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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!

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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..!

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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.

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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

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TOMORROW’S CHILD from Ghost River Theatre

UN-COUNTRIED from Theatre 4.669

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

BURNT from Norah Paton

VOVK from Lana Kouchnir

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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.

– THEATRE FRANCAIS

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!

– IMPROV AND OTHER STUFF

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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 November 2016

In Theatre on November 1, 2016 at 11:07 am
  • Updated Nov 8th – Added The Three Musketeers, Have Yourself a Scary Little Christmas, Equivocation, the Addams Family. Updated info for Undercurrents launch party.  Nov 10th – Added Fringe 20 Hot Ticket Trivia Night and MacBeth*

Hey, it’s November!  That’s  NO-vember…as in, NO more local arts coverage in the Ottawa Citizen! Or so goeth the rumour mill this morning. Whoops-a-doodle!  Guess it’s time for me to start this up again…I’ve been meaning to rave more about local theatre anyhow.  Let’s see what’s coming up this month on your local stages. Welcome to YES-vember, folks.

DA KINK IN MY HAIR at the National Arts Centre until the 5th. Still time to get Kinky!

ATTEMPTS ON HER LIFE from the Ottawa U Drama Guild, playing at Academic Hall the 1st to 5th.  Written by Martin Crimp, Directed by the dynamite Peter James Howarth!

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JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL…AND LIVING IN PARIS from Bear & Co., playing at the Gladstone Theatre from the 2nd to 12th. Jacques Brel fans will be glad to hear he’s fine, I’m sure.

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LAST WIFE from Belfry Theatre and the Great Canadian Theatre Company, playing at the Irving Greenberg Theatre from the 1st to 20th.  I don’t know this show, but Mahalia is in it, and she’s supercool, so go see it.

IMAGINARY LINES from Linden House Theatre, playing at the Elmwood Theatre (261 Buena Vista, Rockliffe Park).  More good stuff from Janet Uren and the gang!

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BURN at the Avalon Studios from the 4th to 13th. A new play from John Muggleton with a seriously cool cast. Selling out fast!

EQUIVOCATION from Kanata Theate, at the Ron Maslin Playhouse from the 8th to 19th. Shakespeare vs.Guy Fawkes! Or something like that…it sounds right cool.

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UNDERCURRENTS launch party on the 15th at Arts Court studio, between 5 and 7. Be the  first to hear the 2017 lineup, yay! Also, don’t miss out on the FRINGE 20 HOT TICKET TRIVIA Night on the 21st at Arts Court, 730 start. Fun and prizes (and I may have contributed a trivia question or three)

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WILL SOMERS: KEEPING YOUR HEAD from Pierre Brault,at the GCTC Studio from the 9th to 19th.The onus is now on Will Somers to remount his play Pierre Brault if he wants to remain competitive.

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GRL PWR a Theatre-y doule bill at Live!on Elgin on the 24th and 25th. Toasted Theatre Company pairs their Fringe hit CHOCOLATE CAKE with the musical stylings of local fav’rits Rhythm and Burgundy for a couple of nights you don’t wanna miss!

THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE from Indie Women Productions, playing at the Gladstone Theatre from the 15th to 19th. For fans of spelling, I’ve cleverly inserted a typo into the next sentence. Can OUY find it?

THE ADDAMS FAMILY from Orpheus Musical Theatre, playing at Centrepointe from the 18th to 27th.  Ooky-spooky theatre for the whole family!

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HAVE YOURSELF A SCARY LITTLE CHRISTMAS from Eddie May Mysteries, at the Velvet Room starting the 19th. Interactive original murder mystery dinner theatre every weekend at the Velvet Room downtown (and starting in the Kanata location in December)!

EMPIRE OF THE SON at the NAC Studio from the 22nd to Dec 3rd. Tetsuro Shigematsu’s much lauded one-manner comes to the Capitol…can’t wait!

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MACBETH from Sock’n’Buskin, at the Kailash Mital Theatre (Carleton U campus) from the 24th to Dec 3rd. The story of a brutal madman who steals the highest office in thee land….thank goodness that couldn’t REALLY happen.

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WELFAREWELL from Phoenix Players, playing at the Gladstone Theatre from the 25th to Dec 3rd.

THE THREE MUSKETEERS at the Ottawa Little Theatre, from the 30th to Dec 17. One for all and all that jazz!  Swashbuckling!

I kind of threw this together at the last minute…more to come!  Peace, love and soul,

Kevin Reid

Coming Up in February 2016

In Theatre on February 1, 2016 at 7:03 pm

It’s back!  It looks kinda sorta diff’rent!  It’s…oh, who cares, let’s look at all the cool stuff coming to Ottawa Theatres this month!!  We’re talking Undercurrents, the return of La Nouvelle Scene, and the theatrical rise of Live! on Elgin, among many other great things…

Twelfth Night at the NAC Theatre, in collaboration with Old Trout Puppet Workshop. Shakespeare good. Shakespeare with Old Trout…better. Until the 6th.

