Behind the Hedge

artist, writer, scholar of Old English poetry . . . freelance everything. I just sort of do stuff . . .

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“Shatter”, by Trina Davies, at the Walterdale Theatre
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I dedicate this play to every shadow lost to tragedy. Every voice hurt, silenced, or blinded by this tragedy. Every person in our community and the world right now who is hurt, silenced or blinded by our recent tragedies.  May you find your hope. May you look forward towards the future. And may y...
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Pawâkan Macbeth
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Pawâkan Macbeth is not 1870s Rupert’s Land period-dress Shakespeare, not a Red-Face Scottish Play. Rather, Pawâkan Macbeth is a breathtaking, entertaining, and timely (re)conciliation of Cree traditional narrative and an iconic piece of the European narrative tradition. As I scrambled on a ...
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The Spotted Cow – A beverage – or maybe a desert
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The Spotted Cow – A beverage – or maybe a desert
For the past week or so the song “Spotted Cow” from British folk-rock legend Steeleye Span’s Below the Salt album has been going through my head, quietly begging me to be the name of a new beverage.  As regular readers (both of them) will know, I’ve been fiddling abou...
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“Hadestown” at The Citadel
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In nova fert animus mutatas dicere formas corpora . . . — Ovid, Metamorphosis, Book I I just had to post a hasty note after seeing the first preview performance of Hadestown at Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre this evening. What a piece of work! Anaïs Mitchell’s wonderful, powerful, p...
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“The Testament of Mary” at Northern Light Theatre
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  I suspect I’m a bit of an outlier in my opinion of Colm Tóibín’s The Testament of Mary. While Northern Light Theatre’s production of the Tony-nominated play is almost uniformly a fine thing (the smoke machine was both distractingly noisy and pretty much unnecessary) I fou...
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The Guavalhalla: a Tiki Drink for the North
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I’ve been thinking about Tiki drinks lately, probably because I recently stumbled on some kitschy Tiki mugs and because I’ve long had a strangely obsessive nostalgia for the remembered exterior of The Beachcomber restaurant, long, long vanished from Downtown Edmonton.  In my researchi...
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“Mad Fantastic Maid of God: Joan of Arc” at the Edmonton Fringe Festival
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I was a little uncomfortably unsure what to expect from Kenneth Brown’s retelling of Saint Joan of Arc’s story when we first sat down in the third row of La Cité Francophone’s l’Unitheatre We looked up two stories and saw Ellie Heath looking quite angelic in whit...
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“Wooster Sauce” at the Edmonton Fringe Festival
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Just before Jeeves came in, I had been dreaming that some bounder was driving spikes through my head — not just ordinary spikes, as used by Jael the wife of Heber, but read-hot ones. — P. G. Wodehouse, The Code of the Woosters If you don’t laugh at Bertie Wooster’s Bionica...
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“Prophecy” by Jessy Ardern at the Edmonton Fringe Festival
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Le vrai héros, le vrai sujet, le centre de l’Iliade, c’est la force. . . La force, c’est ce que fait de quiconque lui est soumis à une sélection. Quand elle s’exerce jusqu’au bout, elle fait de l’homme une chose au sens le plus littéral, car elle en fait un cad...
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Oleanna, by David Mamet, at Edmonton’s Fringe Festival
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Oleanna, by David Mamet, at Edmonton’s Fringe Festival
In Oleanna land is free, The wheat and corn just plant themselves, Then grow a good four feet a day, While on your bed you rest yourself. Beer as sweet as Muchener Springs from the ground and flows away, The cows all like to milk themsleves And hens lay eggs ten times a day. Little […]
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