New Year! But slow month, it looks like, so make the most of what we got (see it ALL, I mean).
THE SOUND OF MUSIC at the National Arts Centre. Still singing until the 4th!
COMPANY OF FOOLS 12th NIGHT FUNDRAISER on the 5th, at the NAC 4th Stage. Wherein the Fools announces their new season, crown a new king or queen, and just generally makes fools of themselves, as only they can.
SHAPE OF A GIRL at the Avalon Studio, from Cart Before the Horse Theatre. A one woman (plus Chorus) show from writer Joan Macleod and director Paul Griffin that sounds like a nail-biter. 10th to 12th, 17th to 19th.
RUMOURS at the Ottawa Little Theatre. Farce ala Neil Simon! From the 14th through February 1st.
STORIES TO THE SOUND OF THE DRUM at the NAC 4th Stage, from Ottawa Storytellers. A one-man show featuring Metis/Mi’kmag performer Robert Seven Crows…part of Ottawa StoryTellers’ SPEAKING OUT, SPEAKING IN feature series taking place monthly until June. On the 16th!
RENT at the Kailash Mital Theare, from Sock’n’Buskin. The Sockies do good musical and this production of the suburban version of LA BOHEME should be no different. From the 16th to 18th, 23rd to 25th.
DETROIT at the Gladstone Theatre, from Plosive Productions. Chris Ralph directs this Plosive show from writer Lisa D’Amour about neighbourly combat in suburbia. From the 17th to February 1st.
ONE MAN, ONE WOMAN, ONE NIGHT ONLY! At Arts Court Courtroom, from May Can Theatre and Norah Paton. An evening of theatre featuring May Can’s THE ROOM OUTSIDE THE ROOM starring Tony Adams, and Norah Paton’s FORSAKEN DAUGHTERS OF WINTER, recently seen at the Fresh Eat Festival! Don’t miss this one on the 17th.
WAR HORSE at Southam Hall NAC. A giant puppet horse, as I understand it…all I need to know! 21st to the 26th.
KIM’S CONVENIENCE at the NAC Theatre, from Soulpepper. Ins Choi’s award winning play about a Korean-Canadian convenience store owning family. 22nd to February 8th.
GRAIN OF SALT at Various Locations, from 9th Hour Theatre. An original verbatim piece about Christianity and people’s thoughts about it. Check their website for the different locales, from the Mercury Lounge to Pressed Cafe and more! Plays from the 22nd to 31st!
CLUE-LESS at the Velvet Room, from Eddie May Mysteries. Every Saturday this month, get your eat on wand watch some of Ottawa’s finest solve a theatrical mystery!
And the OTTAWA STILT UNION have a sweet offer this January, for an awesome Acrobatics workshop taking place over the weekends of the 11-12th and 17-18th. If you’re at all interested, these guys are some of the best. Don’t miss out…registration deadline is the 5th!
– THEATRE FRANCAIS
FLOTS, TOUT CE QUI BRILLE VOIT at the NAC Studio. Theatre designed for a very young audience, but knowing French creators, probably still immensely entertaining for adults too. The 25th and 26th.
CONFIDENCES TROPS INTIMES at Theatre de L’Ile. Starting on the 29th, and going right through until March!
POP FICTION at Arts Court Studio, from Groupe des Deux. Described as a ‘co-lingual’ show, which I’m pretty sure means ‘bilingual’, but directed by Natalie Joy Quesnel so who cares! It’ll be amazing. From the 22nd to Feb 1st.
CRUSH IMPROV has a busy month…they’ll be back at Mother McGintey’s in the Market on Monday the 6th for their regular scheduled ‘BOUT TIME featuring to teams so epic I’m already very sad I’m working that night. CAPITAL CRUSH returns on the 25th at the Centrepointe Studio, a team vs team long-form battle royale. And Crush does DETROIT at the Gladstone Theatre on the 31st, an improv take on the new Plosive show following that evening’s performance (see the listing above for more info!). Crush is also offering a new workshop on the 17th at Centrepointe Studio…pre-registration is required, you can check their website for more details!
GRIMPRov should be back on the final Wednesday of this month at their usual haunt, the Cock and Lion, likewise CRYSTAL BASEMENT plays on the last Tuesday every month at the Atomic Rooster.
And if that just isn’t enough theatre for you, there’s always some nearby out-of-town action going on, like…
NEXT STAGE FESTIVAL from the 8th to 19th at Factory Theatre in Toronto. Featurig that Randy and Evi Quaid show!
WILDSIDE FESTIVAL from the 3rd to 12th at the Centaur Theatre in Montreal. Featuring Blue Box and Little Orange Man!
Was I missing something? I hope I was missing something, I want more! Let me know, and I’ll see ya out there! Peace, love and soul,
Kevin Reid, the Visitor (and Winston)