Good Wednesday, everybody.
Sorry we’re a day late. I figure I should enjoy the holiday too this time out. How was your weekend? I hope you missed the freak rain.
It seems like we’ve hit that slow time of year. That lull before the storm that is the Ottawa Fringe Festival. In less than a month from now, sixty shows will be opening and running concurrently in various venues downtown, presented by artists from Ottawa, the rest of Canada, and the world. If that doesn’t get a theatre-lover excited, are you really a theatre lover?
But right now, right now, only one new show is opening this week, and only two shows that opened last week are still running. So a bit quieter than usual. We’ll get to those shows in just four paragraphs. Right now, a note from Ottawa’s Company of Fools:
The Feast of Fools
Do you want special access to behind the scenes to our summer show? a Company of Fools Director, Scott Florence, is hosting rehearsal hall lunches throughout June for anyone who wants a sneak peek look into our Torchlight Festival!
Hang with Big Fool Scott Florence and an actor or two over lunch. We will feed you (and your friends) a “Starving Artists” lunch – of cheese and crackers and a few other tidbits. (Gluten-free and dairy-free provided!)
You donate to us what you would have spent on a nice lunch out, and we provide you with the Big Fool, an actor or two and a basket of cheap eats in our rehearsal hall. Since it’s the company that truly makes the meal, we guarantee you a fabulous experience.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-863-7529 to book your Starving Artist lunch with the Fools!
On Stage This Week
“art” (opens this week)
How would you feel about your best friend if he suddenly did something so colossally stupid, it made you doubt the very basis of the friendship? That’s what happens in Yasmina Reza’s monster international hit, “Art”, produced by Same Day Theatre and opening at The Gladstone this week.
When an art lover buys what is in essence a pure white painting for a horse-choking sum, his best friend goes ballistic. Yet a third friend gets squeezed in the middle. Questions about the meaning of strange modern art and strange modern friendships–and how they’re sometimes not all that different–fly thick in the limelight.
“art” runs at The Gladstone May 23rd through June 8th. Learn more: onstageottawa.com/art
Inherit The Wind (final week)
Evolution takes on Creationism on stage in Kanata Theatre’s latest production. Inherit the Wind is based on the Scopes Trial about the unlawfulness of teaching evolution in state-funded schools. Inherit the Wind opens this week.
Evolution vs. Creationism. A classic courtroom drama that pits two great lawyers who argue the case of a science teacher accused of the crime of teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution. The issues are just as relevant today as they were when the play first opened in 1955, and the effects of the trial spread far beyond the courtroom.
Based on the Scopes Trial, formally known as The State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes and commonly referred to as the Scopes Monkey Trial, was a famous American legal case in 1925 in which a high school teacher, John Scopes, was accused of violating Tennessee’s Butler Act, which made it unlawful to teach human evolution in any state-funded school.
Inherit the Wind runs May 13th through May 24th with shows running at the Ron Maslin Playhouse. Learn more: onstageottawa.com/inheritthewind
Oil and Water
A compelling true story of rescue, rebirth, and salvation. Barely surviving a WWII shipwreck, U.S. sailor Lanier Phillips becomes the first black man to appear in St. Lawrence, Newfoundland. Long accustomed to racism back home, Lanier’s life is forever altered by the kindness and generosity of local residents. Hopeful and haunting, bleak and beautiful, Oil and Water’s tale of transformation – of baptism, cleansing, and awakening – delivers a powerful dramatic punch.
Oil and Water runs at the NAC opening May 14th and through May 31st. Learn more: nac-cna.ca/en/englishtheatre/event/5068
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As always, I’d love to hear what you’re seeing, what you’re loving, and what you’re up to. Join the discussion in the comments below.