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Arts Court is hosting a trio of theatre productions for the next two nights. “Trois (Three)” brings three 30min productions from fringe favourites MayCan theatre, Dead Unicorn Ink and GrimProv. To sweeten the deal theatre lobby is set up nightclub-style complete with a well priced bar. Playing on the name there is even a 3-beers- for-10-bucks offer getting you a cold one for each production.
The GrimProv trio MC the night creating a vibrant welcome despite forgetting the name of the MayCan’s “What about Horses?” on opening night. Cory Thibert and Tony Adams co-wrote and perform this two-hander with ease and believability spiralling from roommates arguing over rent checks to coke-addled madmen believers. Enjoy this fresh and energetic romp that highlights the creative visionary writing of these two standout Ottawa talents and mind the disappearing “rabbit” act if you’re sat left of stage!
Next up “The Acceptable Appearance Theory” transformed the venue into a revival cult meeting complete with actors stashed in the audience. Mark (Aaron Lajeunesse) brings Dana to “temple” to meet his eerily ever-youthful mother Ms Cadence (Victoria Elizabeth Luloff). A zeal for “cleansing” tattoos soon takes a menacing turn – it’s not just tattoos this group wants control over. Luloff is particularly riveting while LaJeunesse transitions playfully from mama’s boy to Dana’s man. Despite a rather drawn out narrative, hilarious turns by the ensemble cast including bilingual Daniel, scientific Peggy and ex-hooker Laura keep the pace brisk while the cult attempts to survive, dominate and keep secrets from glowing in the dark.
GrimProv closed the night yet despite high-energy the improv was a let-down following the earlier high-quality performances. The adept threesome used props creatively but a reliance on extended fight-sequences proved tiresome and sophomoric especially when their quick-fire repartee is so sharp. The closing act, by its nature, changes so expect a unique nightly performance to cap off this successful night-out at the theatre.
Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Ave.
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As March is set to roar in like a Lion I cling to the hope of a lamb-like exit…
Stock up on fresh eats at the Ottawa U Farmer’s Market in the University centre today from 9-4pm .
Thursday is the opening night of Trois (Three) at Arts Court. That’s three performances nightly for three nights. “Three nights, three shows. And three beers for $10. Doors and cash bar open at 7:30, with the first performance at 8:00pm” Remember if you miss the opening there is always Friday and Saturday night.
Former Sandy Hill’er and all around great guy Eugene Haslam is the latest CreativeMorning’s Presenter. Catch up with this popular commentator and powerful promoter at Friday’s session at Enriched Bread Artist Studios on Gladstone 8:30-10:00am
Kick off your evening with family fun on Friday. Viscount Alexander on Mann St is hosting Movie Night! They’ve got Disney’s Frozen is on the program and the movie is free while the drinks & pizza are well priced. Doors 5:30 and movie starts at 6PM.
Friday night its the return of monthly event Nature Nocturne. This month the event explores photography with “Ready for your Close-up?“. It’s not strictly in the hood but 20mins on foot still counts as local in our book and a night at the Castle – Museum of Nature – is always magical. 8PM 22$.
Saturday at Carleton University its the 7th annual Chemistry Magic Show featuring one-hour “performances” at 11Am & 2PM with an all-day activity centre open (Steacie Building 2nd Floor) between 9:30-4:30. Suggested donation 3$. Theatre B, Basement Southam Hall.
Also on Saturday there are two opportunities to catch Essays the annual performance of new choreographies by Ottawa School of Dance, Arts Court 2 Daly, 2:30 & 7:30.
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Tagged Arts Court, DeadUnicorn Ink, Essays, Eugene Haslam, GrimProv, MayCan, Museum of Nature, Nature Nocturne, Ottawa School of Dance, Sandy Hill, Sandy Hill Seen, Trois, Trois (Three)
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Grab your drink and take your seats as FreshMeat2 Theatre rolls in to town for not one but two consecutive weekends October 17-19 and 24-26!
The pop-up festival brings 14 top theatre companies together to showcase brand spanking new short and sharp edgy works in a single, comfortable and ‘serving’ venue. Keeping it fresh the 14 companies are split over two weekends – so it’s a completely new experience any time you drop in. The 7 companies selected per weekend (Thursday-Sunday nights) perform a total of 4 brief, 20-minute, pieces per night. The rotating schedule and time-restricted performances create concentrated bursts of creativity throughout the evening while comedy hosts keep the flavour fresh between troupes.
Local aficionados will recognise companies including: Prix Rideau Award nominees May Can Theatre, Future of the Fringe Award winners Backpack Theatre, and Dead Unicorn Ink returning from a sold-out Fringe run and subsequent re-staging of Chesterfield.
New companies include THUNK! Theatre creators of smash-hit Bread at this year’s Undercurrents, Norah Paton, director of touring Fringe show Around Miss Julie and, 2 ½ Women the relentlessly funny trio from last year’s Crush Improv “Bout Time” tournaments host the second weekend as well as performing a twenty-minute set, with GRIMprov hosts of the first weekend.
Immerse yourself for the weekend or take a first theatre dip at a collaborative event where artists take risks they might not otherwise explore in 20-minutes explosive theatre bites.
FreshMeat2: DIY Theatre Fest
Lunenburg Pub & Bar, 14 Waller Street, Ottawa, K1N 9C4
October 17-19 and 24-26 doors 6:30, show 7pm
Tickets: $15/night, $25/weekend, $40/full festival pass.
Tickets available at door and via firstname.lastname@example.org .
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