Two highly hyped productions on the ‘cast this week: Marty Chan’s The Bone House gets a remount at the Varscona Hotel, and Ballet Edmonton debuts their first works with Wen Wei Wang. Did either meet our great expectations? Listen in to find out!
Fawnda gets back in the swing with the “twinly magic” of The Maggie Tree’s production of Blood: A Scientific Romance, before getting Paul all riled up about the new Arts & Heritage Plan proposed to city council by the Edmonton Arts Council this week. They have some thoughts. Many thoughts. And some recorder troubles. (Sorry about that.)
Photo by BB Collective, Gianna Vacirca and Jayce McKenzie in Blood: A Scientific Romance.
This week Paul and special guest host, Suzie Martin sit down to discuss Studio Theatre’s production of Lenin’s Embalmersby Vern Thiessen. Plus, we chat about the World Cafe discussion series being hosted by Citadel Theatre. Check it out!
Fawnda is away this week, leaving Paul and Andrew to hold down the fort. In this episode we look at the existential dread of knowing your pet will one day die in Ainsley Hillyard’s Jezebel at the Still Point. Then we’re joined by Lindsay Eales, co-artistc director of CRIPSiE, to discuss the Mad creation processes behind Mobilize — a big ‘ol show featuring six works by artists living with disabilities and/or mental health issues. Buckle up folks as we blast off into space and behind the scenes into a world built on the principles of consent, choice, and invitation.
We catch Bangalore’s Attakkalari Dance Company as part of the BWDC’s season, and the final full day of Play The Fool—with particular interest in their conversation on consent in interactive performance. News bits include the recent Senate appointments and RAM’s big opening day.
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Between swills of coffee following the Nuit Blanche all-nighter we cover two big ol’ season openers: BJM Danse swung through town to open Alberta Ballet’s 52nd season with Dance Me, a contemporary tribute to Leonard Cohen, and Paul caught the Citadel Theatre’s launch of Once, the much loved movie-come-folkie musical.
The #YEGtheatre year gets rolling with Thou Art Here’s graveyard production of Shakespeare’s Will and Brian Webb’s 40th season opener, The Prairie Dance Circuit featuring Gerry Morita’s Second Hand Dances for the Crude, Crude City and Melanie Kloetzel’s It began with watching. Plus an arts news round-up, upcoming picks, and a special message about one of Edmonton’s great theatre teachers (thanks Lianna Makuch!).
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Playwright Collin Doyle visits the studio for a candid chat on the eve of NeWest Press’s publication of The Mighty Carlins and Other Plays. We cover The Zoo Story, Mill Woods, the gold Jesus, the best set reveal YEG theatre has ever seen, and what it’s like to lose the Sterling to Sheldon Elter (again). Join us, and enjoy!
Doyle’s book launch of The Mighty Carlins and Other Plays will be held on October 16 at The Almanac on Whyte Avenue, with special guests reading from the plays featured in the collection.
Programs runneth over our desk—and we still are trying to cobble together what everyone is up to. BUT, that wouldn’t stop us from attempting to record our Season Preview! Long weekend stuttering, mispronunciations, and doggy barge-ins abound. Enjoy.
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IDGI to wrap up our fourth(!) season of reviewing what we’ve seen on YEG stages. We cover some of our Fringe faves, critique the critics, the bewildering “star-creep” of some outlets, and muse about the new era of arts coverage in the city. Plus, convos about the new Sterling Awards non-gendered acting categories, and just-what-the-heck happened with the PR mess at Alberta Theatre Projects earlier this summer.