The Date

The Date Ottawa Fringe Festival *The review for this show isn’t starred, because I feel that it is not yet a piece of professional theatre. I am aware that when someone chooses to present a piece in a festival it is open to be ranked and reviewed, however this show is not professional theatre, and […]

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Beneath The Bikini – 4 Stars

Beneath The Bikini Ottawa Fringe Festival 4 Stars “Beyond the Bikini” is a funny, poignant personal monologue show about the true story of ‘Bikini Kate’, the founder of the Orlando Fringe Bikini Advertising Space (a quasi-performance, brilliantly innovative idea that offers Fringe artists in Orlando, Florida to paint on various parts of her body to […]

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2 Sherlock Holmes Adventures – 4.5 Stars

2 Sherlock Holmes Adventures Ottawa Fringe Festival 4.5 Stars 2 Sherlock Holmes Adventures was an unexpected treat at this year’s Fringe Festival. Amid predictable stand-up comedy routines, several absurdist theatre pieces and a veritable inundation of self-confessional monologues, it was a joy and a delight to see a well-wrought piece of traditional theatre. Well, not […]

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Scaredy Cat – 3.5 Stars

Scaredy Cat Ottawa Fringe Festival 3.5 Stars “Scaredy Cat” is a charming, self-confessional monologue about a young girl coming of age, who learns to face her myriad fears. Carlyn Rhamey, actor and writer of the show, is likeable, and the show is well-written. At times, the piece felt a bit over-directed (or over-planned), with gestures […]

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Becoming Magic Mike – 3.5 Stars

Becoming Magic Mike Ottawa Fringe Festival 3.5 Stars “Becoming Magic Mike” is a 4+ Star show in its early days. Although still somewhat rough around the edges, it is genuinely funny and has the makings of a future fringe hit. DK Reinemer is genuinely likeable, and he makes an instant connection with the audience. His […]

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Happy Birthday, Claire!- 3 Stars

  Happy Birthday, Claire! Ottawa Fringe Festival 3 Stars “Happy Birthday, Claire!” was a thoroughly enjoyable show. It’s genuinely funny at times, with an ensemble cast that appears to be having as good a time as the audience. It seems a shame to review the various aspects of this show, because when examined critically, there […]

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A Solo From the Pit – 5 Stars

  A Solo From the Pit London Fringe Festival 5 Stars Elias Faingersh is a virtuosic performer with a fascinating story to tell.  His show – one of many he performs worldwide – recounts Faingersh’s journey as a music student living in 1990s New York, “Where from the car horns to gunshots, there was music […]

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Ink – 4 Stars

  Ink London Fringe Festival 4 Stars The whole point of a Fringe festival is the freedom to take risks.  And this show – which is about as Fringy as it gets – is the perfect example of a creative risk, and one which certainly works!   In ‘Ink’, directed by Fringe veteran Stéphanie Morin-Robert, […]

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The Walk in the Snow – 5 Stars

  The Walk in the Snow London Fringe Festival 5 Stars This show is a fascinating recounting of an almost-forgotten moment in scientific history, the aftermath of which (among other things), significantly overshadowed simple story leading to a world-changing discovery. Jem Rolls is a consummate storyteller, whose passion for the history of Lise Meitner is […]

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Heirloom Toys – 3 Stars

Heirloom Toys Edmonton Fringe Festival (Reviewed at the Ottawa Fringe) 3 Stars   This is an enjoyable circus-themed show, with some impressive stunts and interesting sets and costumes.  The performers seem to truly enjoy being onstage, and connect well with each other and the audience.   The plot seems at times thematically representative, and at […]

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