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A Night in Marchvember

In Theatre, Uncategorized on March 14, 2018 at 11:31 pm

Right, I’m just gonna ease on back into this…roll the shoulders, adjust the chair, dust off the keyboard (I bet all the cool, hip bloggers don’t even USE keyboards, probably just dictate to their write-a-bots…no, don’t think that way! Be positive! Mind your problematic goddamn tone, you fool! Onwards!) and just go for it. Write a thing.  Deep breath, and…

So hey, Theatre! It’s a chock full week and month here in suddenly snowy-again Ottawa, and tonight was my night to hop on good old #14 and swing by the Gladstone Theatre in little Italy. A late but very welcome addition to their crazily full roster was up to bat, and it was one I wouldn’t have missed for a hot plate of cookies, Marie Jones’ A NIGHT IN NOVEMBER, performed by Pierre Brault. Yes, a solo Pierre Brault show! Maybe the closest thing to a theatrical sure thing this city will ever know.



But I must be objective! Nothing is a sure thing. And, hey, this isn’t a reg’lar PB show…he didn’t create this one like his beloved classics BLOOD ON THE MOON or PORTRAIT OF AN UNIDENTIFIED MAN, rather it is a piece penned by Irish playwright Marie Jones. Ottawa audiences should remember her from fairly recent shows of hers, STONES IN HIS POCKETS and FLY ME TO THE MOON, both from Seven Thirty Productions I believe. She’s a solidly acclaimed authour and crafted ‘A Night in November’ in 1994, based on true events. It follows the troubled mind of one Kenneth McAllister, a modest dole clerk in Belfast. Ostensibly enjoying his dull but trouble-free life (he just got accepted into the local golf club, huzzah!), something starts to go askew for him when, on the titular evening in November, he is forced to accompany his elderly, chain-smoking stepdad Ernie to a football match (Soccer, for any American readers who are here for reasons I will never understand) between Ireland and…Ireland? The Republic of Ireland? Sorry, here I will pause to admit that the intricacies of the internecine strife affectionately known as ‘the troubles’ still baffles me, a perennial slipwit, to no end. I’m not even honestly sure if I used the word ‘internecine’ correctly just now. I have a wikipedia page open-tabbed, and am trying to learn. Baby steps.  Right, right…Northern Ireland, IRA…it’s all starting to sound familiar!  Terrible, but familiar.

Anyhoo, the match devolves into a violently ugly showdown between two warring factions, with Protestants hurling vile epithets at Catholics, evoking mass murders with demented glee, and forcing a would-be bystander like Kenneth to play along, if only out of fear for his own safety. But from that point on, he just can’t look at his world the same way. What side he’s on, what country he claims allegiance to, even what love he has for his wife is put to the test. It puts Kenneth on a path he never saw coming, and which the audience probably won’t either.

It’s a raucous, human and political play. Dealing with nationalistic racism intended for a different generation but all-too pitifully relevant today. At least a dozen characters pass by in the course of the runtime, every one played by Pierre, who is absolutely in his element under those conditions. Watching him transition from one player to the next, conversing with himself with seemingly effortless ease, is always a giddy delight. His replaying of the football match, seething with bigotry, hatred, manic fervor and fear, is a palpable thrill, even as Kenneth’s ill-advised political outburst to a home full of party guests left the whole theatre dead silent. Terrific and exciting stuff, even for diehard Brault fans. And their use of the leftover setpieces from Tototoo’s THE NORMAL HEART..? Just magic.

So here I sit, at home at the computer, sipping a bit of Jameson’s and listening to Clannad for inspiration, and hoping this measly missive will convince another bum or two into the Gladstone seats for the next few nights before the brief run finishes on, of course, St.Patrick’s Day. You’re gonna want to be able to say you saw this, gang. And hey, you support Indie Theatre too! Kind of a win/win. Peace, love and soul,

Kevin R

A Wee Bit of Foofarah

In Foofarah, Theatre on March 12, 2018 at 6:51 pm

Not exactly a full Foofarah, but it IS a Monday. So before we get to the thing I got to get to, let’s take a look at…



GODSPELL at Centrepointe Theatre from Ninth Hour! HOW BLACK MOTHERS SAY I LOVE YOU at the GCTC! A NIGHT IN NOVEMBER at the Gladstone, from Pierre Brault! GREASE at Centrepointe Theatre from Orpheus Musical Theatre! SOUFFLER LA VEILLEUSE at La Nouvelle Scene from Theatre de la Vielle 17! THE ELEPHANT MAN at Glebe St.James United Church from Sock’n’Buskin!  Woohoo!

Also a pleasant reminder that my full listing (or as full as I have figured it so far) of Theatre stuffs in Ottawa for March can be found here. Just updated with a new Ottawa U show CARAVAN OF ILLUSION! Ooooo…Always jazzed for a new student show. They make me happy. But in less overtly happy news…

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT IRIS. Oh sweet shitting Jesus, do we really?? And I was having such a nice time! Dramatic sigh. Fine. But First off, let’s deal with names. Winston, as you all may or may not know, was the beloved housecat here at the Visitorium, my pal, my roommate, and theatre kitty extraordinaire. And while he is currently vacationing in Valhalla, I know he wouldn’t care for his name to be associated with a gruesome incident like this. So henceforth, the perpetrator shall be referred to by the tasteful pseudonym of Iris Pazzuzlefacebar. Or something similar, probably.


The only Winston I currently approve of.

Anyways, Iris Peanuthamster is one of the illustrious…oh, let’s call them ‘writers’…for that halcyon Ottawa institution the Capital Critics Circle*.  I’ve never been a fan, I can unsurprisingly admit. I mean, okay, back in the day they came across mostly as just stuffy, pretentious old-guard types…They were kind of boring and they’d most likely spell your name wrong, but at least they were fairly predictable.  And then came the Jamie Portman incident a few Fringes back (almost charming in retrospect), and people started to eye them a little more askew than usual. And then, and THEN, this past week, on the day after International Women’s Day (because timing is everything in comedy) Iris Pitmonsterfuzzywuzzy penned an op-ed that was published in the Ottawa. Goddamn. Citizen. An op-ed bemoaning the #MeToo movement as the whiny caprice of a bunch of entitled princesses, and using the phrase ‘haven’t they ever heard of the casting couch?’ completely unironically, as if it were the accepted standard of casting agents and not a monstrous abuse of power. It was an interesting read, in the same sense that eating a gallon of hot tar would be an interesting dining experience. I shan’t link to it here, but by all means, google it to your hearts content. I draw special attention to the one-note alt-right guy trolling the comments section, accusing anyone who disagreed with the article of being an anti-free speech FASCIST! It may not be art, but it made ME laugh.

