Two couples get together to discuss an altercation their children had on the playground the day before. What starts out as a civilized conversation, soon escalates into a world-win of savagery and chaos. Lines are crossed, phone calls are made, hamsters are murdered, vomit is induced, and rum is drank. Join Stendhal X on this shamelessly immersive journey.
Heirloom Toys is a modern theatrical circus show with something for everyone. Family-friendly but not just for kids, this show explores themes of loss, discovery, and renewal. Set in a toy workshop, this is the story of how a new friend can help an old tinkerer find a new lease on life.
Enjoy a circus spectacle presented by a world-class troupe of Canadian acrobats and aerial performers.
What REALLY went down in the French portable? Did your mom drop you off too close to the front of the school, and you’re still pissed? Did your friend sell you drugs, but it was actually just a bag of oregano?
High School High is a one woman musical comedy created and performed by Alli Harris and Directed by AL Connors (Canadian Comedy Award Winner, Prix Rideau Award Winner for Outstanding Direction, and BEST OF FEST Ottawa Fringe 2017 for his solo show DJ Detective.)
Stage Manager: Caterina Fiorindi
Musical Director: Rachel Lloyd
Hold on to your nose, cuz’ it smells like teen spirit.
From one of the creators of the 2017 Ottawa Fringe sell out Rhythm and Burgundy; The Comeback Tour, Alli Harris is back, bringing you a full hour of music, laughter and teen angst.
“Musical guest, Alli Harris, is hilarious and talented” – Winnipeg Free Press
“I have to say though that I fell in love with Alli’s performance. I loved her sincerity, her humor, and her ability to switch from character to character. I am a fan! ” – Mooney On Theatre
“Alli Harris is a clowning comic goldmine, delightfully hamming it up” – The Visitorium
“Accompanist Alli Harris…offering up some hilarious musical transitions” – New Ottawa Critics
A show about a dog; by a dog; for a dog. The family’s older dog had to move to the farm, it was a sad day. But, one day soon after that, the family returned home with a puppy. Still sad about his big brother, the dog of the house was not pleased with four new paws on his turf, at first..
How to Get Over a Guy in 723 Days (and Other Useful Things I Learned from Afghanistan, the Dildo Dory Grill, and PTSD)
Breaking up is hard to do. Breaking up after working in Afghanistan for four years and dealing with weird PTSD symptoms like crying whenever you hear Carly Rae Jepson’s “Call Me Maybe” is just waaaaay harder. Newbie improv/sketch student and performer Judy Reid tells her (mostly) funny story of packing up her motorcycle and heading to Newfoundland, coping with crying jags, freaking out on public transit, and paying good money for shitty under-eye concealer while trying to find her way back to normal… and maybe even discovering something better along the way. Turns out that panicking on stage = less freaking out in life.
Half the profits from this show will be donated to Ottawa’s Improv Embassy to create an “Intro to Improv” class for people dealing with PTSD and anxiety.
Ingrid Hansen, Kathleen Greenfield, Britt Small, & Emma Zabloski
A fierce lone geriatric astronaut is adrift in a spaceship protecting the last of humankind: cryogenically frozen Human Cargo.
“HILARIOUS. Her physicality is impeccable. Absurd & profoundly human. ★★★★★”-Saskatoon Star Phoenix.
“Immense heart & powerful imagery. This play WILL FOREVER CHANGE THE WAY YOU SEE THEATRE.”-Theatre Hub.
From Co-Creator of:
LITTLE ORANGE MAN (★★★★★ – Vue Weekly)
KITT & JANE (★★★★★ – Onstage Ottawa)
& SNACK MUSIC (★★★★★ – CBC)
In this show’s futuristic scenario, North American Prime Minister Justin Bieber attempts to end world hunger by deforesting the continent to plant thousands of acres of genetically-modified swiss chard. This Superfood grows awry, taking over the entire planet and choking out all other forms of life. The last surviving humans are cryogenically frozen and shot into earth orbit, waiting for Earth to heal so that they may return home and begin a new civilization. On board the spaceship there is only one person left awake: the geriatric custodian and sole caretaker of the ship’s frozen ‘human cargo.’
