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Coming Up in August 2015

In Uncategorized on August 4, 2015 at 12:48 pm

A little late! And after not posting for a whole month, yeesh.  (okay, I did make a few posts on my new Valiant Comics blog The Bridge to the Future, but you theatre-types care little for such things) Let’s see what’s going on in the dwindling days of summer!

Fools photo by Justin van Leeuwen

Fools photo by Justin van Leeuwen

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS at parks across Ottawa, from A Company of Fools.  Still time to catch this Seuss-esque take on Billy Shakes’ mistaken identity epic, from the Fools who know him so well.  Until the 15th.

Creation-BusinessTHE CREATION OF THE WORLD AND OTHER BUSINESS at the GCTC studio, from 9th Hour. Cain and Abel via the circus, in an intimate and spirited retelling of biblical myth from Arthur Miller.  Until the 8th.

marysMARY’S ODYSSEY at Laurier House. Another month of historical mystery in the amazing Laurier House! The 6th, 13th and 20th.

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS and ROMEO AND JULIET at the St.Lawrencc Shakespeare Festival.  Need more Shakespeare?  A little roadtrip and it’s all yours!  Until the 22nd.

Odyssey-ThingsWeDoForLove-Poster-web-488x732THE THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE at Strathcona Park, from Odyssey Theatre. Celebrate 30 years of Commedia in the open air as Odyssey embarks on a triple-bill of Spanish romance.  Until the 23rd.

I’M NOT JEWISH BUT MY MOTHER IS at the Gladstone Theatre.  Steve Martin’s brand new romp carries on until the 8th.

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BRIDGE TO THE PAST at various venues around Gatineau and Wakefield, from Theatre Wakefield. A Travelling show from Ian Tamblyn and director Mary Ellis, featuring up and coming superstar Megan Carty!  From the 5th to 31st.

awokenAWOKEN at Live! on Elgin, from Fireflood. Nick Amott returns with an updated version of his Fringe/Fresh Meat hit, inaugurating the Live! stage for Theatre in the process. Come on out!  The 21st and 22nd.

nw9MIND THE GAP and LAST ORDERS at the Avalon Studio, from the NW9 collective.  Two great one-acts from Bev Wolfe and Doug Phillips in one evening, and featuring one of my fav’rit human people ever, Jodi Morden.  Check it out!  21st to 30th.

burningBURNING: A BRIDGE at SAW Gallery, from Monstrous Nights Theatre. A combination of text, burlesque and more to examine the dreaded long-distance relationship in modern times. The 27th to 29th.

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TABLE MANNERS at the Gladstone Theatre, from Plosive and Seven Thirty. Kicking off the sure-to-be epic Norman Conquests trilogy and featuring a stellar cast, this is some goddam event theatre right here  Get in on it!  Starts on the 28th.

RIDERGIRL at Arts Court Theatre. Short return engagement of Colleen Sutton’s one-woman look at CFL fandom! The 28th and 29th.

More to come!  Peace, love and soul,

Kevin Reid (and Winston)

Coming Up in December 2014

In Theatre on December 1, 2014 at 4:44 pm

Before getting disappointed by Santa, treat yourself and yer pals to some awesome theatre instead!

Margo MacDonald and Scott Florence as Pommes and Restes.

Margo MacDonald and Scott Florence as Pommes and Restes.

POMMES AND ‘RESTES: SHIPWRECKED! ON THE TEMPESTUOUS LOST ISLAND OF NEVER, at the GCTC from A Company of Fools. Ottawa’s legendary clown duo return, and bring some of literature’s greatest characters along for the ride. A wonderful and foolish adventure, take it from me. Until the 14th.

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THE GLASS MENAGERIE at the Gladstone Theatre, from Bear and Company. Tennessee Williams’ classic gets a gorgeous treatment from director Eleanor Crowder and a terrific cast. Ends on the 6th.

THE RAILWAY CHILDREN at the Ottawa Little Theatre. An ambitious and family friendly production to close out 2014 at the OLT. Until the 13th.

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THE TEMPEST at Dunton Tower, room 2017 (Carleton U campus), from Sock’n’Buskin. Last weekend for SnB’s take on Prospero and company. The 5th and 6th.

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THE TALE OF A TOWN from Fixt Point Theatre. Starting at the GCTC on the 4th, Shenkman Arts Centre on the 5th, and Arts Court on the 6th, this show will then proceed to unfold at mystery site-specific locations nearby. Unmissable. Performances at 7 and 9 each night!

A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Ottawa Little Theatre, from Dufflebag Theatre and the Ottawa International Children’s Festival. One night only on the 7th to get your Dickens fix this season!

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES at Centrepointe Studio, from Suzart Productions. I remember when this movie played in Ottawa for 2 years straight (no pun intended).  Go see why! The 4th to 7th.