Now, I’m not going to launch into a full-on tirade against Iris Pippledipple or even a trashing of her article…other, smarter types than me, including the great Catriona Leger and Nadine Thornhill, have already done so far better than I ever could. Or even the CCC itself, because at this point in history they’ve all but doused themselves with gasoline and lit a match. Far be it from me to do anything but sit politely and toast a marshmallow or two.

I’ve responded to negativity with more negativity of late, and it only goes so far. I really want to hit this latest blast of negativity with some positive vibes instead. I’m here to talk not about Iris, but inspiration. Because this has inspired me, it really has. With the disintegration and humiliation of the CCC, the disappearance of most arts coverage from the local papers (seems they have other publishing priorities, mostly in the fast-growing field of victim-blaming), and the diminution of other sources, the Ottawa theatre review scene is starker than I can remember. Theatre companies are being reduced to cruising Twitter for any positive mention to flout as a pull quote. It’s a bit of a mess, really. This is Canada’s capitol??

So…I’ve got some free time, theatrically, these days. Something about a show or two being cancelled, blah blah blah, who can even remember? Didn’t get picked in Fringe, no BYOV, still no callback from that big audition a while back (WHY DON’T PEOPLE LOVE ME????)…but hey, I’ve still got a blog..! And so, while I’m not backing away from my acting and creating pursuits…many things in the planning and writing stages for the future, oh yes, and there will hopefully be blogposts on those subjects coming as well…it might be time to go a little old-guard myself. So I’m happy to announce (and this is less of a boast or brag than a public declaration so that I can’t go back on it) that I’ll be jumping back in, at least for the next few months, doing some posting, promoting, reviewing even, just like the ‘good old days’.


Watch for this signal being flashed from the roof of police headquarters in the coming days..!

And, if Pat Gauthier and the gang will have me back, then (gulp) this June I’m going ALL IN on Ottawa Fringe with a right proper, old-fashioned Fringe-Coma. Oh yes! Late nights, early mornings, drunken reviews, the whole magilla! Hell, maybe I’ll even take a wild stab at assembling a new Team Visitorium..! Because I want to take positive action for once in the face of negativity. Because I am sick to goddamned death of NOT seeing the artists and theatre I love so much get praised and hyped like they deserve. And mostly because I want to see if I still remember how to do it. I kinda hope not. I’d rather make it up as I go.

See you around, Ottawa, I’ll be somewhere in the cheap seats sooner than you think. And Iris…thanks again for the inspiration. Now go away.  Peace, love and soul,

Kevin R (and the ghost of Winston)

* Just before I posted this, it must be noted that CCC (and former Charlebois Post) writer Jim Murchison formally resigned from the CCC, citing the Iris Pimpleheimer article as his impetus. Good on ya, Jim, and if you ever want a review posted, my blogspace is always available!

Coming Up in March 2018

In Improv, Theatre, Theatre Francais on March 1, 2018 at 1:04 pm

Three of these posts in a row? Man, I must be bored. And if you are too, you’re in luck, because here’s a boatload of awesome theatre to catch this March!

DEAD ACCOUNTS at the Ottawa Little Theatre. Not quite dead yet..! Until the 3rd.

LAUREN AND AMANDA DO IT at Live! On Elgin, from Toasted Theatre. One-night only remount of their Fringe smasheroo, to celebrate their 2nd (or maybe 3rd?) anniversary! On the 1st!


THE NORMAL HEART at the Gladstone, from TotoToo Theatre. Imagine if it were the ‘Nermal’ Heart? And it was about that weird little sidekick cat character from Garfield?? Be a totally different show! The 1st thru 10th.


UNHAPPILY EVER AFTER at Centrepointe Studio Theatre, from the Meus Productions. A Disney-themed sketch show for the whole family, for 2 nights only! The 1st and 2nd.

A CONFESSION at Academic Hall, from Fillum Productions and Achilea Endeavours. A one-shot benefit performance of a Tolstoy tale, starring Peter Howarth and directed by Julie LeGal! On the 3rd at 2pm.


THE INUIT STORY at Arts Court Theatre. Nunavut Sivaniksavut students tell their story through throat-singing, storytelling, dance and more! The 5th and 6th.

HOW BLACK MOTHERS SAY I LOVE YOU at the GCTC. I bet they say it all cool and stuff. From the creator of DA KINK IN MY HAIR! The 6th to 25th.


GODSPELL at Centrepointe Studio, from Ninth Hour. Are you ready for some happy, harmonizing hippies? Because here they come! The 8th to 17th.


GREASE at Centrepointe Theatre, from Orpheus Musical Theatre. I hear the chicks will…enthusiastically applaud for this show. Good luck getting tickets! The 9th to 18th.


YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN at the Kailash Mital Theatre (Carleton U campus), from Carleton U Musical Theatre Ensemble. Singing and dancing, good grief! The 9th and 10th.


A NIGHT IN NOVEMBER at the Gladstone. Pierre Brault challenges the establishment with this show about November…in MARCH! Take that, calendar industry! The 12th to 17th.

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CHEERS TO SARAJEVO at Academic Hall. One night only on the 13th!

THE ELEPHANT MAN at Glebe St.James United Church, from Sock’n’Buskin.  I’m hoping it’s a musical like in The Tall Guy, but I’m sure it’ll be fine played straight too.  From the 16th to 24th.

CARAVAN OF ILLUSION at Academic Hall, from Ottawa U Unicorn Theatre.  Travelling artists hit a fork in the road!  The 20th to 24th.


A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at the Ottawa Little Theatre. Do you think the streetcar drives under elm trees, making it kind of a crossover with Desire Under the Elms? Think about it. From the 21st to April 7th.

CARRIED AWAY ON THE CREST OF A WAVE at the NAC Theatre.Come get ‘carried away’ by the magic of theatre (they should totally put that on their posters for this show). The 21st to April 1st.

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LITTLE ONE at Live! on Elgin. More Moscovitch, and all the Lydias you can handle! the 22nd to 24th.



SLOWCOOKER at Black Squirrel Books (1078 Bank) from New Theatre Ottawa. A night of new play readings in this first installment of a great idea from NTO!  The 23rd.


