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September 25, 2008
  What's the Spanish flu?PDF files may take a moment to load

World War I killed 20 million people from 1914-1918. The Spanish Flu, killed anywhere from 20 to 100 million in half the time from 1918-1920. Of those who fell victim to the fatal flu, 50,000 were Canadians. Alberta Theatre Projects' production of Canadian Kevin Kerr's play, Unity (1918), explores the impact of both tragedies on the town of Unity, Saskatchewan and the ways in which struggle can both bring communities together and tear people apart.

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September 04, 2008
  Objectification is the new liberationPDF files may take a moment to load

Push-up bras are becoming the hippest thing with the five-year-old demographic. Given time, these girls can hope to be the newest eye candy for various shows that elicit toplessness with the promise of a free t-shirt or subjects of billboard advertisements featuring their gaping crotches just hidden by a tiny swatch of 100 per cent organic blend cotton.

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August 07, 2008
  Of singing, stereotypes and sexPDF files may take a moment to load

The Calgary Fringe Festival is in full swing and there are many productions to choose from, spanning from one-person show to musical, to puppet show and beyond. Here is the Gauntlet's look at some of what the festival has offered so far.

Use Me: An Undead Musical

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February 15, 2007
  Cages on stages could be outrageousPDF files may take a moment to load

Forget acting school, Khari Jones proves that football can be as successful a lead-in to a career in the performance arts as anything else. Jones, a veteran CFL player of nine years, is playing the lead role in the forthcoming Company of Rogues production of Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train. Jones defends his unique career overlap by explaining it to be a passion which dates back to his college days.

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February 08, 2007
  Sex and violence--not quite an unbeatable teamPDF files may take a moment to load

Amateur theatre is like training wheels for the larger community. Sometimes there's extreme promise in the awkward teeter of the first few feet, but other times, the pit bull that lives down the road hops his fence and inflicts twenty-eight stitches worth of damage. Oddly, 8-0-8 Productions' new pair of one-acts reflects both the potential for greatness in the community niche and the chance for a very rough end to the day.

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February 08, 2007
  Shakespeare liked to wear girls' clothesPDF files may take a moment to load

Shakespeare had a sense of humour. Though he was best-known for his tragedies, where nearly all the major characters die, the legendary playwright actually wrote a good deal of comedies--seventeen, to be precise. The University of Calgary's drama department has decided to put on one of the Bard's most popular comedies, Twelfth Night, complete with plenty of cross-dressing, homosexual urges and a good helping of trickery.

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January 18, 2007
  Puppets and penisesPDF files may take a moment to load

While most people's exposure to the world of puppetry has been limited to Saturday morning children's shows and corny ventriloquist acts, Calgarian Xstine Cook's International Festival of Animated Objects is working to change all that. The IFAO runs Jan. 19-28 and will highlight the best and brightest from the world of puppetry, masks and all things animated. Throughout the world there are a handful of puppetry festivals, but Cook went one step further and decided to make her festival about more than just puppetry.

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January 18, 2007
  Get thee to a RodeoPDF files may take a moment to load

Tim Crouch is the Prince of Denmark. He is also the founder of England-based theatre company News From Nowhere, a hypnotist in his critically acclaimed play An Oak Tree, and a glass of water, if he says so.

"News From Nowhere is more of a nom de guerre," says Crouch. "It's a name that enables me to work within the umbrella of a company."

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January 11, 2007
  Five stars for Five HolePDF files may take a moment to load

Five Hole: Tales of Hockey Erotica set the bar for future probes into the steamy under-the-cup world of NHL players in Canada when it premiered last Thursday as this year's High Performance Rodeo headline show. Dave Bidini, author of the Five Hole novel as well as member of the Canadian rock band Rheostatics, collaborated with the One Yellow Rabbit team to bring his music and prose together onstage at the Martha Cohen Theatre.

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December 07, 2006
  Theatre: Top 3 performancesPDF files may take a moment to load

Theatre's a lot like a faked orgasm: it's all done in the dark, everyone's working on a time limit and any screaming you hear is completely staged. If that weren't enough, the actors fake it for three weeks straight, so unless you've made it to opening night it's sloppy fifteens for you.

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