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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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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:


-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)


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!


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 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??



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.


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.


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


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!


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.


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!

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

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 May 2014

In Theatre on May 2, 2014 at 9:39 am

A day late with this post, but still time to see lotsa stuff!  But now you might have to hurry, so read fast, okay??  Let’s do this!!


MY BRILLIANT DIVORCE at the Gladstone Theatre, from Seven Thirty. Divorce, comedy style! Until the 17th.


CORPUS at Arts Court Theatre, from Counterpoint Players. Counterpoint brings the premiere of this hugely anticipated drama from Darrah Teitel, and director Bronwyn Steinberg. The 1st to 10th.

HUFF at the NAC Studio. Cliff Cardinal’s justly celebrated one-manner about life on the Rez, until the 10th.


MAURITIUS at the Ottawa Little Theatre. Thrills, chills and postage in a strong showing from OLT. Until the 17th.

YOUNG LADY IN WHITE (a reading) at Arts Court Studio, from Evolution Theatre. The Evolution gang hosts a free reading of their next production by Dominick Parenteau-Lebeuf and translated by Maureen Labonté. See what they’ve got in store! 5 pm on the 3rd.

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THE WEDDING POOL at the Avalon Studio, from Boxed Wine Theatre. Marital hijinks from some new kids on the block! Plays the 2nd through 4th.

NUNSENSE A-MEN at Academic Hall, from TotoToo. A restrained and sober look at sisterly life, I’m sure, from the 7th to 10th.

THE FULL MONTY at the Russell High School, from RAPA. Okay, further out than my usual purview, but my man Alex is in this musical adaptation of the sleeper hit movie, so ROAD TRIP! From the 7th to 10th.

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE at the NAC 4th Stage. Sendak’s beastly classic, up close and personal. Roar! The 9th and 10th only.


INHERIT THE WIND at the Ron Maslin Playhouse, from Kanata Theatre. Evolution vs Creationism, round 1! From the 13th to 24th.

OIL AND WATER at the NAC Theatre, from Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland. Boss Jillain Keiley directs this true Newfie tale, closing out the 2014 mainstage season! The 14th to 31st.

THE ARRANGEMENT, THE MARRIAGE AND ME at the NAC 4th Stage, from Ottawa Storytellers. Sexuality and culture clash in a one-woman show from Kalyani Pandya…the 15th only.

EMPTY SPACE SERIES: CLASSIC OTTAWA II at St. James Church – 650 Lyon Street South, from Third Wall Theatre. Readings of works from local writers…why the Hell not? Only on the 14th.


‘ART’ at the Gladstone Theatre, from Same Day. Fresh off a smashing win at the Rideaus, Same Day returns with Yasmina Reza’s hit to entertain y’all. From the 23rd to June 8th!

9 TO 5 at Centrepointe Theatre, from Orpheus Musical Society.  Musical theatre, Dolly-style, from May 30th to June 8th.

Nancy in ROLLER DERBY SAVED MY SOUL.pic by Richard Gilmore.

Nancy Kenny in ROLLER DERBY SAVED MY SOUL.pic by Richard Gilmore.

ROLLER DERBY SAVED MY SOUL at Arts Court Theatre, from Broken Turtle Productions. A one-night only fundraiser performance of Nancy Kenny’s hit one woman show, before embarking on a major cross Canada tour (during which she’ll be filming a full-length documentary about life on the Fringe circuit that you can contribute to HERE!). Come out and show your derby pride! On the 30th.


LIFE IN THE WAR YEARS at Billings Estate, from Ottawa Storytellers. A travelling tent show with stories and music about the soldier’s life and more…only on the 30th!

ROALD DAHL’S LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD at NAC Southam Hall. May 31st only for two performances, an orchestral journey for the family.

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WOLVES>BOYS at MacDonald Gardens Park, from May Can Theatre.  Around 745 on the 31st, or whenever it gets dark-ish, a one night only site-specific performance of Cory and Tony’s Fringe hit before they go on summer tour!  Head on over to their hose for a farewell party afterwards!  Good enough for me.

DIAL M FOR MOUNTIE at the Velvet Room, from Eddie May Mysteries. Every Saturday, Scarlett’s dinner theatre brings you some fun murder mystery theatre, plus food. This one directed by the man Andy Massingham himself!


