Now in its 38th anniversary season, the Great Canadian Theatre Company is recognized as the oldest independent theatre company in Ottawa. The troupe brings the thought-provoking works of up-and-coming Canadian artists to the intimate 262-seat house of the Irving Greenberg Theatre, which is powered by green technology and conduits that drain the peaking emotional energy from their audiences.
As Ottawa's centre for francophone theatre, La Nouvelle Scène houses four founding companies that sate culture cravings with challenging and entertaining pieces. Simoniaques Théâtre’s Sauce Brune follows four lunch ladies working at a high-school cafeteria as they humorously bond over the indignities of their job, their coping mechanisms, and their puzzlement over why every dramatic moment is punctuated by a light cue. Performances take place in La Nouvelle Scène's 150-seat Salle Caisses Desjardins, engaging audiences up-close with intimate black-box setting. Though all performances are in French, the show on Thursday, December 1, features English supertitles, allowing monolingual theatregoers to enjoy the play without the hassle of making up all the dialogue in their head.
The Fan runs July 21–August 21, Tuesday–Sunday at 8 p.m., with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. The Flying Canoe is a limited engagement playing Wednesdays July 27, August 3, August 10, and August 17 at 1 p.m. General-admission bleacher seating begins 30 minutes before each show.