THE RADIO SHOW: CHRISTMAS CLASSICS at the Gladstone Theatre, from Plosive Productions. The annual Radio show is back, with an appropriately holiday-themed collection of hits. From the 9th to 14th.

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NARNIA at Centrepointe Studio, from 9th Hour Theatre. 9th Hour finishes up their CS Lewis season with n all-out musical based on the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. From the 11th to 21st.

ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS at the NAC Theatre.  A big event of a play to close out the year, featuring the NAC ensemble plus special guests!  From the 9th to January 3rd.

FREEZING at the Gladstone Theatre. A wintery musical to keep you warm over Xmas. From the 18th to January 4th.

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FAIRY TALE ENDING: THE BIG BAD FAMILY MUSICAL at the Ron Maslin Playhouse, from Kanata Theatre.  Family musical fun, and it’s even Canadian.  From the 27th to 30th.

PAUL HUTCHESON’S NEW YEAR’S EVE on the 31st, presented by Black Sheep Theatre. He’s back, and he’s bringing his pals with him (including Katie Hood, I hear) to ring in the New Year! Always a fantastic time.

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HUIT FEMMES at Theatre de L’Ile. Until the 6th.

PHEDRE at the NAC Studio. From the 10th to 13th.

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‘BOUT TIME at Mother McGintey’s, from Crush Improv Monday the 1st, featuring two all-star teams vying for your love, in a special show to raise funds for the Youth Services Bureau!

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007 ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL at Academic Hall, from Crush Improv. Celebrate seven years of funny, Bond-style. Remember you can use the promo code Visitorium to get 5 buck off the ticket price if you buy in advance!

GRIMPROV at the Cock and Lion, first and last Wednesday of every month.

EFT UP COMEDY SHOW at Pressed Cafe, from Experimental Farm Theatre. More eft up fun on the 11th!

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THE HALL-IDAY SPECTACULAR at the Lunenburg Pub, December 14th from Hall of Justice Improv.

CRYSTAL BASEMENT at the Atomic Rooster, last Tuesday of every month.

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TONIGHT ON OUR STAGE at the NAC 4th Stage. A one-night only variety show on the 16th, with a killer lineup of talent including Dynamite Motel, GRIMprov, Feckin’ Pirates and more!

Keep checking back, I update often as new stuff (or old stuff I missed) comes along!  Peace, love and soul,

Kevin Reid (and Winston)

The Great Screwtape Divorce Letters

In Theatre on July 29, 2014 at 7:15 pm

So the GCTC is on Summer holiday these days, but lucky for us they decided to put that sweet space to some good use and let some locals throw a little much-needed theatre into the Studio while it’s quiet. It’s a gang that have been in that space before, 9th Hour Theatre, and they’re back this summer with an ambitious double-whammy of repertory style theatre based on their current fancrush, CS Lewis. They already started on the Lewis love with a children’s show of THE MAGICIAN’S NEPHEW, a sort of Narnia prequel that hit Centrepointe a few months back, giant-sized Superlion and all. This time they’re going straight for the Christian jugular with a couple of Lewis meatier theologically themed works, playing in staggered formation alongside one another and featuring the same cast in both shows. It’s a nice, old school idea and I was stoked to see what they managed to do with the challenge.

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Featuring a multipurpose ensemble cast consisting of Nick Amott, Elizabeth Chant, George Dutch, Robin Guy, Jeff Lefebvre, Ellen Manchee and Paul Washer, my journey into 9th Hour’s wardrobe for this2-part theatrical adventure was THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS, adapted by Nigel Forde. I’d actually read this one (sometimes I read things…!) so was especially looking forward to seeing it on stage. Set in a sort of finishing school for aspiring young devils and headed by the legendary Screwtape (George Dutch), this one followers their attempts to subtly corrupt the souls above, and keep them from, you know..HIM (aka ‘The Enemy’).  Screwtape comes up against a tricky dilemma when one of the souls he’d been working on (Jeff Lefebvre) suddenly finds him some unexpected religion. He enlists junior corruptors Wormwood and Slubgob (Nick Amott and Elizabeth Chant) to try and clean up his mess, with mixed results. The fun comes in the array of subtle methods Screwtape and company try and employ to keep the souls from salvation, reminding us of all the myriad ways we sabotage ourselves on a daily basis, Christian or not.