The YOUTH INFRINGEMENT FESTIVAL at Arts Court Theatre. A week of shows written, directed by and starring the most perilously awesome kids of Ottawa Theatre! Featuring CLASSIC HORROR MOVIE MISTAKES, THE EVER-PRESENT WITNESS, THE ANOMALY, LOVE AND WAR, LUCY, and BLAZER. Always fun, always fresh, and thiss year featuring a curated art presentation to boot! Everything runs from the 13th to 17th!


The OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL featuring shows like FROGZ, THE CITY AND IRIS, UNDER THE STARS, PINOCCHIO IN MY SUITCASE, KAPUT, I ON THE SKY, DINOSAUR ZOO and much more, from all over the world (plus local faves like 100 WATT will be around)! Everything unfolds at Lebreton Flats from the 9th through 14th. Definitely bring the kids.



ALBERTINE EN CINQ TEMPS at the NAC Theatre. Classic Michel Tremblay, until the 3rd.

Heloise Drouin et Chantal Tokarsky dans LE PROJET TURANDOT.  Photo: Martin Cadieux

Heloise Drouin et Chantal Tokarsky dans LE PROJET TURANDOT. Photo: Martin Cadieux

LE PROJET TURANDOT at Studio Leonard-Beaulne, from le Theatre Tremplin. A superfun retelling of the Turandot legend, until the 10th.

FAUSSES RUMEURS at Theatre de L’Ile. Neil Simon, translated for Franco-fun!  The 14th through June 21st.

LE PROMENOIR . Starting at the NAC studio, this walking tour show will take you all over, with stories and song along the way! From the 14th to 17th.

GRETEL ET HANSEL at NAC Studio. A retelling of the classic fairy tale, from the 24th to 25th.

     – IMPROV


CRUSH IMPROV has a busy month planned, starting with their regular ‘BOUT TIME show on the 5th at the Heart and Crown in the market (Mother McGintey’s stage). Then there’s a workshop with focus on long form work on the 23rd at Arts Court, to be immediately followed by the first ever CRUSH IMPROV SHOW, which should be as awesome as it sounds.

GRIMPROV as always will be performing at the Cock and Lion the first and last Wednesday of every month, so check out THAT good stuff for sure.

CRYSTAL BASEMENT performs at the Atomic Rooster…what is it, the last Tuesday of every month?  I’ll refresh my memory on that one, but I’m pretty sure.  I’m so professional.

More updates to come!!  In the meantime, get on out and see all the stuff, okay?  Okay.  Peace, love and soul,

Kevin Reid, the Visitor (and Winston)

Coming Up in February 2014

In Theatre on February 1, 2014 at 8:45 pm

Yay, it’s February!!  Why am I yay-ing?  Because read this list, that’s why.


RUMORS at the Ottawa Little Theatre.  One last day to catch some Simon-tastic fun at the OLT.  Ends the 1st.

POP FICTION at Arts Court Studio, from Groupe des Deux.  Also ending on the 1st. Run!  There are aliens!!

KIM’S CONVENIENCE at the NAC Theatre, from Soulpepper Theatre.  Smash hit, great fun, good times.  Go while you can!  Until the 8th.

SUBWAY STATIONS OF THE CROSS by Ins Choi, at St.Alban’s Church (454 King Edward). If you liked Kim’s Convenience (and you did), catch star and writer Choi in his one-man spoken word show, one night only on Sunday the 2nd!

THIS IS WAR at the Irving Greenberg Theatre (GCTC).  Hannah Moscovitch’s war drama hits the capitol, and it’s gonna be a gooder. Directed by GCTC AD Eric Coates!  From the 4th to 23rd.

PERFECT WEDDING at the Ron Maslin Playhouse, from Kanata Theatre. From the 4th to 15th.

Off the Cuff

OFF THE CUFF at Club SAW, from Red.Collective.  The 6th to 9th.  Evenings of drink, variety and merriment courtesy of the Reddies!  Every evening features a full lineup of performers, including Jonah Allingham, Tony Adams, Brefney Caribou, Chany Singh, and a new production of Kara Crabb’s ‘The Stillbirth’ starring Noa Nussbaum and Mike Showler, directed by Norah Paton!

LES MISERABLES at Code’s Mill on the Park (Perth), from Orion Theatre Company.  6th to 16th.  Admit it, you KNOW you want to go to Perth to see a musical.  Now’s your chance!

