‘Twas a night of saluting Billy Shakes, moving storytellers, and also lovers/haters of whatever you think iambic pentameter is, was, or could be. We took in the Citadel Theatre’s The Tempest this week, which boggled and delighted all the senses.
We’ve been off for a while, so we thought it’d be fun to do a nice fat episode this week! Guests abound, too: First, Matthew Stepanic comes in to cover MAN UP!‘s boy-lesque extravanganza in Heroes at Spazio Performativo. Then, Colleen Feehan offers some quick thoughts on The Party at the Citadel (first of a two-part review—we’ll be seeing The Candidate next week). And finally, Jane Ogilvie visits the ECF studio to dish about all the addictive qualities of flamenco in anticipation of the third annual Edmonton Flamenco Festival. Whew! Enjoy!
This week Paul and special guest host, Suzie Martin sit down to discuss Studio Theatre’s production of Lenin’s Embalmers by Vern Thiessen. Plus, we chat about the World Cafe discussion series being hosted by Citadel Theatre. Check it out!
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.
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The sound booth gets a little snug this week as we’re joined by Karen Unland and Elizabeth Spencer (from That’s a Thing?! podcast) to chat about the Citadel Young Company‘s Bat Boy: The Musical. Then Paul gives us his take on David Byrne‘s visit to the Jubilee Auditorium. Happy listening!
It’s a full-time week for guest Laura Raboud as we take in Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story at the Citadel Theatre, then hunker in for the befuddling, heart-churning experience of Collin Doyle’s new play, Terry and the Dog. What a time to be alive in #yegarts.
Guests galore on a big show week: Ainsley Hillyard drops in to chat about Shumka’s collaboration with Indigenous artists in Ancestors & Elders, while Laura Raboud enlightens us on the musical trappings of the Citadel Theatre/Banff Centre production of The Silver Arrow: The Untold Story of Robin Hood. No spoilers, promise!
It happened: Betroffenheit blew through the Citadel on Easter weekend, leaving audiences agog in its wake. Did it meet our incredibly high expectations? But first, Paul and Fawnda mull over the art of consultation in light of the Galleria going kaput and the myriad public sessions seeking input on the city’s 2029 Arts & Heritage Plan. Are you taking part? Listen up, find out how to take part, and let us know what you think. Check out the links below:
- YEG Culture Map
- EAC Consultation Sessions
- EAC Open Survey for 2029: Building Edmonton’s Community Plan for Arts & Heritage
It’s the big one, folks: The Children of God episode is here. We even saw it twice. Special guest Laura Raboud offers her musical expertise on the show that, by all popular accounts, has that really, really powerful ending. Like, really. For. Real. (No spoilers, either. Really.)
In other news, we also caught a night at the SkirtsAFire Festival, and brought Dan Shessel of Northern Nerdcast to see the quirky co-pro from Northern Light Theatre and L’UniThéâtre, Do This In Memory of Me (En Memoire de Moi). Between the church’s role in Canada’s residential schools to the story of a young girl who longs to be an altar boy, it’s the most Catholic week we’ve had in a while.
Pipelines, patriarchs, and Pinafore, oh my! We see the timely re-mount of Matthew MacKenzie’s Bears, which spun through town last week with Punctuate! Theatre before heading on a cross-province tour. Then, the father/son relationship went under the magnifying glass (to illuminate the miniatures) in Tetsuro Shigematsu’s Empire of the Son at the Citadel. And it’s baby’s first opera: guest host Colleen Feehan gives us a crash course on Edmonton Opera‘s HMS Pinafore.
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