Concord Floral, a rundown greenhouse on the outskirts of Hunt Club, is the local teenage hang out. It’s abandoned, dangerous and perhaps a little haunted, which is enough of a draw to make it the place to go for parties, hookups or to just hang out if one has snuck out past their curfew. This dilapidated building holds secrets of its own and hosts a number of haunted, if not haunting, characters.Read the full review.
Even if you haven’t seen the eponymous film, I’m sure you’re familiar with the premise of Calendar Girls: a group of middle-aged women create a risqué calendar for charity whose popularity exceeds their wildest dreams. It’s an interesting story filled with moments of laughter, love, and life. Audiences of all ages have been pleased with this light-hearted fare from the Ottawa Little Theatre so far and I’m sure you will be too.
Through a twist of circumstance starting with his master’s estate and assets seized by the crown, Will Somers becomes fool to King Henry VIII. A tough job with a high turnover rate, Somers isn’t expected to last much beyond a fortnight but through his sharp wit he manages to keep the monarch smiling while deftly navigating political entanglements so as to avoid the executioner’s axe long enough to take us through the story of six wives, three children, and the life of his king, employer, and friend.
Rather than being so much about Will Somers, Will Somers is, in fact, more the tale of Henry VIII as told through the eyes and the life of his favoured fool.
And all history should be told this way.Read the full review.
Sometimes, a lance is just a lance; this isn’t one of those times.
Pierre Brault, writer of and sole performer in Will Somers: Keeping Your Head!, offers up an evening of ribaldry and tongue-in-cheek wit as he imagines the precarious career of one of England’s most infamous court jesters, who managed to live through one of England’s most lethal eras without, literally, losing his head.
1979, Mitch Albom hits university. Like so many of us, he’s just trying to keep his head down. His life changes when he steps into the classroom of Professor Morrie Schwartz, a man who won’t let him hide away and who quickly becomes a good friend and mentor. As Mitch says, he takes every class Morrie offers. Once he graduates, Mitch moves on, as we all do, and falls out of touch despite a promise not to. The next time Mitch crosses paths with Morrie, it’s after Morrie’s been diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Morrie’s disease comes with a terminal prognosis but the lifelong teacher’s greatest lessons are still to be taught.
So… if I just tell you to go see this show, is that enough?
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Wow. It’s two days after I saw Perfect Pie at Arts Court and I’m still haunted by that story. Ottawa’s been blessed with some great theatre this season, but nothing has compared to this. Abandonment, betrayal, loss, anger, fear, compassion, friendship, forgiveness: distill these words down to their truest, rawest meaning and you approach what Perfect Pie was able to do.
It was a pleasure to have the chance to revisit a book that I had enjoyed in my youth, and I feel that SevenThirty Productions has done a wonderful job of performing Mitch Albom and Jeffrey Hatcher’s stage adaptation of Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie.
For those who haven’t read the 1997 bestseller, Tuesdays with Morrie is the autobiographical tale of Mitch Albom’s experiences as he reconnects with his old college professor, Morrie Schwartz, who has been diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Where Mitch had once seen an energetic man who loved to dance, he is now faced with someone who can no longer shift in his seat without assistance.
However, despite being close to death, Morrie has refused to give up on living, unlike Mitch, who has given up on his own dreams to tow the corporate line. As fate reunites these two, Morrie finds himself teaching his final class to one of his favourite pupils, a class on life, love, death and everything in between, so that Mitch just might learn to cherish the wealth he doesn’t need a paycheck to prove.
A Chorus Line opens at the beginning of a day long audition for eight spots in the chorus of an upcoming Broadway production. It ends at the end of the day with some dreams fulfilled and others crushed.
Orpheus Musical Theatre has a solid reputation. They attract the very best from Ottawa’s pool of community theatre actors, dancers, and singers. Their company of volunteers put their all to ensure high quality direction, dance, and production values. Some of my most glowing reviews have been for their shows (Footloose, The Drowsy Chaperone) and they introduced me to my top musical love (RENT).
So I want to say it’s not Orpheus’ fault that A Chorus Line left me bored and knowing that I’ll have forgotten it in a week. The cast was fine, the singing was fine, the choreography was fine, there’s even a few laughs to go around, but for a proven and loved musical like A Chorus Line, I feel I should have gotten more out of the experience than I did.
A gambler, convicted felon, and probable psychopath thinks he’s found an easy out to his five month sentence in a work camp and plays up his violent outbursts to get himself sent off to a minimum security mental institution. There, he forms an immediately antagonistic relationship with the nurse in charge and bad things happen.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a classic novel that was quickly adapted for Broadway, and also spawned a multiple Academy Award winning movie. It has good pedigree and On Stage reviewer, Caitlin Oleson covered OLT’s opening night with nothing but praise. Go give her review a read for that take on it because I thought, in all frankness, that it was pretty much horrible.
In Dario Fo’s They Won’t Pay? We Won’t Pay!, economic desperation and tough working conditions set the stage for work stoppages and grocery store riots. On one particular day that sees both, Antonia happens to be at the local grocer’s when the shoppers – outraged by further increased prices – decide that they will set their own prices this time. Caught up in the moment of pay what you can groceries, Antonia comes home with bags and bags of food – including for pets she doesn’t own.
Her trouble, she realizes when the fervor wanes, is that her dudley do-right of a husband will divorce her, turn her in, and/or lock himself in the cupboard if he finds out what she did.
So a lie is born.Read the full review.