The show gets some fun direction and stagework to make the devilish goings-on a touch more playful, and Dutch is a solid Screwtape, chewing just the right amount of scenery. Amott and Chant shine as the aspiring devils, providing some great energy to the proceedings. Robin Guy and Jeff Lefebvre work well together as the budding Christian couple trying to keep his soul on the right path, and Ellen Manchee has some wonderfully nasty moments as a paper-pushing devil giving Screwtape the gears (she and Paul Washer also have a fantastic scene together as a bitter older couple…its great stuff). It’s a fun show with a lot of Lewis’ razor insight into human nature on imaginative display. There are a few slower, disjointed moments, which is likely just the strain of this goliath collective repertory undertaking showing through. Its never too bothersome, and happens a bit in the second show as well. Speaking of which…

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I was right back at the studio the following night for THE GREAT DIVORCE, with the same cast back for a rather different kind of adventure. On a stage littered with a daunting pile of luggage, our characters enter and jostle for position, waiting for a bus. But no merry #14 this, our gang are off on a proper trip, heading to the hallowed grounds themselves, to see if they’ve got what it takes for eternal salvation…or not. The show jumps from story to story, watching as a myriad of different characters (more than 20, all told) try to enter Heaven for an even wider array of reasons, often being met by enlightened souls from the other side, trying to help them along. But, as implied by SCREWTAPE, we humans are our own worst enemies, and many of the travellers just can’t get the right message through their heads. Be it a skulking Jeff Lefebvre refusing to accept the forgiveness accorded a murderer he once knew, a desperate Mother (Ellen Manchee) refusing to let go of her long-dead son at the expense of everything else, or a controlling wife (Robin Guy) just wanting one more crack at telling her husband what to do with his life, the foibles brought to bear are common and maddening, and we all likely share a few of them with the poor saps on the stage.

Everyone gets a good chance to shine in this well-staged show…George Dutch gets a great scene as a merry and boisterous angel, a wonderful counterpoint to his snarling, glowering Screwtape. Nick Amott as an intellectual talking his way out of Heaven is great fun, and Guy as the aforementioned heartless wife is terrific (she makes a great Angel too, in a marvelous scene facing down a former lover and his bitter alter-ego, played by Dutch and Amott in one of the best scenes of the whole show). The show follows around bemused everyman Paul Washer as he tries to sort things out, questions being raised as soon as they’re seemingly answered. And okay, this one comes off a touch more religiously heavy-handed, but that’s just to be expected. CS Lewis WAS a touch religiously heavy-handed, after all, but most of what goes on in DIVORCE translates to all sorts of faiths and non-faiths alike. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t shoutout to Jessica Rousseau’s amazing costume work…it’s flippin’ gorgeous, folks, and no fooling.

So there…a midsummer double-bill from a literary legend, featuring a solid repertory cast of local heroes doing good work in fun and thought-provoking plays. AND there’s nice weather. What more do you want out of July and August? Get on out! Peace, love and soul,

Kevin Reid

Coming Up in July 2014

In Theatre on July 1, 2014 at 7:58 pm

It’s July! Fringe is over, and all us theatre types are really, really tired now, so there’s not that much on the agenda for this month. All the more reason to see EVERYTHING, am I right??

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GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS at the Gladstone. Just one more week to catch some local lads tackling Mamet’s most celebrated bit of bad boy raunch on the stage. Until the 5th.

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AS YOU LIKE IT at parks around Ottawa, from a Company of Fools. Torchlight Shakespeare continues in Ottawa from them what know it best, the Fools! From the 3rd to August 16th, check the Fools website for a show and park near you!

DRIVING MISS DAISY at the Ottawa Little Theatre. Some dignified summer fare to chill out with at the OLT, from the 8th to 26th.

WE GLOW at Tabaret Hall (Ottawa U Campus), from Theatre 4.669. Emily Pearlman and Brad Long reprise their award-winning 2013 Fringe play for two nights only, the 10th and 11th!

THE PLAYERS ADVICE TO SHAKESPEARE at the Avalon Studio, from New Theatre Ottawa. Brian Stewart’s terrific play returns for an all-new engagement before setting off to Edinburgh! Now featuring David Warburton in the starring role. From the 18th to 27th.

YOUNG FOREVER at Studio Leonard-Beaulne. A new youth dramedy about a New York group of friends who are rocked by a death in their tight-knit group. From the 12th to 18th.

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THE BOOK OF MORMON at the NAC Southam Hall. Broadway musical, ala South Park. From the 15th to 27th.

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THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS and THE GREAT DIVORCE at the Great Canadian Theatre Company Studio, from 9th Hour. Two plays in 9th Hour’s CS Lewis series are launching simultaneously (almost) in the GCTC studio, with alternating showdates during their runs from the 24th to August 9th. Check 9th Hours website to see which show plays when!

THE FINANCIER at Strathcona Park, from Odyssey Theatre. An original adaptation of Alain-René Lesage’s 18th century play Turcaret, featuring tax collectors, swindlers, and other shady characters who look lovely in masks. From the 24th to August 24th.