Love Letters at the Gladstone, from Plosive Productions. AR Gurney’s disarming and affecting look at a lifetime relationship through letters. Until the 6th.

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Asylum at Live! On Elgin, from NW9 Collective. 4 Men raise a glass in their fav’rit pub, and I already like this new play from Doug Phillips (and director Jodi Morden, hooray!). The 4th to 6, and 11 to 13th.

A New Paradise at the Ottawa Little Theatre. From Ian Stauffer and director Kathi Langston, a new play and fundraiser for the Ottawa Mission. The 3rd to 6th.

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Cat’s Cradle at the Ron Maslin Playhouse, from Kanata Theatre. A whodunit mystery from Leslie Sands. 2nd to 6th, and 9th to 13th.

Cabaret at the Kailash Mital Theatre (Carleton Campus), from Carleton Musical Theatre Society. Singing and dancing! From the 3rd to 6th.

Romantic Poetry at the Gladstone, from Black Sheep Theatre. More singing, and possibly some poetry..? Definitely an amazing cast. The 10th to 20th.

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Live! On Elgin, from Suzart after Dark. Suzart returns with the greatest play about spelling bees that ever there was! The 18th to 20th.

One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest at Ottawa Little Theatre. The Kesey classic gets the OLT treatment, and it should be a gooder. The 23rd to March 12.

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Anton in Show Business at the Gladstone, from Three Sisters. Some of Ottawa’s finest gal-actors storm the Gladstone for this highly anticipated followup to their debut last year with Marion Bridge. The 24th to March 5.

BOOM at the NAC Studio. The 24th to March 12.

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The Proposal at Studio Leonard-Beaulne, from Red Carpet Theatre Society. A little Chekhov is just what every winter needs.  The 25th to 27th.

Rope at the Kailash Mital Theatre (I think), from Sock’n’Buskin. A little Hitchcock to sharpen your winter nerves. The 25th to 27th.

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24 hr Theatre at studio 311 (Ottawa U campus). A one-day adventure in new creation, with a Shakespeare theme this year! On the 27th.

Equity in Theatre Reading Series at the Gladstone. A Free evening of play readings from Darrah Teitel and Adrienne Wong, on the 28th.

Undercurrents at Arts Court (and the NAC 4th stage). From the 10th to the 20th, it’s the wintertime festival that puts the yay! In Februar-yay. Check their website for all the showtimes, but here’s thee rundown of what to expect at the 5th incarnation of this dynamite theatre showcase:

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-Mouthpiece from Quote Unquote collective. ‘Harrowing, humourous and heart-wrenching’…sounds good to me.

-A Man Walks into a Bar from Circle Circle. The Smash Toronto Fringe hit from Rachel Blair takes Ottawa.

-Getting to Room Temperature from the Room Temperature Collective. Arthur Milner and Robert Bockstael team-up for a comedy about assisted suicide. Ya heard me!

-Particle from 100 Watt Productions. Kristina Watt on stage, Martha Ross directing…you don’t need any more information that that. Go.

-Moonlodge from NAC English Theatre. Margo Kane’s lauded one-woman show returns with a new star and production…this ones at the 4th stage, folks, don’t forget!

-Monstrous, or the Miscegenation Advantage from Calalou. Sarah Waiswisz stars and Eleanor Crowder directs in this tale of a woman’s search for identity in the modern world, with the weight of history all around.

-Forstner and Fillister from F&F Theatre. The Fresh Meat fav’rit returns! Watch for flying sawdust.

-Macbeth Muet from Fille du Laitier. Macbeth, silent, with 2 actors and a tableful of found objects, and 30 minutes. Unmissable, say I.

-Listen to Me from Resounding Scream Theatre, A personalized theatre experience, as the audience goes speed-dating with the cast of this one-of-a-kind show.

– Theatre Francais

Un Vent se Leve qui Eparpile at the NAC studio. The 10th to 13th (English surtitles on the 12th)

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Le Lilas Africaine at Studio  Leonard-Beaulne, from Theatre de Dehors.  French adaptation of Pamela Gien’s The Syringa Tree. The 10th to 14th.

Du Domaine des Murmures at La Nouvelle Scene, from la Caraveille DPI, Mala Noche, and Theatre du Trillium. 12-13.

Avant L’Archipel at the NAC, rehearsal hall A. The French adaptation of legendary Mi Casa hit Countries Shaped like Stars, directed by Joel Beddows! On the 19th only.

Le Long de la Principale at La Nouvelle Scene, from Theatre la Catapulte. 25 to March 4.