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EMPIRE OF DIRT at the Avalon Studio, from New Ottawa Repertory Theatre (NORT). Cool sounding drama about family and addiction, just the thing to chase away those winter blahs. The 7th to 16th.

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AGE OF AROUSAL at the Gladstone Theatre, from Bear and Company.  Some steamy goodness from the Gladstone gang.  From the 7th to 22nd.
SEVEN STORIES at Algonquin College.  The Gonq’s kick off their 2014 season with this awesome bit of Panych.  Can’t wait!  From the 12th to 16th.

THE IRISH CURSE at Arts Court Theatre, from TotoToo Theatre.  Irish shenanigans abound at Arts Court! From the 12th to 15th.

THE FLYING CANOE at Shenkman Arts Centre, from Rag and Bone.  Puppet goodness for the kids, and you too. The 16th and 17th.

DIB AND DOB AND THE JOURNEY HOME at the NAC Fourth Stage, from Roseneath Theatre.  Twins try and find their way home in this celebrated piece of children’s theatre.  The 17th and 22nd only.

ENRON at the NAC Studio.  A theatrical expose of everyone’s favourite corporate bad guys. From the 17th to March 1st.

HALF LIFE at the Ottawa Little Theatre. Multigenerational romance from the Little Theatre gang.  From the 18th to March 8th.

UNDERBELLY at the Gladstone, from Black Sheep Theatre and Stars and Hearts. Jayson McDonald!  All you need to know, now go see it!!  okay, it’s a one-man head-spinner about William Burroughs and the beats, and it’s AWESOME.  The 26th to March 8th.


TROIS (three) at Arts Court Studio.  This is the big one!  An event so huge it took three companies and two languages to properly express itself!  Running from the 27th to March 1st, TROIS features not only affordable drinks, but WHAT ABOUT HORSES? a brand new piece from Cory and Tony at May Can Theatre, as well as the strapping Grimprov lads in START START ENERGY OFFICERS!  And Dead Unicorn Ink team up with some of the survivors of the Ottawa Theatre School (myself included, not to mention the legend herself, Bobby Roberts) for ACCEPTABLE APPEARANCE THEORY from Victoria Luloff and Patrice Forbes.  It’s gonna be a swell time out, folks, and I’ll be bugging you about this one a bit more in the days to come. 🙂

OCCUPY ME at Rama Lotus, from Counterpoint Players.  Sarah Lotus blossom returns for one night only, the 28th!


Yes, it’s time for the fourth installment of the lil festival that makes February worthwhile!  Come get in on the fun from the 11th through 23rd!  Featuring…

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RIDERGIRL, starring Colleen Sutton as the ultimate CFL underdog heroine.  See the show that won the Grey Cup (pretty much…)!

BROKEN, a found object adventure from Yukon’s Ramshackle Theatre.

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A QUIET SIP OF COFFEE (or This is not the Play we’ve Written), a true-life tale of fundamentalism gone wrong from Animal Parts.

CISEAUX, Undercurrents’ first ever French entry from Theatre Rouge Ecarlate!

THE TASHME PROJECT, verbatim goodness from Matt Miwa and Julie Tamiko Manning!

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MORRO AND JASP DO PUBERTY, which has Morro and Jasp in it so you’re seeing it and that’s that.

CAN WE TALK? From the STO union and a telephone in the lobby.  Keep yer eyes peeled.

All this plus a cool PITCH PARTY hosted by a company of Fools on the 19th for new ideas to find interested ears, a rocking opening week party on the first Saturday after the final show lets out, and REVISED FROM THE BELLY OF A WHALE, a live reunion and concert on the 21st looking back on the show that nearly got the better of Emily Pearlman and Nick DiGaetano!


CONFIDENCES TROP INTIMES from Theatre de L’Ile.  Playing all month long!

PROJET PUPITRE at the NAC Studio.  Cool theatre for young folks, the 1st and 2nd only.

CARTE BLANCHE at Espace Rene-Prevost.  Another cool mixed bag of art and theatre, from the 6th to 8th.

L’HOMME ATLANTIQUE (ET LA MALADIE DE LA MORT) at the NAC Theatre.  A theatrical movie experience, from the 19th to 22nd.

FILLE D’ARGILE at l’Ecole de la Salle, from Theatre la Catapulte.  One showing only (ater a school series) on the 22nd.

