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$10: We Glow

by Gregg Clark

July 8, 2014

A standout at the 2013 Ottawa Fringe Festival, We Glow is on for two nights only before heading west to the Winnipeg and Edmonton Fringe Festivals. On Thursday, July 10 show your Fringe Pin for a $10 Fringe price at the door (general admission $15).

Winners of the Outstanding New Creation and Outstanding Male Performance Prix Rideau Awards (2013) plus Outstanding Production and Outstanding Duo awards at the Ottawa Fringe (2013).

WE GLOW
@ TABARET HALL

IN THE SENATE CHAMBERS (ROOM 083)

$10 WITH A FRINGE PIN
THURSDAY, JULY 10 AT 7PM


PLEASE RESERVE SEATS ONLINE
 
& SHOW YOUR PIN WHEN PAYING AT THE DOOR. JULY 10 PERFORMANCE ONLY.

Welcome to the board room, where temperatures are soaring, and the audience are the board members stoking the fires. We have come to ask for our jobs back. Cause we deserve them… please?

When two highly successful A-types hit their ceiling at work, they make a business agreement to marry and have kids–finishing off the dictates of the ubiquitous life script. They hit a snag, however, when the couple is unable to conceive.

Will a vacation to the far-flung reaches of Christmas Island allow for a reboot?

A satire that is too close to home.

Written and performed by Brad Long & Emily Pearlman
Directed by Kevin Orr
Stage managed and designed by Sean Green


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PWYC: The Financier

by Gregg Clark

July 8, 2014

Celebrate Odyssey Theatre’s 28th season of Theatre Under the Stars with Joanne Miller’s The Financier, an original adaptation of Alain-René Lesage’s Turcaret.

THE FINANCIER
@ STRATHCONA PARK

PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS AT 3PM
JULY 24–August 24, 2014

This comedic fiasco is about Turcaret, a loan shark and a tax collector, whose sly dealings have come full circle on him. A menagerie of cash-hungry swindlers prey on each other, exposing slaves to passion, excess, and artifice. Only the most single-minded, the most cunning and the most charming will survive.

Laurie Steven will direct the world premier of Miller’s adaptation. Joined by an award-winning choreographer, Pierre-Paul Savoie, Steven will create an innovative production which mixes baroque and contemporary styles of theatre.

Performances will take place in the beautiful Strathcona Park on the banks of the Rideau River.

Pay-What-You-Can matinees are on weekends at 3PM.


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2014 Awards

by Gregg Clark

June 29, 2014

Congratulations to the following performers and companies, who after deliberation by the Ottawa Fringe Festival’s panel of guest judges, have been recognized for their exceptional productions and performances.

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION Fucking Carl
Theatre 4.669
OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE Lizzie Tollemanche and David Ladderman
Mr & Mrs Jones
You Rung? Productions
OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE Mark Shyzer
Great Battles in History
OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL WORK Moonlight After Midnight
Concrete Drops
CRITICS’ PICK
Presented by the
Capital Critics’ Circle
Women Who Shout at the Stars
Goombay Productions
CRITICS’ PICK
(HONOURABLE MENTION)
Presented by the
Capital Critics’ Circle
Moonlight After Midnight
Concrete Drops
CRITICS’ PICK
(HONOURABLE MENTION)
Presented by the
Capital Critics’ Circle
Portable #3: Not Just Another French Class
SDT Productions
JUDGES’ CHOICE Kitt & Jane: An Interactive Survival Guide to the Near-Post-Apocalyptic Future
SNAFU
STEVE SAUVÉ SPIRIT OF THE FRINGE AWARD Rory Ledbetter
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR Manuela Cadavid and Gracia Torres Basanta

 

Metro Best of Fest

Sunday June 29th, the Festival’s top selling shows stage a round of encore performances. One company will represent each official venue. Based solely on box office sales, the Metro Best of Fest award is decided by Festival patrons.

These shows serve as a fundraiser for the Ottawa Fringe, with proceeds split 50-50 between artists and the Festival.

