Ephemeral Pleasures

I’m that person sitting by myself but sharing a group experience, at the table for one, in the seat in the second row, and at the cautious edge of the mosh pit. I can throw myself into the sensations of the moment, but usually I’m also photographing it on my phone, tweeting about it, and imagining how I’d describe it to people who aren’t there.

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In good Company
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Russ Farmer as Bobby, Emily Smith as Marta.  Photo credits Nanc Price. Stephen Sondheim’s 1970 musical Company shows us a group of friends in their 30s, five married couples and the single guy, Bobby (Russ Farmer in the current Foote in the Door production). In a series of gentle vignettes,...
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Tracey Power’s Glory!
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Tracey Power’s Glory!
Kate Dion-Richard, Gili Roskies, Katie Ryerson, Morgan Yamada, and Kevin Corey in GLORY. Photo: Barbara Zimonick. (Set & Lights: Narda McCaroll. Costumes: Cindy Wiebe.) When I read that Calgary’s ATP would be putting on a new play about women hockey players, and specifically the Preston...
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Blue Stockings, by Jessica Swale
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Blue Stockings, by Jessica Swale
Blue Stockings is set at the University of Cambridge, in 1896, and mostly at Girton, a women’s college of the university.  It follows a study group of four young women in their first year at the college, Tess (Lucy Vogue), Carolyn (Monica Lefurgey), Celia (Jocelyn Jay), and Maeve (Maggie Sa...
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To separate, to cling, to Cleave
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One character in Elena Belyea’s new play Cleave explains the concept of words that are autoantonyms – words that have two near-opposite meanings, like screen, fast, or bound.  This gives the viewer a hint toward unpacking the play’s title, as it may refer to characters clinging ...
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The broken beauty of Betroffenheit
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First I need to tell you that Betroffenheit has one more performance in Edmonton, this afternoon at 2, and it is not quite sold out.  Yet. I was fortunate to be able to attend the first performance of this short local run on Friday – Good Friday, which was somewhat fitting.  As the Citadel ...
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Memories and witnesses in Blood of Our Soil
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One of the powers of live theatre is that it can educate audience members about horrible things that happened or are happening.  Sometimes people with privileged and busy lives like mine kind of missed reading about world events or unpleasant parts of history.  I’m not sure whether it’...
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A week of re-views
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Liz Nicholls did a great post of the year in review in Edmonton theatre.  Colin MacLean had a great post of the Best of 2017 too. I’m not organized enough to give you a review of the year, but it occurred to me the other night that this last bit before Christmas has been a […]
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Little Women: the musical
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Little Women: the musical
One of my favourite parts of the experience of watching the musical Little Women last night was remembering bits of the story as I watched it happen on stage.  I didn’t love Louisa May Alcott’s book when I first encountered it, but I still read it over and over, like many girl-identif...
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Les Feluettes at Edmonton Opera
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Les Feluettes at Edmonton Opera
Jean-Michel Richer and Zachary Read in Les Feluettes. Photo by Nanc Price for Edmonton Opera Edmonton Opera’s current production of Les Feluettes, a Canadian opera in French based on the play of the same name by Michel Marc Bouchard, has one more performance, this Friday October 28th.  Bouc...
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Letters from (and to) A Doll’s House
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[caption id="attachment_2886" align="alignnone" width="300"] Tim Marriott, as Torvald, and Nicole English, as Nora, in A Doll's House. Photo Credit Kristen Finlay.[/caption]
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