“The MOST SATISFYING, CREATIVE, UPROARIOUS AND SURPRISING experience.
Her physicality is impeccable. From its hilarious opening scene, to its triumphant and
totally one-of-a-kind conclusion, Hansen offers a fully realized vision that is
equal parts absurd and profoundly human. ★★★★★”
– StarPhoenix Saskatoon
“Literally just 75 minutes of her being a GENIUS OF PHYSICAL COMEDY (with some poignant moments of vulnerability and heartbreak thrown in because that’s how geniuses roll).”
– My Entertainment World
“You will inevitably ROAR WITH LAUGHTER, but what you might not see coming is the IMMENSE HEART AND POWERFUL IMAGERY behind the performance. Ingrid hits another home run with this brilliant piece of physical theatre. The use of the audience and the way this play is set WILL FOREVER CHANGE THE WAY YOU SEE THEATRE and its possibilities…as each audience member truly feels like an important part of the narrative.”
– Montreal Theatre Hub
“An amazingly versatile physical comedian with a knack for bringing inanimate objects to life. The BEST ENDING IN THE HISTORY OF THE FRINGE.” – Montreal Gazette
“This intergalactic space adventure was perfect in it’s conception and delivery.
Thoughtful, hilarious and technically-dazzling.”
– Penny Warwick, Two Cents & Two Pence
“A deeply funny script, Hansen makes you believe with masterful puppetry and the clever use of blast from the past upcycled stage props. An exceptional piece that encapsulates human loneliness and thrusts bravery in the face of life’s unexpected asks with intrepid hilarity.”
– Juljka Nadir, The Vancouver Arts Review
“In this brilliant piece, Kitt is aboard a spaceship containing cryogenically frozen humans. The earth has been rendered uninhabitable by Swiss chard (yes, the plant), and the frozen humans await in deep freeze for the planet to become a viable place to live again. 27-year-old Kitt is unfrozen to serve as a sleep custodian, a job that requires her to care for the other humans and collect space garbage to use for fuel. Although lonely, craving affection and anything related to humanity, she performs her tasks dutifully for 60 years, but the earth seems no closer to becoming a viable human home again. On her birthday, Kitt learns the ugly truth about the future that awaits her and perhaps all those aboard the ship. Like ‘Little Orange Man,’ the show makes the audience an integral part of the show; we are the cryogenically cargo that Kitt protects. As the show twists and turns in unexpected ways, Hansen manages to employ our participation right up until the end of the show and it takes us to a place never imagined. Trust me on this. Hansen not only succeeds into giving life to oddball Kitt, a lovable weirdo, but also has a way of using just a few props, often made from identifiable items, to construct an entire environment. Best show of the Festival? Perhaps mine. I still have a few days. It is certainly the most epic and one of the most humane.”
– Montreal Rampage
“Remarkable feats of puppetry.” – CBC
“Tremendous demonstration of creative genius…
Very funny, never dumb, with considerable pathos.”
– Montreal Rampage
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You know they say everyone has got a novel in them?
Well, you know what it’s called, that novel we’ve all got in us?
It’s called I, IDIOT.
With verbal and physical buffoonery, Jem Rolls cartoons the personal and the universal in his own intercontinental epic of blundering idiocy.
33,333 muckups. And counting.
Jem has received 40+ ***** reviews and 200+ ****.
Jem’s last show: The Inventor Of All Things: ***** CBC, ***** Winnipeg Free Press, ***** Edmonton Journal.
Best of Fest, Ottawa Fringe 2017.
More Fringe festivals than anyone on earth.
“Hold still Jem, I’m going in.”
Tymisha Harris, Michael Marinaccio, and Tod Kimbro
“Tymisha Harris’ performance is a tour de force.”
