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April 07, 2005
  Theatre Review: Bloody good under the Marion BridgePDF files may take a moment to load

Barring test-tube babies and those raised inside of Russian military compounds, everyone has memorable family experiences--some good and some bad. Alberta Theatre Projects' latest production, Marion Bridge, successfully taps into this fundamental sensibility we all share.

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April 07, 2005
  Theatre Preview: Devil of a timePDF files may take a moment to load

Haunting fragments of unidentifiable melody introduces Ty Semaka's freshly resurrected brainchild, In Klezskavania. Beams of light reflect off an electric violin, slicing through the thick air of what will soon become the setting to an overwhelming menagerie of black burlesque, warped fairy tales and is-that-a-tongue-in-your-cheek-or-are-you-just-happy-to-see-me comedy.

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March 31, 2005
  Theatre Preview: Legends of the Flying Drag QueensPDF files may take a moment to load

An interesting amalgam of mud, sackcloth and drag queens awaits at the University of Calgary's Department of Drama student festival, Taking Flight. All who attend embark on a dark journey of sex, violence and every emotion in between within just 10 plays.

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March 31, 2005
  Theatre Preview: The devil in a rabbit suitPDF files may take a moment to load

With a penchant for the weird and armed with their unique sound, the Plaid Tongued Devils seem to constantly play with fire. At any moment, they could fall too far into the absurd and leave audiences scratching their head. But the band always manages to walk the fine line and welcome new converts to their fold. Take, for example, One Yellow Rabbit's latest production, In Klezskavania, written by the group. The Devil and an evil baron fall for a bawdy exotic dancer who's looking for a special kind of satisfaction.

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March 31, 2005
  Theatre Preview: Crossing the Marion BridgePDF files may take a moment to load

Alienation and insecurities are certainly nothing new for today's nuclear family. Family-induced angst is perfectly commonplace, the basis for practically every soap opera in existence. Marion Bridge, however, claims not to contain any of the false sentiment or sappy nuances of daytime specials, striving for the painful realism many experience in dealing with their families.

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March 24, 2005
  Theatre Preview: Pirates and madness in ATP's futurePDF files may take a moment to load

In an interesting spin on launching the upcoming season of new plays, Alberta Theatre Projects staged a mock awards ceremony in front of Calgary's enthusiastic theatre community. The ceremony, named the Martha Awards after Dr. Martha Cohen, helped ATP Artistic Director Bob White unveil the 2005/2006 season.

The new season will showcase a diverse assortment of plays, spanning locales from 18th century Austria to pirate-infested tropical islands.

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March 17, 2005
  Theatre Preview: Who wins:kids versus train?PDF files may take a moment to load

No one thinks about outrunning trains anymore. Back in the old days, people played tag with trains across trestles all the time. Some even made it. Waiting to see the train come around the last bend before the bridge crossing--just enough of a lead to maybe make it to the other side ahead of the hulking steel behemoth.

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March 17, 2005
  Theatre Preview: Flaming tassels of charityPDF files may take a moment to load

With all of the superfluous hyper-sexuality shoved down our throats these days, it isn't surprising a little mystery and integrity come as a welcome and refreshing breath of relief. For some, the term "burlesque" conjures images of neon signs flashing "Live Nudes" leading to a sad little stripper strutting on stage for an audience of trucker hats.

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March 03, 2005
  Theatre Profile: Beware of BlastPDF files may take a moment to load

It's easy to imagine a city's theatre scene as a dark and impregnable fortress. Only the most skilled thespians can penetrate its thick walls to make a living running their own theatre company. Most remain outside the walls only able to long for the rich treasures of fame and respect within. Because to stage anything you need money. And for most young upstarts the finances prove to be the biggest obstacle between them and the castle's courtyard. Many finance their projects out of their own pockets, but few make any of it back.

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March 03, 2005
  Theatre Review: Vagina togethernessPDF files may take a moment to load

You are now entering Vagina Country. To your right are the chocolate cupcakes decorated with pink Vs and to your left is a charming coffee table painted in the likeness of the genitalia we all know and love-complete with clit piercing and rippling labia. A dense crowd mills around, heads bobbing to drum beats, enjoying the atmosphere until the show starts.

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