LAPIN BLANC, LAPIN ROUGE at l’Ecole de la Salle, from Hotel-Motel and Orange Noyee.  Nassim Soleimanpour’s groundbreaking script (that rocked Ottawa last year in English) gets a Franco-translation!  From the 25th to March 1st.

                                              – IMPROV

Crush Improv hosts BOUT TIME at the Heart and Crown in the market(Mother McGunitey stage) on Monday the 3rd; following the show of Age of Arousal on the 14th, the gang will perform their VALENTINE’S CRUSH, an improvised recreation of the play.  AL Connors will be leading an improv workshop in the Centrepointe studio on the 13th, and on the 22nd Crush will host it’s regular SPOTLIGHT ON… show, also at Centrepointe, this time featuring city councillor Katherine Hobbs!

GRIMprov first and last Wednesday of every month at the Cock and Lion!  And don’t miss them in TROIS (THREE) at Arts Court the 27th to March 1st!

Crystal Basement at the Atomic Rooster on the last Tuesday of every month!

All this plus CRACKING UP THE CAPITOL, WINTERLUDE, the FACE 2 FACE dance series…the universe is giving us plenty of good reasons to weather the cold, kids.  Oh, and if you’re in PEI for some reason (they have a bridge now, I hear), you could always check out my mate Benton and his comedy pals making with the Valentine’s merry!

Look of Love

Yes, he’s good old OTS alumni with me (and we’re all over this month, as always…TROIS, IRISH CURSE, RIDERGIRL, THIS IS WAR, POP FICTION, there’s no stopping us!  So no excuses now, everyone get your snow boots on and head on out for at LEAST a dozen pieces of theatre this month.  I double dog dare ya.  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.


STORIES TO THE SOUND OF THE DRUM at the NAC 4th Stage, from Ottawa Storytellers. A one-man show featuring Metis/Mi’kmag performer Robert Seven Crows…part of Ottawa StoryTellers’ SPEAKING OUT, SPEAKING IN feature series taking place monthly until June.  On the 16th!

RENT at the Kailash Mital Theare, from Sock’n’Buskin. The Sockies do good musical and this production of the suburban version of LA BOHEME should be no different.  From the 16th to 18th, 23rd to 25th.


DETROIT at the Gladstone Theatre, from Plosive Productions. Chris Ralph directs this Plosive show from writer Lisa D’Amour about neighbourly combat in suburbia.  From the 17th to February 1st.

ONE MAN, ONE WOMAN, ONE NIGHT ONLY!  At Arts Court Courtroom, from May Can Theatre and Norah Paton. An evening of theatre featuring May Can’s THE ROOM OUTSIDE THE ROOM starring Tony Adams, and Norah Paton’s FORSAKEN DAUGHTERS OF WINTER, recently seen at the Fresh Eat Festival!  Don’t miss this one on the 17th.

WAR HORSE at Southam Hall NAC.  A giant puppet horse, as I understand it…all I need to know!  21st to the 26th.

KIM’S CONVENIENCE at the NAC Theatre, from Soulpepper. Ins Choi’s award winning play about a Korean-Canadian convenience store owning family.  22nd to February 8th.

GRAIN OF SALT at Various Locations, from 9th Hour Theatre.  An original verbatim piece about Christianity and people’s thoughts about it.  Check their website for the different locales, from the Mercury Lounge to Pressed Cafe and more!  Plays from the 22nd to 31st!


CLUE-LESS at the Velvet Room, from Eddie May Mysteries.  Every Saturday this month, get your eat on wand watch some of Ottawa’s finest solve a theatrical mystery!

And the OTTAWA STILT UNION have a sweet offer this January, for an awesome Acrobatics workshop taking place over the weekends of the 11-12th and 17-18th.    If you’re at all interested, these guys are some of the best.  Don’t miss out…registration deadline is the 5th!


FLOTS, TOUT CE QUI BRILLE VOIT at the NAC Studio.  Theatre designed for a very young audience, but knowing French creators, probably still immensely entertaining for adults too.  The 25th and 26th.

CONFIDENCES TROPS INTIMES at Theatre de L’Ile.  Starting on the 29th, and going right through until March!


POP FICTION at Arts Court Studio, from Groupe des Deux. Described as a ‘co-lingual’ show, which I’m pretty sure means ‘bilingual’, but directed by Natalie Joy Quesnel so who cares!  It’ll be amazing.  From the 22nd to Feb 1st.


