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April 04, 2002
  Seeing through the eyes of warPDF files may take a moment to load

Dating from the Boer War, Canada's war artists took paintbrushes, pencils and cameras to the front to capture the military's experiences. In 1993, Allan Harding McKay was the last war artist to go to war. He took a video camera to Somalia to record images of the Canadian soldiers during Operation: Somalia.

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March 14, 2002
  Finding a home in a theatre wastelandPDF files may take a moment to load

The concept of clowns going camping sounds very independent. However, actors Michael Kennard and John Turner, also known as Mump and Smoot, claim they are mainstream.

"We've been called mainstream for 12 years. All of that discussion is just discussion," explains Turner, who is disappointed that a story about Canadians with an off-Broadway show isn't always the focus. "We had just come back from off-Broadway in 1991 and all anybody could talk about was our fringe experience."

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March 14, 2002
  Timeless characters in historic metaphorPDF files may take a moment to load

The University of Calgary Department of Drama has departed from their usual fare, presenting Anton Chekov's The Cherry Orchard.

This production is different in two important aspects. First, it's a modern piece-considered "a masterpiece of modern theatre" by some. Second, it's a collaborative effort between the Department of Drama and the Department of Germanic, Slavic and East Asian Studies.

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February 28, 2002
  Centuries later, a foot shorterPDF files may take a moment to load

A certain irony occurs when tiny puppets perform a Viking saga like Beowulf. According to Steve Pearce, there are more similarities between the two than one might expect.

"There's something antiquated about puppets," says Pearce, one of seven artistic directors and puppeteer with The Old Trout Puppet Workshop. "There's something medieval about them."

According to him, puppets are a perfect medium for the company's production of the seventh century Anglo-Saxon poem.

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February 14, 2002
  playRites gets bittenPDF files may take a moment to load

Alberta Theatre Project's annual PanCanadian playRites has many added attractions in the ATP lobby and on cement walkways near you.

One of this year's added pieces is Playz on the Plaza, a 10-minute musical created by mastermind Joe Slabe, who teaches at St. Francis High School. 27D Dunsinane Drive is a heartwarming story about a couple succumbing to their homicidal instincts.

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February 14, 2002
  U of C’s lazy lumpPDF files may take a moment to load

In essence, Mollusc means a lazy lump. Yes, that's the subject of the latest mainstage production on campus.

This month, the University of Calgary Drama Department presents The Languid Lady; or, The Mollusc by Hubert Henry Davies, a comedy about an upper-class English woman whose comfortable life is turned upside-down when her brother comes to visit.

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February 07, 2002
  One-act in 30 yearsPDF files may take a moment to load

Celebrating its 30th anniversary on the Calgary theatre scene this year, the Pumphouse Theatre will kick off 2002 with its ever-popular One-Act Play Festival.

"The big thing, to me, about the festival," says Joyce Doolittle, company founder and this year's adjudicator, "is that it's a wonderful showcase for young companies and young performers and directors who are trying to get started."

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January 31, 2002
  Ego crisis hits ATPPDF files may take a moment to load

The highlight of this year's Alberta Theatre Projects playRites will be Eugene Stickland's Midlife. It may be high praise for a play I haven't seen, but as I keep telling everybody: it's Eugene Stickland. ATP's playwright-in-residence brought us the Governor General Award-nominated Some Assembly Required and A Guide to Mourning. His latest effort, Midlife, won't disappoint.

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January 24, 2002
  Racism in a rodent's eyesPDF files may take a moment to load

Perhaps you've never heard of Darren O'Donnell or his theatre company, Mammalian Diving Reflex. And perhaps you've never heard his play, White Mice. Yet, once you've encountered O'Donnell's black comedy, you'll have a hard time forgetting it.

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January 24, 2002
  Jumpin’ jack flash’s bastard childPDF files may take a moment to load

Do you suffer from the knowledge that you are one of Mick Jagger's illegitimate children? Are you having trouble dealing with it? Don't worry, there's help available at One Yellow Rabbit's High Performance Rodeo.

Co-produced by Crescent Moon Productions and OYR, Jumpin' Jack is a solo production courtesy of Lyle Victor Albert. Albert plays Jack, a man who must face up to the fact that he is the bastard child of a rock star.

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