Theatre Review: If only every Blind Date could end this well! 13

Blind Date, the sexy sweet improvisational wonder currently filling the house at GCTC, is deceptively simple yet ingenious. It’s an implausibly risky premise all right—not only that a drop-dead- gorgeous girl like Mimi would get stood up on a blind date in the first place…

Theatre Review: Ordinary Days is better than ordinary 3
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Ordinary Days, the musical now playing at the Great Canadian Theater Company, examines the ordinariness of day-to- day foibles, the randomness of chance encounters and the extraordinarily life-changing outcomes that sometimes emerge from both. Someone loses a notebook. Its finder arranges to return it and…

Choose your vice at Ottawa’s 32nd Wine and Food Festival
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They’re right, let’s concede it. We really do love chocolate. How else would Halloween, Valentine’s Day and Easter have got so big? ‘They’ are the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival  and they know a thing or two about wine and food, including chocolate. Even after three…

Review of Bear & Co.’s No Way To Say Goodbye: Songs of  Leonard Cohen at The Gladstone 3
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Bear & Co., you have a hit on your hands.  You need to promote it, tour it, get it out there and nudge this show toward the runaway success it’s poised to become. Your arrangement and production will grab the interest of theatre companies across North America…

Choose your vice at Ottawa’s 32nd Wine and Food Festival
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As vices go, you’re pretty safe with wine and food. Neither of them is illegal, immoral, distasteful or taboo but I would rank chocolate truffles as decidedly sinful (Chocolatier Rochef among them). When asked “what’s my poison?,” I readily surrender to a fine VQA. (Strewn’s…

Review of GCTC’s You Are Happy But Are We Happy?
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For the vast majority of us, purportedly 92% of the population, we seek love. Love in the form of a partner to go through life with. A person to hold hands with. Someone to gaze limpidly into our love-struck eyes, to tell us we’re loved….

THE SUNSET SINGERS SING SONGS TO CELEBRATE CANADA’s 150 th  Annual Charity Concert, June 23rd, 2017 1
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Immediately preceding Quebec’s Fête nationale St-Jean- Baptiste, and before the fireworks and crowds descend upon the nation’s capital for Canada Day, you can celebrate Canada’s 150th in a kinder, gentler, more sublime way. Ottawa’s Seniors Choir, The Ottawa Sunset Singers, will perform their annual charity concert on…

Way to Go! Two Triumphs Wrap Up GCTC’s 2016-17 Season 3
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1979 was a smashing success, critically and financially.   Days after closing its 2016-17 season, GCTC announced that Michael Healey’s 1979 broke all previous box office records to become the company’s highest grossing production ever. With sales figures exceeding 200% of the original revenue goal,…

Theatre Review: Finishing the Suit at The Gladstone 1
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“sometimes love is incompatible with one’s duties” I loved this play’s premise. Skilled playwright Lawrence Aronovitch stitches a piece so fine that its touch to your skin is that of raw silk: coarse yet pleasing. Its plausibility came on to me as would a lover,…