Reviews

Ottawa Event Review: Dancing At Lughnasa

“Dancing at Lughnasa,” written by Brian Friel, kicked off this week at The Gladstone Theatre. This classic Irish story was presented collaboratively between Three Sisters Theatre Company and Seven Thirty Productions. I anticipated that this powerhouse theatrical partnership would make for an incredible combination of acting brilliance and exceptional quality ...
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Ottawa Event Review: “Rock of Ages” By Orpheus Musical Theatre

Friday night kicked off the two-week run of “Rock of Ages” by Orpheus Musical Theatre. Orpheus is known for their elaborate stage design, high-end costumes and the technical aspects of their show. “Rock of Ages” was no exception, and I have to say that it’s one of my favourite of ...
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Ottawa Event Review: “9 to 5” by Suzart

For four nights only, Suzart After Dark presents “9 to 5”, written by Patricia Resnick, at Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe. This musical, directed by Alan Viau and produced by Cheryl Cavell is based on the movie of the same name with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. The story takes ...
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Ottawa Event Review: “The Wolves” by Theatre Kraken

For the next week and a half, The Gladstone Theatre is hosting Theatre Kraken ‘s presentation of “The Wolves”. This unique performance focuses on a teenage girls’ soccer team as they prepare for each of their indoor games. The show takes place somewhere in middle America, and the simple set ...
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Ottawa Event Review: “There There” with “Citronella” at the Art House Café

As you know, I advertise a lot of events at a lot of venues, and I like to get out and see these venues so I can comfortably say I know what I’m talking about. So last week, I finally had the opportunity to have a gander at the Art ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Mamma Mia! by Suzart Productions

Last night, I was transported from the bitter cold of Ottawa to the sunny, warm islands of Greece with Suzart’s most recent production, Mamma Mia!. To say that I was blown away would be an understatement. This is THE BEST show that I have seen by Suzart to date! It ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Christmas Glow – Glow Around the World!

Christmas Glow has arrived in Ottawa for the first time! This expanding annual Christmas event has been popping up across Canada over the past few years, and has now set up at the EY Centre for the next month. The theme is Christmas Around the World.  I was invited to ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Cottagers and Indians

The Great Canadian Theatre Company’s 2019-20 season is scheduled to be more diverse than ever, with plays covering social and political commentaries across the spectrum. Thursday night I had the privilege of seeing ‘Cottagers and Indians’ on its opening night.  It was a packed house, with only a few single ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Matilda: The Musical by Orpheus

Orpheus Musical Theatre has done it again. Every time I see an Orpheus production, I am so impressed with the performance that I almost forget that it’s community theatre and not Broadway. This time, with Matilda, they have once again outdone themselves with an elaborate set, fantastic costumes, and some ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Cork and Fork Festival

The inaugural launch of the Cork and Fork Festival is on this weekend, and I was fortunate to be able to take it in on Friday night. This festival is put on by the folks that bring us the annual Orleans Beer Festival, and knowing what a great event that ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Lightfoot in Song by Bear and Co.

I had the pleasure attending the preview night of the musical tribute, “Lightfoot in Song,” presented by Bear & Co. at The Gladstone Theatre. I wasn’t sure what to expect going in, but was delighted by what ended up being an informal, often humorous, and beautiful homage to Canadian icon ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Falsettos by Orpheus

Bitch, bitch, bitch, funny, funny, funny…..was how Falsettos starts off setting the tone for a unique and entertaining musical, as the latest Orpheus show hit the stage Wednesday at the Gladstone Theatre. Falsettos, Orpheus’ first of four shows this year, kicks off theatre season on a strong note. It’s an ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Smith’s Falls Shindig (Tweed)

This year’s annual Smith’s Falls Shindig took place on Saturday August 24th. This was my second consecutive year taking in this unique festival, and it was a great time once again. The festival is basically offered as a “thank you” to the Smith’s Falls community, and as such, is for ...
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Review: Avenue Q By Toto Too Theatre

I’m going to make a really bold statement: Avenue Q is the funniest musical that I have ever seen! Brought to the Gladstone Theatre stage for two weeks by Toto Too, this show is not to be missed! I have seen other TotoToo shows, and I have to admit that ...
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Event Review: God is a Scottish Drag Queen – Ottawa Fringe Festival

What if God was one of us? A stranger on the bus? Meh, we’ve all heard that. But what if... what if God was a six-foot-something, barefoot, voluptuous drag queen rocking a mauve 1980s power suit? With shoulder pads, of course! What if God was a Scottish drag Queen? No ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Priscilla Queen of the Desert by Orpheus

