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February 02, 2006
  Theatre Preview: Chekhov perfect escapismPDF files may take a moment to load

When audiences walk through the doors of the Martha Cohen Theatre and enter the world of Alberta Theatre Projects' Enbridge playRites Festival they choose to escape reality. For a moment in time they open their minds to an entirely new perspective on life and maybe even themselves. Director Mansel Robinson's entry in the festival, Picking Up Chekhov, offers exactly the kind of escape audiences yearn for.

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February 02, 2006
  Theatre Preview: No good arty NazisPDF files may take a moment to load

Think of the most innovative filmmakers of the 20th century. Chances are, adjusting for cinephile credibility, most people's lists are going to look similar, consisting almost exclusively of white, American men. The name Leni Riefenstahl, however, will probably be absent from most lists though she is more than deserving.

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February 02, 2006
  Theatre Preview: No good commie hippiesPDF files may take a moment to load

The mention of two guys and a girl in an apartment conjures up images of the short-lived and delightfully cliched '90s sitcom, Two Guys, A Girl and a Pizza Place. Time-warp back to the '70s, make two of them ex-hippies and the other a draft-dodger and you'll have a faint idea of what Hippies and Bolsheviks is all about.

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January 26, 2006
  Theatre Preview: playRites all grown upPDF files may take a moment to load

Most people celebrate their 20th birthdays by downing a bottle of fizz and turning the music up 'til the neighbours complain.

Instead of burying their heads in the sand, the masterminds behind the Alberta Theatre Projects' Enbridge playRites Festival are keeping their wits about them.

The festival of new Canadian plays is celebrating the past 20 years by looking forward to the next, increasing the challenge and keeping on top of their game.

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January 19, 2006
  Theatre preview: Theatre in your jammiesPDF files may take a moment to load

Pajamas aren't typically considered very exciting. The Bananas in Pajamas--the peak of pajamas as a form of entertainment--were pretty damn annoying. With their absurdist style of sketch comedy, the Pajama Men aim to be anything but typical. After performing in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, the United Kingdom and countless dates in the United States last year, the Pajama Men make their performing debut in Calgary with a pair of shows as part of this year's High Performance Rodeo.

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January 19, 2006
  Theatre Preview: A monstrous futurePDF files may take a moment to load

Ten years ago, Ryan Gladstone was a fine arts student here at the University of Calgary studying drama. Fast-forward to the present and Gladstone is a well-established writer, performer, and director. In addition to these titles, Ryan, along with partner Bruce Horak, founded the drama group Monster Theatre, allowing them both to write and act in all their productions. The two took their name from one of more endearing characteristics of monsters.

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December 08, 2005
  Theatre Preview: Talking feminism with ShakespearePDF files may take a moment to load

The question is not whether Shakespearean studies needs feminism but whether feminism needs Shakespeare. Broad Minds Productions and The Shakespeare Company explore this as they present renowned feminist author Ann-Marie MacDonald's play Good Night Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet.

"This is definitely the story of a woman coming into her own," says Coulter. "It was originally performed by Nightmail Theatre in Toronto, a well-recognized feminist theatre co-opened by playwright MacDonald."

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December 08, 2005
  Theatre Preview: A Wonderful LifePDF files may take a moment to load

It's during December in particular when people wish someone would come and save them from the cruelties of life. The month of December brings with it the pressure of exams, the stress of the holidays and the realization that another year has come and gone so fast that you didn't have time to accomplish all you thought you would. Unfortunately, around the university this December is no different. The school is full of frustrated, stressed and sleep-deprived zombies all brooding over life's unpleasant complications.

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December 08, 2005
  Theatre Preview: Nude, poetic theatrePDF files may take a moment to load

A difficult artist to define, Pablo Neruda's poetry conjures up emotional and tangible images of human feeling and longing. Never shy to graphically describe physical or emotional intimacy, Neruda became known for verses like, "My savage peasant body ploughs through you and makes the son surge from the depths of the earth" and "My life grows tired, hungry to no purpose.

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December 01, 2005
  Dastardly dreadful Dubnyk drags down dramaPDF files may take a moment to load

The University of Calgary Department of Drama's production of The Libertine is many things. It's dark, it's witty and it's a lot of fun. It's also grievously flawed. Directorial choices are clever, some of the performances are stirring and the dialogue is smart but all of its positive attributes are marred by a single poor choice in casting. This single bad judgement call is made worse because it's the only major flaw the piece has.

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