– Improv and Other Stuff

Crush Improv continues their epic Bout Time Tournament, with a show on the 1st featuring Reunion tour taking on Bros before Shows. Then semi-finals for all the winning teams thus far take place on the 15th and the 22nd, in anticipation of the final round!

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The Improv Game Show at Live! On Elgin. From Experimental Farm and Trevor Comedy, a game show for you to test your improv chutzpah for fun and profit!  On the 8th.

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Eft-Up Valentine Improv Duo Show at Pressed Cafe, from Experimental Farm Theatre. On the 11th.

Let’s get Toasted at Live! On Elgin, from Toasted Theatre Company. Launch party and fundraiser for Toasted Theatre, Ottawa’s newest and spunkiest theatre company! On the 14th.

Heart-On at Live! on Elgin, from Elgin St.Improv. Valentines comedy for you to laugh your loneliness away!  You’re probably lonely, right?  On the 14th.

Smut Slam at Clocktower Brewpub in the Glebe, from Cameryn Moore. The creator of Phone Whore and Slut Revolution brings her patented open-mic slam night to Ottawa!  Bring yer smut and get slammed. On the 25th.

That’s it for now!  Let me know what I missed, and I’ll hopefully be back at the blogging sooner with an update on Strange Visitations, Fringe, and probably not much more!  Peace, love and soul,

Kevin Reid (and Winston)

Coming Up in September 2015

In Uncategorized on September 3, 2015 at 6:05 pm

September! Back to school for you student-types (I myself will be starting my third, albeit imaginary, year at the OTS any day now), but more importantly it’s back to the Theatre as new seasons start getting off the ground!  Check out the list…

PrintTHE NORMAN CONQUESTS from Plosive and Seven Thirty, at the Gladstone. A tryptich of British farce with an all-star cast and John P,Kelly at the helm. Part one, TABLE MANNERS is already underway. The next chapter, LIVING TOGETHER, arrives on the 11th. Part three, ROUND AND ROUND THE GARDEN comes along on the 25th. All three play until October 10th. See one, or see’em all! On second thought, just see’em all.

© Marc J Chalifoux Photography, 2013. www.marcjchalifoux.wordpress.com

© Marc J Chalifoux Photography, 2013. http://www.marcjchalifoux.wordpress.com

SANSEI THE STORYTELLER at Arts Court Studio. Solo storytelling from Mark Ikeda with his Fringe hit, part of the Ottawa Storytellers (un)Told series! On the 9th.

pairedYOU DIDN’T ASK TO BE HERE and DONKEY DERBY at the Avalon. A double bill of one-woman gems, featuring the terribly talented Megan Carty and Tess McManus! From the 11th to 13th.

GENEROUS at the GCTC. The new season kicks off with a new political potboiler for your edification. From the 15th to 27th.

Blithe-SpiritBLITHE SPIRIT at the Ottawa Little Theatre. Don’t be a coward, see some Coward! From the 15th to October 3rd.

40004000 MILES at the Ron Maslin Playhouse, from Kanata Theatre. A cross-country journey, live on stage. From the 15th to 26th.

LIKE DREAMING BACKWARD at Studio Leonard-Beaulne. The 24th to 26th.

CROSSROADS at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum (outdoors), from Vintage Stock Theatre. The 25th to Oct 3rd.

BARBER OF SEVILLE at Southam Hall, from Opera Lyra. Finally, the worlds of opera and haircutting united as one! The 26th, 28th, 30th and Oct 3rd.

CROSSROADS at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum (outside), from Vintage Stock Theatre. The 25th and 26th as well as Oct 2nd and 3rd.

GAME OF BONES at the Velvet Room, from Eddie May Mysteries. Every Saturday night, the popular dinner theatre inspired by the hit fantasy teevee show THE CHARMINGS, or something.

TACTICS LAUNCH PARTY at Arts Court, on the 7th. Find out who’s doing what in the 2015-2016 sophomore season!

FRESH MEAT LAUNCH PARTY at the House of Common (115 Fairmont) on the 18th. A swinging party to announce the lineup of the 4th Fresh Meat…you won’t believe how fresh it gets!

PRIX RIDEAU AWARDS at Maison de la Citoyen, on the 27th. People dress nice and win things! There’s usually food. It’s fun and stuff.

 -THEATRE FRANCAIS

A QUOI CE SERT D’ETRE BRILLANT SI L’ECLAIRES PERSONNES at the NAC Studio. A mouthful to kick off the NAC French season! The 25th and 26th.

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ZONES THEATRALES at various locations, from ll sorts of great companies.  Plenty to see and do at this years event of Franco-theatre.  I’ll try and break it down by venue…

AMERICAN DREAM.CA from Theatre la Tangente (14-15) and ETAT VERTICAL from Creations in Vivo (18-19) at the NAC studio.