★★★★★, Staff Pick –CBC
“It’s a perfect piece of theatre for the time we are currently in”
★★★★★ -Plays To See NYC
”If there’s a truly must-see show…it’s Josephine”
★★★★★ – Winnipeg Free Press
“Probably the closest to an evening with Josephine Baker as one will ever experience.” -Stagebiz NYC
JOSEPHINE, a burlesque cabaret dream play combines cabaret, theatre and dance to tell the story of the iconic Josephine Baker, the first African-American international superstar and one of the most remarkable figures of the 20th Century. The show is intended for adult audiences, as it contains adult content and nudity. Josephine shatters stereotypes of race, gender roles and sexuality in this intimate, charming and haunting cabaret with a twist.
Born in St. Louis in 1906, Josephine Baker achieved only moderate success in the United States, but became an international superstar after moving to France in the early 20’s. She starred alongside white romantic leading men in films in the 30’s, had multiple interracial marriages and homosexual relationships, and performed in men’s clothing before the term “drag” existed in the lexicon. Her adopted country of France gave her the opportunity to live freely without the racial oppression of her home nation, though she never stopped yearning for acceptance in America.
Dynamite Lunchbox Productions of Orlando presents JOSEPHINE, a burlesque cabaret dream play for the first time in Ottawa, Ontario.
After debuting at the 2016 San Diego Fringe Festival and winning the distinctions of “Outstanding Solo Performance” and “Best Show”, Josephine played three sold out runs to rave reviews in hometown Orlando Florida before starting a 2017 North American tour. The first stop was the second largest Fringe Festival in North America, the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, where it was touted as the “breakout hit” of the Festival, selling out the entire run and receiving 5-star reviews from both major publications. The show then went to Indianapolis Fringe where it won “Best National Production”, “Outstanding Female Performance”, “Audience Choice” and “Festival Top Seller”. From there, the show was selected by The Soho Playhouse in New York City to be part of the 2017 Fringe Encore series in October, 2017. Josephine was then awarded the honor of the encore series “Outstanding Production” award, and in early 2018 was offered a one-month off-Broadway run Soho Playhouse, where it sold out shows and received high critical acclaim.
WINNER BEST COMEDY ADELAIDE FRINGE WEEKLY AWARD 2018
WINNER BEST COMEDY PERTH FRINGE WORLD 2017
WINNER BEST COMEDY ADELAIDE FRINGE WEEKLY AWARD 2017
Josh Glanc completely sold out his 2018 Melbourne International Comedy Festival season. He won the Perth Fringe Comedy Award, the Adelaide Fringe Weekly Comedy Award, and sold out shows in Australia, Europe and Edinburgh, earning brilliant reviews.
He just finished smash hit seasons in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide where Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chamedian was nominated for the WA Arts Editor Award (the only comedy show to be nominated) and also won the 2018 Best Comedy Adelaide Fringe Weekly Award.
Glanc’s unique brand of surreal, character sketch comedy is not to be missed. Named by major Australian Broadsheet paper The Age as one of the country’s ‘most exciting emerging talents’. He is strange, surreal, sweet and side-splitting hilarious.
‘Glanc is spectacular. ★★★★½’ The Music
‘Ever stepped inside a tornado? Or climbed into Joshua Glanc’s head? Chances are it’s a no but my guess is they’d be one and the same. Surreal, frenetic, peculiar… indisputably energising. ★★★★’ – Herald Sun
‘Bizarre, provocative, random, clever … go see him ★★★★½’ – The Advertiser
‘brilliant beyond belief… brings comedy to a whole new level ★★★★★’ – The Fourth Wall (18 Feb 2018)
“Speechless. Every time I have been privileged to see Josh Glanc in action I leave beaten up by originality, bravery and unadulterated wit. There is a reason he has been nominated and won multiple awards from a range of festivals… I think this type of comedy would be called Comedy Design. Everything is thought through, whether planned or in the moment, it’s all crazily cohesive. Keeping up with Josh isn’t an option. You have to surrender yourself to the ride.” – IN REVIEW (26 October 2017)
Ashley Whitehead & Natalie Tin Yin Gan
They’re pink! They’re passionate! They’re practically perfect in every play. Through saucy song and aggressive choreography, this hilarious duo dives into cheeky vulva personas in search of acceptance of themselves and of each other.
“Clever, fascinating, and absorbing” – Plank Magazine
“Humorously subverts societal expectations in unexpected ways” – Vandocument