STAGE KISS at the Gladstone, from Phoenix Players. Sarah Ruhl is back, and she’s brought some kissing with her this time! The 23rd to 31st.



ARSENIC AND OLD LACE at the Ron Maslin Playhouse, from Kanata Theatre. Because it’s nice to know how best to accessorize with old lace. The 27th to April 7.


THE OTTAWA THEATRE CHALLENGE at Arts Court Theatre, hosted by a Company of Fools.  The annual theatre smackdown in honour of World Theatre Day, with multiple companies vying for the ultimate prize, the coveted rubber chicken award!

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MONDMANN – MOON MISSIONS LUNAIRE  at la Nouvelle Scene, from Theatre du Trillium.  Werner von Braun and the race for the moon! The 6th to 10th.

MAGIE LENTE at the NAC studio. A show about mud and all that that entails! The 10th and 11th.


SOUFFLER LA VEILLEUSE at la Nouvelle Scene, from Theatre de la Vielle 17.  French adaptation of Arthur Milner’s GETTING TO ROOM TEMPERATURE. The 14th to 24th.

– BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!! Starting the month off right, we have the OTTAWA IMPROV FESTIVAL, hosted by those beauties at the Improv Embassy and featuring such comedy stalwarts as Crush Improv, Kirsten Rasmussen, Coko and Daphney, Big Bang, Quest Friends Forever and more! Check their website for full listings…runs from the 1st to 3rd at Arts Court.

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Of course there’s also the regular monthly adventures in Improv from the Embassy (including a one-night only return by Fringe hit XAVE RUTH on thee 24th), Crush Improv, Grimprov, Outtake Improv, Crystal Basement and probably more.  Check ’em all out if you need a giggle or three in these troubled times!  Also plenty of cool events at Live! on Elgin that I haven’t listed above (like the regular Monday night Fanfiction series!).

Ottawa Storytellers has several events, including their (Un)Told series, some business about Norse Gods (but not the new THOR movie, sorry…tho that’s out on blu-ray any day now!!), plus this one here I have a cool graphic for!  Check them all out!


Damn, this is taking a long time…I think SOMEthing is happening tonight and tomorrow at the new theatre space in Arts Court and Ottawa U?  Someone send me a link! And tell me what else I missed, hey gang?  And don’t complain that there’s ‘nothing to do’ this March. Shut up and see some shows!  Peace, love and soul,

Kevin R

undercurrents 2018

In Theatre, Undercurrents on January 31, 2018 at 2:52 pm

I already wrote a post about the regularly scheduled theatre goings-on in Ottawa this  February, but there’s one big chunk of programming I thought deserved its own post!


Always the big event in Ottawa’s February, the undercurrents Festival (always in lowercase, they’re real sticky on that point, holy cow) is back for its 6th (7th? 8Th? More than 2, I’m almost positive) incarnation, and director Pat Gauthier has put together another stellar lineup! I mean, okay, there’s no FASTER THAN THE SPEED OF DATING this time around, but it’s still pretty good, I guess. But seriously folks, come on out to the newly renovated Arts Court (and in one show’s case, the National Arts Centre) and enjoy the party with the following hit lineup of shows! The programming runs from the 7th to 17th, full festival schedule and lineup available at the fest website!


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THE PIPELINE PROJECT from Savage Production Society and Itsazoo Productions. Native rights, land claims, big oil and climate change collide for a show about as topical as you can manage, and featuring brand new AD of  Indigenous Theatre at the NAC Kevin Loring, along with Quelemia Sparrow and Kevin Archibald.


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FORSTNER AND FILLISTER PRESENT: FORSTNER AND FILLISTER IN: FORSTNER AND FILLISTER from F&F Theatre. Dave Benedict Brown and Will Somers are the titular Forstner and Fillister (or perhaps Fillister and Forstner…wouldn’t THAT be something!) in this comedic tale of brotherly woodworking gone desperately wrong.  Starring two of Ottawa’s funniest and talented gents, and featuring direction from the wonderful Madeleine Boyes-Manseau, it’s gonna be a night of cabinetry and comedy to remember Beware of flying sawdust.


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LITTLE BOXES from Little Boxes Collective. A brand new creation from Gabbie Lazarovitz and Brad Long, starring Gabbie Laz and Carter Hayden, and directed by Adam Paolozza. A suburban thriller that sounds mucho intriguing, and Gabbie Laz is a local treasure who must always be seen when onstage. ALWAYS.


THE TWILIGHT PARADE from STO Union. At Arts Court Theatre. A Puppet-based true-life magical adventure film with live performances and contributions from over 70 people, and the sentence I just typed is so insane I cannot WAIT to see this piece.


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HOW TO DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY from The Chop. Itai Erdal’s celebrated one-man show (co-created by himself, James Long, Anita Rochon and Emilia Semington Fedy) combining his artistry for lighting with the true story of his Mother’s final days. A multi-award winning show that will surely be a festival highlight (pun sort-of intended)


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DAUGHTER from Quiptake and Pandemic Theate. Described by NOW Magazine’s Glenn Sumi as a ‘strong, disturbing play’, this one-manner starring Adam Lazarus and directed by Ann-Marie Kerr tackles fatherhood, patriarchy and misogyny, putting it head to head with THE PIPELINE PROJECT for most topical show at the festival. It’s also the one that ducks out of Arts Court, with just 2 showings at the NAC Rossy Pavillion. UPDATE: Daughter is now down to just ONE showing on the 10th at 7pm, at the NAC Fourth Stage.  Topical AND rare!


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THE SHIT SHOW from Emergence. The first of two late-night shows in the Studio, Luna Allison (last seen on the undercurrents stage with her amazing FALLING OPEN) returns with this show about, you guessed it, poop. So okay maybe not going for most topical, but be honest, you’re intrigued, aren’t you? And Allison is a gifted performer, so whatever she’s got planned…it ain’t shit.

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SNACK MUSIC from SNAFU and the Snack Music Collective. Late night show for week 2 brings us the return to undercurrents of Ingrid Hansen (LITTLE ORANGE MAN) with the terrific Elliot Loran and Andrew G.Young in tow for this storytelling food-based improv extravaganza (you can also catch Snack Music this weekend at the NAC for their kid-friendly TABLE TOP TALES).


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INDIGENOUS WALKS. Returning from last year’s festival, the guided walking tour of downtown Ottawa once again points out areas and landmarks of specific indigenous meaning and history. As good a reason as you’re going to get to head outside this month!