LE 3 MOUSEQUETAIRES PLOMBERIE from Satellite Theare and Theatre Populaire D’Acadie (15-16) and PETITES BUCHES from Theatre de la Vielle 17 (18-19) at L’Ecole de la Salle.

UNE NEURINOME SUE UNE BALANCOIRE from Theatre de Nouvel-Ontario(15-16) and #PIGEONSAFFAMES from Theatre du Trillium (18-19) at Academic Hall.

TRICYCLE from Sages Fous (16-17) at Salle des Fetes, Maison de la Citoyen.

BARBECUE from Vague de Cirque (16-19) at the Museum of History.

SANS PAYS from Theatre du Tandem(17-18) at Salle Jean Desprez, Maison de la Citoyen.

More to come!  Peace, love and soul,

Kevin Reid (and Winston)

Coming Up in May 2015

In Uncategorized on May 2, 2015 at 9:51 pm

So much stuff, and I have so little brainpower left right now.  Here are some pictures until I get time to sort all this stuff out (sorry…producing is hard, yo)!

End of CivTHE END OF CIVILIZATION at the Gladstone Theatre, from Same Day Theatre!

Photo credit Julie Laurin

Photo credit Julie Laurin

FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIRE DE LUNE at 122 Stewart (basement apartment) from Vacant House Theatre! Playing from the 21st to 30th.

Ape IrenesTHE HAIRY APE at Irene’s Pub, from Chamber Theatre Hintonburg…one night only!!

BtCBREAKING THE CODE at the Ottawa Little Theatre!

toos MayTONIGHT ON OUR STAGE from all sorts of fine folks, at the NAC 4th Stage…one night only!

bonspielTHE BLACK BONSPIEL OF WULLIE MACCRIMMON at the Ron Maslin Playhouse, from Kanata Theatre!

sceneONTARIO SCENE parties on, with shows all over like POST EDEN, SEA SICK, GRACEFUL REBELLION and much, much more!!

yi 2015YOUTH INFRINGEMENT returns with its 17th installment of Young Theatre, with shows including THE CALL, LITTLE GIRL MCLEACH, THE FIFTY MOVIE RULE and more!

oicf 2015THE OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL is back, with great shows including WOLF CHILD from Mi Casa, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, LES PARFAITS INCONNUS and very much more!

reveLE REVE TOTALITAIRE DE DIEU L’AMIBE at Studio Leonard-Beaulne, from Theatre Tremplin!  Until the 9th.

…More and more to come, promise!  Peace, love and soul,

Kevin Reid (and Winston)

Coming Up in April 2015

In Uncategorized on April 2, 2015 at 8:46 am

More like APE-ril, am I right?  Yes, yes I am.  Here’s why…

apecarletonTHE HAIRY APE at the Carleton Tavern, from Chamber Theatre Hintonburg. From the 2nd to 18th.  It’s finally here!  Eugene O’Neill’s 1922 monster about the forgotten victims of the Industrial revolution bursts to life on the Carleton Tavern Stage in a show you won’t soon forget.  Directed by Lisa Zanyk and starring Donnie Laflame as Yank, with a mighty ensemble cast around him.  See you there!

Louis Lemire and Donnie Laflamme in THE HAIRY APE.

Louis Lemire and Donnie Laflamme in THE HAIRY APE.

TAKE ME BACK TO JEFFERSON at the NAC Theatre. Family drama, with floods. Until the 11th.

GOODBYE PICCADILLY at the Ottawa Little Theatre. More goodness from the OLT gang! Until the 11th.

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW at the Gladstone Theatre, from Vanity Project. Don’t have your ticket yet? Then start your envy, because this hotly anticipated musical is sold out for all seven shows, the 1st to 4th! If you stand outside the theatre, maybe you can hear the Time Warp…

vifVENUS IN FUR at the Gladstone Theatre, from Plosive Productions. Sexy shenanigans with David Whiteley and Chandel Gambles. The 9th to 18th.

PARFUMERIE at the GCTC. The lawyers are at it again, acting and playing and generally being unlawyerlike. Yay! The15Th (preview show) to 18th.

DIRTY DANCING at NAC Southam Hall. Live adaptation of the famous movie about the improper placement of babies, or something. The 14th to 19th.

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THE BROTHERS GRIMM SPECTACULATHON at Algonquin College Studio Theatre (Building N), from Algonquin Theatre Arts. The 15th to 19th. And don’t miss FLYING SOLO, the Gonqs’ end of year monologue ceremony, on the 23rd.

udbUNDER DEREK’S BED at Arts Court Theatre, from Dead Unicorn Ink. The first TACTICS series comes to a close with this monster of a tale from Sylvie Recoskie. The 17th to 25th!

YOUPPI CLUB at somewhere, from Ottawa Stilt Union. An event so mysterious I still don’t know where it is! On the 20th.