DIAL M FOR MOUNTIE at the Velvet Room, from Eddie May Mysteries.  Every Saturday night, killer theatre with your food and drink!

slsfAnd it’s summer so over Prescott way it’s time for the ST.LAWRENCE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, this year spotlighting THE TEMPEST (beginning on the 11th) and TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA (beginning the 15th).  Check the website for full schedule and details, shows run until August 16th!

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SI C’ETAIT A REFAIRE from Theatre de L’Ile. Dark comedy about the wacky world of plastic surgery! From the 9th through August 30th.

– IMPROV

CRUSH IMPROV will be back on Monday the 7th for their monthly ‘BOUT TIME, this time featuring Fabio vs.the Alphabitches. Even better than it sounds!

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the Lads of GRIMprov (pic by Brigitte Aube-Harrison)

GRIMPROV are at the Cock’n’Lion this Wednesday the 2nd for HALL OF JUSTICE, superhero improv done right with guest star Paul Piekoszewski. And look for them to return on the last Wednesday of the month as well.

THE EFT-UP COMEDY SHOW at the Cock’n’Lion, from Experimental Farm Theatre. Ottawa’s newest gang of improvisers hits the bar stage to make some merry, and it sounds like fun. July 9th at 8pm!

 

There’s one or two things I KNOW I’m missing, and I’ll try and track them down (or you could just let me know..) and update soon.  in the meantime, get out and support the scene!  Peace, love and soul,

Kevin Reid

Coming Up in March 2014

In Theatre on February 28, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Theatre Marches on!  See what I…oh, never mind.  Let’s just get a jump on what’s happening in March, starting witht he fact that there’s only the first of the month left to catch ENRON at the NAC Studio, and more importantly (for me) the TROIS (THREE) mini-festival at Arts Court Studio, featuring GRIMprov in the gloriously goofy START START ENERGY OFFICERS, May Can Theatre‘s harrowing WHAT ABOUT HORSES?, and Dead Unicorn Ink‘s ensemble dramedy ACCEPTABLE APPEARANCE THEORY, co-featuring myself and the OTS Orphanage Players!  Come on out, enjoy 3 beers for 10 bucks, and watch 3 cool shows!!

Bobby Robert (back only), Aaron Lajeunesse, Victoria Luloff and Patrice Ann Forbes i THE ACCEPTABLE APPEARANCE THEORY from Dead Unicorn Ink (photo by David Pasho).

Bobby Robert (back only), Aaron Lajeunesse, Victoria Luloff and Patrice Ann Forbes i THE ACCEPTABLE APPEARANCE THEORY from Dead Unicorn Ink (photo by David Pasho).

Oh, and some other stuff is happening too…

UNDERBELLY at the Gladstone Theatre, from Black Sheep/Stars and Hearts.  An unmissable adventure into the mind of William Burroughs, courtesy of the amazing Jayson MacDonald!  Until the 8th.

Jayson McDonald in UNDERBELLY (photo by William Beddoe)

Jayson McDonald in UNDERBELLY (photo by William Beddoe)

HALF LIFE at the Ottawa Little Theatre. A meditation on memory from the kids at LOT.  Until the 8th.

JESUS EVEN LOVES A CRAZY HORNY FEMINIST at Arts Court. One woman fun from Jen Hayward, from the 3rd to 5th.

THE BALD SOPRANO at Academic Hall, from Unicorn Theatre.  Martin Glassford helms this piece’o’Ionesco over at Ottawa U.  From the 4th to 8th.

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SPAMALOT at Centrepointe Theatre, from Orpheus Musical Society.  Bring out your dead!  From the 7th to 16th.

THE MAGICIAN’S NEPHEW at the Centrepointe Studio Theatre, from 9th Hour Theatre.  Some Narnia for young audiences from the 9th Hour gang! From the 12th to 16th.

JERK IT – MAY CAN DOES MASTURBATION STORIES at Arts Court Library.  Pretty much what the title says, folks…May Can Theatre gives us the dose of sleaze Ottawa needs.  The 13th only!

MUCH ADO ABOUT FECKIN’ PIRATES at the Gladstone Theatre, from Parry Riposte Productions.  Richard Gelinas and Margo Macdonald as clowning pirates, directed by AL Connors.  Seriously, there’s no good reason to miss this, people.  The 13th to 29th.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM at the Kailash Mital Theatre (Carleton U), from Sock’n’Buskin.  A Shakespearean capper to the Sockies’ 70th season!  From the 13th to 15th.

DANCING WITH RAGE at the GCTC.  Real life canuck superheroine Mary Walsh brings the pain.  From the 18th to April 6th.

