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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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November 24, 2005
  Shiver me tinselPDF files may take a moment to load

Nothing says have a yo-ho-ho happy holiday like a few good men in striped shirts. This year to celebrate the spirit of the holidays, Alberta Theatre Projects has decided to put on a classic Christmas tale, Treasure Island, based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. That's right, instead of fat ol' St. Nick bringing booty to all the children in the land, pirates will be here, raping and pillaging!

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November 24, 2005
  Theatre Preview: Durang! fun for the difficulty offendedPDF files may take a moment to load

You think there are people watching you, following you and talking about you. You've also considered everyone from the Pope, to George Bush and the DMV clerk are trying to sabotage your chances at happiness. If the above describes you in any way and you've had enough of aging conservative white men holding all the power, Hidden Insanity Theatre has a play sure to make you giddy with pessimism. Durang! offers an evening of short sketches of Christopher Durang's funniest and most controversial short plays.

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November 24, 2005
  Dance Preview: A montage of reasons to dancePDF files may take a moment to load

It's no secret the average non-dancing person will usually cringe at the mention of a dance show. Maybe intimidation has something to do with this reaction. Dance combines athleticism and art, both hefty words--especially with the art--the average non-dancing person might be afraid of not understanding what they're seeing or being able to appreciate dance without any proper background. Everyone has to start somewhere and seeing the University of Calgary's 36th annual Dance Montage is the perfect place.

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November 17, 2005
  Theatre Preview: Updating a Manchurian classicPDF files may take a moment to load

Richard Condon's novel The Manchurian Candidate has already been filmed twice and now it's being adopted to the stage by Workshop Theatre, Calgary's largest running theatre company. In 1962, Frank Sinatra and Angela Lansbury brought it back to life and last year Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep did the same. Both versions were critically acclaimed though neither was particularly successful commercially. Director George Smith is undaunted in giving the play a whirl, lousy past box office sales aside.

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November 10, 2005
  Theatre Preview: Jack and John went up the hill to rob the Group of SevenPDF files may take a moment to load

You can't ask for much more in a play than sex, art, hockey and murder. Ground Zero Theatre and FireBelly Theatre team up to bring you ample proportions of all four with the world premier of Neil Fleming's play John Doe/Jack Rabbit.

"I laughed out loud when I first saw the script and I read the whole thing at my computer in one sitting," says FireBelly Artistic Director Abby Charchun, who also plays Vicki in the production. "As soon as I read it I knew I had to act in it."

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November 10, 2005
  Theatre Preview: Loose Moose no longer on the loosePDF files may take a moment to load

Calgary's venerable Loose Moose Theatre Company has truly been on the loose more for than they'd like. This will all change Fri., Nov. 11 when the company opens the doors to its new location. Having lacked a permanent home since it left the Garry Theatre early in 2003, Loose Moose will now be staging its improv in a brand new venue in the Crossroads Market.

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November 03, 2005
  Theatre Preview: The beginning is NighPDF files may take a moment to load

After the success of last year's play Zastrozzi, 8-0-8 Productions hopes to bring delight back into the lives of Calgary theatregoers with Nigh, their latest production.

"8-0-8 Productions makes a conscious effort to create unique productions that feature Canadian writers and appeal to a dedicated community of theatergoers," Operations Manager and Auteur Mike Rogers explains.

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November 03, 2005
  Theatre Preview: You say octopi, I say octopusesPDF files may take a moment to load

From the man who brought the theatre community such scenes as a prison inmate being dragged through broken glass only to be thrown out a window and abused street children committing crimes comes a play aimed at children! Clem Martini, a playwright often celebrated for darker works such as Control and Illegal Entry takes a break from the macabre to weave audiences a tale of acceptance, friendship and octopuses in his first kids-oriented play, The Secret Life of the Octopus.

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