THE DOUBLE at NAC Studio. A man and his cello. 21st to May 2nd.

ONTARIO SCENE the 29th to May 10th. Too much to list here, but includes Daniel MacIvor and much more at a multiplicity of locales!  Check their website for all the details!

– THEATRE FRANCAIS

LA SOUPE DE KAFKA at Theatre de L’ile. Until the 11th!

NOUEDS PAPILLON at the NAC Studio. Written and Directed by Marie-Eve Huot. The 11th and 12th.

RICHARD III at the NAC Theatre. Major Franco-Shakespearean production that I really wanna see. The 21st to 25th.

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LE REVE TOTALITAIRE DE DIEU L’AMIBE at Studio Leonard-Beaulne, from Theatre Tremplin and Theatre la Catapulte. The 30th to May 9th.

– IMPROV AND OTHER STUFF

‘BOUT TIME at the Pour House, from Crush Improv. Crush’s legendary 3 on 3 battle improv show temporarily moves digs to this spot while their regular stage undergoes renos. Monday the 6th, Don’t miss out!

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

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EFT-UP COMEDY SHOW at Pressed Cafe, from Experimental Farm Theatre. April 9th!

STAKEOUT at the Lunenburg Pub, from Hall of Justice Improv. On the 12th.

SUNDAY NIGHT FANFICTION at the Lunenburg Pub, from Morning Person Theatre. All the Paul Piekoszewski you can handle in one month! On the 19th.

Always more to come…See you at the Theatre.  Peace, love and soul,

Kevin Reid (and Winston)

Coming Up in March 2015

In Theatre on March 2, 2015 at 12:22 pm

Marching into March with a loaded calender of Theatre-stuffs to keep you inspired and giddy.  Take your pick!

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SABRINA FAIR at the Ottawa Little Theatre. OLT takes on the classic romcom, with cockatoos. Until the 7th.

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BANKRUPT At the Gladstone Theatre, from Plosive Productions and Theatre 4.669. Stephanie Turple’s world premiere comedy, with music from the Peptides. What more ya need to know? Until the 14th.

OBAABERIMA at the NAC Studio. Tawiah M’Carthy’s acclaimed one person show about sexuality and identity. From the 3rd to 14th.

URINETOWN THE MUSICAL at Alumni Auditorium, from Fauteux Productions.  If you’re a fan of musicals about urine, then…well, you might have to crash this one, as it’s already sold out! On the 5th and 6th.

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CONJURE at the Avalon Studio, from Magic Studio Productions. A magical evening with Zach Counsil and Steven Lafond, making things disappear and stuff. The 6th to 8th.

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN at Centrepointe Theatre, from Orpheus Musical Society. One of Mel Brooks’ finest gets the Orpheus treatment. The 6th through 15th.

TOUGH! at Algonquin College Studio N118, from Algonquin Theatre Arts. The Gonqs take on George F.Walker. The 11th to 15th.

THE BEST BROTHERS at the Great Canadian Theatre Company. Andy Massingham and John Ng in the latest hit from Daniel MacIvor! From the 10th to 29th.

Tony Adams and Cory Thibert in HAPPINESS(tm)

Tony Adams and Cory Thibert in HAPPINESS(tm)

HAPPINESS(tm) at Arts Court Theatre, from May Can Theatre (part of TACTICS). Are you happy? Because even if you are, this show can make you happier. The 13th to 21st.

ACT at Studio Leonard-Beaulne. From Ottawa U MFA candidate Miriam Cusson. The 12th to 14th.

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MY FAIR LADY at the Kailash Mital Theatre (Carleton U Campus), from Balmour Productions.  A classic story gets a modern Arabic twist, for one night only on March 14th!

THE YOUPPI CLUB at Artissimo Cafe, from the Ottawa Stilt Union.  First of a promised series of monthly meetings about…I have no idea. Just be there on the 16th at 7pm.  And don’t forget about the Stilt Union’s weekly Drop-In workout sessions, Sundays at the Ottawa Dance Directive studio!

REXY! at the Gladstone Theatre, from Phoenix Players. William Lyon Mackenzie King, onstage where he belongs. The 19th to 28th.

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Tess McManus, sittin’ in a tree. Pic by Tom Benson.

STRAIGHT FROM THE HARP at the NAC 4th Stage, from Little Green Hat and Ottawa Storytellers. Tess McManus’ Fringe hit TALES SHE TELLS gets reworked and relaunched with some musical accompaniment from Dawn Bailey and Susan Toman! Only on the 19th.

SUBDEVISION at Enriched Bread Artists (951 Gladstone), from a Ton of Artists.  Three days of Site-
Specific mini-plays in a festival of sheer wonder brought to you by the SubDevision collection of artists, including (but not limited to) Emily Pearlman, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, Skeleton Key, Catriona Leger, and so much more!  From the 19th to the 21st.