CRUSH IMPROV has a busy month…they’ll be back at Mother McGintey’s in the Market on Monday the 6th for their regular scheduled ‘BOUT TIME featuring to teams so epic I’m already very sad I’m working that night.  CAPITAL CRUSH returns on the 25th at the Centrepointe Studio, a team vs team long-form battle royale.  And Crush does DETROIT at the Gladstone Theatre on the 31st, an improv take on the new Plosive show following that evening’s performance (see the listing above for more info!).  Crush is also offering a new workshop on the 17th at Centrepointe Studio…pre-registration is required, you can check their website for more details!

GRIMPRov should be back on the final Wednesday of this month at their usual haunt, the Cock and Lion, likewise CRYSTAL BASEMENT plays on the last Tuesday every month at the Atomic Rooster.

And if that just isn’t enough theatre for you, there’s always some nearby out-of-town action going on, like…

NEXT STAGE FESTIVAL from the 8th to 19th at Factory Theatre in Toronto.  Featurig that Randy and Evi Quaid show!

WILDSIDE FESTIVAL from the 3rd to 12th at the Centaur Theatre in Montreal. Featuring Blue Box and Little Orange Man!

Was I missing something?  I hope I was missing something, I want more!  Let me know, and I’ll see ya out there!  Peace, love and soul,

Kevin Reid, the Visitor (and Winston)

Coming Up in December 2014

In Theatre on December 5, 2013 at 5:05 am

Okay, so I’m five days late with this…I was a student for a while there!  I’m discombobulated!  FORGIVE ME!!

CHRISTMAS BELLES at the Ottawa Little Theatre.  Because what’s Xmas without the OLT gang pitching in?  Until the 14th.

GOODNIGHT DESDEMONA, (GOOD MORNING JULIET) at the Great Canadian Theatre Company.  Shakespeare’s tragic heroines fight back! Until the 15th.


JESUS MY BOY from the St.Lawrence Shakespeare Festival.  A show so great, they’ve left Prescott to bring it to YOU!  Starring SLSF bigwig Ian Farthing.  The 6th-8th at various locations in Chesterville and Ottawa, see website for details!

THE SOUND OF MUSIC at the National Arts Centre.  Singalong!  What else ya need to know?  Until December 3rd.

ETHAN CLAYMORE at the Gladstone Theatre, from Same Day Theatre. It’s a Norm Foster Christmas at the Gladstone!  Now until the 22nd.

COLLAPSIBLE at the New Edinburgh Centre, from Mi Casa Theatre. Emily Pearlman stays behind the scenes for this most anticipated MiCasa offering, directing (with Mado Manseau) an all-star cast!  From the 11th to 15th.

REASONS TO BE PRETTY at Club SAW, from Red.Collective.  Postponed but not gone, the Reddies take on Neil Labute is finally here, from the 5th to 8th!

A VERY LITTLE CHRISTMAS PLAY at Shenkman Centre (Richcraft Theatre) from Vintage Stock.  Directed by hardest working man in show business Nick Alain! From the 5th to 7th.

THE FOUR OF US at Arts Court Theatre, from Toronto New Theatre.  New play from Itamar Moses…discount for Fringers!  See Here for details.  18th to 20th.

YO, VIKINGS at the Ron Maslin Playhouse, from Kanata Theatre.  Musical fun for the kids (and grownups) from the 27th to 30th.

YOU’RE A DEAD MAN CHARLIE BROWN at Scarlett’s Dinner Theatre, from Eddie May Mysteries.  Blood and death, Peanuts style.  Running weekends through the month!


OSCAR at Theatre de L’Ile.  Getting raves over in Gatineau, head over while you have the chance  Until the 14th.

TA DOULEUR at the NAC Studio.  Dance and theatre together in an amazing looking show.  The 4th to 7th.

PORC-EPIC at Studio Leonard-Beaulne, from Theatre Belvedere.  From the 5th to 14th.

LE GRAND MECHANT LOUP at the NAC Studio.  The 14th and 15th.


The CRUSH IMPROV lineup: Glen Gower, Brooke Cameron, Dan Lajoie, AL Connors and Tim Anderson.  Yay!

Pic by Andrew Alexander.

CRUSH IMPROV 6th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL at Academic Hall, from Crush Improv.  A celebration of all things Crush, with special guests and Crush alumni galore.  On the 6th!

