A young man overhears his future parents-in-law having a conversation about mysterious deaths and is left with the impression that they might be killing people. That’s the comedic engine in Derek Benfield’s Beyond a Joke, being presented by the Ottawa Little Theatre. Read the full review.
An immortal Mary Magdalene, drunk and homeless, stumbles into an AA meeting to clean up her act? A geneticist wakes up one morning with a box on his head and decides to clone himself to get to the bottom of it? Yes, indeed. Those are the premises of the two plays that make up Evolution Theatre’s double bill. Read the full review.
Deceptions run amok in The Communication Cord when Tim starts with a simple lie to his prospective father-in-law – that he owns a house in a quaint little Irish hamlet – that quickly spirals completely out of his control. Read the full review.
What happens when a pair of married and long struggling actors realize that their talent could be put to use in a much more lucrative way? Grab a seat for Norm Foster’s Self Help, at the Ottawa Little Theatre, and you’ll learn just how funny the answer to that question is. Read the full review.
In Hannah Moscovitch’s East of Berlin, presented by the Great Canadian Theatre Company, seventeen year-old Rudi Klausner learns the truth of his father’s involvement as a camp doctor at Auschwitz in World War II and spends years trying to understand and to escape the sins and legacy he’s inherited. Read the full review.
The year is 1996, AIDS runs rampant in New York’s East Village, and a group of starving artists and lost souls live, love, and lose in Orpheus Musical Theatre’s production of the hugely popular Rent, now playing at Centrepointe Theatre. Read the full review.
Brian Friel’s Translations sees a small Irish town put upon by British soldiers who are there to create a new map of the area with anglicized names. Former resident of the town, Owen, has been hired by the Bristish to act as translator and facilitator for the job, putting him right in the middle of the ensuing conflict. Read the full review.
Hercule Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac is a classic tragic hero. Master swordsman and master wordsmith alike with no shortage of panache and bravado. Hercule Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac is also a classic man in the friend-zone when the woman he loves, Roxanne, asks him to take the man she loves under his protection.Read the full review.
Writer and performer Pierre Brault first performed Blood on the Moon on a Fringe stage in 1999. From there, he did runs at the National Arts Centre three years in a row, toured across Canada, took the show to Ireland, and did an on camera presentation of the show for Bravo. That alone tells you the one thing you need to know: see this show at the GCTC while you can.