NEW PLAY TUESDAY on the 13th. A one-night tradition, this year’s crop of exciting new staged readings from local playwrights includes FOUR WHORES AND A PRO by Joanne John, UNRESOLVED by J.Katrina Wong, and COACH OF THE YEAR by Pierre Brault. A Free event, along with the opening and closing night parties!

So that’s it for the nuts and bolts of this years festival…but reading about it ain’t nothing compared to seeing it, trust me. The always-in-lowercase undercurrents is a very special and vibrant part of the Ottawa cultural scene, and if y’all are not going, you’re missing out large. I hope to see a ton of you there. You’ll be glad you went. Peace, love and soul,

Kevin Reid

Coming Up in February 2018

In Theatre on January 31, 2018 at 12:51 pm

So it’s February! That cold, cold little month that could. Always a lot more going on thatn you might expect theatrically, and there’s plenty to look forward to this time around. Of course, there’s a few less shows than some of us had been hoping for…February usually sees some action from Algonquin Theatre, and they sadly have vanished from the scene. And on a more specific and personal note, there’s one depressing theatrical elephant in the room that I’d like to vacate right off the top:

KILLER JOE from Chamber Theatre Hintonburg…CANCELLED by the company. This is the show I was set to co-star in with a terrific gang of actors, and had been working on for many months now.  It woulda been fun, but it apparently was not meant to be. Bottom line, if you show up at the Carleton Tavern from the 1st thru 10th, our slated run, expect nothing more beyond the usual rowdiness, quarts of 50 and fine chicken wings. Which, hey glass half-full, amirite?

But don’t worry, theatre fans…plenty of companies also did NOT cancel their shows! More than did, even! Let’s take a look and see what these foolhardy souls have coming your way, shall we?

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WHAT A YOUNG WIFE OUGHT TO KNOW at the Great Canadian Theatre Company. Hannah Moscovitch to start out your month, and what could be finer? Runs until the 4th.


OTHELLO: A CIVIL WAR TALE at the Gladstone Theatre, from Theatre Kraken. Billy Shakes’ epic tragedy comes a-calling, from the team that brought the funtastic Little Shop of Horrors to life last year! From the 1st to the 10th.


SLEUTH at the Ron Maslin Playhouse, from Kanata Theatre. A nice, classic game of wits bit of business. The 6th to 17th.


CHICAGO from the Carleton Musical Theatre Society, at the Kailash Mital Theatre (Carleton U campus). It’s a musical!  About Chicago!  Educated guess. The 7th to 10th.


RHINOCEROS and THEY’RE MADE OUT OF MEAT at Studio Leonard-Beaulne, from Sock’n’Buskin. Someone’s let the Sockies onto another campus! With a double bill no less! From the 8th to 11th.

CHARLY IN THE DESERT (CHARLY DANS LE DESERT) from Creations in Vivo, at Shenkman Arts Centre.  A kid-friendly slice of puppet theatre from some greats, in an English apresentation followed by French!  On Feb 10th.

THE CLEAN HOUSE at the Gladstone Theatre, from Three Sisters. The rule of Ruhl (Sarah, that is) begins at the Gladstone! The 14th to 24th.

DEAD ACCOUNTS at the Ottawa Little Theatre. Because who would go to see live ones? 14Th thru March 3rd.

MONOLOGUE WORKSHOP/NIGHT from Sock’n’Buskin Theatre, at the Clocktower Brewpub (575 Bank street).  They’re not just for auditions anymore! Workshop on the 17th (same location), event on the 27th.


TABLE TOP TALES at the NAC Rossy Pavillion, from Snafu Dance Theatre. Catch the Snack Music collective for a second time this month (we’ll get to the other appearance in a bit) at the NAC, with this family-friendly food-filled storytelling funfest! The 17th and 19th.

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES at Live! On Elgin. Always an important event, and it feels like we need to listen to vaginas now, more than ever. The 22nd and 23rd.


LE DIRE DE DI at the NAC Studio. Until the 3rd.

DE L’INSTANT ET DE L’ETERNITE at la Nouvelle Scene, from Theatre du Trillium. The 2nd and 3rd.

COMMENT J’AI APRIS A PARLER AUX OISEAUX, at the NAC Studio. The 10th and 11th.

CHARLY DANS LE DESERT from Creations in Vivo, at Shenkman Arts Centre.  See English entry above!  But still on the 10th.

LES GRAND_MERES MORTES, UNE FETE at la Nouvelle Scene. Only the 17th.

DANS LES SOLITUDES DES CHAMPS DE COTON at the NAC Theatre. The 21st to 24th.

Plus of course the usual grab-bag of goodies from good folks like Crush Improv, Grimprov, the Improv Embassy, Outtake Improv, Ottawa Storytellers, and likely more I’m missing.  Plus this month sees the deadline for New Theatre Ottawa’s SLOWCOOKER series, looking for 3 new scripts to read excerpts from in a PWYC performance in March.


Oh yeah, and UNDERCURRENTS…which I will get to in the next post.  TEASE!!!  Soon, I promise.  Peace, love and soul,

Kevin Reid

Coming Up in January 2018

In Theatre on January 6, 2018 at 6:56 pm

And now for something completely different/less problematic/more like what I always used to do! All the Theatre you need to see (and more, or maybe less, I dunno) coming this January!  **UPDATED Jan 10 – added Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro **

ALICE IN WINTERLAND at the Gladstone. One day left for this bit of winter fun! Ends on the 7th (sorry this is late, I’m a bit rusty).


MR SHI AND HIS LOVER at the National Arts Centre Studio. Music and theatre combine in this hotly anticipated arrival to the big room. Plays the 3rd to 13th!

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GETTING TO ROOM TEMPERATURE at the Gladstone. Back from a hot run at Undercurrents, Arthur Milner’s tragicomic wonder starring Robert Bockstael is a sure thing. From the 8th to 13th.


AN INSPECTOR CALLS at Ottawa Little Theatre.  A slapstick live-action cartoon escapade (I’m assuming it’s Inspector Gadget who’s calling).  From the 10th to 27th.


LEGALLY BLONDE at Academic Hall, from the University of Ottawa Musical Theatre Society.  Mostly sold out, but if you hurry you can still nab a ticket to this toe-tapper, based on the classic movie GREMLINS (I think). The 10th to 14th.