Moliere on the Rocks

In Theatre on October 20, 2013 at 4:55 pm

You know who’s a wise, funny fella? Moliere, that’s who.  I got my first face full of him a ways back with an Ottawa u production of Mamamouchi (aka le Bourgeois Gentilhomme), which inspired me to read a few of the man’s play’s, and even though they were translations they still kicked some serious ass.  The news that the NAC English Theatre season would kick off not only with Moliere, but Newfie Moliere, was almost too glorious an announcement to bear.  It was a long wait to the premiere of the new season, but it was totally worth the wait.

Programmed AND directed by Easterner and new NAC AD Jillian Keiley, Moliere’s classic TARTUFFE came to impressive life, updated and transplanted by legend and CODCO alum Andy Jones to 1930s Newfoundland (or somewhere very much like it), and stars himself ass the titular Holy Man who sets the byzantine plotlines off and running. Aided by the terribly impressive NAC ensemble players, we’re introduced to war veteran and town patriarch Orgon (Joey Tremblay, a veteran of plenty of recent NAC shows such as METAMORPHOSES and ST.CARMEN OF THE MAIN), who has succumbed to Tartuffe’s born-again charms and invited the preacher to live in his home.  Orgon’s family is less enthralled, from mouthy maid Dorine (Petrina Bromley), to Orgon’s wife Elmire (Christine Brubaker) and children Damis and Marianne (Eric Davis and Leah Doz).  Everyone but Orgon seems to suspect Tartuffe of being nothing but a slick mouthed shyster and, spoiler alert, they’re all 100% right.  But even after Tartuffe puts some lame but enthusiastic moves on Elmire, he still manages to smooth talk Orgon into promising him his daughters hand in marriage, thus screwing up her already impending nuptials with her true love Valere, played by David Coomber).  Used car salesmen WISH they had that kind of schmooze.


The goings on are joined by Elmire’s level-headed brother Cleante (Dmitry Chepovetsky), Orgon’s iron-willed Mom Mme Pernelle (Quancetia Hamilton) and her comically devoted maid Flipote (Eliza-Jane Scott), and Sheldon Elter as both an unwelcome Bailiff and a straight-shooting Ranger.  The collective cast has so many great moments its impossible to single much out…I will say that my love of scene-stealing servants was well rewarded in this show, and echo my galpal Rebecca’s rejoinder that Marianne and Valere’s breakup/makeup scene is goddamn side-splittingly wonderful.  The laughs in this production could power the NAC for a solid year, if they ever feel like going off the grid.

On the technical side, the set by Patrick Clark is SO MUCH NICER than where I live right now I wanna throw up. Seriously, it’s fucking gorgeous.  And shoutouts to my Ottawa Theatre School profs Doreen Taylor-Claxton and Andy Massingham (suckup alert) for behind the scenes work on music and movement.  I’m happy to see that stair moment Andy had mentioned went off so splendidly. This whole production is just an absolute frikkin’ delight from beginning to end, Moliere’s sharp skewering of religious hypocrisy still shining through and ringing as viciously true as ever.  And to be clear, this play has no problem with God…it’s the clergy who take the brunt of the jibes, Andy Jones’ Tartuffe in particular.  And Mr. Jones can take a jibe like the master he is…you should probably check it out for yourself.  For reals.  Peace, love and soul,

Kevin Reid, the Visitor (and Winston)

Coming up in April 2013

In Theatre on April 2, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Not much theatre going on this month, folks.  It’s gonna be a long, dull start to spring.

….April Fools!  Ha ha, there’s shitloads of stuff like always!  You suckers.

DEATHTRAP at the Ottawa Little Theatre.  You have until the 6th to find out whodunnit, and just what it is that he/she did.

HARVEY at the Ron Maslin Playhouse, from Kanata Theatre.  Giant invisible rabbits…because, Easter!  Until the 6th.

SPANK at Centrepointe Theatre.  Spoofy sexy goodness, straight from the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal!  2nd to 4th.

THE EDWARD CURTIS PROJECT at the Irving Greenberg Theatre (GCTC), from the GCTC and NAC.  Multimedia thetree so epic it took two theatre companies to produce it.  Previews start on the 2nd, show runs until the 21st.

EDMOND at the Carleton Tavern, from Chamber Theatre.  Mamet at the Carleton, in a match so perfect even he couldn’t have written it.  From the 3rd to 13th!

