Tagged Theatre

Calgary Fringe Festival celebrates 10th anniversary with absurd lineup

By Jason Herring with files from Rachel Woodward, July 26 2016 — It’s a milestone year for the Calgary Fringe Festival. The event returns to Inglewood for its 10th anniversary from July 29 to August 6 with more of the world’s strangest and most unconventional theatre. Fringe festivals are unique because all performances submitted are…

Local play takes away audience’s sense of sight

By Rheazel Pereira, April 5 2016 — Tomorrow’s Child is Ghost River Theatre’s latest play — but unlike most of the theatre’s productions, viewers won’t be able to see the action unfold. Audience members are blindfolded upon entry and led to their seats, where the story is told entirely through audio. Prolific author Ray Bradbury…

Local play explores the ethics of charity work

By Rachel Woodward, April 5 2016 — Ethical dilemmas and questions of morality are at the centre of Benefit, a play from Downstage Theatre showing from April 13–30 at Motel Theatre at the Arts Commons. Downstage worked with Edmonton playwright Matthew MacKenzie to bring the show to Calgary. Benefit tells the story of an organization…

Coming-of-age play explores isolation

By Rachel Woodward, March 29 2016 — Theatre Junction GRAND is presenting Concord Floral, written in 2014 by award-winning Canadian playwright Jordan Tannahill, from April 13–16. Concord Floral follows 10 teenagers who find refuge in a million-square–foot abandoned greenhouse where they learn about each other and themselves. The play discusses themes of adulthood and adolescence….

High Performance Rodeo wrangles up a great show

By Rachel Woodward, January 12 2016 — Thirty years ago, One Yellow Rabbit theatre company co-founder Michael Green launched a festival showcase of local theatre. Within a year, the company rebranded the festival as High Performance Rodeo, cementing the event as a perennial Calgary favourite. The 30th annual HPR began on Jan. 7 and runs…

Fantasy improv play lets audience take centre stage

By Rachel Woodward, December 1 2015 — Alberta Theatre Projects is presenting their fantasy improv play Legend Has It at the Martha Cohen Theatre until Dec. 31 before taking the play to New York City in January. The play has an interesting twist — the main character is pulled from the audience at the beginning…

Play serves up coffee and crullers in Afghanistan

By Rachel Woodward, October 27 2015 — Lunchbox Theatre is presenting Fritters in Kandahar, a play about a young woman who decides to move to Afghanistan and work at the Tim Hortons on a Canadian Forces base. The play runs until Nov. 14. The premise sounds absurd, but a real Tim Hortons did serve coffee…

Troupe turns Rocky Horror into rock concert

By Jake Bews, October 27, 2015 — Since its theatrical release in 1975, The Rocky Horror Picture Show has become a cult phenomenon. Even though it was panned by critics after its initial release, midnight screenings of the film,complete with costumes and audience participation, have brought the story back to prominence. Forty-four years later, productions…

Improvised medical soap opera airs dirty laundry

By Rachel Woodward, September 29 2015 — No one likes airing out their dirty laundry. But you can laugh at improv actors doing so in the new season of Calgary’s long-running improvised soap opera, Dirty Laundry. The 16th season of Dirty Laundry launched Sept. 21 at Lunchbox Theatre. The weekly show, which takes place in…

Play explores historical significance of Treaty 7

By Emilie Medland-Marchen, September 17 2015 — A play exploring the effect of Treaty 7 is returning to Alberta. Making Treaty 7 focuses on the historic roots of Alberta’s complex relationship with local indigenous peoples. Treaty 7 was an agreement between Queen Victoria and several First Nations bands that dictated land ownership in Southern Alberta. Making…

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