Monthly Archives June 2009

Pitch Blonde

by Ottawa Fringe

June 21, 2009

Judy Holliday won an Oscar for the 1950 film Born Yesterday. The Brooklyn-born actress probably deserved one for her performance before Senator Joseph McCarthy’s communist-seeking inquisitors, too, at least according to Laura Harris. Harris plays the blonde with the outsized IQ in an appealing, if episodic, one-woman show that revolves around Holliday’s testimony during the… Read More

Catgut Strung Violin

by Ottawa Fringe

June 21, 2009

A fringe highlight from the get-go, this masterful dark comedy about war should be mounted outside every arms trade show in the world. Not that it would transform our bellicose side – that seems engrained, suggests Albuquerque, N.M.’s Tricklock Company – but at least it might balance it with compassion. Certainly, Anton, the central, violin-playing… Read More

No Exit Upstage

by Ottawa Fringe

June 21, 2009

Actors, at least according to Ottawa playwright/performer Nancy Kenny, make politicians look like wusses when it comes to slicing and dicing the opposition. Kenny’s short, funny show is about two sharp-clawed thespians waiting in the same room to audition for the same show. They are also roommates with a history of rabid disagreement on the… Read More

Jump

by Ottawa Fringe

June 21, 2009

Jump: a small word for a play so large with human complexity, character and conflict. Beverley Wolfe’s tautly written and performed one-woman show spotlights two friends – Julie when she is a bright eight-year-old and Kathy as a disillusioned adult. As children, they shared a shattering event, and Wolfe’s depiction of young Julie as she… Read More

Countries Shaped Like Stars

by Ottawa Fringe

June 21, 2009

Part fairy tale, part vaudeville routine, part old-fashioned love story, this piece with Emily Pearlman and Nicolas Di Gaetano adds up to one outstanding hour. It traces the sweet, very funny story of two awkward lovers, Gwendolyn Magnificent and Bartholomew Spectacular, in a far-away, hopeful world where “anticipation grew on trees.” Pearlman gives a wonderfully… Read More

VIDEO BLOG: Day 2, BYOV Transformation

by Patrick Gauthier

June 20, 2009

If you’ve read Emily Pearlman’s first performer blog, then you know all about ¡Mi Casa’s! BYOV.  Watch Emily, Nick, and Estrie transform the Cafe Alternatif between shows.

Save Point talks with CBC

by Ottawa Fringe

June 20, 2009

Sherry, Harlan, and Rembrandt McLeod – the cast of Save Point – were interviewed on CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning today.  Their interview can be heard here.

In a Magic kingdom

by Ottawa Fringe

June 20, 2009

Death, Celeste Sansregret reminds us at the outset of her new show, is something that will eventually claim all of us. Not a cheery thought, but hey, it’s her play, so we should go with the flow. Problem is that the play, despite a few shining moments, doesn’t flow especially well. It’s not just that… Read More

Waiting for André

by Ottawa Fringe

June 20, 2009

Note to performers: unless you are very good with a very good script, do not remain seated while on stage. Doing so curtails important stuff like action, expression, and engagement with the audience. Montreal writer-performer John Arthur Sweet does stand up a few times in Waiting for André and it’s a relief when he does,… Read More