MERZ at the GCTC Studio. From the 3rd to 5th, a short run of Peter Froelich’s legendary one-manner in a fundraiser for the GCTC!

MURDER AT THE HOWARD JOHNSONS at the Gladstone Theatre, from the Phoenix Players.  A nice, light, murder-themed farce from the Phoenix gang.  From the 5th to 13th.

MACBETH at St.Andrews Church, Prescott, from Salamander Theatre.  Miss this great 3-hander of Mackers last year?  Take a road trip to Prescott on the weekend and correct that oversight!  The 6th ONLY.

HMS PINAFORE at the Algonquin Theatre, from the Savoy Society.  That snazzy new theatre building finally sees some theatre, G&S style!  11th to 13th, and 18th to 20th.

THE LARAMIE PROJECT at the Algonquin Media Studio (building N).  The last of the Algonquin theatre arts grad season shows, with this hard-hitting verbatim classic.  17th to 21st, don’t miss it.

laramie 2013

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW at the Gladstone Theatre, from Bear and Company.  An all-male cast for this one, finally solving the problem of women hogging all the good roles in Shakespearean productions.  From the 19th to May 4th.

THE BARBER OF SEVILLE at Dominion Chalmers United Church, from Pelligrini Opera.  A little Rossini in your Spring?  Why not?  The 19th and 20th!

FLYING SOLO, EH? At the Gladstone Theatre.  The 22nd only, a night of Canadian monologues from the graduating class from Algonquin Theatre Arts! A great time.

THE FARM SHOW at the Ottawa Theatre School.  Featuring the grad class of OTS gangsters, not taking a moment to catch their breath after FALSE ASSUMPTIONS last month!  The 22nd to 27th!

COME BLOW YOUR HORN at the Ottawa Little Theatre.  I actually forget the synopsis for this one…I certainly hope a horn will be used at least a few times, tho.  23rd to May 11th.

BIG MAMA at the National Arts Centre. The rockin’ story of Willie May Thornton, with Jackie Richardson!  The 24th to May 11th.

RIDER GIRL at Arts Court TheatreColleen Sutton‘s Fringe hit comes to Arts Court, complete with tailgate party!  The 25th to 27th only.

Plus the goodness of the NORTHERN SCENE festival, with theatrical offerings like A TASTE OF THE WILDCAT among dozens of other enticements.  Check out the official NAC Website for alll the details!

Not to mention new season launches this month for the NAC English Theatre (actually just came from that…post soon!), GCTC, and the MAGNETIC NORTH Festival!  Also, bridging the gap between English sand Francais nicely, the PRIX RIDEAU AWARDS GALA will be held at la Maison Citoyen in Gatineau on the 21st!  Come for the awards, stay for the dancing!


L’AMOUR EST AVEUGLE at Theatre de L’Ile.  You have until the 6th to catch this comedy in the prettiest little theatre in Gatineau!

TEMPS ET LA CHAMBRE at Academic Hall.  Director Eric Perron, who impressed mightily with his version of LA VENTRILOQUE, hits the big stage and I can’t wait.  From the 2nd to 6th.

temps chambre

CHANGING ROOM at the National Arts Centre Studio.  Drag Queens galore!  From the 3rd to 6th!

REUNIFICATION DES DEUX COREES at the National Arts Centre Theatre.  A somewhat mysterious piece, from the writeup…but now I’m pretty curious!  From the 10th to the 13th.

CORBEAU at the National Arts Centre Studio.  An amazing looking puppetry-play for young audiences.  24th to 28th.

FOOL FOR LOVE at the Motel Concord,Vanier, from Theatre Cybele.  French adaptation of Sam Shepherd, literally inside a Vanier Motel room.  Seating ridiculously limited!  Contact for details and availabilities.  From the 21st to May 1st.


CRUSH IMPROV…well, I just missed their latest ‘BOUT TIME at the Heart and Crown in the Market, but their final SPOTLIGHT ON… show will take place at the Gladstone Theatre on Monday the 8th, so don’t miss it (Special guest Eleanor Crowder!).  And the 20th will see them hosting an IMPROV AWARENESS FUNDRAISER at Arts Court Studio!

GRIMPROV…first show of the month is on the 8th at the Cock and Lion, featuring REQUIEM FOR A DREAMPROV, DJ Helicase, and special guest star Brooke Cameron!

MI-6 …coming soon!

CRYSTAL BASEMENT…new show April 30th at the Atomic Rooster on Bank Street!



