Thanks to holiday movie marathons on cable TV, many people are already familiar with the plot of A Christmas Story. For those without this cinematic tradition, the tale is simple: Ralphie wants a “Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing which tells time” for Christmas. His desires are thwarted time and again by overly cautious adults convinced he’ll “shoot his eye out”. Ralphie dreams, schemes, and does everything a kid can to get his way. Will Santa pull through?
From Norm Foster, Bedtime Stories is definitely not a play for the kids. It’s a collection of vignettes that share the sexy, funny, and touching moments that happen in our lives.
Bedtime Stories is a collection of 6 vignettes, all seperate scenes with new characters. While the three presented in the first act seem entirely disconnected, the second act brings these stories together. These vignettes are snapshots into relationships and events, all taking place in the bedroom, hence the title.
With comedy at the forefront this is an endearing play, with many sincere moments, and funny characters. Even though there are some far-fetched premises, and outlandish comedy setups, Bedtime Stories focuses on important moments in contemporary relationships. The opening scene, for example, features an stodgy middle aged couple who sign up for a sex romp on a radio show. Not exactly mundane. Their experienced relationship, however, ends up helping the radio DJ appreciate his own wife. These characters show the way we impact one another without even knowing it. Read the full review.
Ottawa Little Theatre is closing out its 100th season – celebrating ten plays from ten decades – with Michael Healey’s quickly becoming a Canadian classic, The Drawer Boy. It’s about an actor looking to learn about life on the farm. Read the full review.
In this musical by renowned playwright Norm Foster, five strangers come to Jasper Station on one random night to buy a ticket to their future. It’s the 2nd play of Ottawa Little Theatre’s Summer season. Read the full review.