Orpheus Musical Theatre Society has done it again!! Priscilla Queen of the Desert opened this week at Meridian Theatres at Centrepointe, and once again, Orpheus has cut no corners in creating a top quality production. The casting was excellent, the costumes and make up were perfect, and the set design ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Seussical by Suzart Productions

Last night was opening night of Seussical, presented by Suzart Productions at Meridian Theatres at Centrepointe (in the studio). This is the fourth Suzart show that I have had the pleasure of seeing, and the directorial/production team of Jennifer Gabriel, Cheryl Cavell, Catherine Spear-Ducasse, Marc Seguin, Cass Marks, and Sue ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Thief Society

Tuesday night, I attended the preview of Thief Society presented by Under the Table Ensemble Theatre and Black Sheep Theatre. This latest play at the Gladstone Theatre is, simply put the funniest play I’ve ever seen live. While I have loved many shows, and may have commented in past reviews ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Lysistrata by Theatre Kraken

Theatre Kraken’s latest play, ‘Lysistrata’ opened this week at the Gladstone Theatre for a two-week performance run. I was one of a few hundred people lucky enough to have experienced this great play on opening night. ‘Lysistrata’ is a hilarious comedy that takes place in Greece in about 400BC. The ...
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Ottawa Event Review: July Talk and Metric Concert

Saturday night featured the return of two iconic bands to Ottawa, on their joint Art of Doubt Tour. July Talk has become my favourite band as of late; I absolutely love everything they do! Metric has been a staple of Bluesfest for so many years, that through both the festival, ...
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Ottawa Event Review: ‘We Will Rock You’ by Mississippi Mudds

This Mississippi Mudds have started their five-show production of ‘We Will Rock You’ and I was fortunate enough to get to attend opening night last night! For those of you who aren’t familiar with this production (I wasn’t until I went), it is conceptually very similar to ‘Mamma Mia,’ whereby ...
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Ottawa Event Review: eSAX: The Entrepreneur Social Advantage Experience

On Wednesday, April 17th, I once again had the honour of attending eSAX the Entrepreneur Social Advantage Experience networking event held at the Horticulture Building at TD Place. As my entrepreneurial mind gets the best of me at times, I’ve been out to this event four times now. Each time, ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Shrek The Musical by Greely Players

Tonight was my first experience seeing a show by the Greely Players Association. I was fortunate enough to get to take in their performance of Shrek: The Musical. As a big fan of the movie Shrek, I was excited to see the musical rendition of the movie. Two years ago, ...
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Ottawa Event Review: “Sister Act” by Orpheus Musical Theatre

Sister Act by Orpheus opened Friday night for a two-week run at Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe. This musical, based entirely on the hit Hollywood classic by the same name, is the latest in a long run of fantastic Orpheus productions. Since beginning theatrical reviews on Covert Ottawa Guy, I’m continually ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Cabaret – a Suzart After-Dark Production

Last night, I had the opportunity to see Cabaret, the most recent production from Suzart After Dark, in the studio at Meridian Theatres at Centrepointe. I haven’t ever seen Cabaret, live or in film, and so I went into this experience with very limited knowledge of the storyline, and no ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Blue Man Group

The Blue Man Group: for many, that’s all you need to say. They put on such a legendary show, and have been featured in Vegas for many years! I saw them at the National Arts Centre over a decade ago here in Ottawa and they continue to excite me when ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Weird: The Witches of Macbeth, and #Faustus

Tonight was opening night for a two week double bill at The Gladstone Theatre running, until February 9th. Theatre Kraken’s pair of shows consisted of “Weird: The Witches of Macbeth” and “#Faustus”. You can purchase tickets for either, or both shows together for only a small upcharge. Each show runs ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Minding Frankie

Tonight,  I attended opening night of Minding Frankie at The Gladstone Theatre. This play is based on the book by Maeve Binchy, and was adapted for the stage beautifully by Shay Linehan. This marked the debut for Minding Frankie in Ottawa, and I am so glad that I was able ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Elf: The Musical

Thursday night was a Sparkle Jolly Twinkle Jingle time thanks to Suzart’s latest production of Elf: The Musical!! If you’re a fan of the classic Christmas film “Elf” starring Will Ferrell, then you’ll absolutely love this performance! Directed by the talented Ellen Seguin, produced by Cass Marks (who beautifully choreographed ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Nature Nocturne

“When darkness falls, the museum comes to life!” I had the privilege of attending this iconic monthly party this past Friday night, and what an amazing night!! Perhaps you’ve attended these in the past, but if you haven’t, it truly is an incredible experience and a do-not-miss event for Ottawa. Nature ...
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