Edmonton downstage | 02.01.16

Happy Monday! Before this week’s Edmonton downstage, I have to admit, I’ve been swept away by the Chinook Series, and didn’t have time to do as thorough of a round-up of the Edmonton theatre happenings as I usually do. You can catch all my reviews and previews on the Chinook section of my blog.

To add on to the preface of last week’s Edmonton downstage, I heard that Edmonton Sun reviewer Colin MacLean was laid off from the publication early last week, following the lay offs of 33 other Edmonton Postmedia staff the previous week. Obviously, this is a blow to Edmonton theatre artists and practicioners, who have always benefited from diversity in coverage of the arts in this city. Thank you, Colin, for all that you’ve done for the arts in Edmonton over your long career covering Edmonton’s arts scene.

  • Opening this week:
    • The New Works Festival at the University of Alberta runs February 2 – 7 and includes four shows divided into a Night A and Night B run.
    • In the University of Alberta’s Studio Theatre, you’ll find Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream February 4 – 13.
    • Meanwhile, MacEwan University is putting up the musical Curtains at the John L. Haar Theatre February 3 – 13.
    • Klondykes is next up for Guys in Disguise and Theatre Network. You can catch it at The Roxy on Gateway February 4 – 21.
    • Marc Camoletti’s Boeing Boeing plays at the Walterdale Theatre February 3 – 13.
    • Rapid Fire Theatre is taking a stab at improvising Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in thier show We’re Not Afraid running February 4 – 6 in The Club at the Citadel Theatre. I love this collaboration between a show the Citadel is running and Rapid Fire Theatre’s take on it that might make it more accessible to audiences.
  • Closing this week:
    • Shadow Theatre’s Bravo is playing until February 7 at The Backstage Theatre at the ATB Arts Barns.
    • If you can believe it, the Chinook Series is already in its final week, wrapping up February 7.
    • Alberta Aboriginal Arts’ Rubaboo Festival wraps up February 6.
    • Edmonton Opera’s Carmen has two more shows at the Jube – February 2 and 4.
  • Lots of posts from Edmonton theatre bloggers this past week:
    • Kristen has been blogging up a storm! On her blog, she talks about her experience at doing a staged reading to help Walterdale Theatre donors choose one of the shows that will be part of the theatre’s next season, and re-caps Flora and Fauna’s Field Trip (with Flurette!)  and the Citadel’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? And, if that’s not enough, Kristen also gives an awesome peak at what’s on in February.
    • Alberta Theatre Guide checks out Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?which runs at the Citadel until February 13.
    • John writes about his enjoyment of Huff by Cliff Cardinal, which closed Saturday and was part of the Rubaboo Festival.
      • Funny enough, John and I happened to be in the same performance, and I completely agree with everything John says in his review. Cliff Cardinal’s ability to change between more than 12 characters, without leaving a trace of doubt about who he was at any particular time, as well as the way he involved the audience in the show was great to see. It was an intense 70 minutes about the experience of children growing up around and participating in physical, mental, sexual, and substance abuse – the product of, as the main character says, the res system. Huff is on a cross-Canada tour, but I hope it makes its way back to Edmonton so I can see it again.
  • We might be just past the middle of winter, but it’s time to start thinking about summer festivals already. Get in your submissions for Found Festival by February 23.
  • Punctuate! Theatre went gun shopping last week in preparation for This is War, which I’m so excited about!


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