Awesome mini-festival at the Mayfair Theatre with the return of their SILENTS IS GOLDEN series, this time Featuring THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC (5th and 6th) and   (the 12th)!  Amazing silent films with live music at Ottawa’s legendary moviehouse…who can ask for more?

There’s more, but I’m a little punch-drunk just now…so updates will happen soon!  And as always, tell me what I missed and it’ll bet entered ASAP.  Peace, love and soul, Ottawa,

Kevin Reid, the Visitor (and Winston)

Words for Thirsty Ears

In Uncategorized on November 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm

You know what I love?  Studios. I mean, theatres are great and all, but theatre studio spaces?  LOVE’em.  They’re all smaller and intimate and cozy and, call me crazy, but I feel like on the whole the shows held in studio spaces are just a LITTLE bit cooler.  Maybe just because they ARE smaller…and smaller shows take more chances, you dig?

Okay, okay…the show I’m about to talk about was in the studio space at the National Arts Centre…we aren’t talking the basement at the local Legion Hall or anything (incidentally, let’s start having theatre at the local Legion Hall!  Whoo!).  And when I walked into the NAC last night, I saw more people there than I had in a long while…seems my ‘small studio show’ was opening on the same night as ZZ TOP was playing Southam Hall, which made for a terrifically hilarious juxtaposition of crowds indeed.   Never seen the posh bartenders in that place so busy in my LIFE.  But, after fighting thru the face-painted throngs with some of my familiar theatre-folk (SALT-WATER MOON’s Jamie Mac for one, and a mini-St.Lawrnce Shakespeare Festival reunion of Cat Leger, Brad Long and Quincy Armorer among other luminaries), we made it inside my beloved studio for that evening’s non-Monster of Rock show, Dionne Brand’s THIRSTY.  Brand is a poet, and a poet laureate at that, which already had my interest pique for the show, not to mention intimidating me more than a little.  Outside of a few brief visits to Ottawa’s thriving slam poetry culture, my poetic sensibilities are pretty much nonexistent.  But I was game, and so it seemed were plenty of other people who were willing to resist the siren call of SHARP-DRESSED MAN from down the hall.

Though to be honest, I’d probably forgive you if you succumbed.

THIRSTY also featured direction by outgoing NAC English Theatre artistic director Peter Hinton, another selling point.  The set from Gillian Gallow was a beaut right off the bat, and got me in the mood for something special.  The show, based on Brand’s book of poetry of the same name, centers around a family of immigrants who take root in Toronto.  Julia (Audrey Dwyer) arrives first, later followed by husband Alan (Andrew Moodie), and finally his mother Chloe (Jackie Richardson) and daughter, only ever know as ‘Girl’ (Carol Cece Anderson).  The play opens with a tragedy, then returns to the beginning and follows the twisting, tragic road right back to that explosive moment.  It’s a piece that immerses you in its words and characters almost immediately, and never lets go.  Brand’s sweet poetry comes off as a kind of modern Shakespeare, beautiful and timely, and merciless in the face of disaster.  To bring those words to light are a dream team of onstage talent…Moodie is a firebrand as Alan, the strong, loving husband who spirals into obsessive mania in his uncomfortable new world.  And Audrey Dwyer is more than a match for him, exuding strength and emotion, and looking pretty fab while doing it.  Carol Anderson was bloody wonderful as Girl…and I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house during her reunion scene with Julia.  And Jackie Richardson makes for a marvellous Mother Chloe, that gorgeous voice of hers making sweet music out of Brand’s words.  They’re ALL gorgeous voices, actually, and they each bring the amazing dialogue of the show to life in incredible ways, that you won’t soon forget.  Can’t say enough about the cast…just about perfect.

THIRSTY is a pretty special evening indeed, with some amazing talent onstage AND off…the sound and lights from Troy Slocum and Louise Guinard, respectively, are definitely worth a mention.  It’s not an easy show, and one that should stick with you well after viewing.  I did find one or two directorial flourishes to be bordering on over-the-top, but not enough to detract from the whole.  If this is Hinton’s swan song at the NAC, he picked a great one, and he did good by it.  I’d say, get going to this one before the inevitable buzz sweeps up all the tickets…this is the kind of show that doesn’t come along too often.  Although slightly more often than ZZ Top plays the NAC, but only just.  Peace, love and soul,

The Visitor (and Winston)