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REVIEW: The Game of Love and Chance

Odyssey Theatre presents The Game of Love and Chance out in Strathcona Park.

Odyssey Theatre’s 26h season is upon them and they recently opened their their mask theatre production of Marivaux’s The Game of Love and Chance in beautiful Strathcona park on the Rideau River. Should you see it?

REVIEW: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Titania, Bottom, and the Fairies in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

The second show, or first depending how you count, of the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival is A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a comedy wherein some fairies screw around with some humans and with each other. Should you see it?

REVIEW: Othello

Quincy Armorer as Othello and Lana Sugarman as Desdemona in the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival's presentation of Othello

One half of the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival sees prominent a General fall from grace through the machinations of a supposed friend in William Shakespeare’s Othello. Should you see it?

Odyssey Theatre presents The Game of Love and Chance

Odyssey Theatre presents Marivaux's The Game of Love and Chance.

As North America’s only professional mask theatre company, it’s no wonder Odyssey Theatre has found great success in Ottawa’s Strathcona park for twenty-five years. This year, they’re presenting Marivaux’s The Game of Love and Chance, adapted and directed by Andy Massingham, an 18th century play whose powerful themes still resonate today.

REVIEW: Black Coffee

REVIEW: Black Coffee at Ottawa Little Theatre

Sir Claude Amory has some papers of value stolen from him and so he gathers all the suspects together and brings in a detective to help him get them back. When Sir Claude then ends up the victim of foul play, the detective finds himself with a much bigger case. Black Coffee is Agatha Christie’s first mystery written for the stage, and her only play to feature her famous detective Hercule Poirot. Should you see it?

Red. Collective presents Oleanna

Red.Collective presents Oleanna at SAW Gallery

Oleanna is about the power struggle between a university professor and one of his female students, who accuses him of sexual exploitation. Power relations in universities, gender politics and what constitutes ‘rape’ are all thrown directly in the face of the audience; forcing them to question their own preconceptions, as well as bringing awareness of these pertinent issues to the Ottawa community.

Can Ottawa Afford to Lose One of Its Performance Spaces?

The stage in the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre.

Sitting in Britannia Park, the Ron Kolbus-Lakeside Centre has remained virtually unchanged since the 1950s. No surprise then, that Bay Ward Councillor Mark Taylor has put forward a proposal to invest $1 million to redevelop the space into a more viable community centre. One hitch for Lakeside Players, and other independent theatre groups — the plan effectively removes the stage and performance space from the centre.

Ottawa Little Theatre presents Black Coffee

Ottawa Little Theatre presents Agatha Christie's Black Coffee

Everybody loves a good mystery. And if anybody writes a good whodunit, it’s Agatha Christie. This time out, Ottawa Little Theatre is presenting Agatha Christie’s first-ever mystery written for the stage, Black Coffee, and Ottawa Little Theatre wants to know if you can figure out whodunit (i.e. contest). We won’t tell you whodunit, but we will tell and show you more about the show.

New General Director hired to revitalize Opera Lyra Ottawa

The end of the concert at Opera Lyra's Garden Party

Opera Lyra’s Garden Party, hosted by the Italian Ambassador to Canada, also marked the first appearance of Opera Lyra’s newly hired General Director, John Peter Jeffries. Mr. Jeffries will bring a new vision and leadership to Opera Lyra after a series of setbacks last year. Read about the party, the new GD, and Le Boheme.

The Great Canadian Theatre Company announces its new Artistic Director

Eric Coates becomes the new Artistic Director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company

This recent 2011/2012 season for the Great Canadian Theatre Company marked the last season under artistic director, Lise Ann Johnson, who stepped down from the position after seven years providing the GCTC’s audiences with great Canadian theatre. At the beginning of July, the GCTC announced that Eric Coates will succeed her as the company’s new artistic director.