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THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO at NAC Southam Hall, from Opera Lyra. Opera! Get dressed up and enjoy. The 21st to 28th.

GOODBYE, PICCADILLY at the Ottawa Little Theatre. Family dramedy to kick off your springtime. The 24th to April 11th.

THE LION IN WINTER at the Ron Maslin Playhouse, from Kanata Theatre. Christmas in the 12th century!  From the 24th to April 4th.

TAKE ME BACK TO JEFFERSON at the NAC Theatre, from Theatre Smith-Gilmour. Southern Gothic tale of tragedy and family all that jazz. The 25th to April 11th.

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OTTAWA THEATRE CHALLENGE at NAC 4th Stage, presented by A Company of Fools. Who will win the Rubber Chicken Award? Find out on the 27th!

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THE HAIRY APE At the Black Sheep Inn, from Chamber Theatre Hintonburg. From Eugene O’Neill, granddaddy of American Theatre. Premiering on the 27th! Continues into April at the Carleton Tavern. And I’ll be in this one, by the by, so get your tickets now! 🙂

GAME OF BONES at the Velvet Room, from Eddie May Mysteries.  Every Saturday night, killer dinner theatre inspired by the classic Fantasy Teevee series SIGMUND AND THE SEA MONSTERS, I think.

– THEATRE FRANCAIS

LA SOUPE DE KAFKA at Theatre de L’Ile. The 11th to April 11th.

LE CHARGE DE L’ORIGINAL EPORMYABLE at Academic Hall. Ottawa U franco-theaatre goodness from director M.Guy Beausoleil. The 24th to 28th.

THEATRE 100 at Studio Leonard-Beaulne. A Collection of one-acts from Ottawa U. The 27th and 28th.

– IMPROV

‘BOUT TIME at Mother McGinteys, from Crush Improv. Reunion Tour vs. The Princess Parade! Monday the 2nd. And Check out Crush’s One-night Fundraiser show for Juvenile Arthritis at O’Grady’s Outpost on the 7th!

A CHEST FULL OF BOOTY at the Lunenburg Pub, from Hall of Justice on the 15th.

GRIMPROV every first and last Wednesday of the month at the Cock and Lion! Wednesday the 4th join them for a bout of ELEMENTAL IMPROV.

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SHELARIOUS at Pressed Cafe. Hosted by Birds of Prey from Experimental Farm Theatre, an all-gal night of comedy in celebration of International Women’s Day! Sunday the 8th.

MARCH MADNESS WORKSHOP SERIES at the Jack Purcell Community Center, from Experimental Farm Theatre. Improv workshops for all comers, on Tuesday the 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th.

– More to come!  Peace, love and soul,

Kevin Reid (and Winston)

3 Sisters and a Bridge

In Theatre on February 12, 2015 at 5:29 pm

After a rather dark day in Canadian Theatre, and one in which I made much less progress at writing my own upcoming piece than I should have, a night out with some rock-solid theatre was exactly what my poor withered soul needed. Thank goodness that out past the blustery snow a-falling, such a piece of theatre was waiting for me at the Gladstone. Specifically with the Three Sisters Theatre Company and their new production of Daniel MacIvor’s MARION BRIDGE.

Directed by local hero Bronwyn Steinberg, the show follows a trio of sisters from out East, forced (in various states of willingness) to reunite after an undisclosed span of time to visit their rapidly ailing Mother. Agnes (Robin Guy) is the toughest fit of the bunch, very reluctantly back from her new home in Toronto and bringing the chip on her shoulder and ever-present flask along with her. She clashes immediately with calm and collected Theresa (Shawna Pasini), who found God long ago but still can’t shake the role of family peacemaker. And odd sister out Louise (Cindy Beaton) only seems to want to obsess over her various teevee shows, or attend mysterious ‘prayer meetings’. Time passes, simmering feuds come bubbling to the surface, and Mother’s hieroglyphic notes start piling up as the sisters try and make sense of who they are, and what the Hell happens next.

The Sisters MacKeigan (Cindy Beaton, Shawna Pasini and Robin Guy...pic by Resonate Photography)

The Sisters MacKeigan (Cindy Beaton, Shawna Pasini and Robin Guy…pic by Resonate Photography)

It all adds up to a terrific Goddamn show, anchored by three very strong performances from the ‘sisters’. Robin Guy (also wearing the Producer hat on this show) is a fierce and vulnerable Agnes, utterly likeable even when she’s being a belligerent drunk. Shawna Pasini’s quietly distressed Theresa simmers wonderfully, in what is maybe the toughest of the three roles to tackle. And if Cindy Beaton doesn’t charm the Hell out of you with her stoically earnest Louise, then I don’t know what kind of monster you are, but not the cool Godzilla kind, that’s for damned sure.  Probably a Ghoulie or some such lame business.