887 at the National Arts Centre Theatre, from Ex Machina. Robert LePage returns with a tale of memory, childhood, and some amazing theatre. From the 10th to 27th.


MAD MARGARET (staged reading) at Arts Court Courtroom, from Counterpoint Players.  Part of the TACTICS workshop series, a reading of a new Shakespeare-inspired play about  one of his unsung heroines! On the 14th only.


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GROUNDED at the Gladstone Theatre, from Bear & Co. A one-woman show starring the mighty Miss Alexis Scott (OTS represent!) is a show ya can’t miss. I said it! From the 18th to 27th.

TRANS-SCRIPT at the Gladstone, from Faith and Arts Ottawa. An original play based on transgender experiences, for two nights only!  The 21st and 22nd.

TWELFTH NIGHT at the Kailash Mital Theare (Carleton Campus), from Sock’n’Buskin. One of Willy Shakes’ finest and funniest gets the Socky treatment. From the 18th-29th, and 25th to 27th.

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WHAT A YOUNG WIFE OUGHT TO KNOW at the GCTC. From Hannah Moscovitch…what else do YOU need to know? Go! From the 16th to February 4th.

MOZART’S THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO at St.Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, from UOttawa. Yeah, we still got opera in Ottawa! LEt’s keep it that way and fill the seats on this gooder. From the 25th to 27th.

A PROMISE IS A PROMISE at the Nepean Creative Arts Centre (the 26th), the School of Dance (the 27th) and Shenkman Arts Centre (the 28th), from Rag & Bone Puppet Theatre. Family friendly fun from some masters, in a show based on the work of Robert Munsch and Inuit Storyteller Michael Kusugak!

LE DIRE DE DI at the NAC Studio, from Theatre la Catapulte et Theatre Francais de Toronto. Directed by the great Joel Beddows! The 31st to February 3rd.

Plus of course, there will be shows popping up from lots of local stalwarts like Crush Improv, Ottawa Storytellers, GRIMprov, the Improv Embassy, Outtake Improv and more, not to mention the usual bits of fun at Live! on Elgin. And if you feel like travelling, there’s also the NEXT STAGE FESTIVAL in Toronto and the WILDSIDE FESTIVAL in Montreal this month! Pretty sweet!

Updates as I find stuff I’ve missed! Drop me a line on Facebook or Twitter (links around here…somewhere) if you spot something that oughtta be here. Peace, love, soul, and fuck Albert Shultz (almost made it),

Kevin Reid

Coming next month…Clean House!  Othello! More Killer Joe! UNDERCURRENTS! And much more.  Be there!

I don’t know what the birds signify!

In GCTC, Theatre on February 25, 2017 at 6:38 pm

I’ve been in a bit of a theatre funk, post-Undercurrents. Is that okay? It seems a bit selfish, frankly, but being able to share the festival stage with the kinds of big shots and talented magillas that we did was pretty amazing, and the post-show ennui is a force to contend with (note: I know totally forgot to do a blogpost about my show, Faster than the Speed of Dating, being part of the 2017 Undercurrents Festival, so if the above confuses you, don’t worry, I just suck at marketing!). But funk or no funk, Theatre stops for nothing, especially not whiny suckybabies like me. And hey, is that my 1st GCTC opening night show in almost 2 years I see before me? Well hot damn, so it is. Right, funk over, let’s get to the show!

The show, 5th up in the 16/17 season and a bit of a milestone in even GCTC’s long history, is LES PASSANTS from the mighty Theatre la Catapulte. And yes, as that company name implies, this is indeed a French language production (no catapults though, here’s hoping for next time), first ever at the Irving Greenberg Theatre. Seems a little silly to think about it, but there you go…and if this is the beginning of a GCTC francotheatrical tradition, then it’s off to a terrific start. As was easily predicted from the involvement of Catapulte, Luc Moquin’s PASSANTS is a terrific show.

Featuring a cast consisting of Melanie Beauchamp, Benjamin Gaillard, Andree Rainville and Yves Turbide, and directed by Jean Stephane Roy (also the AD of Catapulte), Les Passants is made up of a series of vignettes and scenes each shining its own light…be it satirical, slapstick, serious, ironic, or all of the above…on human interconnectedness (or lack thereof, aka solitude). A somber opening featuring a ride on the river Styx (or something similar from Dante’s Inferno) and a lone man trying to remember his way and his why, quickly give way to lighter fare including the recurring romantic misadventures of the Waldo-esque Bernard and the series of women he tends to drive away with overzealous ardor. Or a mismatched long-term couple venting their mutual frustrations via interpretive dance. Or a fantasy vs.reality look at knocking on a strangers door in search of romance.


There’s a lot covered in PASSANTS’ 100 minute runtime, and if you don’t find something that relates to your experience, you might want to leave your house more. Not that homebodies aren’t covered well too, like the middle aged gent who realizes that, despite his best efforts, he just doesn’t (gasp!) like reading as much as he used to. The quartet cast slides effortlessly (probably not, of course, but they make it look as easy as falling off a log) between multiple roles and styles, be it deadpan serious or over-the-top goofy, assisted by a terrific overall production. Brian Smith’s set is all-encompassing and out of the way at the same time, and the lighting from designer Chantal Labonte is nothing short of astounding. The great Vanessa Imeson impresses as always with a dizzying array of costumes that seem to never run dry. And big thanks to Lisa L’Heureux, whose English translation of the script runs constantly over the stage, making this French production as inclusive as anyone could hope. No excuses, Anglos!

LES PASSANTS marks an exciting milestone in local theatre, and hopefully not a one of a mind event. I’ve long touted the wonders of French Theatre and the dazzlingly different sensibilities they bring to the theatrical table, and this show is as solid a proof of that as any. Check it out while you can at the Great Canadian Theatre Company, then check out something else! Ottawa U is presenting LE CHANT DU DIRE-DIRE next week at Academic Hall, and I’m calling that a good next step. Heck, I’ll be there. Allons-Y au theatre! Peace, love and soul,

Kevin R

PS now, back to our regularly scheduled funk:

Coming Up in February 2017

In Undercurrents on February 3, 2017 at 10:54 am

Sorry I’m late! Already 3 days into the month…that’s, like, half of February! Let’s get it started already!

COLONY OF UNREQUITED DREAMS at the NAC Theatre, until the Feb 11th. So many dreams they formed their own colony!

THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEPEOPLE from Eddie May Mysteries, at the Velvet Room downtown every Saturday night. Superheroes and dinner, what more do ya need?

