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AL Connors: DJ Detective

AL Connors

Every party has a secret. This information may not even be known by those in the room. It’s my job to figure it out. Which song will get the party started?

In this live DJ’d show, I reveal every trick I’ve learned in my 20-year career on how to read a room and get people dancing. And, along the way, I’ll relate some of the highs and lows of playing music for money.

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Underneath it All

Hannah Gibson-Fraser & Jodi Morden

“How did I get from 6 years old to here? It’s like living in a fishbowl, from the outside you can see things crystal clear. But from the inside, you rock slowly, unaware of the vortex sucking you down.” An intricate look at the lives of two women and their journey through love and tragedy. The choices they have made to get where they are today, and what their future holds.

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Tooth:Hurty

Damien Bailey & Pamela Feghali

Wesley the Hobobobo talks gorillas, yetis, rat-tails, and rainbow popsicles, which are all interconnected to his missing tooth and his father’s macho principles. Will passing stranger, Maya, whose pressing concerns tick tock like her biological clock, have the time or desire to listen to Wesley’s fantastical stories? Will she even have a choice?

Tooth:Hurty tackles the fragility of boyhood, the insecurities of manhood, and the idealisation of fatherhood, all the while finding a place for the stifled female voice.

Directed by Capital Critics Circle Award winner Pamela Feghali

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Teaching Hamlet

Keir Cutler

Teaching Hamlet is a two-actor comedy about William Shakespeare and his greatest play.

“FIVE STARS! It’s just great, full of big laughs!” -CBC Manitoba

“Intelligent, hilarious!” Montreal Gazette.

“Heartwarming!” -NOW, Toronto

“Sharp and witty!” -CJAD

“Brett Watson in a stunning tour de force!” -Charlebois Post

From the award-winning author/performer of Teaching Shakespeare. Ottawa premiere.

Bless You, Bonaparte

Ryan Borochovitz

Could a common cold really have changed the course of history? At the 1812 Battle of Borodino, Napoleon has a lot on his mind while trying defeat the Russians. If only he could stop sneezing! Soon he must seek help from the unlikeliest of places: his loyal (but bumbling) valet, Claude Pagaille. Join our reluctant hero in this hilarious blast from the distant past.

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High Tea: Another British Comedy

James & Jamesy

 

“I CANNOT THINK OF A SHOW THAT WILL LEAVE YOU MORE PROFOUNDLY HAPPY THAN THIS” (Stage Door).

England’s 16-time BEST-OF-FEST winners, 3-time recipients of London’s IMPRESARIO Award, and 2016 Canadian Comedy Award winners, James & Jamesy accidentally flood the world with tea, clinging to their friendship and imagination to stay afloat. “One of the most popular Fringe duos ever” CBC.

★★★★★ “Outrageously funny, magnificently written.” -London Free Press
★★★★★ “Anything is possible.” -Torontoist
★★★★★ “An irresistible delight.” -Stage Door

Ten Little Sinners

Patrice Forbes

Everyone has secrets, some are just dirtier than others. Inspired by Agatha Christie, ten strangers are lured to the middle of the Nevada desert to shoot a porno film with the promise of a huge payload. Little do they know they’ve been marked, not for their taste in entertainment, but for their taste for murder. Trapped by an erotic artist with a lust for blood, will any of them come out alive?

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A BETTER PLAY THAN HAMLET

Lorne Elliott

A BETTER PLAY THAN HAMLET is the keynote speech about Shakespeare’s play by a professor who, like the subject of his discourse, may or may not be going insane.

Written by LORNE ELLIOTT, performed by RICK COUSINS.

Lorne Elliott is unable to attend this year’s Ottawa Fringe in person, but has found a logical choice to play the part of a possibly insane professor–Rick Cousins, the fringiest member of the fringes of Ottawa’s fringe scene. “Typecasting,” says Rick. “You owe me one, buddy,” says Lorne. “Touché,” Rick replies, “Think anyone’ll notice the difference between a Canadian celebrity like you and a nobody like me?” “If they don’t, they’d have to be blind and deaf,” is Lorne’s all-too-honest answer. “So the secret is to keep the lights down low and hand out earplugs at the door…?” asks Rick. Lorne’s reply to THAT cannot be printed here.

Rough Magic

Phillip Psutka

Set on a mystical island, ROUGH MAGIC is a play that follows the innocent beginnings and volatile consequences of a relationship between two unlikely beings: Ariel, an airy sprite; and Caliban, a ground-dwelling mortal. An intricate weaving of theatre, aerial work and music, the show confronts ideas of freedom and otherness through a story inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Playwright: Phillip Psutka
Director: Kevin Hammond*
Cast: Lindsay Bellaire, Phillip Psutka
Fight Director: Phillip Psutka
Aerial Choreography: Lindsay Bellaire
Stage Manager: Lisa Sciannella
Composer: Rachel C. Léger
Costume Designer: Lisa Magill
Lighting Designer: Lisa Sciannella
*Appears by permission of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. This production is engaged under a CAEA Festival Policy.

FROM THE CREATORS OF WEIRD
WINNER: Cutting-Edge Award (2016 Toronto Fringe Festival)
WINNER: Best of Fest Award (2015 Ottawa Fringe Festival)
Shortlisted for Critics’ Pick (2015 Capital Critics’ Circle)

★★★★★ “A play in a thousand and definitely not to be missed!” -Capital Critics’ Circle (Ottawa)
★★★★★ “Absolutely exquisite and mind blowing in its execution.” -My Entertainment World (Toronto)
NNNN “One of the most memorable shows at the Fest.” -NOW Magazine (Toronto)

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The Dolls’ House

Rag & Bone Puppet Theatre

A loving family of toys finally get a house of their own. But then they meet Marchpane, a nasty doll who always gets her own way. With live music, a gorgeous, detailed dollhouse, and a video camera that brings the audience in for close-ups. Tottie is a loving little wooden doll who lives with her family in a shoebox. The doll family are owned by two sisters, Emily and Charlotte, and are very happy, except for one thing: they long for a proper home. To their delight, their wish comes true when Emily and Charlotte fix up a Victorian dolls’ house – just for them. It’s perfect. But then a new arrival starts to wreak havoc in the dolls’ house. For Marchpane might be a wonderfully beautiful doll, but she is also terribly cruel. And she always gets her own way . . .

“But what it is about is loyalty, betrayal, courage, vanity and folly, within a story as beautifully and finely worked as the tiny tapestry chairs the dolls sit on in their lovely new house. Their happiness is shattered by the arrival of one of the house’s original residents. Unlike Tottie, however, she is a very grand doll, made of kid and china and clothed in lace.” “Marchpane is a heavy, sweet, sticky stuff like almond icing,” explains Tottie to Apple. “You very quickly have enough of it. It was a good name for her.”

Marchpane drives a wedge between Emily, who wants to turn the whole house over to Marchpane and make the other dolls her servants, and the younger Charlotte, who struggles to articulate her sense of injustice until the tragedy of Birdie’s death reveals the truth.

“So you see, it’s not about dolls at all – it’s as neat a portrait of humanity as you could ever wish.” -Lucy Mangan, The Guardian

From the book by Rumer Godden

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