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March 09, 2006
  Theatre Preview: Trying to succeedPDF files may take a moment to load

What a drag it is growing old," the Rolling Stones once astutely observed. This observation sums up 82 year old Judge Francis Biddle's situation in the eyes of his new secretary, Sarah Schorr, in Theatre Calgary's latest production, Trying.

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March 09, 2006
  Theatre Preview: Little Mercy excessively goodPDF files may take a moment to load

At first glance, the noir and the musical appear too disparate to successfully merge. After all, where noirs are all about heavy narration, metaphor and grisly themes, musicals boast flamboyant choreography, colourful sets and suspension of belief. Upon closer examination, however, the two genres aren't so incompatible: in the end they both come down to excess.

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March 09, 2006
  Theatre Preview: Getting revenge on creepy puppetsPDF files may take a moment to load

Death touches us all, whether we like it or not. At some point every living thing on this planet will die, but those inanimate objects have a free ride, until now. With their latest production, Famous Puppet Death Scenes, The Old Trout Puppet Workshop and One Yellow Rabbit aim to prove inanimate objects are no longer free from death's clammy grasp. The black comedy features, as the title suggests, puppets dying in scenes taken from a menagerie of fictitious plays.

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March 02, 2006
  Theatre Review: Le Gros Spectacle so funny it doesn't matter whether it makes sensePDF files may take a moment to load

As the lights dim in the Engineered Air Theatre and the audience hushes, a blonde and a brunette run out on stage. As the two girls, with their suitcase full of props, run away from 1950s small town Alberta the audience disappears from modern day Calgary and together they fall down the rabbit hole.

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March 02, 2006
  Theatre Preview: Little Mercy looks to killPDF files may take a moment to load

Jake and the Fat Man. Batman and Robin. Farley and Spade. The Odd Couple.

The world has encountered many great pairings who, despite their obvious differences, have managed to become enormously successful. The good folks at Ground Zero Theatre and Vertigo Mystery Theatre hope this trend will continue as they unleash the latest unique couple of Little Mercy and Weegee in the musical noir, Little Mercy's First Murder.

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February 16, 2006
  Theatre Scoop: Figaro's wedding worth the lengthPDF files may take a moment to load

Not many plays can inspire an opera by one of the world's most renowned composers, fewer still can cause a revolution. In celebration of the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth the U of C drama department is presenting The Marriage of Figaro, a play by Beaumarchais responsible for Mozart's great opera and perhaps even more.

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February 16, 2006
  Theatre Preview: Dames prepare Gros SpectaclePDF files may take a moment to load

We live in a society where saying no is the norm. No smoking, no killing hookers: it's an epidemic. So it's interesting, and refreshing, to see what saying yes will do for you.

"We said yes to everything," says Brieanna Moench, one half of the Wind-up Dames. "It allowed us to follow our instincts, our combined instincts, and do things we never would have had the courage to say out loud on our own."

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February 09, 2006
  Theatre Review: Hippies succeeds where communism failedPDF files may take a moment to load

The subject matter in Hippies and Bolsheviks could easily lend itself to overwrought cliches, resulting in an unsatisfying theatre-going experience. Thankfully, this wasn't the case. Instead Hippies and Bolsheviks lures the audience in with the opening scene where Star (Daniela Vlaskalic) brings young Jeff (David Beazely) back to her apartment for a one night stand. The scene establishes a predator/prey relationship, as Star sees Jeff as a roll in the hay and nothing more.

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February 09, 2006
  Theatre Preview: Heil The Blue LightPDF files may take a moment to load

Mieko Ouchi's latest play, The Blue Light, holds a dubious distinction at this year's Enbridge playRites Festival. The production is undeniably the festival's serious offering. Though every play featured this year explores some deep issues, nothing else dives into waters quite so deep as Nazism and the role of the artist in society.

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