Hey, the coming up post doesn’t involve that much work, I can still manage THAT! A few days late, sure but who’s counting? Here’s the lowdown for October:
PRIVATE LIVES at the Gladstone Theatre, from Plosive Productions. Noel Coward continues his rampage of mannered destruction, at least until the 12th.
A LIFE IN THE DAY at the Cumberland Heritage Museum, from Vintage Stock Players. Some outdoorsy theatre in Cumberland, with complimentary Apple Cider! The 4th and 5th!
AND SO TO BED at the Centrepointe Studio, from Restoration Players, Goya Theatre and Suzart. A restoration musical, and why not? From the 9th to the 12th.
THE WEIR at Richcraft Theatre (Shenkman) , from Tara Players. A welcome spot of Conor McPherson for your Octobeer. From the 10th to the 12th.
SPARKS at the Avalon Studio, from New Ottawa Repertory Theatre. The inaugural show at the new Avalon space in the Glebe, which is reason enough to go right there! From the 11th to 20th.
YOU FANCY YOURSELF at the Great Canadian Theatre Company. Maja Ardal couldn’t be stopped a second time, and is back with her previously scheduled one-woman show, starting on the 15th.
DEADLY MURDER at the Ottawa Little Theatre. Some Deathtrap-esque mystery as the 101st season continues! From the 15th to Nov 2nd.
FREUD’S LAST SESSION at Various locations, from 9th Hour Theatre. Freud vs. CS Lewis! Check the 9th hour showlist for places and dates, ass it continues it’s marathon tour!
TARTUFFE at the NAC Theatre. Moliere goes Newfie in this adaptation from Andy Jones and the NAC Players! From the 15th to Nov 2nd.
SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE CASE OF THE HANSOM CAB KILLER at the Gladstone Theatre, from Black Sheep Theatre. Chris Bange’s Fringe hit comes to Ottawa for two weeks, playing from the 16th to 26th.
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE at Arts Court Theatre, from Opera Lyra. A little G&S to liven up your Fall! the 19th and 20th.
TOLSTOY’S TREASURES at St. James United Church in the Glebe , from Third Wall. Kristina Watt, Mary Ellis and James richardson do some dramatic readings of Tolstoy’s short works, part of their ongoing EMPTY SPACE series. On the 23rd!
MERCUTIO AND OPHELIA at the Avalon Studio, from Fireflood Theatre. Another Fringe winner featuring a Shakespearean fanfic mashup you’ll want to see, now with 100% more Holly Griffith. From the 25th to 27th and Nov 1st to 3rd.
LLOYD GEORGE KNEW MY FATHER at the Elmwood Theatre, from Linden House. A bittersweet comedy from the Linden House mob, playing the 22nd to 26th, and 31st to Nov 2nd.
PRINCESS T at Academic Hall, from the Ottawa U Drama Guild. A particular Princess indeed picks a husband. Hijinks ensue! From the 29th to Nov 2nd.
THE WAR OF THE WORLDS at the Gladstone Theatre, from Plosive Productions. The radio play takes a turn towards Halloween, with some Welles on Wells action. Plays the 30th to Nov 2nd.
THE EXTREMELY SHORT NEW PLAY FESTIVAL at Arts Court Theatre, from New Theatre Ottawa. The mini-festival within an evening returns for a second incarnation, with a cascade of short original plays from local authours for your edification. Preview on the 30th, regular run from the 31st to November 10th.
CANADIAN COMEDY AWARDS
I’m a little too late with some of this stuff, going on as I write this, but there’s still time for lots of great national comedy, happening at Arts Court, Centrepointe, and wherever. Check the website for deets, and I’ll see you at great shows like THRONE OF GAMES and OF MICE AND MORRO AND JASP!
FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL
Yay, it’s back and bigger than ever! Playing for two weekends over the 17th to 19th, and the 24th to 26th, the little festival that doesn’t give a fuck is taking over the Lunenburg Pub to bring you the best ad brightest of Ottawa Youth theatre! Hosted by GRIMPROV and 2 ½ WOMEN, and featuring debut shows like WHO WILL SEPARATE US?, MANIMALES, TO HELL IN A HANDBASKET, FAR & NEAR & HERE, WAKE, TEMP, MOTION PASSED, THE B-TEAM, FOUNDATIONS, FORSAKEN DAUGHTERS OF WINTER, SCARS and UNTITLED, UNPUBLISHED AND UNSETTLED from a who’s who of local talent (including May Can Theatre, Little Green Hat, Dead Unicorn Ink and so many more). Who exactly is doing which show and when? Stay tuned for a big preview post about the festival in the weeks to come, telling you all (I hope…I’ve been awfully blog-lazy these days).
LE CHATTE ET LE HIBOU from Theatre de L’Ile, until the 12th.
L’IVRESSE DES PROFONDEURS at l’Ecole de la Salle, from Theatre la Catapulte. The 19th only!
POMME at the NAC Studio, from Isabelle Payant and Patrick Conan. The 26th and 27th.
VISAGE DE FEU at the Nac Studio, the 30th to Nov 2nd. Directed by Joel Beddows!
Plus, Crush Improv will be having their regular ‘BOUT TIME event at Mother McGintey’s on the 7th, plus their post-PRIVATE LIVES show at the Gladstone on the 11th. And their debut cage match style CAPITAL CRUSH hits Centrepointe Studio on the 25th! Plus on the 28th they’ll be back at the Heart and Crown for the MATTHEW THE BRAVE benefit show, a fundraiser for a tough little kid with some serious medical woes, so it’s a pretty good excuse to get your improv laff on. Probably more stuff too, but I’m almost out of coffee so it will have to wait! See you soon, Ottawa. Peace, love and soul,
Kevin Reid, the Visitor (and Winston)