BREAK BEFORE BEND at Centrepointe Theatre, from Edge Youth Productions.  18th to 19th, teen musical theatre at the ‘pointe.

FRANKENSTEIN at the Algonquin College Theatre.  It’s alive…and it’s directed by Zach Counsil! 19th to 23rd.

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THE DUMB WAITER at the Avalon Studio, from Third Wall Theatre.  The 3rd Wall gang returns to the stage with some classic Pinter, in the intimate Avalon.  From the 21st to 30th.

MURDER IN NOIRVILLE at the Ron Maslin Playhouse, from Kanata Theatre.  Hardboiled fun out Kanata way, from the 25th to April 5th.

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DRAMA AT INISH at the Ottawa Little Theatre, from Tara Players and OLT. Actors vs.Ireland!  From the 25th to April 12th.

A LA RECHERCHE DE ESCARGOTS/SEARCHING FOR SNAILS at Arts Court, from the Ottawa Stilt Union. I don’t even WANT to know details about this bilingual show…the imagination of the Stilters is always worth the wait.  From the 25th to 30th.

SEEDS at the NAC Theatre. More Canadian star power as Eric Peterson tackles Annabel Soutar’s tale of Man vs. Monsanto.  26th to 12th.

FAMILY IN A BOX at the Glebe Community Centre, from GNAG.  Multigenerational drama from the Glebe’s very own theatre gang!  From the 26th to 29th!

DEATH OF A SALESMAN at the Carleton Tavern, from Chamber Theatre.  You can’t keep a good salesman down!  Chamber’s new take on the Loman family hits the tavern from the 26th to April 5th.  And trust me, it’s gonna be worth the wait.

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THE OTTAWA THEATRE CHALLENGE on March 27th, at the NAC 4th Stage.  Combat, theatre style! So, expect some mimework.

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CONFIDENCES TROP INTIMES at Theatre de L’Ile.  Ends on the 1st…dernier chance!

UN at the NAC Studio. 5th to 8th.

A TOI POUR TOUJOURS TA MARIE-LOU at Theatre de L’Ile.  Classic Michel Tremblay!   Starts the 19th!

MARIUS ET FANNY at Salle Odyssee.  the 21st and 22nd, part of Francofete!

LEO at Shenkman Studio, from Theatre la Catapulte and MIFO. The 21st and 22nd.

JEUX DE MASSACRE at Academic Hall, from Theate de la Licorne.  Ottawa U’s awesome French contigent comes out to play, from the 25th to 29th.

I’m missing a couple things here and there and will update shortly…stay tuned, and as always, drop me a line, here, on Facebook, or Twitter, if I’ve missed anything (which I totally have).  Peace, love and soul,

Kevin Reid, the Visitor (and Winston)

For the Bible Tells me so

In Theatre on January 23, 2014 at 11:47 am

Thunderation!  So much new stuff to partake this week, it’s almost more than a theatre nerd could hope for!  And the pickings are good, folks, so don’t let me hear you whining about staying inside because it’s all cold out and other such nonsense.  What’ll be cold is your sad, lonely soul if you miss all this sweet, sweet theatre!  Besides, do you wanna live forever?  It’s only 36 below zero.

Do try and dress warmly, though.

Do try and dress warmly, though.

Speaking of eternal life, my first show up this week was the latest from 9th Hour Theatre, GRAIN OF SALT.  An original world premiere (how I dig the sound of those words) created by and co-starring Megan Piercey Monafu, GRAIN is a verbatim piece (ie: all the text comes from actual interviews from actual human people) inspired by the ‘we’re sorry’ project, an undertaking seeking to ask a multitude of Canadians, both in the church and not, whether the Catholic church should apologize for any transgressions over the years…or if it even had anything to apologize FOR.  Many answers were forthcoming, from ironclad certitude on both sides of the equation to honest bafflement in the mushy center.  Some of the responses were insightful, some funny, a few heartbreaking, and on or two downright maddening.

9th Hour made the smart move of bringing Kelly Rigole (herself a creator and performer in the Fringe/Undercurrents verbatim hit THIS IS A RECORDING) on board as director, and with her at the helm this piece really takes off.  It doesn’t hurt that they have a very solid onstage cast as well…Monafu herself, along with Lori Jean Hodge, Robin Hodge, Jeff Lefebvre and Mitchel Rose (OTS shoutout!).  Using a variety of simple props and costumes along with some beautifully choreographed physicality, the gang makes the most out of the potent material that has been assembled into the story.  What could have been portrayed as a simple ‘talking head’ style of theatre turns into something really memorable.  An extended moment on a Montreal subway train is magical, as well as Lefebvre talking to Monafu in a busy café, telling a story about being relieved of his duties due to struggles with his sexuality amidst the hustle and bustle without.  Rigole isn’t afraid of ambient sound, or long awkward pauses (there’s a gorgeous moment late in the show where everyone grumpily sits down to break bread with one another, I loved it to pieces).

