Coming Up in May 2018

Boy, this whole “I’m gonna start blogging again” thing fizzled out sort of quickly, hey? Maybe my all-caps detractors were on to something!  Although funnily enough, now that I’ve said that, I’m about to post 3 times in 24 hours.  When it rains it pours gang!  Now let’s get metaphorically damp and gawk at the upcoming shows for the merry month of May!

(Updated May 10th: added Heartlines and Le Calendrier de Ces Dames)

snake oil

SNAKE OIL at the Gladstone Theatre, from Black Sheep. Still time to catch this Jayson McDonald joint!  Until the 5th.

GRACIE at the GCTC. Polyamory and the modern teenager to round out the GCTC season! Until the 13th.

WHO DID THE DONALD? At Hooley’s Pub, from Quidni (QN) Theatre.  Murder mystery dinner fun right here on Elgin street!  The 5th and 19th.

UP TO LOW at the NAC Theatre.  This local show was an absolute blast a few years back, and promises even more fun on the big stage. The 1st to 19th.

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13 TABLEAUX OF A PRECARIOUS WORKER at Arts Court, from Negative Theatre. Start your Mayday off in pro-worker style, comrade. The 1st and 2nd.

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE JERSEY LILY at Ottawa Little Theatre.  Will they go more Cumberbatch or Downey Jr?  Rathbone, perhaps?  Find out now! The 2nd to 19th.


TWO KIND BOYS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING at the Arts Court Courtroom, from 2 Kind Boys.  Okay, it’s just a dull old meeting…OR IS IT????  Find out on the 6th.

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THE YOUTH INFRINGEMENT FESTIVAL at Arts Court, from Youth Infringement. The 9th to 13th.  The 20th edition of Ottawa’s theatre festival by youth returns with 6 new productions over 5 days…gotta catch’em all!


THE OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL at Lebreton Flats, from Ottawa Childrens Fest and various companies. A myriad of shows from all over for youth and everyone else, including local heroes Skeleton Key Theare’s premiere of SWAN RIVER among many, many more!  Check out as much as you can!

CRY-BABY at the Gladstone, from Theatre Kraken. A John-Water-ific musical from the team that brought you LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS!  The 11th to 19th (preview the 10th).


VANYA & SONIA & MASHA & SPIKE at the Ron Maslin Playhouse, from Kanata Theatre.  Chris Durang play about 4 weirdos…what more do you need?  The 15th to 26th.

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OTTAWA FRINGE PIN PARTY at West Park Bowling Lanes, from Ottawa Fringe.  Get ready for the upcoming festival by being among the first to get your greedy mitts on the 2018 program guide!  Test your bowling skills against the Otter!  On the 23rd!

MISS SHAKESPEARE at the Gladstone, from Three Sisters. Because we’ll hear more then enough about Mister Shakespeare come summer, amirite? The 24th to June 2nd (preview the 23rd).

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JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH at Centrepointe Studio, from Suzart Productions.  Regular sized peaches? Pshaw!  This is theatre, dammit! The 24th to 27th.

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LUCID DREAMS at the Nepean Creative Arts Centre studio, from Once Upon a Kingdom. Come see this all-youth show (good month for that!) in Ottawa before it heads out to represent North America at the World Festival of Children’s Theatre in Germany!  The 25th, plus June 1st, 3rd and 10th.

HEARTLINES at Arts Court Library, presented by Tactics. A reading (the latest in the Tactics workshop series) of this period thriller from Sarah Waisvisz.  Only on the 26th.

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LE GARCON AU VISAGE DISPARU t La Nouvelle Scene, from Theatre le Clou and Theatre la Catapulte. The 5th.

FENDRE LES LACS at the NAC studio.  The 9th to 12th.

LE CALENDRIER DE CES DAMES at Theatre de L’Ile. French presentation of Tim Firths’ Calendar Girls!  The 9th to June 9th.


MOKATEK ET L’ETOILE DISPARUE at La Nouvelle Scene.  For young audiences, on the 12th!

IMPATIENCE at the NAC Studio. The 19th.

Plus the usual grab bag of goodies from Crush Improv, Grimprov, the Improv Embassy, Outtake Improv, Ottawa Storytellers and more!  As always, will be updating through the month with new shows and such, as I discover them.  Drop me a line at if you have something you’d like listed!  Peace, love and soul,

Kevin R

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