Good Saturday, everybody,
Sorry for the odd timing here. I know, a Saturday? What’s up with that? Truth is, post-Fringe my sanity demanded I take a break and do as little as possible for a few days. I’d been planning to take a full week off here and pick up again next week, but then I remembered that I should remind you about Glengarry Glen Ross before it was too late so I decided to do this special Saturday edition instead.
Of special note, this will be the only On Stage Weekly to go out in July. I’ll be listing off for the full of July here, and then I’ll be back in August – again with only one edition – recapping and reminding what’s happening in that month. It’s a quiet enough time for local theatre that we can get away with monthly editions. Then we’ll be back in full swing come September for the new season starts.
Ottawa Fringe Festival Wrap-up
Hopefully everybody got to take in many, many shows at this year’s festival. If you’ve been regularly checking in with On Stage, you’ll have seen all the content going up there. Between our three main reviewers and three short-run reviewers, we have 92 reviews posted for 58 shows (missing Youth Infringement’s the Anomaly, which we had already covered back during YI). By end of day Monday the 23rd, we’d hit 47 of the 59 shows presenting, which we’re pretty proud of. Since then, many shows have been updated with even more reviews up to the 92 I mentioned, so check with the listings to see if you missed anything.
We also published a few – though not nearly as many as I had wanted – video interviews, 14 preview articles, a little over a dozen video promos, and a few feature articles.
All that to say, plenty to check out if you still want to and, more importantly, I want to thank and shout out the team that made it happen: Valerie Cardinal, Matthew Champ, Caitlin Oleson, Sarah Stack, and Beki Lantos. Y’all rock and it wouldn’t’ve happened without you.
On to the meat of the festival: Congratulations and thanks to all the artists who presented and entertained the masses. You’re what makes the Ottawa Fringe Festival great. Double congratz to those who picked up awards handed out by Ottawa Fringe at the closing party. Check those out on OttawaFringe.com
From us at On Stage, top kudos go to LOVE + HATE, Kitt & Jane; An Interactive Survival Guide to the Near Post-Apocalyptic Future, A Mind Full of Dopamine, and Moonlight Over Midnight. Kitt & Jane, A Mind Full of Dopamine, and Moonlight After Midnight are touring to festivals out west so if you know anybody down that way, get them to check the schedules for their fringes and check those shows out. Locally, if you get to check out The Peptides (Love + Hate) in the future, do that, too.
You can, of course, find out everything we loved (and loathed) over at On Stage. http://onstageottawa.com/fringefestival2014
ON STAGE IN JULY
You know, Ottawa may not have a lot of theatre happening in the summer, but it is when some of the best comes out, between A Company of Fools, Odyssey, The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, and others.
Glengarry Glen Ross (TWO SHOWS LEFT!)
I said I wanted to remind you. I didn’t say there was much chance left. As of when this goes out, you have a mere two chances to catch Glengarry Glen Ross before it’s gone. Both here on Saturday. And I would suggest booking your tickets asap if you want to see it, because from what I hear, they’re moving FAST.
FROM ALLAN’S REVIEW: … It’s a big cast and a cast you’d be hard pressed to find a better group suited for in Ottawa. All told it makes for a biting, gritty, in your face production from lights up to curtain call. (onstageottawa.com/glengarryglenrossreview)
Glengarry Glen Ross runs at The Gladstone through July 5th. More info: http://thegladstone.ca/glengarry.html
WE GLOW (TWO NIGHTS ONLY!)
And, in what’s kind of a dream come true for anybody suffering the post-Fringe blahs, Emily Pearlman and Brad Long are restaging WE GLOW for two nights only before taking the show out west. If you haven’t seen this before, do not hesitate. This is a show that, when I heard they were taking it out west (Edmonton/Winnipeg), I was jealous of out west. Tickets remain a steal at $15 for what will be a show you’ll definitely remember.
FROM PRESS RELEASE: “When two highly successful A-Types hit their ceiling at work, they make a business agreement to get married and have kids – finishing off the dictates of the ubiquitous life script. They hit a snag however when they are unable to conceive. Will a vacation to the far flung reaches of Christmas island allow them to reboot?”
FROM ALLAN’S REVIEW (@ 2013 Fringe): For good reason, Brad Long and Emily Pearlman are both superstars. What they’ve put together with We Glow is a funny, lightning quick show with wonderfully strong and robust performances. It’s a show that will give you a lot of what you expect as well as taking you to places you didn’t and couldn’t have expected while delivering a huge amount of heart. There’s really nothing else like it around. At all. See it.
WE GLOW runs at Tabaret Hall, June 10th and 11th. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1432767336991473/
And note, they will sell out, so take their advice and book your tickets in advance.
As You Like It (Opens This Week!)
Continuing a tradition of presenting Ottawa’s most foolish outdoor Shakespeare, A Company of Fools opens their rendition of As You Like It this week.
It may be a man’s world in the city, but in the Forest of Arden, it’s Girls Gone Wild. Escaping political persecution, Rosalind and Celia flee – disguised – to the Forest of Arden. Dressed as a man named Ganymede, Rosalind discovers the pains of a woman when she falls for Orlando. But when Orlando confesses to Ganymede his love for the woman Rosalind – the Game of Love begins! She’s the girl who becomes the boy to get the boy who wants the girl. Sound confusing? No more so than your average love affair! Love and Romance are equal parts celebrated and skewered in this timeless tale of a woman disguised to win her love.
As You Like It runs now through August 16th at various parks around Ottawa. You can find a full tour schedule by visiting fools.ca or by calling 613.863.7529. All tickets are pay what you can via pass the hat at the end of the show. Grab your beach chair or blanket, throw on some sunscreen, and get out to a park near you.
The Player’s Advice to Shakespeare (Opens July 18th)
Before heading out for a run in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the award winning The Player’s Advice to Shakespeare will have a limited run here in Ottawa.
Shows will take place the last two weekends of July at the Avalon Studio on Bank Street. You can find all details, including how to buy tickets online in advance, over on their website: http://newtheatreottawa.com/
The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival – The Tempest, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Opens July 12th & 16th)
A little outside the confines of Ottawa but only an hour away and easily a big enough draw to make a point of mentioning, The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival produces some of the country’s best professional Shakespeare, staged outdoors in Prescott right along the majestic St. Lawrence river.
Head to their website for the full show schedule (shows tend to alternate days) and to buy tickets online. It’s well worth the trip. http://www.stlawrenceshakespeare.ca/home.aspx
The Financier (opens July 24th)
Odyssey Theatre – North America’s only outdoor professional mask company – celebrates its 28th season under the stars with The Financier, an original adaptation of Lesage’s Turcaret.
This comedic fiasco is about Turcaret, a loan shark and a tax collector, whose sly dealings have come full circle on him. A menagerie of cash-hungry swindlers prey on each other, exposing slaves to passion, excess, and artifice. Only the most single-minded, the most cunning and the most charming will survive.
The Financier runs July 24th through August 24th at Strathcona park under the stars. Full info, including buying tickets, on their website: http://www.odysseytheatre.ca/
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is that. I hope you all have a magical July, that you take in some wonderful theatre, be it indoors or outdoors, and I’ll see you in August. As always, tell me what you’re seeing, what you’re loving, and just plain that you want to keep receiving these newsletters. You can get in touch with me through any of the usual channels or join the discussion by commenting below.