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There’s a lot in the text about the church’s relationship with homosexuality, so much that it has no choice but to become one of the central points of the show.  It’s handled well, with interesting points coming from all sides (you’ll agree with what you agree with, but I still enjoyed hearing every word).  And there’s plenty more to dig into as well…intellectual arguments against the bible clash with the genuine love the church fills so many people’s lives with, to the point where the show almost can’t help but make you question whatever ideas you came in with.  Which is kind of the point, I suppose.  And this may be my Ottawa Theatre School loyalty shining through, but props to Mitchel Rose for a wonderful moment as an older devotee describing a pilgrimage he partook…it was my one true misty-eyed moment in the show, and it made me feel all warm and fuzzy.

The premiere last night was at the Mercury Lounge in the market, but the show will be travelling to multiple venues in its run.  Here’s the full rundown so ya don’t get lost (because you really should be heading out to see it):

Jan 23 – Pressed Café

Jan 24-26 – Avalon Studio

Jan 28-31 – Lunenburg Pub

So there…brave the cold, head on out and check out some original, eye-opening theatre in the middle of January.  It’ll do ya good!  Peace, love and soul,

Kevin Reid, the Visitor (and Winston)

Coming Up in January 2014

In Theatre on January 2, 2014 at 12:30 am

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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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…

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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)

Coming Up in November 2013

In Theatre on November 1, 2013 at 1:25 pm

New Month, and this one’s all November-y!  Let’s see what terribly exciting stuffs await (hint: LOTS of exciting stuffs)!

PRINCESS T at Academic Hall, from the Ottawa U Drama Guild.  A cool as beans adaptation of Puccini’s TURNADOT, from the swell kids at Ottawa U (And starring Visitorium fav’rit Danielle Savoie!).  Plays until the 2nd.

TARTUFFE at the National Arts Centre Theatre.  Last chance to catch a pretty great Andy Jones take on Moliere, with the new NAC Ensemble.  Until the 2nd.

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WAR OF THE WORLDS: A LIVE RADIO PLAY at the Gladstone Theatre, from Plosive Productions.  A short run for this rare Halloween version of the radio play, featuring Zach Counsil, Michelle leBlanc, live foley and a slew of CBC all-stars!  Until the 2nd.

DEADLY MURDER at the Ottawa Little Theatre. Twists and turns and murderly fun, OLT style.  Until the 2nd.

MERCUTIO AND OPHELIA at the Avalon Studio, from Fireflood Theatre.  A Few more chances to see what happens when Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet get their wires crossed.  The 1st thru 3rd.

YOU FANCY YOURSELF at the Great Canadian Theatre Company.  A terrific one-hander from Maja Ardal about schoolyear life abroad.  Until the 3rd.

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OCCUPY ME at the Ottawa Theatre School Studio, from Counterpoint Players.  Two shows, one night only of Bronwyn Steinberg’s one-woman yoga activism hit from SubDevision and Ottawa Fringe.  Only on the 2nd!

FREUD’S LAST SESSION at various locations, from 9th Hour Theatre.  Last month to check out the epic Freud vs.CS Lewis scrap!  On the 2nd, 8th, 15th and 16th…locations and showtimes HERE.

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THE EXTREMELY SHORT NEW PLAY FESTIVAL at Arts Court Theatre, from New Theatre Ottawa.  Back for a second incarnation with a host of new short original plays from local artists like Lawrence Aronovitch, Karen Balcome, Tim Ginley and more!  Guaranteed fun time.  Until the 10th.

WHERE POPPIES BLOW at the GCTC Studio, from Salamander Theatre. A special showing of Salamander’s young audience show, lest ye forget.  Matinee of November 3rd.

AGNES OF GOD at the Ron Maslin Playhouse, from Kanata Theatre.  John Pielmeier’s contentious play about religion, obsession, and other dinner table subjects. From the 5th to 16th.

THE LAST OF JANE AUSTEN at the Gladstone Theatre, from Phoenix Players. Two ladies try to train a boxer…I forget which Austen that was.  From the 6th to 16th.

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STILL LOOKING FOR PARADISE at the Ottawa Little Theatre from Full Moon Rising Productions. A new Ian Stauffer play, as well as a fundraiser for the Ottawa Mission. 6th to 9th only!

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SO2SPEAK at the Avalon Studio, from incite:LAB.  A new black comedy from Tim Ginley, and director Stewart Matthews.  8th to 10th and 15th to 17th. Check out their preview video if you still need convincing:

HAMLET (SOLO) at the NAC Studio.  OMG It’s back!  Raoul Bhaneja performs the entirety of Zombie Bill’s masterpiece all on his lonesome, no set, no effects.  Bloody inspirational.  From the 12th to 23rd.

