Hadestown one HELL of a musical

Hadestown one HELL of a musical

The first thing you see when you enter the theatre is a vast empty space with a huge bleached tree reaching out with leafless arms. Winter’s coming. It’s a powerful invitation and a warning of the wonders and dangers that are to come in the new musical Hadestown. It’s a simple enough start to a […]

Mayfield’s ‘80s sequel a riot of gnarly fun

Mayfield’s ‘80s sequel a riot of gnarly fun

The 1980s decade was not the best of times. Following just after the cultural explosion of the ‘60s, it brought us bad hair, gay bashing, Margaret Thatcher and AIDS. But after the astonishing success of the musical revue Back to the ’80s in 2015, the Mayfield Dinner Theatre has deemed to go back to the […]

Jabberwocky a union made in puppet heaven

Jabberwocky a union made in puppet heaven

Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The Jaws that bite, the claws that catch! So warned Lewis Carroll back in 1871 in his famous nonsense poem in Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There. But, by all means, don’t take the author literally when it comes to the latest puppet show from Calgary’s Old Trout […]

REVIEW: John Ware gets the story he deserves

REVIEW: John Ware gets the story he deserves

John Ware was the most famous Alberta hero you’ve never heard of – and the subject of a remarkable new play by Calgary playwright Cheryl Foggo. John Ware Reimagined is an absorbing and ultimately touching production from Edmonton’s Workshop West (from the original 2014 Ellipsis Tree Collective production in Calgary). It plays until Nov. 19 […]

REVIEW: Testament of Mary one of the best

REVIEW: Testament of Mary one of the best

The small house where Mary was supposedly taken by the Apostle John after the Crucifixion sits on a mountaintop in Ephesus in Turkey. Irish Playwright Colm Toibin sets his play, The Testament of Mary, in this modest abode. She is now an embittered old woman. Recently, two men have been appearing at her door. One […]

Constellations a moving multiverse rom-com

Constellations a moving multiverse rom-com

The multiverse is a scientific theory that suggests the possibility of not just one universe – but many. They all exist at the same time. So if you’re reading a review about a play at this moment – in another universe you are running a marathon, or lying on a beach in Bali. These universes […]

REVIEW: Lilies bloom in gay opera

REVIEW: Lilies bloom in gay opera

The list of successful Canadian operas is a short one indeed. It is a pleasure then to note the emergence of Les Feluettes (Lilies), a full-length, fleshed-out Canadian production in the grand opera tradition, a work that shows all the signs of becoming a major hit. This superlative production by Edmonton Opera at the Jubilee […]

THEATRE: Evil rises again in Bright Room

THEATRE: Evil rises again in Bright Room

Back in 1985, American playwright Tony Kushner launched a new work called A Bright Room Called Day. He went on to write the two-part Angels in America that became one of the most highly regarded pieces of theatre of the 20th Century. You can certainly see elements of the genius that Kushner was later to […]

THEATRE: Ubuntu a haunting fusion of cultures

THEATRE: Ubuntu a haunting fusion of cultures

The story of how Ubuntu (The Cape Town Project) came to be could make something of a play in itself. Back in 2004, current Citadel Theatre Artistic Director Daryl Cloran became fascinated by the ancient Bantu word “Ubuntu” meaning, “I am because you are.” The concept, and Cloran’s perception that theatre would be one of […]

REVIEW: Lemoine remount a dark delight

REVIEW: Lemoine remount a dark delight

Stewart Lemoine has long been a champion of new talent. Not one to write throwaway material at developing performers, the local playwright-director always brings his full canon of talent to bear on his embryo performers, whether writing for the Citadel, Grant MacEwan or local stage-struck lawyers looking for a new play in which to perform. […]

Shakespeare in Love a hit! A most palpable hit!

Shakespeare in Love a hit! A most palpable hit!

Despite its origins as an Oscar-winning movie, the stage version of Shakespeare in Love is a smart love story as well as a witty love letter to the collaborative nature of theatre. At the Citadel Theatre through Oct. 8, it’s set in the dynamic, productive theatre scene of Elizabethan London. Even the Queen is a […]

REVIEW: The Sound of Music fresh like alpine stream

REVIEW: The Sound of Music fresh like alpine stream

Rogers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music may not be a sound that’s been sung for a thousand years, but it certainly has been around for a long time. It debuted on Broadway almost 60 years ago and, overcoming charges of saccharine sweetness. For years Christopher Plummer referred to the 1965 movie he starred in […]

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