A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM from Taboo Productions, at Academic Hall until the 4th. An LGBTQ retelling of the Bard’s most fantastical outing. So get out there!


AT HOME AT THE ZOO at the Carleton Tavern, from Chamber Theatre, from the 1st to the 11th. Albee’s Zoo story with its prequel Homelife get the Chamber treatment at Ottawa’s coolest theatre…order a quart and some wings and strap yourselves in!

SCHOOLHOUSE from Kanata Theatre, at the Ron Maslin Playhouse from the 7th to 18th. Will this Schoolhouse rock? Only one way to find out..!


CRIMES OF THE HEART from Three Sisters, at the Gladstone the 8th to 18th. A gritty drama about the grizzled, veteran cops who tackle to toughest crimes of all…Heart Crimes! Probably.

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD at the Ottawa Little Theatre, from the 15th to March 4th. Get a Little Harper Lee in yer February, people!

PHANTOM OF THE OPRY from Brett Kelly Entertainment, at the Gladstone Theatre from the 22nd to 25th.


SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET from Suzart after Dark, at Centrepointe Theatre the 23rd to 25th. The brutal killer with the silly name is back!

UNDERCURRENTS at Arts Court, the 8th to 18th. Hosted by the Ottawa Fringe Festival, the mighty undercurrents festival is back with another sweet, sweet lineup (and also me). Check it out, and plan your month accordingly:


THE ELEPHANT GIRLS from Parry Riposte


TOMORROW’S CHILD from Ghost River Theatre

UN-COUNTRIED from Theatre 4.669


BROTHERHOOD: THE HIP-HOPERA from b current and Sebastien Heinz.

BURNT from Norah Paton

VOVK from Lana Kouchnir


FASTER THAN THE SPEED OF DATING from Strange Visitations (that’s ME! And Jodi Morden and Madeleine Hall, too) Pay What you Can, PLEASE COME SEE OUR FUNNY LITTLE SHOW!!

– …plus the INDIGENOUS WALKS walking tours (bundle up!), New Play Tuesday, panel discussions, talkbacks, opening and closing night parties, and all the fun you can handle. Go go go!  Check out the full schedule HERE.


FUCKING CARL from Theatre du Trillium, at La Nouvelle Scene the 4th and 5th. Sold-out Fringe hit is back for a limited engagement!

LES PASSANTS from Theatre la Catapulte, at the GCTC from the 23rd to March 12th. A french show at the GCTC? Allons-Y!



CRUSH IMPROV continues their ‘Bout Time tournament thru February, at Mother McGintey’s. Check the calendar HERE!

GRIMPROV, you lads still good for some funny the 1st and last Wednesday of the month at the Cock’n’Lion? Here’s assuming!

THE IMPROV EMBASSY has their usual full roster of events, and their own calendar to boot. Check it out!

More to come!  Peace, love and soul,

Kevin R

Coming Up in January 2017!

In Theatre on January 4, 2017 at 5:56 pm

            Updated Jan 15 – Added AMERICAN IDIOT and MARY POPPINS

Righty-right-right, let’s get this Theatre year in Ottawa off to a good start with a nice list of shows to check out! And okay, there’s the usual not too much going on this month, but give theatre a break, it’s cold out!

BLIZZARD OF OZ at the Gladstone from the 4th to 8th. As I write this it’s opening day, and there’s a blizzard out, so…good omen?


KNIFE 3: SUMMER OF BLOOD a live preview from Morning Person Theatre, on the 6th at the ODDbox (Arts Court). It’s no Knife 6: 3D 2, but it’s not half bad.  Pay what you can!

SOUTHERN DIS-COMFORT from Eddie May Mysteries, at the Velvet Room byward market (on the 14th) and in Kanata Centrum (7th and 21st). A little murder to start the year off right…you know, except for the victims.


Brooke Johnson in TRUDEAU STORIES. Pic by Kelly Clipperton.

TRUDEAU STORIES at the Great Canadian Theatre Company. Brooke Johnson reminisces about that time she beat PET in an arm wrestling contest…or something. Just see the show!

LE DIRE DE DI at the NAC Studio, the 11th and 12th. This is all the French Theatre I could find for January…any leads out there that I missed?

OTHER DESERT CITIES at the Ottawa Little Theatre, the 11th to 28th. Because there’s more than just Cairo.

COUNTRIES SHAPED LIKE STARS from Mi Casa Theatre, at Arts Court Theatre the 19th to 21st. The legend returns as part of the #Fringe20 series, and that is news both marvellous and spectacular!


THE GHOMESHI EFFECT at the Gladstone Theatre the 19th to 28th. A new show about hard-hitting radio journalism, I presume. Unless I missed something..?


AMERICAN IDIOT at Academic Hall, from the U Ottawa Musical Theatre Society, the 20th to 22nd. The modern smash featuring the ‘punk rock’ (yeah, right) tunes of Green Day. You can always listen to Iggy Pop on your headphones while you watch it!


COLONY OF UNREQUITED DREAMS at the NAC Theatre, the 25th to Feb 11th. Jillian Keiley’s contractually promised dose of Eastern Canada hits the big stage, and it looks as fun as always!

BIZET’S CARMEN  from the University of Ottawa Opera Company, at Huguette Labelle Hall (Room 112, Tabaret Hall) the 26th to 29th. Some opera back in town at last, thanks to Uottawa and Artistic Director Doreen Taylor-Claxton! Performed in French with English dialogues.


GOD OF CARNAGE from Sock’n’Buskin, at the Carleton U Art Gallery from the 26th to 29th. Yazmina Reza goes back to college in this latest production from the sockies!

MONKEY QUEEN: JOURNEY TO THE EAST from Ottawa Storytellers, at Arts Court Theatre on the 27th.

MARY POPPINS at Centrepointe Theatre, from Ain’t Seen Noth’n Yet Theatre from the 27th to Feb 4th. Will it include that bit where she fought Harry Potter in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen? Wait and see! Speaking of which…


THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEPEOPLE from Eddie May Mysteries, at the Velvet Room downtown, starting the 28th. Brand new super-murder adventure, with what had best be some sweet, sweet spandex getting all bloody.



‘BOUT TIME TOURNAMENT from Crush Improv. It’s back! Crush takes their beloved 3 on 3 improv battle show into the thunderdome, with teams competing against one another towards a final confrontation…for MONEY! Starts on Monday the 16th at Mother McGinteys in the Market and continues every Monday thru February. And the classic Crush gang will be performing at Yuk-Yuk’s on Elgin on the 29th as well!

