The 2018 Edmonton International Fringe Festival is upon us! And that means artists and audiences alike are eagerly awaiting the reviews to come out. On this episode of I Don’t Get It, our ever-silent producer Andrew steps in front of the microphone to chat with Fawnda and Paul about everything you ever wanted to know about Fringe reviews. From the controversial use of star reviews to who has the right to review shows, this episode opens the hood to look at the criticism engine that can make or break an artist’s Fringe run. Happy Fringing everyone!
The 2018/19 theatre season is fast approaching. Do you have a show or season info you’d like us to include in our listings? Email the details to us at IDGIdance@gmail.com.
We survived! Paul and Fawnda took an eventful a road trip to the Badlands Amphitheatre to catch Mercury Opera and Opera Classica Nuova’s co-production of CARMEN—complete with roasted street corn, bright prairie skies, and an unmatchable backdrop for Bizet’s masterpiece. It was a wild ride, and we recorded some observations on the trip home.
If you have a show—or even a whole season—to share with us, please send the details to email@example.com. We’ll do our best to include a comprehensive listing of performances in YEG during our next season.
It may be summer, but YEG stages are never empty. Paul and Fawnda escape the storms to take in Teatro la Quindicina‘s The Importance of Being Earnest, and Tiny Bear Jaws‘ Miss Katelyn’s Grade Threes Prepare for the Inevitable. We also notice that VUE Weekly has pulled the free event listings section from its print edition, and we have some thoughts—possibly even feelings—on that.
It’s a peanut butter and jam-slammed episode of #yegarts news, Sterlings chatter, classical Kathak in KHOJ, and a very special drop-in by Trent Wilkie from The Undad to talk about Concrete Theatre‘s Sprouts Festival and theatre for kidlets. Also Fawnda attempts to describe seeing Angels in America in one measly minute. Listen to her fail!
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!
This week we catch Alberta Ballet’s All Of Us (ie: The Tragically Hip portrait ballet) in all its post-apocalyptic, dread-headed glory. Does it do Downie justice? Do we win the war? Is it even ballet? We try to answer these questions in the post-show parkade. Do we succeed? You tell us!
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!
A week of wonder and juxtaposition: We ramble on physics and music (Theatre Network‘s Infinity); clapping and gravitas (Jairo Barrull Flamenco Company); and the gut-wrenching, mind-stilling Pretty Goblins at Workshop West. We have a bet that one will win a Governor General Award. Can you guess which one?
We tackle Tiny Bear Jaws‘ production of Cleave, a play by bright young writer/producer Elena Belyea, where six characters work through identity issues from the inside out. Be forewarned, there’s adult content (but is it really?). Also we mull over new developments on YEG’s venue front and the EAC‘s ongoing public consultation process. Have a listen, there’s much to explore on stages this month!
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