Mouthpiece (Review: Undercurrents Festival) 1

“…a pulsing, energetic and physical piece of theatre that is thoroughly absorbing and entertaining.”   Mouthpiece, at the Undercurrents Festival (Arts Court, Ottawa, February 10-20, 2016), offers up powerful performances dealing with life and death, all in the comfort zone of the bathtub. Casandra (Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava) goes out to a bar for drinks and, having taken care…

Theatre Kraken: “The Underpants” (Gladstone Theatre, Ottawa) 2

“…a fun, satirized romp through the foibles of middle class life where everything has a place, especially underpants.” Theatre Kraken has introduced itself to Ottawa with a raucously hilarious production of Steve Martin’s adaptation of Carl Sternheims The Underpants. There are lots of laughs in this funny tour de farce, with plenty of double entendres. And weiners. It’s a fun,…

Theatre Kraken: “The Underpants” (Gladstone Theatre, Ottawa) 1

“…lots of laughs in this funny tour de farce, with plenty of double entendres. And weiners.” Theatre Kraken kicked off their debut with a preview performance (Gladstone Theatre, Jan 07, 2016) of The Underpants, an absurdist comedy adapted by Steve Martin, the King of the Absurd. It’s a fun, satirized romp through the foibles of middle class life where everything…

TACTICS double bill : off (Balance) & feelers

TACTICS theatre series kicks off its 2015-16 season this week with a two-part theatre and dance experience that will challenge audience members to explore some slightly uncomfortable topics. Theatre artist Naomi Tessler and dancer / choreographer Amelia Griffin have created two works that will be presented together at Arts Court from November 13-21. Tessler’s solo show [off] balance uses her own life history to examine…

“Worst Case Ontario” Tour Heads for Ottawa 7

5 poets, 8 cities, 9 days. The Worst Case Ontario (WCO) tour has been on the road since August 21 and is heading for the home stretch, performing at Black Squirrel Books in Ottawa on August 29 (after their show on August 28th, at Ted’s Loft in Montreal). The tour features five young Canadian writers touring to eight cities in…

Review of: I'm Not Jewish But My Mother Is 1

 …a quick-witted, entertaining and energetic piece of theatre.   I’m Not Jewish But My Mother Is (Gladstone Theatre, July 28 to August 8, 2015) is a fun filled romp through language that pits a (maternally litigious) middle-aged son against his straight-talking, shoot from the lip mother as he prepares for a dinner-and-dancing date with Felix. It is superbly written and…

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RBC Bluesfest is exploring the world of fashion this summer, highlighting the styles worn by performers and found in the crowd. The campaign, which is influenced by what is seen at major music festivals like Coachella and Osheaga, will give festival-goers an immersive fashion experience. This includes access to hair and make-up tents, samples of fragrances and regular video updates…

The Luke Austin Band Rocks The Bourbon Room 4

  The Luke Austin Band is not a country band. Despite the Stetson and spurs imagery their name conjures, their style is as far from country and country alternative as you can get which is exactly the way they like it. Comprised of Luke Austin (Vocals), Bryan Swartz (Bass Guitar), Kenny Pollard (Lead Guitar), and Mike Ferguson (Drums), The Luke…

GLOWFAIR 2015: Ottawa’s street festival of light, music and art. 2

It’s festival weekend in the capital with something for everyone’s taste. There’s the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, Jun 18-July 1(Confederation Park); The Ottawa Fringe Festival, June 18-28 (at 11 downtown venues); Ribfest, June 18-22 (Sparks Street); the Ottawa Explosion Weekend, June 17-21(various downtown locations, including House of Targ); and, for the second year running, Glowfair, Ottawa’s festival of music, light…