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Bronwyn keeps MacIvor’s strong script moving fluidly and with down-home (and back East) charm to spare, never delving into sentimentality, though occasionally dipping a toe lovingly in the waters. A sweet set from designer Andrea Steinwand puts the icing on the cake, and caps off a strong and achingly heart piece that you really need to make time to see. Ignoring that it’s an all-too rare instance of a play spotlighting the lives of women almost completely removed from their relationships with men (although you shouldn’t actually ignore that, because it’s TREMENDOUSLY IMPORTANT), this is just a beautiful and funny story, told exceptionally well, that begs to be shared. So come and do that. Peace, love and soul,

Kevin Reid (and Winston)

PS: There’s a pretty sweet Maritime-themed art exchibit n in the Gladstone lobby for the duration of the show run, plus some Rum’n’Coke drink specials at the bar.  Y’know, for a well rounded evening out. 🙂

Coming Up in February 2015

In Theatre on February 1, 2015 at 10:07 am

Good old February…short but always sweet for us theatre types, weather be darned. Who worries about freezing half to death when there’s awesome theatre to be had? Some kinda jerk, I bet.

MOSS PARK at the GCTC. Still time to catch the latest bit of George F.Walker in this 2-hander from . Until the 8th.

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NIGHT SKY at the Ron Maslin Playhouse, from Kanata Theatre. The 3rd through 14th.

STUFF HAPPENS at the NAC Theatre. A little walk down memory lane, George W.Bush style, with the NAC ensemble as our guides, from the 3rd to 21st.

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MARION BRIDGE at the Gladstone Theatre, from Three Sisters Theatre. A new company brings us some classic MacIvor…who could ask for more? From the 11th to 21st.

SCHOOL FOR LIES at the Algonquin studio Theatre N112 (Building N), from Algonquin Theatre Arts. The great Catriona Leger directs the kickoff play of the Gonq’s new season! From the 11th to 15th.

THE QUEEN OF PARADISE’S GARDEN at the NAC 4th Stage. Andy Jones doing puppet Theatre for kids, which should be about as memorable as it gets. The 16h and 21st.

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SABRINA FAIR at the Ottawa Little Theatre. The classic tale (best known courtesy of Audrey Hepburn and Hollywood) gets some OLT lovin’ to brighten up your winter. From the 17th to March 7th.

MARAT/SADE at Academic Hall, from Ottawa U. I’m not writing out the whole actual name of this play from Peter Weiss (directed here by Third Wall’s own James Richardson, en route to his MFA), so go see it and I’m sure it will be on the program. From the 24th to 28th.

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BANKRUPT at the Gladstone Theatre, from Plosive Productions. New Semi-Musical featuring Ottawa superstars the Peptides! From the 25th to March 14th.

ZOO STORY/IT’S WHAT DR.JENKINS WOULD HAVE WANTED at 241 Residence Commons (Carleton Campus), from Sock’n’Buskin.  A One-Act Double Bill from the Sockies for a mere 5 bucks!  The 25th to 28th.

GAME OF BONES at the Velvet Room, from Eddie May Murder Mysteries. The popular dinner theatre romp continues every Saturday…based on the classic fantasy teevee show MANN AND MACHINE, I think.

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Don’t have an image file for the sexy new logo, sorry. Old school it is!

February means the return of Ottawa’s sweet Independent Theatre Festival UNDERCURRENTS, this time making its Arts Court debut as a satellite of the Ottawa Fringe Festival. And as usual , a might fine lineup to look forward to. The fest runs from the 12th to 21st…check the website for full schedule info!

Balcome and McBride, finding themselves.

Balcome and McBride, finding themselves.

FAR & NEAR & HERE from Thunk! Theatre. Expanded and reborn from their original run at the Fresh Meat Festival two years ago, Thunk! Is back to make some magic courtesy of Karen Balcome and Geoff McBride.

MARATHON from Aharona Israel. Described as an “authentic process of increasing attrition happening before your eyes, in real time” So, yeah, don’t miss it.

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PUNCH-UP from Theatre Brouhaha. A comic smash at the Toronto Fringe, this Kat Sandler creation is gonna be just as big a hit in Ottawa.

MUCH ADO ABOUT FECKIN’ PIRATES from Parry Riposte. Margo McDonald and Richard Gelinas return as bickering, improvising pirates in a show that basically writes itself. Diddling a likelihood.

LOVE+HATE from the Peptides (image by Bonnie Findley)

LOVE+HATE from the Peptides (image by Bonnie Findley)

LOVE + HATE from the Peptides. A hit at last year’s Ottawa Fringe, you don’t wanna miss this return appearance of the Peppies musico-theatre extravaganza. You really don’t.

SPIN from Evalyn Parry. Because not enough theatre incorporates bicycles, and Ms.Parry is here to solve that problem!

