VerseFest 2016: Ottawa's Poetry Festival (March 15-20) 6

6 days, 60 poets: A truly unique event VerseFest is Ottawa’s festival of poetry, organized by VERSe Ottawa, an umbrella body with a membership that includes groups that produce readings around town. VERSe Ottawa originally came together to stage VerseFest 2011 and things have only gotten bigger and better since that first festival. The VerseFest 2016 schedule is made up…

Held over! 7 additional performances of this thrilling piece of theatre. Butcher has been held over at the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC), so you have one more week to catch this thrilling piece of theatre that begins with a mystery. The mystery is straightforward enough: An old man in physical and mental distress has been dropped off at a…

Butcher (Great Canadian Theatre Company, Ottawa, March 03-20, 2016) 1

  Explicit Adult Content It’s not often a play has an extended run before it has even started. But, due to popular demand, Butcher will be running for an extra seven performances at The Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) in Ottawa, from March 03 until March 20, 2016. Billed as having explicit adult content, Butcher premiered in 2014 at Alberta…

Woman-Oriented Theatre Company Offers Gender-Bending Hilarity 1

Three Sisters Theatre Company opens Anton in Show Business on February 24 at The Gladstone, unilaterally proving that women can be funny too! Anton in Show Business, by Jane Martin, follows the escapades of a theatre company attempting to produce Anton Chekhov’s classic The Three Sisters in San Antonio, Texas. All thirteen characters – of both genders – are played…

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…