The Surprise by Martin Dockery ODD Box 19:30
Portable #3: Not Just Another French Class by SDT Productions Arts Court Library 20:00
Chase & Stacey present: Joyride by Stacey Hallal & Chase Padgett Arts Court Theatre 20:30
The Poe Show by Vanity Project Productions Studio Léonard-Beaulne 21:00
Burnt at the Steak by Carolann Valentino Academic Hall 21:30

Presented by

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Tweet a review, win a pizza

by Hayley Robateau

June 29, 2014

TWEET A REVIEW, WIN A PIZZA FROM ZAZAZA
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Thanks to the lovely folks at ZaZaZa Pizza (now with locations in New Edinburgh, The Glebe and Hintonburg!) we’ll once again hold the Ottawa Fringe Festival’s Tweet a Review, Win a Pizza contest. How to enter? Simple. You tweet a review, you could win a pizza. Here’s what to do:

  1. See a show (any show)
  2. Share your thoughts in <140 characters
  3. Well, more like <130 characters once you’ve included the #ottfringe hashtag
  4. But seriously, use the hashtag or we may miss your tweet
  5. Every day from June 19–29, reviews will be randomly selected to win a pizza
  6. We’ll share the winning tweets on the Ottawa Fringe blog, will notify the winners and let you know where to pick up your free pizza vouchers.

You can enter as many times as you like, on as many days you’d like, but probably won’t win as often as you like.

TODAY’S WINNERS

Claim your prizes at the Arts Court box office (elevator B, second floor). When collecting your pizza vouchers, you’ll be required to show ID or send a tweet from your account as verification.

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Sunday, June 29

by Hayley Robateau

June 29, 2014

Okay guys, this is it. The last day of the 2014 Ottawa Fringe Festival. We probably broke the record for most puppet shows in a festival, or coolest benches to sit around trees on. We’ll look back on this Fringe and think, wow, if there’s ever an apocalypse, I am so ready. We’ve learned a lot this year; mainly: Never Own Anything You Have to Paint or Feed,  there are No Second Chancesand you Can’t Argue With Pussy I think we’re set for life now.

WHAT’S HOT

These are the shows that are still selling like hot cakes, even though the Festival is in its final hours:

IN THE COURTYARD

Tonight, we burn down the Courtyard! After the Metro Best of Fest shows have performed their encores, join us all in the beer garden at the corner of Waller & Daly for an awards ceremony and a final send off of our Courtyard space. Next year will be different with all the development, so let’s send ‘er out with a memorable night.

HAYLEY’S HUNCHES:

  •  Jem Rolls One Man Traffic Jam by Big Word Performance Poetry. What a whirlwind! Jem paints pictures with words, and it’s marvellous.
  • Who Killed Gertrude Crump? by Ryan Gladstone Productions. Puppets tend to make me uncomfortable. These ones were no exception, but it only added to the eerie murder mystery that Tara Travis so expertly maneuvered.
  • Wunderjammer by Punchbag Playhouse. Go for the dirty jokes and laughs, stay for the dirty jokes and laughs AND the cool black lights.

PHOTO OF THE DAY

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Crissi Cochrane melting the hearts of Festival-goers on Thursday evening.

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Tweet a review, win a pizza

by Hayley Robateau

June 28, 2014

TWEET A REVIEW, WIN A PIZZA FROM ZAZAZA
sponsor-zaza

Thanks to the lovely folks at ZaZaZa Pizza (now with locations in New Edinburgh, The Glebe and Hintonburg!) we’ll once again hold the Ottawa Fringe Festival’s Tweet a Review, Win a Pizza contest. How to enter? Simple. You tweet a review, you could win a pizza. Here’s what to do:

  1. See a show (any show)
  2. Share your thoughts in <140 characters
  3. Well, more like <130 characters once you’ve included the #ottfringe hashtag
  4. But seriously, use the hashtag or we may miss your tweet
  5. Every day from June 19–29, reviews will be randomly selected to win a pizza
  6. We’ll share the winning tweets on the Ottawa Fringe blog, will notify the winners and let you know where to pick up your free pizza vouchers.

You can enter as many times as you like, on as many days you’d like, but probably won’t win as often as you like.

TODAY’S WINNERS

Claim your prizes at the Arts Court box office (elevator B, second floor). When collecting your pizza vouchers, you’ll be required to show ID or send a tweet from your account as verification.

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Saturday, June 28

by Hayley Robateau

June 28, 2014

Well, the Metro Best of Fest winners have been announced and things are wrapping up. What a sad, sad thing that Fringe is almost over (cue Graduation Song by Vitamin C).

WHAT’S HOT

Forget the weather, here’s PROOF that it’s a hot Friday, based on these top-selling shows:

IN THE COURTYARD

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Tonight is our final night of two fantastic things. The first is our Free Concert Series. Our final night of music will go out with a big bang by Silkken Laumann. Secondly, tonight marks the last night of Fringe Late Night. Deborah Ring brings in a last round of Fringe performers for jokes and good times!