MOMMA’S BOY at the Raw Sugar Cafe, from Bear and Co.  A delightful slice of musical romance and drama as Bear brings back their Fringe show for one night only in town.  Catch it on the 13th!

THE 7 PERSON HIGH CHAIR PYRAMID HIGH WIRE ACT at Arts Court Theatre, from Missoula Oblongata.  Also playing for one night (the same night, sheesh!), the oblongata gang returns after merriment a couple years back with THE DAUGHTER OF THE FATHER OF TIME MOTION STUDY.  Expect surreality and amazingness.  On the 13th!

ALL GALL at St.James United Church, from Third Wall.  An evening of French short works from the 3rd Wall gang, part of their continuing EMPTY SPACE reading series.  Only on the 13th!

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SYLVIA at the Ottawa Theatre School Studio, from OTS.  This is the big one!!  First show of my new home’s season, featuring the awesome graduating class of 2013/14!  Come on out and see A.R.Gurney’s comedy about a family driven apart by a man and his dog.  From the 14th to 23rd!  Note: if you don’t come to see this, I will have to assume you don’t love me anymore.

8 WAYS MY MOTHER WAS CONCEIVED at the Gladstone Theatre. A one woman show from Michaela di Cesare, trying to disprove her Mother’s claims of immaculate conception. From the 20th to 23rd.

YOU SHOULD HAVE STAYED HOME at Arts Court Theatre, from Praxis Theatre.  A touring hit about shenanigans at the G20, hitting Ottawa for a limited engagement.  Come get your protest on!  From the 20th to 23rd.

LEGALLY BLONDE at Centrepointe Theatre, from Orpheus Musical Society.  Hey, they took that movie about the pretty girl who became a lawyer and gave it some songs! And people like it! Maybe you will too!  From the 22nd to December 1st.

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CHRISTMAS BELLES at the Ottawa Little Theatre.  Some holiday themed fun from OLT.  Bring your own Egg Nog (but don’t, really).  Starts the 26th thru December 14th.

GOODNIGHT DESDEMONA, GOOD MORNING JULIET at the Great Canadian Theatre Company. Time-warping Shakespearean fun from Ann-Marie MacDonald.  From the 26th to December 15th.

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DEATH OF A SALESMAN at the Carleton Tavern, from Chamber Theatre.  Willie Loman finally gets his day in Ottawa, at the venerable Carleton Tavern!  A not-to-be-missed show from the 27th thru December 7th.

And at Memorial Hall in New Edinburgh (39 Dufferin) there will be an evening of previews of works-in-progress from CONNECT DANCE and the OTTAWA STILT UNION on the 30th, which sounds like some sweet fun to me.

– THEATRE FRANCAIS

VISAGE DE FEU at the NAC Studio.  Until the 2nd!

CENDRILLON at the NAC Theatre. A new spin on Cinderella, from the 6th to 9th.

LA FA LE DO at L’Ecole de la Salle, from Theatre la Catapulte and Theatre Francais (Toronto).  The 6th to the 9th.

OSCAR from Theatre de L’Ile.  From the 6th to December 14th.

LE PROJET LARAMIE from Comedie des Deux Rives, at Academic Hall.  A franco-translation of The Laramie Project from the Ottawa U gang.  From the 19th to 23rd.

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CARTE BLANCHE at Espace Rene-Prevost.  New Works from Guy Perrault, Annie Cloutier and Dinorah Catzalco, from the 21st to 23rd.

OBALDIA THEATRE (ou THEATRE EN FOLIE) at the Shenkman Centre Richcraft Theatre, from Theatre du Village.  From the 20th to 23rd.

PETIT BONHOMME EN PAPIER CARBONNE at the NAC Studio. Storytelling and wee puppets! 29th and 30th.

– IMPROV

CRUSH IMPROV continues to march on unabated, with a host of fun times coming in November, including:
– ‘BOUT TIME on November 4th at Mother McGinteys (Heart and Crown, Byward Market). The regular 3 on 3 battle continues!
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– Workshops!  Improv Foundations on November 1st and 22nd at the Centrepointe Studio Theatre and Chamber Room, respectively. Also, Sketch Writing workshop on the 24th at the Avalon Chaplin Studio.  Trust me, Crush gives good workshop.

Updates as I hear stuff, as always, now get on out and see some shows!  Peace, love and soul,

Kevin Reid, the Visitor (and Winston)

Coming Up in October 2013

In Theatre on October 4, 2013 at 2:52 pm

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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          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!

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         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).

