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The Ottawa Fringe will host a winter festival

by Gregg Clark

April 8, 2014

undercurrents: theatre below the mainstream is Ottawa’s winter festival of independent theatre, showcasing the best indie theatre from Ottawa and across the country. The festival is crossing town from Hintonburg to Downtown Rideau. undercurrents fifth anniversary will take place at Arts Court during February 2015. READ MORE…

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2-for-1: Hedwig and the Angry Inch

by Gregg Clark

April 2, 2014

Ladies and gentleman, whether you like it or not… HEDWIG! This Obie award-winning, groundbreaking Off-Broadway smash hit musical follows the journey of ‘internationally ignored’ East German rock-goddess Hedwig Schmidt on a gender-bending quest for ‘The Origin of Love’, after a botched sex change operation raises questions about identity and individuality. Funny and touching, outrageous and inspiring, this powerful and thought-provoking rock musical will prove that ‘to be free, one must give up a little part of oneself.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch                               

@ The Gladstone

910 Gladstone Avenue

April 3–5, 2014

Preview: April 2

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2-for-1 tickets
Friday, April 4
10PM show only

 


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Happy World Theatre Day eve!

by Patrick Gauthier

March 26, 2014

Tomorrow Today is World Theatre Day!  Started in 1961, WTD is celebrated annually on March 27 Today each year by the international theatre community.

Here in Ottawa, A Company of Fools has been running the Ottawa Theatre Challenge on WTD since 2001. The challenge is simple: participating companies are given 48 hours to create an original work of theatre, in the hopes of bringing home the coveted RUBBER CHICKEN AWARD. And lest they think about cheating, these new works must be based on three mystery inspiration items revealed to the participants on March 25.

Speaking of the participants, the 2014 Ottawa Theatre Challenge companies are:

A Company of Fools
Black Sheep Theatre
Crush Improv
Dead Unicorn Ink
Grimprov
The Gladstone
OYP – OOPS
Parry Riposte Productions
Suzart Productions
Thunk Theatre
Traced Theatre
Vacant House Theatre
Vintage Stock

The National Arts Centre’s Andy Lunney will read the Canadian Theatre Address, written by New Brunswick playwright Mélanie Léger, and Company of Fools Artistic Director Scott Florence will be reading the International Address, written by South African playwright and director Brett Bailey.

Besides being a great time, the Ottawa Theatre Challenge is also a fundraiser, with this year’s proceeds going to the Actor’s Fund of Canada (a very worthy cause). The fun starts at 7:00 pm, and the event is being held at the National Arts Centre’s Fourth Stage. I can’t think of a better way to spend World Theatre Day.

See you there!

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Stiff Quickies: April 17

by Gregg Clark

March 20, 2014

Short films, tall drinks, deep pockets.

 

An Ottawa Fringe Festival fundraiser screening works by

Cory Thibert, Ray Besharah, Cody Campanale, Craig Allen Conoley, Luca Fiore, Pascal Huot, Austin Baker, Eric Baril, Lévy L Marquis, Joel MacKenzie, Keir Cutler & more TBA…

Arts Court Theatre & Studio (2 Daly Avenue)
Bar opens at 7:00pm
Screening at 8:00pm
+ several intermissions for visits to the bar
+ drinks can be brought to your seat
RSVP (Facebook)

Tickets $15
Two for $25
–$3 with a Fringe pin
Buy tickets now

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$3–8 OFF: Stiff Quickies

by Gregg Clark

March 20, 2014

An Ottawa Fringe Festival fundraiser screening works by:

Cory Thibert, Ray Besharah, Cody Campanale, Craig Allen Conoley, Luca Fiore, Pascal Huot, Austin Baker, Eric Baril, Lévy L Marquis, Joel MacKenzie, Keir Cutler, Curtis Dickie & more TBA…

Arts Court Theatre & Studio (2 Daly Avenue)
Bar opens at 7:00pm
Screening at 8:00pm
+ several intermissions for visits to the bar
+ drinks can be brought to your seat

BUY TICKETS

 


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Seasonal job postings

by Gregg Clark

March 11, 2014

The Ottawa Fringe Festival is seeking individuals who will contribute to the Festival’s seasonal team. These positions span several weeks during May, June and July, and in some cases could require full-time availability during Festival dates (June 19–29).

  • Box Office Coordinator
  • Box Office Staff (2 positions)
  • Box Office Admin (3–4 positions)
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Courtyard Coordinator
  • Courtyard Staff (3 positions)
  • Media/Communications Assistant

Click here to see the job descriptions. The deadline to apply is 5:00pm on Monday, March 31st.

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$10 tickets: …Feckin’ Pirates!

by Gregg Clark

February 11, 2014

It’s a romantic comedy, only with pirates, and no romance. Two pirates have been banished to the crow’s nest by their captain – and are to remain there until they’ve learned to get along with each other. They’ve already been there for quite some time. Almost entirely improvised, audiences can expect an authentic performance each night. Rum. Shanties. Diddling. Stories. And probably a sword fight.

Directed by improv-comedy king and award-winning director AL Connors, Margo MacDonald plays one remarkably upset pirate – having accused her shipmate (played by Richard Gélinas) as the party responsible for her parrot’s disappearance. This last year, MacDonald performed the lead role in GCTC’s production of Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) – nominated for a 2014 Prix Rideau Award (Outstanding Production). The season before, MacDonald was recognized with a Prix Rideau Award (Outstanding Performance) for GCTC’s Fly me to the Moon – an award for which she and Gélinas have collectively been nominated more years than not since the Prix Rideau Awards inaugural gala.

Much Ado About Feckin’ Pirates!

@ The Gladstone

910 Gladstone Ave.

March 13–29, 2014

Created by Richard Gélinas & Margo MacDonald

with AL Connors

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$10 preview
$15 matinees

 


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$10 tickets: Trois (Three)

by Gregg Clark

February 11, 2014

Three short plays for $10 and three beer for another ten.

Trois (Three)

@ Arts Court Theatre

2 Daly Avenue

February 27–March 1, 2014

TRIPLE BILL:

Dead Unicorn Ink + MayCan + Grimprov

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$10 Fringe rate

A limited number available: 10 tickets per night

 


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Underbelly

25% off: Underbelly

by Gregg Clark

February 11, 2014

Jayson McDonald’s multi-award winning masterpiece inspired by the life and work of beat writers William S Burroughs and his contemporaries.

Underbelly

@ The Gladstone

910 Gladstone Ave.

February 26–March 8, 2014

Created/performed by Jayson McDonald

Directed by Jeff Culbert

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BUY DISCOUNT TICKETS

–25% regular prices

www.thegladstone.ca

 


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20% OFF: Undercurrents Festival

by Gregg Clark

February 9, 2014

The fourth edition of GCTC’s undercurrents: theatre below the mainstream. Showcasing the best in indie theatre from Ottawa and across the country. See the programme here.

undercurrents: theatre below the mainstream

@ Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre

1233 Wellington St. W.

February 11–23, 2014

Eight original shows

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