HAYLEY’S HUNCHES:

Some shows to squeeze in if you haven’t already:

  • A Mind Full of Dopamine by Rory Ledbetter. Rory tells one hell of a story that is shocking and inspiring at the same time. I was enthralled from beginning to end. Also, TALK TO THIS GUY! He’s super sweet and a wonderful person to run into around the Festival.
  • To Hell in a Handbasket by Front Yard Productions. A very intimate and raw performance by Mado Boyes-Manseau.
  • Against Gravity by Mind of a Snail Theatre Co. Such beautiful visuals! And the live music accompaniment is fantastic. This show is charming and very fun.

PHOTO OF THE DAY

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A full house at ODD Box.

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METRO BEST OF FEST WINNERS

by Hayley Robateau

June 27, 2014

The moment everyone has been waiting for has arrived! The Metro Best of Fest winners have just been announced. The top-selling performance from each of the Ottawa Fringe Festival’s official venues will be remounted for an encore performance on Sunday, June 29th. The Metro Best of Fest award is based solely on box office sales, and is thus decided by the audience throughout the Festival.

Each of the Metro Best of Fest shows serves as a fundraiser for the Ottawa Fringe Festival, with proceeds being split equally between the winning artist and the Festival.

The shows and their encore time slots are as follows:

ODD BOX

The Surprise by Martin Dockery at 7:30pm
TICKETS

ARTS COURT LIBRARY

Portable #3: Not Just Another French Class by SDT Productions at 8:00pm
TICKETS

Arts Court Theatre

Chase & Stacey Present: Joyride by Stacey Hallal at 8:30pm
TICKETS

STUDIO LEONARD-Beaulne

The Poe Show by Vanity Project Productions at 9:00pm
TICKETS

ACADEMIC HALL

Burnt At The Steak by Company at 9:30pm
TICKETS

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FRINGE PICKS from HIGHS

by Hayley Robateau

June 27, 2014

I know, I know, there’s not much time left to see shows before the Festival wraps up this weekend. But after you see HIGHS play at the beer garden tonight at 10pm, you should check out some of their Fringe picks:

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HIGHS
COOL BAND

Kitt and Jane: An Interactive Guide to the Near-Post-Apocalyptic Future by SNAFU – If there has ever been a generation who can survive a post-apocalyptic future, it is definitely today’s youth. With the copious amounts of zombie shows and survival-of-the-fittest movies and games that these kids watch and play, I’m sure that these kids will have the practical advice and maiming wisdom that is necessary to survive the horrid conditions of the post-apocalyptic world.  I, for one, must learn more about how to survive the future, so this play feels like it should a funny and informative place to start.

The City that Eats You  by Squirrels at War – With today’s rent prices being so high in Ottawa, are we sure that the city being referenced in the title isn’t Ottawa? Am I right, people?! A little known fact is that HIGHS has always been a fan of the police procedural genre, but we’ve felt that it’s been getting a bit stale ever since The Wire ended. However, combine that genre with an interesting pandemic and now you’ve got our attention! Looking forward to this one.

Wake by FireFlood Theatre - We’re interested in uncovering any parallels between the main character in this story and seeing if any relate to our singer, Douglas Haynes. Doug has been known to sleepwalk in bedrooms on tour and has woken up many people in the band throughout the years as he moves about the room. We’re hoping this play will give us some insight into some questions we have such as: “What’s going on in Doug’s mind when he sleepwalks?” and “would it be beneficial for Doug to permanently eliminate sleep from his life?”. “Wake”, we’re looking to you for some entertainment and enlightenment.

 

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Tweet a review, win a pizza

by Hayley Robateau

June 27, 2014

TWEET A REVIEW, WIN A PIZZA
FROM ZAZAZA
sponsor-zaza

Thanks to the lovely folks at ZaZaZa Pizza (now with locations in New Edinburgh, The Glebe and Hintonburg!) we’ll once again hold the Ottawa Fringe Festival’s Tweet a Review, Win a Pizza contest.

How to enter? Simple. You tweet a review, you could win a pizza. Here’s what to do:

  1. See a show (any show)
  2. Share your thoughts in <140 characters
  3. Well, more like <130 characters once you’ve included the #ottfringe hashtag
  4. But seriously, use the hashtag or we may miss your tweet
  5. Every day from June 19–29, reviews will be randomly selected to win a pizza
  6. We’ll share the winning tweets on the Ottawa Fringe blog, will notify the winners and let you know where to pick up your free pizza vouchers.

You can enter as many times as you like, on as many days you’d like, but probably won’t win as often as you like.

TODAY’S WINNERS

Claim your prizes at the Arts Court box office (elevator B, second floor). When collecting your pizza vouchers, you’ll be required to show ID or send a tweet from your account as verification.