It may be a cold as hell, but YEG stages are blazing with activity. We cover all manner of January offerings this week, including Northern Light Theatre’s Everybody Loves Robbie, the Citadel’s Cost of Living, and StoneMarrow Theatre’s Crave. Finally, mom-and-daughter team Karen and Elizabeth from That’s a Thing?!step in to finish off the episode with their thoughts on The Malachites’ first ever Winter Shakespeare Festival, wherein they caught Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the best Bottom they’ve ever seen. Whew! Pull up your wool socks, folks.
Our bestie guests Laura Raboud and Colleen Feehan take a trip to Spazio Performativo for Sara Does A Solo, and then Fawnda does a solo of her own to see Shumka’s Nutcracker (thanks to Andrew for asking questions!). Happy holidays. Every. One.
We head to the Citadel to preview the shiny new production of A Christmas Carol, and then to another memory-soaked romp through The Simpsons’ greatest hits in Mr. Burns: a post-electric play. It’s a nostalgic time of the decade, isn’t it?
We have been working for the past year to produce a brand new limited-run podcast series: A Tale of Two Weeklies is about the historical rivalry of Edmonton’s two alternative weekly papers, SEE Magazine and Vue Weekly.
You can subscribe to the series at http://taleoftwoweeklies.ca. But for now, we wanted to share a piece of it with our IDGI subscribers. Here’s Episode One of A Tale of Two Weeklies.
Paul and Fawnda attempt to make the “award-winning” pie recipe handed out at the Jube for Broadway Across Canada’s Waitress as they discuss the hyper-sweet and delightfully raunchy sentiments of the show. And they can’t stop thinking about the language-lashing in Studio Theatre’s Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. In fact, they might just go see it again.
Note: Spoilers on Waitress start around the 11:00 mark.
So many women! So much whiteness! Fawnda and Colleen head to the Good Women Dance Collective’s annual Convergence showcase, which featured Cheers and Tears: A Journey into Whiteness by choreographer Pam Tzeng, and Ruminate—an exploration of giraffes’ necking—by Meredith Kalaman.
This week we get a crack at the hotly anticipated musical Six and its pop-concert tribute to the tragic — yet funny and empowered and glitzy — lives of Henry VIII’s sextet of wives. Then we settle in the mysterious and unsettling world of TheBallad of Peachtree Rose at Workshop West Playwrights Theatre (be forewarned, spoilers start at 22:50). Extra special thanks to our special guests Karen Unland and Colleen Feehan for sharing their thoughts on the shows!
We’re joined by two of our favourite baby mamas in this episode! First, Raina (Fawnda’s sister) pops in to review Alberta Ballet’s newest cinematic venture in Frankenstein, and Colleen briefly escapes her newborn to weigh in on Punctuate! Theatre’s The Particulars.