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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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Unexpectedly touching and hilarious: Small Mouth Sounds
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I have just seen some of the funniest stage business that I’ve seen in about a year.  And some touching character reveals that I didn’t see coming, despite thinking at the start that I recognized all these characters because I had been in yoga classes or support groups or retreats wit...
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Sweat, at the Citadel
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I’m at work the other day putting on high-visibility coveralls and safety boots.  And it occurs to me, I saw that on stage last night, middle-aged women matter-of-factly wearing Carhartt work trousers and boots for work without it being a joke or even worthy of comment.  And I have never se...
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KaldrSaga: stories and storytellers
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KaldrSaga: stories and storytellers
It’s a Norse-inspired start to the dark and cold of the theatre year – from the chanting and thread-spinning witches of the Malachite Theatre production of the Scottish play being reminiscent of the Norns who control destinies in Norse mythology, to a more explicit tribute to the gods...
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The Malachites’ Macbeth
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The Malachites’ Macbeth
I think I’ve probably seen more productions of the Scottish play than of any other Shakespeare play.  At Stratford I saw Maggie Smith play Lady Macbeth, and in a later Stratford production the handwashing scene was played on a starkly-lit stage covered with a large piece of white cloth that...
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Christmas pleasures
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It’s almost Epiphany, time for me to throw out the leftover turkey, finish the chocolate and mince tarts, unplug the tree, and get back to rehearsing and watching theatre. But first, I want to tell you about two Christmas-ish theatre productions.  This year I didn’t see Christmas Caro...
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