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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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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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Fringe 2017 – the last weekend
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A Beautiful View – Perry Gratton directed Nikki Hulowski and Samantha Jeffreys in this Daniel MacIvor script, a lovely celebration of a hard-to-label relationship between two women. “You have to be very organized to be bisexual”, the one explains to herself/the audience while de...
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Super powers of various kinds
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Another little change at this year’s Fringe festival is that an artist pass or volunteer pass works as an ETS transit pass.  It used to be that artists and volunteers could request a separate transit pass.  I had the impression that they had a limited number of passes, so I usually didnR...
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More performance genres at Fringe 2017
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More performance genres at Fringe 2017
Animal Farm Treatment – I have never studied, read, or seen any version of George Orwell’s novel Animal Farm, but as with Sartre’s No Exit, I had a general idea of the theme and I knew one line.  During Animal Farm Treatment, a solo show by creator/performer Alice Nelson from Ca...
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Fringe solos and classics
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Fringe 2017 is somewhere around half over.  Around this time I start realizing I can’t see everything I should see – I can’t even see everything I want to see.  I don’t think I can fit in The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, and I can’t find a time ...
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Another couple of days at the Fringe
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One of the things I do at the Fringe each year is watch for the little improvements that make things run more smoothly and more fairly.  Like at Folkfest, another 30+ year tradition in Edmonton, the tweaks are small but always done to make things more fair, more convenient, and more fun.  Last ye...
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Start of Edmonton Fringe 2017
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Here are a few notes on shows I’ve seen so far, in alphabetical order by title. Bash’d:  A Gay Rap Opera Two talented local performers, Jezec Sanders and Kael Wynn, do a powerfully moving version of Chris Craddock and Nathan Cuckow’s 2008 rap musical.  The beats are slick, the r...
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Vignettes of Artstrek
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Artstrek is a theatre camp for teenagers, run through Theatre Alberta at Red Deer College every July.  Today I had the opportunity to observe part of an Artstrek day, and I came away even more impressed by the program and the team than I had been beforehand. A group of students tumbles out of a [...
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