On Stage Ottawa is Ottawa’s site for reviews of live theatre happening in Ottawa. We love live theatre and we know that nobody has enough time or money to see everything. Our aim is to help you find the theatre you’ll love and avoid the theatre you may not by telling you what you can expect and helping you answer the question: Should you see it?
We write our reviews to broadly tell audiences what stood out as good or bad in our reviewers subjective experience of the show. We don’t set out to provide an in depth analysis or academic critique of any show, simply to give you, as a potential audience member, the information you need to decide for yourself whether the show is one you’d like to see.
Also keep in mind that we consider ourselves just the start of the conversation. Every person’s experiences are different so we keep comments open on every review to give you the opportunity to tell us what you thought. Even and especially if you disagreed with us.
To request having a reviewer out to your show, please fill out our contact form or email us your press info to contactusonstageottawacom (contactusonstageottawacom) . We’ll forward that information along to our brilliant review team and if they’re able to make it out to your show, they’ll contact you directly to make arrangements.
Did you know that On Stage Ottawa has a sister? TheatreOttawa.com is Ottawa’s only comprehensive source of live theatre listings. Over there, you can find full listings of everything happening in the city. Head on over to see what’s coming up and what’s on stage now.
A History Lesson
On Stage Ottawa is operated and maintained by Allan Mackey (@thatmackeyguy on Twitter and Instagram). We started reviewing live theatre (in video form) way back at Ottawa Fringe 2011 under the Should You See It? banner. That fall, Should You See It? evolved into Production Ottawa, which evolved into On Stage Ottawa in 2013. In 2015, we branched all show listings off to Theatre Ottawa. The entire library of reviews and articles from 2011 forward have migrated over to this website. If you were reviewed on ProductionOttawa.com, that review is here now and if you come across any reviews that still reference Production Ottawa, now you know you why.
Meet The On Stage Review Team
Sharing a love for live theatre and the written word, it’s our reviewers and contributors who make On Stage possible. Time to meet the team:
Allan Mackey, Matthew Champ, Valerie Cardinal, Caitlin Oleson, Robyn Lester, Joseph Hutt, and Jasmine Stamos
And we can’t close off before giving shout-outs and thanks to our past reviewers and contributors, Beki Lantos, Dan Lalande, Douglas Connors, Josh Chenoweth, Ken McDavitt, Kurt Shantz, Meghan Murphy, and Sarah Stack.