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.

Recent Blog Posts

Bed and Breakfast in a small town
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Bed and Breakfast in a small town
Chris Pereira and Mat Hulshof in Bed and Breakfast.  Photo by Epic Photogs.  I watched a play a week ago and I can’t stop thinking about it.  It made me happy and it made me feel seen. Bed and Breakfast, playing at Roxy on Gateway until December 8th (a week today), is a Theatre Network [...
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Mr Burns: a post electric play
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Mr Burns: a post electric play
Patrick Howarth as storyteller Gibson, Jake Tkaczyk listening. Photo provided by production. Set &  costume design Brianna Kolybaba, lighting design Tessa Stamp. It’s hard to tell you about Mr Burns: A Post Electric Play because you haven’t seen it yet.  What I really want is to t...
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Be Our Guest: Beauty and the Beast
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Be Our Guest:  Beauty and the Beast
Karen Schenk of Iconium Media captures the delightful “Be Our Guest!” Jenn Bewick as Chip, Rachel Love Haverkamp as Babette, Ruth Wong-Miller as Belle, Trevor Warden as Lumiere, and ensemble members.   Since 2015, Foote in the Door Productions has brought eight musical theatre mainsta...
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Two samples of local history, the macabre and the hopeful
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Already this theatre season, several great productions have been seen on Edmonton stages.  The Colour Purple at the Citadel was a powerful tale of resilience, with really great music and an inspiring performance from Tara Jackson.  Silent Sky at Walterdale was based on the true story of early-20t...
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My Pride weekend entertainment, ephemeral and re-playable
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This month marks the 20th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn uprising, one of the milestones in LGBTQ+ activism against injustice.  And in honour of that, there are lots of LGBTQ+ cultural events and celebrations.  This weekend I watched and enjoyed four pieces that are making me think about LGBTQ+...
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A Little Night Music
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A Little Night Music
The other night, before the wildfire smoke blew in to town, I was walking in my neighbourhood in the evening about how lucky I am to be living at this latitude, with the magical long twilights as we approach the summer solstice.  The long light warm evenings feel rich with extra opportunity.  And...
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Trevor Schmidt’s Robot Girls, and other stories
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My calendar was full for a while working on Cabaret for ELOPE Musical Theatre (timely and chilling and also entertaining), but now I have a little more time for watching theatre as well as helping to make it. Two weeks ago I attended the monthly Script Salon organized by Alberta Playwrights Netwo...
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Betrayal, by Harold Pinter
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Betrayal runs in reverse order – scenes from the end of an affair to its start several years earlier.  I didn’t know very much else about it beforehand, but that bit helped.   In the first scene, Elena Porter’s character Emma and Chris W Cook’s character Jerry are meeting ...
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Shadow Theatre’s Lungs
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Shadow Theatre’s Lungs
Photo of Elena Porter and Jake Tkaczyk by Marc J Chalifoux Photography The play I saw last weekend, Small Mouth Sounds, was like an exercise in telling a story on stage after removing almost all of the spoken words.  All the other parts of how a story is supported on stage, the costumes, the prop...
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Theatre out of the theatre
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I attended three performances last week, none of them in conventional theatre spaces.  And I attended a rehearsal in a living room, for an indie production that may culminate in workshop/performance in equally unconventional space. There is something truly inspiring and welcoming about using foun...
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