          THEATRE FRANCAIS

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)

Coming Up in June 2013

In Theatre on June 4, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Right!  June is here, and it’s more Festival-tastic than EVER!  I’m a few days late with this post (that Nick Wade fundraiser party was a success, but also a touch time-consuming) so let’s dive right on in!

STEEL MAGNOLIAS at the Ottawa Little Theatre.  A pretty terrific production, now 100% Julia Roberts free!  Running until the 15th.

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CAROUSEL at Centrepointe Theatre, from Orpheus Musical Society.  The classic musical from the Orpheus gang, until the 9th.

LIKE WOLVES at the Great Canadian Theatre Company.  A World premiere to finish off the season, from playwright Rosa LaBorde.  Preveiws start the 4th, runs until the 23rd.

FREUD’S LAST SESSION at Dominion Chalmers United Church (355 Cooper), from 9th Hour Theatre.  One more chance to see 9th Hour’s latest, featuring Freud vs.CS Lewis!  Thursday the 6th at 8pm.

THE MOST EXCELLENT QUIXOTIC OOPS HOTEL at Shenkman Centre, from Orleans Young Players.  A crazy sounding piece of Canadian fun from the OYP kids.  Plays the 7th at 730, 8th at 230 and 730.

And that’s about it…except for the, oh, three or four festivals ALSO playing this month. Starting with…

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          MAGNETIC NORTH

A BRIMFUL OF ASHA at Academic Hall. “Ravi and his mother Asha, who play themselves, bring their real-life story of a mother’s dream and a son’s desire to follow his own path.” The 8th to 10th.

FOR THE PLEASURE OF SEEING HER AGAIN at NAC Theatre.   “…a loving portrait, a midlife Valentine’s card from playwright Michel Tremblay to his late mother, who died of cancer before he rose to prominence. Starring Lorne Cardinal and Margo Kane.” The 7th to 11th.

THE WAR OF 1812 at Arts Court Theatre.  “It’s a two hundred year old war story, but VideoCabaret’s presentation of The War of 1812 is fresh and feisty.” 7th to 15th.

THE GOD THAT COMES at NAC Studio. Yes, the Hawksley Workman show! “Four nights of wine-soaked hedonistic revelry mixed with theatre mixed with rock-and-roll.”  The 8th to 11th.

PETER AND VALERIE at 268 Carruthers st.  “You are invited to Peter and Valerie’s Ottawa home to honour the memory of Frank, Valerie’s childhood friend.  But is that all he was?”  8th to 15th, all but sold out as I write this!

WINNERS AND LOSERS at Academic Hall.  “James Long admits that Winners and Losers is a result of boredom.  The result, though, is anything but.”  The 11th to 15th.

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          SUBDEVISION

The festival WITHIN a festival, the wonderful SubDevision returns for its second year, this time teaming up with MagNorth to take over Arts Court for three days of wildly inventive, short but sweet theatrical tapas.  Featuring returning companies Deluxe Hot Sauce, May Can Theatre, STO Union, Counterpoint Players, Skeleton Key, Ottawa Stilt Union and Gruppo Rubato, now joined by artist Cathy Gordon, Fixt Point and Suitcase in Point, and U.N.I.T production’s Morro and Jasp.  MORRO AND JASP for flip’s sake!!!  Do not miss this.  From the 12th to 14th, I believe centering around the Festival bar in SAW gallery (have some Clocktower brews while you’re there!)

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          OTTAWA FRINGE FESTIVAL

It’s here at last!!  More on this in another post (assuming I find the time to write it), but featuring returning fav’rits like May Can Theatre, Martin Dockery, Jeff Leard, Kurt Fitzpatrick, Nancy Kenny, Dead Unicorn Ink, Monster Theatre and more!  Oh, and a new show called THE TRAGICALL HISTORIE OF NICK WADE (and other fuck-ups) featuring among other things…me.

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          ONE NIGHT ONLY

This incredible summer-long series of performances at the Gladstone Theatre kicks off on the 20th, and this month features a variety of musical acts, Suzart’s NUNSENSE JAMBOREE, PRIVATE THOUGHTS from Just Kiddin’, and a smut-tastic double bill from Cameryn Moore herself!!  See The List for all the details!
          THEATRE FRANCAIS

LA PORTEUSE DE PAIN at Theatre de L’Ile.  Godd stuff from the sweet island theatre, until the 22nd.

LE TRAITEMENT at Studio 311 (135 rue Seraphin-Marion, over Studio Leonard-Beaulne).  Limited seating for this show, so book tickets fast!  From the 5th to 8th.

All for now…got miles to go and lots of stuff to do and see and write about!  Let me know what I missed, and keep bugging me for more stuff, or I’ll never get it all done.  Peace, love and soul.

Kevin Reid, the Visitor (and Winston)