THE IMPROV EMBASSY has a bunch of shows going on in January, including appearances from Quest Friends Forever and the return of the Improv Game Show (plus workshops and classes)! Just gonna link to their full calendar right here.

THE SENTIMENTALISTS at the Gladstone, 11-14. Magic and illusion and other mindgames that might make a Trump presidency make more sense.

GRIMPROV are still (I assume) at their usual haunt the Cock and Lion, the first and last Wednesday of every month!


OUTTAKE IMPROV, formerly Elgin Street Improv, formerly Make Up Your Mind Improv, also have their sci-fi themed FINAL FRONTIER show on the 8th at Live on Elgin, and likely more stuff to come. Those crazy mixed-up kids.


A rare musical entry for the Visitorium, but when it involves theatre heroines RHYTHM AND BURGUNDY as well as Zoe and Robin, I’m happy to list it!  At Bar Robo on the 9th.

That’s all for now…hopefully more to come! Peace, love and soul,

Kevin R

Big Stoopid End of Year Post 2016!

In Theatre on January 2, 2017 at 8:04 am

So, 2016! That was a…well, that certainly was a period of measured time, am I right? All the way around the sun, and a few of us are still breathing. And if you hear a distant tapping, that’s me, knocking on wood.

But hey, it wasn’t all bad. Yes, in addition to the beloved celebrity deaths and ill-tempered trolls proving that Western democracy is forever shattered, there was some mighty fine Theatre to remind us why we feel, and love, and fight. I saw a lot of it, I helped make some of it, and I am better for all of it. And or me personally, here IS that all in handy alphabetical list form:



2 for Tea

Addams Family

Alpha Delta 86

the Amazing Adventures of Pericles Prince of Tyre

Angels and Aliens


Anton in Show Business



Attempts on Her Life

the Ballad of Frank Allen (2)

Barefoot in the Park

Bella Culpa

Belles Soeurs

Berlin Waltz

Best Picture



Boy vs.Chair

Burger King Lear






Chocolate Cake

Crow’s Nest

Curious Contagious

the Daisy Theatre

Da Kink in my Hair


Desdemona: a Play about a Handkerchief

Dial M for Murder


Does Not Play Well with Others


Everybody Dies in December

the Exclusion Zone

the Extremely Short New Play Festival

Falling Awake

Fat Sex

Forstner & Fillister present: Forstner & Fillister in: Forstner & Fillister

Frank: to be Frank


GET LOST Jem Rolls (2)

Getting to Room Temperature

Giant Invisible Robot

the Girl who was Raised by Wolverine

Grade 8

Great Day for Up

Happiness ™

Have Yourself a Scary Little Christmas

How to be a Gentleman

I Forgot to Fly Today

Interior Panic

In the Blue of Evening

In the Trenches

the Inventor of All Things

In Waking Life

Jack Charles v.the Crown

Janet Wilson Meets the Queen

Joe the Perfect Man

the Jupiter Rebellion

Laser Kiwi

Last Wife

the Lion the Bitch and the Wardrobe

a Little Fire

Love is a Battlefield

Love Letters

Love, Lust and Lace

Lovely Lady Lump


MacBeth Muet

Magic Unicorn Island

Maltese Falcon: the Radio Show

a Man Walks into a Bar


Monstrous, or the Miscegenation Advantage


the Murder Room

My Fair Zombie


Novel House

Oh No! Said the Parrot

One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest

One Man Star Wars Trilogy


Perfect Pie


Perpetual Wednesday

Phone Whore

Pierre Brault

Pool (no water)

Rideshares and Rope Swings

Roller Derby Saved my Soul

Romantic Poetry

Romeo and Juliet

Saor (Free)

the Servant of Two Masters

Space Hippo

Space Jameration

SS Lightbulb

Swordplay: a Play of Swords

Tead Talks

a Tension to Detail


the Three Musketeers

Til Death: the Six Wives of Henry VIII

Twelfth Night

Twilight Zone

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike


Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf


Will Somers

Woyczek’s Head

Ze: Queer as Fuck


Company of Fools 12th Night


New Play Tuesday featuring Burnt Out, Wanting, and Finishing the Suit

Just Mingling

Ottawa Theatre Challenge

Mop in the Grid

em, or Me, Mom and Medea (staged Reading)

Aiming to Float (staged Reading)

On the Fringe (movie)

Healing from Heartbreak

Not too shabby, eh? Packing in shows from two separate Fringe Festivals there, not to mention the usual suspects like UnderCurrents and Fresh Meat. And where to even begin culling this mass of amazing theatre into a ‘best of’ list of any kind? In my heart, that list would be almost identical to the one you just looked past. But people do love themselves some listing, so here’s my by no means definitive think back at some of my absolute fav’rit bits from 2016.

THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS. Odyssey Theatre shows they know how to extract gold from Goldoni with this Andy Massingham-directed adaptation of the masque classic, filled with archetypes of farce and funny, romance and madness, and enough mistaken identity for any ten plays.


PARTICLE / MOUTHPIECE. Two of the several amazing entries at Undercurrents this year, Kristina Watt showed us how it’s done in her clown collaboration Particle (with the great Martha Ross) that was inventive, hilarious and endlessly endearing. Meanwhile, Mouthpiece took the concept of feminist theatre and raised it to a new level, featuring unbelievable timing and performances from its two leads Norah Sadavaand Amy Nostbakken . Two very different, but very extraordinary shows.

CALLAGHAN / SWORDPLAY: A PLAY OF SWORDS. A one-night-only event that too few people had the sense to make it out for, the mad geniuses of Montreal’s Sex T-Rex busted out all over with this double bill adventure/comedy/fantasy/sketch hybrid that had to be seen to be believed. They’re the best for a reason, gang. Hoping they come back soon.


GET LOST JEM ROLLS. The fine whiskey (no wine, he) that is Fringe legend Jem Rolls just keeps getting better with age. After the brilliant historical bio INVENTOR OF ALL THINGS the previous year (which made a brief reappearance on Ottawa stages this year as ll), his latest rollercoaster spoken word adventure continued to up his considerable ante. I was lucky enough to catch it at 2 Fringes, and could happily go for thirds.


