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Happy Monday, everybody.
Thank you for reading On Stage Weekly, your guide to what’s happening in Ottawa theatre this week. Thanks also to those who took the time to tell my by twitter or email what their favourite show was from 2013. I truly do love hearing from all of you and it was indeed a good year for Ottawa theatre.
My question for you this week doesn’t get much preamble from me. I’m simply curious what your (theatre) plans are for 2014. Do you want to see more shows? Get outside your comfort zone and see a show that you typically might have not considered? Get involved in a show in some capacity? Many of you are already theatre artists. What are your plans? Are you putting together a show (or shows) you want to put out there for Ottawa to see?
In short: What is your greatest wish for the 2014 theatre season in Ottawa? And what are you doing to make it happen?
One of my goals relates to On Stage Weekly and is something you can help me out with. By the end of 2014, I would like to see On Stage Weekly reach 1,000 readers. To help this happen, please share the weeklies along your social media channels and please remind your friends to sign up over at On Stage. Sharing is caring.
Just before we get to everything On Stage this week, it’s ticket giveaway time (another reason your friends want to be getting these emails). This week, it’s a Twitter giveaway in partnership with our friends, Bear & Co. Their production of Age of Arousal opens on February 7th and we’ve got two tickets to give away to opening night.
For your chance to win two opening night tickets to Age of Arousal, being presented at The Gladstone Theatre, you just need to be following us on Twitter and tweet (or retweet) the following.
RT for your shot to win 2 tickets to opening night of Age Of Arousal, Feb 7-22 at #TheGladstone, courtesy @onstageottawa & @bearandcompany
I’ll use some mathemagics on Sunday and announce the randomly selected winner next week.
This Week On Stage
Pop Fiction! (final week)
I missed mentioning this one last week, but you’ve still got one week left to get out and see this bilingual show that stars a couple of my favourite local actors in Nancy Kenny and Michelle LeBlanc. I don’t know much about this show aside from the fact that it’s about first contact with an alien race (of whom the lovely actors I mentioned both play aliens) and that things may not go well for us (humankind) if the talks don’t go our way.
You can find out more information here on their Facebook event.
Note that we do have a review going up for Pop Fiction! You’ll be able to read it at On Stage any time after Monday afternoon. (onstageottawa.com/popfictionreview – after Monday)
(This is a good time to take an aside with a note to the prodcos out there. Don’t assume we know about your show. In fact, assume the exact opposite. If you haven’t talked to us directly, assume we don’t know anything about your show. I mean, you just saw that I missed mentioning a show with actors I adore. Read this page, then get in touch.)
Grain of Salt (final week)
Grain of Salt is a look at Christian faith and the Church told in the form of direct interviews with real people. It’s a piece of verbatim theatre where most of the dialogue in the piece is word for word replay of the conversations creator Megan Piercey Monafu had with people ranged from devout believers to devout atheists. (Much like a documentary in the film world.)
From Valerie Cardinal’s review:
“The result is a show that is at times powerful, and at times overwhelming. There is so much information and so many viewpoints that it feels like Grain of Salt gets lost in its own topic at some points. […] I especially appreciated that Grain of Salt feels balanced, and shifts easily and naturally from being serious to slightly more irreverent humour. Its broad scale also means that audience members will probably see glimpses of themselves in the characters – I sure know I did.” (onstageottawa.com/grainofsaltreview)
Grain of Salt runs for one final week. (onstageottawa.com/grainofsalt)
Rumours (final week)
Ottawa Little Theatre’s little bit of farce that hopes to warm up your winter with some hearty laughter also runs for one more week before it’s gone. Rumors is about a group of guests to a deputy mayor’s 10th wedding anniversary celebration only to find the guest of honour shot in the next room and his wife missing. It’s a farce, so things go awry from there.
From Valerie Cardinal’s review:
“Rumors features great performances and fantastic physical comedy from its cast. Steve Martin is the highlight, with a just-right accent and the quippiest, funniest lines.” (onstageottawa.com/rumorsreview)
The last show is this Saturday evening. (onstageottawa.com/rumors)
Detroit (final week)
Also a competitor in the using laughter to keep you warm category is Plosive Productions’ Detroit, running at the The Gladstone – again only until this weekend. Detroit is a comedy about two very different couples who share a backyard. Can the seemingly straight-laced, seemingly upstanding middle class, Ben and Mary, keep it together in the presence of their new neighbours? Or will the new neighbours, who are far from straight-laced, upstanding, or middle class, drag Ben and Mary down to their level?
From Matthew Champ’s review:
“Teri Loretto-Valentik, as Mary, is just an absolute sweetheart whose emotional range and character complexities were about the only things that kept me engaged throughout the show. David Benedict Brown, as Kenny, was also delightful in creating a character who was able to bring a much needed levity to an otherwise convoluted play trying too hard to be a mature-rated sitcom.” (onstageottawa.com/detroitreview)
As I said, you’ve got until this Saturday to check it out. (onstageottawa.com/detroit)
Last but not least, Kim’s Convenience continues this week down at the National Arts Centre. We’ll have a review up for it later in the week, which you’ll be able to find at On Stage. (onstageottawa.com/kimsconveniencereview — after Thursday)
If you’ve already seen all of those — wow, by the way — don’t worry. There’s more great theatre opening in the first week of February, including Kanata Theatre’s Perfect Wedding, Red. Collective’s Off The Cuff, New Ottawa Repertory Theatre’s Empire of Dirt, Bear and Company’s Age of Arousal (don’t forget about our giveaway) and the Great Canadian Theatre Company’s This Is War. Phew. Not to mention Undercurrents is right on the horizon.