AIR from Tottering Biped. Expansion, Descent, Ascent, and flight…all yours at PWYC pricing!

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JERK IT from May Can Theatre. Anonymous tales of masturbation read aloud, because sometimes theatre really is that Goddamned simple.

UN CABARET TRENDY-TRASH SIGNE LES POIDS PLUMES from les Poids Plumes. I won’t even venture a guess as to what this one-night only French cabaret adventure will consist of, only that you probably want to be there to find out.  And speaking of French Theatre…

– THEATRE FRANCAIS

LA CORNEILLE at Theatre de L’Ile.  Until the 28th.

LES GRAND-MERES MORTES at the NAC Studio. For young audiences, the 14th and 15th.

LE PROJET BOCAL at the NAC Studio. The 18th to 21st.

L’HISTOIRE DU GRILLON EGALE DANS UN SALON at the NAC Studio. 28Th and March 1st.

– IMPROV AND OTHER STUFF

‘BOUT TIME at Mother McGinteys, from Crush Improv.  3 on 3 Improv action!  Monday the 2nd.  And Crush will also be hosting a one-day Improv Workshop with Colin Munch on the 14th.

DJUSTICE UNCHAINED at the Lunenburg Pub, from Hall of Justice Improv. On the 8th.

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EFT-UP COMEDY SHOW at Pressed Cafe, from Experimental Farm Theatre. On the 12th.

First and last Wednesday of the month at the Cock’n’Lion, from Grimprov.

DON’T QUIT YOUR DAY JOB at the NAC 4th Stage, from the Magnetic North Theatre Festival.  Anjual fundraiser featuring MC Pierre Brault and a host of Ottawa’s Finest, plus food and bevvie from the Clocktower Brewpub and Thyme and Again!

FUSE at the GCTC, from Propellerdance. Multidisciplinary and inclusive dance goodness, on the 12th and 13th.

More to come!  Peace, love and soul,

Kevin Reid (and Winston)

Two Pints of Bitter

In Theatre on January 21, 2015 at 8:28 am

Starting off with an apology…I was slated to see Jim Cartwright’s TWO at the Gladstone Theatre this past Saturday night, but thought I’d be a clever little specimen and catch the absolute last possible bus to make it to the show on time. And then some even MORE clever fellow decided to have some sort of medical infarction/episode/whatever on said bus, necessitating the arrival of a half-dozen emergency personnel, a few police, and absolutely no chance of me making it to the show on time. Way to go, human frailty. You win AGAIN.

Slow clap, mortal weakness.  Slow clap.

Slow clap, mortal weakness. Slow clap.

But I would not deterred, by cracky, so once Tuesday rolled around I tried again and this time successfully managed the task of catching a city bus, making it to the Gladstone in plenty of time. The show, as mentioned, was TWO from 100 Monkeys Productions and directed by the man himself, John P.Kelly. Set in a typical English pub over the course of a single evening, the show stars two of Ottawa’s greatest, Richard Gelinas and Michelle LeBlanc. They appear as both the husband and wife landlords who anchor the whole story, as well as a flurry of guests, from belligerent rageaholics to tired old ladies and gents enjoying their one spot of joy in a dreary day. Through it all we witness the simmering rage between the pair behind the pumps, and slowly but surely the reasons behind it all comes out. Nothing like a night at the pub too spill some secrets, after all.

Michelle LeBlanc and Richard Gelinas in TWO (pic by Lois Siegel)

Michelle LeBlanc and Richard Gelinas in TWO (pic by Lois Siegel)

Cartwright, who writes dialogue so eerily real at times I’d be tempted to believe this show was a verbatim piece, pens some marvellous characters and scenes in this show, which LeBlanc and Gelinas dig into with wild abandon. The first act is highlighted by a wonderful and hilarious courting dance between a would-be lothario and his meek but wily galpal. Act two hits some graver notes, starting out with a scene of an abusive husband that will set your teeth to grating in its quiet but all-too-honest brutality. Happily, it gets balanced later on with a beautifully serene moment of two goofy old retirees visiting the pub just to watch some telly.

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TWO is hysterical at times, and painfully sad as well, and thanks to masterful work from Richard and Michelle it never rings false. Intimate in nature, I strongly advise the bolder among you to take advantage of John Kelly’s sneakily brilliant staging to grab a table on the stage itself, turning the audience into the pub patrons (and yes, you can bring your actual drinks onto the stage with you…how authentic is that??). I’ll leave it to more well-travelled folk than myself to say if all the myriad of local accents at play in the show were spot-on or not, but they sounded good to me. I could have watched another hour or two of these two actors delivering this caliber of work with a smashing director at the helm, and wouldn’t mind at all coming back for another night out.  Peace, love and soul,

Kevin Reid (and Winston)