyard separation anxieties:
NOISES OFF at the Ottawa Little Theatre. Supposedly the funniest thing in the history of ever, the OLT’s 100th season barrels on with this comedy by Michael Frayn. From the 2nd to the 20th.
THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR from a Company of Fools. Torchlight Shakespeare enjoys its 10th anniversary with this lesser-seen bit of Billy Shakes with a killer cast, and directed by Catriona Leger! Starts on the 2nd, check the Fools Website for a show in a park near you!
A COMEDY OF ERRORS from Bear and Company. The new touring company in town is back with a western spin on the bard, directed by Anna Lewis. Starts on the 4th, and the Bear and Co. website has all the goods on where they’ll be showing up next!
SAPPHO…IN 9 FRAGMENTS at Arts Court Library, from Troupe de la Lune/10th Muse. The Fringe smash is back for a short return engagement, and you do NOT want to miss this powerhouse performance from Victoria Grove in a play by Jane Griffiths and director Jessica Ruano. The 4th to 6th only!
THE ST.LAWRENCE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL is back with another doozy of a double bill out Prescott way. Featuring HAMLET and the original comedy MAID FOR A MUSKET, as well as a bunch of extra programming peppered throughout the runs. MAID kicks off on the 12th with HAMLET debuting on the 16th…check the SLSF website for all the details!
ROLLER DERBY SAVED MY SOUL at Arts Court Theatre! Nancy Kenny’s one-woman wonder of a show is headed on cross-Canada tour, and she’s bringing it home to us for one night only to get ready. July 13th at 7:30, advance tickets available HERE.
ARMS AND THE MAN in Strthcona Park, from Odyssey Theatre. Some Geroge Bernard Shaw, masque-style, for your parkbound entertainment pleasure! Directed by the man Andy Massingham. Starts on the 25th!
IDOMENEO at the Church of St.John the Evangelist, 154 Somerset West, from Boutique Opera. A little class in your July, with some classic Opera on the 18th at 7pm!
The Gladstone Theatre’s ONE NIGHT ONLY SERIES continues after its June debut, running every Thursday thru Saturday this month with a variety of music and theatre each evening. Full rundown at the website, but here are some of the Theatrical highlights for July:
SUMMER OF ‘34:REDUX from Backpack Theatre. An expanded version of the play Jonah Allingham debuted at last year’s FRESH MEAT festival, this slice of Canadiana hits the Gladstone on the 4th, then moves to the Happy Goat Coffee Company for the 5th thru 7th! Facebook event page HERE.
2 WOMEN IN A 1 WOMAN PLAY by Silvia Kindl and Rachelle Todd. Double billed with SUMMER OF ‘34 on the 4th, and featuring Todd with Lina Vilskid!
HELVETICA BOLD’S HOSER BURLESQUE (a variety show tribute to Canadian content) on the 5th, and featuring a solid roster of local improv and burlesque talent!
THE LARAMIE PROJECT: TEN YEARS LATER from Red.Collective. Following up on their presentation lst year of the stunning verbatim theatre piece, this follow-up shows us the divided town of Laramie a decade after Matthew Shephard. Plays the 11th.
BUBKUS from Jesse Buck. A one-man clown show from a man who knows how to clown. Last seen in Ottawa as Puck in A MIDWINTERS DREAM TALE. Plays on the 12th, and double billed with Artbeat Theatre’s musical BARELY EVEN THERE, recently seen at the Ottawa Fringe Festival!!
NAAN BREAD by New Ottawa Repertory Theatre. Doug Phillips’ tale of an immigrant-run convenience store in Ottawa, directed by Paul Dervis. Plays on the 18th, double billed with FROM THE COMIC AND THE BIZARRE…TO THE ROMANTIC – ITALIAN STORIES AND FOLKTALES by Christina Kindl!
THE GODDESS from Moment-M, billed as an original 1950’s musical comedy! On the 19th.
CRAZY by Hazel Hutton, double billed with JP Chartier’s 2020 from last year’s Fringe, on the 25th!
And July 26th CRUSH IMPROV hits the Gladstone for their ONE NIGHT STAND…and I’ll tell you what else they have going on this month as son as my computer lets me access their website again (it won’t right now, the darned thing).
All I’ve found so far for Theatre Francais is L’AMOUR A L’AGENDA from Theatre de L’Ile, which I’m sensing is a bit of a rom-com. Starts July 3rd. If there’s anything else going on, please, Franco-friends, let me know and I’ll pass it on!
Let me know what else is going on…I’m still a little Fringe-dazed and I know I’ve missed a tidbit or gem here and about. Take care, and I’ll see you at the Theatre! Peace, love and soul,
Kevin Reid, the Visitor (and Winston)