FALLING AWAKE / BELLA CULPA. Two different 2-person physical shows from 2 different companies (Ragmop and A Little Bit Off) at this year’s Vancouver Fringe, and both made my heart do backflips with joy and delight. From a tragicomic look at love and loss to a manic battle of servants vs.masters vs.rats, these were two unmissable shows that made me want to be better at what I do. Out. Fucking. Standing.

-Cardinal 1 (cred Aplombusrhombus)

CARDINAL / OH NO! SAID THE PARROT. From Ottawa Fringe and then Fresh Meat, Aplombusrhombus (featuring Madeleine Hall and Mitchel Rose) knocked me out with two magically engaging pieces that should seriously be putting Ottawa’s clown community on the map. Winners of the Emerging Artist award at Fringe for very good reason. Watch out for these two clowns!

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MAGIC UNICORN ISLAND. My fanboy crush on Jayson McDonald is no secret, and his latest, an imaginative, hilarious heartbreaker about the ultimate rebellion scenario did nothing to diminish my longing. You’re still my hero, Jay Mac! (bonus: his legendary hit GIANT INVISIBLE ROBOT also made a welcome appearance in Ottawa this year, huzzah!)


PERFECT PIE. From Judith Thompson’s great script to perfectly cast and beautifully directed stage production, this show was my fav’rit from the latest Tactics series (with the trippy WOLCZECK’S HEAD a close second). Deeply affecting, unflinching, catastrophic and present. Terrific bloody theatre.

And there’s so much more! Other Vancouver Fringe faves like THE BALLAD OF FRANK ALLEN, TIL DEATH: THE 6 WIVES OF HENRY VIII, GREAT DAY FOR UP and FRANK TO BE FRANK. Or Ottawa Fringe beauties like EVERYBODY DIES IN DECEMBER and RIDESHARES AND ROPE SWINGS. Ow about Ottawa Little Theatre’ grandly theatrical THREE MUSKETEERS? Kate Smith’s fast food breakthrough BURGER KING LEAR? The brilliant nostalgia-fest BOOM? The silent but deadly MACBETH MUET? Or my own record setting 7th viewing of ROLLER DERBY SAVED MY SOUL (I’m just about ready to start writing RDSMS fanfiction at this point. Hmmm…) ? Or maybe I could stop talking about other people’s stuff for a second, and start yammering on and on about…

MY STUFF!! Yes, I did some theatre stuffs in 2016, in fact more than I ever did done in a year before! It started early on with my first ever step into the Ottawa Theatre Challenge ring alongside Madeleine Hall in the short piece PARKS AND TREACHERY. We didn’t win, but we didn’t get booed off the stage neither (in fact, I think got my first ever Brian Carroll laff in that show, so I’m calling it a victory).

bisbee poster

Next up was maybe my most ambitious project to date, my first solo Fringe show NORMAN BISBEE GOES TO WAR. With thee great Erin MacDonald as SM, Jodi Morden, Leslie Cserepy and Pierre Ducharme helping out, I was ready to bring this solo drama/adventure/comedy to the ODDbox. Small audiences, middling reviews, money lost, lessons learned. Will Norman be back> Time will tell, but he doesn’t give up easy!


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I wasn’t done with Fringe yet, and I packed up my bags (as well as Jodi Morden and Madeleine Hall) and headed out to Vancouver to hit the west coast with FASTER THAN THE SPEED OF DATING. My first out of town performance, and it was a treat from start to finish. We didn’t set records but we had good houses and great fun and we’d all love to come back to the finale Fringe ASAP. I still miss it.


Back home, it was time to get personal. Longtime Visitorium mainstay Winston the Cat transubtantiated to Valhalla in 20116, and he needed him some immortalizing, Theatre Style. That came at Fresh Meat with UNZIPPING THE CAT, my storytelling debut. Even Patrick Langston had to grudgingly admit it was pretty good.


I figured I was done acting for the year, until Eddie May came calling, and drew me into the madcap mystery that was HAVE YOURSELF A SCARY LITTLE CHRISTMAS out at the Kanata Velvet Room. After a year of DIY theatre, it was a nice change to end the year with a collaborative production (great working with Andy Massingham as director, plus sharing the cozy little stage some swell kids), tight alleyways, loud audiences, fake bloodstains and all. A great time being introduced to a whole new way of guerilla theatre-making for me, and a great way to close out 2016.  And huge thanks to EVERYONE who came out and saw one of the abovementioned shows…it means the world, as you all do know so well.

GETTING PERSONAL. As mentioned above, my roommate and best pal Winston the Cat had to be put down many months back. It was a rough bit, and I still miss that fuzzy little guy (tho I’m still finding enough of his leftover fur that I could likely construct a replacement Winston if I saved properly). As was truly said, Winston was an Ottawa Theatrical Institution, and he will always be missed, loved and remembered. Goodbye, my dear pal. I love you.


There’s one more friend I ALMOST lost in 2016, but was blessed beyond my worth to get back. A few months ago, I almost threw away the best thing to ever happen to me, because I didn’t even realize how much she meant to me. After the worst and best night of my life, she helped me break through a lifetime of damage and bad wiring to see things more clearly, and I’m ecstatic to say that I am still very happily in a relationship with Caitlin Oleson, my beautiful, smart, sexy and ridiculously goofy girlfriend. She makes me happy, she makes me better, she puts up with my nonsense and shares this made-up life of mine in a way I never imagined anyone doing. Thank you so much, Otter, for sticking with me and smiling the way you do. You make things worth doing. I love you.


That’s just about it, folks! 2016 saw lots of big theatre doings in Ottawa that I didn’t even touch on…the continuing redevelopment at Arts Court, NAC renos, the end of arts coverage in the Citizen (leaving our theatre reviewing state in such a sorry state I’ve already started doing a little of my own again…to be continued). 2017 promises some exciting things to come, hopefully a little extra theatricals from the 150 celebrations, and the return of Magnetic North. I’ve got some behind the scenes work coming soon with a local production, plus the Ottawa return of FASTER THAN THE SPEED OF DATING in this years Undercurrents festival, hooray! After that..? Well, I punked out on the Fringe lottery, so who knows? Working on a few projects, but isn’t that just artist code for masturbating? We shall indeed see, folks. In the meantime, I DO hope to be writing a little bit more than recently usual about local theatre on this blog, because I goddamned LOVE local theatre and I want to see people getting excited about it. S o get getting excited, gang, and I’ll see you in 2017.  Peace, love and soul,

Kevin R