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September 07, 2006
  Theatre's golden threadPDF files may take a moment to load

A title like Urinetown is sure to attract attention, no matter what it's attached to. Those who like to be peed on may raise an interested eyebrow, wondering where they could find such an Oz-like locale. Stodgy old people may react similarly, wondering instead what the damned liberal media has cooked up this time. With the posters going up all over the city to promote Ground Zero's production of the fringe-piece-cum-Broadway musical, it looks like it's the season for confusion.

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April 12, 2006
  Theatre Preview: HayridePDF files may take a moment to load

Many masterpieces were created while under the influence of drink or drug. The newest addition to the One Yellow Rabbit's repertoire, Hayride, promises to be no exception. Concocted by David van Belle and Blake Brooker in the wee morning hours following a celebratory drinking binge in Toronto, Hayride sheds a holy light on Sunday School, an experience many of us share.

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April 12, 2006
  Theatre Prebiew: A fucking drunkPDF files may take a moment to load

There's an old saying declaring 'there's a time and place for everything, and that's university.' This colloquialism typically acts as a half-hearted approval for promiscuous sex, recreational drug use and copious amounts of drinking occurring within the hallowed grounds of higher learning. Taking a closer look at the drunk in all his stumbling glory is Sean Bowie, with his one-man show Drunken F***er, presented as part of Ground Zero Theatre's Groundbreakers series.

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April 06, 2006
  Theatre Preview: At least someone's graduatedPDF files may take a moment to load

Whether they've actually read the book or seen the film, nearly everybody in the western world knows about The Graduate. A renewed interest in the tale has emerged thanks to last year's release of Rumour Has It, inspired by the book and film.This thirst is about to be quenched by echo37's Calgary stage premier of The Graduate.

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March 30, 2006
  Theatre Preview: Prepare to take flightPDF files may take a moment to load

Students working together can form a powerful force. Their work is passionate and selfless, driven by purer ideals than monetary successes. The U of C drama department's Taking Flight festival is a perfect example of this. Last year the entirely student run festival was a huge hit, not surprising considering it was constructed from the blood, sweat and tears of some of the most creative minds on campus. This year there are even higher expectations for this much anticipated theatrical collage.

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March 30, 2006
  Theatre Preview: ATP looks to Clean HousePDF files may take a moment to load

Fans of theatre in Calgary often have to exhibit great patience. After all, the tendency is for popular shows to hit Toronto or Vancouver initially and then migrate to Calgary well after their buzz has worn off. Alberta Theatre Projects helps to buck this trend as they bring The Clean House to our fair city a mere 11 months after it was named a finalist for the prestigious Pulitzer Prize.

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March 23, 2006
  Theatre Preview: Not Far Away from grandPDF files may take a moment to load

Isn't life Grand?

The folks at Theatre Junction certainly believe so. Corny jokes aside, the theatre companies' newly renovated $12 million playhouse, the Grand, has reopened its doors and is set to stage its debut production. March 21 was the opening of Far Away, the first artistic performance at the Grand in more than 50 years. Director Kevin McKendrick knows there are a lot of eyes set on his new playhouse.

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March 16, 2006
  Theatre Review: Passing on Mamet's torchPDF files may take a moment to load

The opportunity to take in a play by well-respected playwright David Mamet doesn't present itself often in Calgary. Luckily for eager thespians, Sage Theatre is extending such an opportunity by ending their 2005-2006 season with the Pulitzer Prize winner's A Life in the Theatre.

"Mamet uses the theatre as a metaphor for life," asserts Joel Smith who plays John in the play. "It is an ode to the changing of the guard."

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March 16, 2006
  Theatre Review: Puppets die, you love itPDF files may take a moment to load

The fear of mortality and speculation of immortality is a wonder mankind has always visited with some reservation. For the thought of living without purpose or not achieving our dreams drives the fear of death into most of us.

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