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October 27, 2005
  Theatre Review: The sublime Syringa TreePDF files may take a moment to load

A standing ovation has be- come a courtesy to the performers, like an effort sticker on a junior high report card. Too often theater-goes clamour out of their seats to applaud performances deserving no more than a gentle tossing of overripe vegetables. Despite the overused ovation, some acts truly deserve them and a crowds' reactions are plain to see--whether it's in the speed at which they rise or the fury of their hands coming together, there's no mistaking an audience's adoration for an outstanding play.

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October 27, 2005
  Theatre Review: Wingfield's Inferno not hellishPDF files may take a moment to load

As midterms near their end and there is a bit of a gap in the stress before papers are due, a good comedy can be the perfect thing to help get you through to the end of the semester. This is exactly what Theatre Calgary's second production of the season, Wingfield's Inferno, delivers. This one man show starring Rod Beattie starts off with a laugh and keeps them coming right through the entire production.

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October 20, 2005
  Theatre Preview: Plays for AlbertaPDF files may take a moment to load

In celebration of Alberta's Centennial the University of Calgary Drama Department is putting on two plays by Gwen Pharis Ringwood, one of Alberta's most respected dramatists. Ringwood, a recipient of the Canadian Drama Award, the Eric Hamber Trophy, as well as honourary doctorates from the Universities of Victoria and Lethbridge, is best known for her depiction of the stark realities of prairie life. The two plays being presented, Pasque Flower and Still Stands the House are no exceptions.

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October 13, 2005
  Theatre Preview: The Syringa TreePDF files may take a moment to load

A Syringia is a flowered tree indigenous to South Africa, hearty enough to bear the country's immoderate climate. Like how rose flowers symbolize romantic love, Syringia's symbolize memory and love of one's family. In The Syringia Tree, an award-winning play by Pamela Gein, the tree represents solidarity, family and refuge from oppression.

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October 13, 2005
  Thatre Preview: Fall Bill won't fall downPDF files may take a moment to load

The weight of society's expectations is something we all deal with but rarely talk about. With the presentation of the upcoming double bill, Fall Bill Volume 2, THEATREboom artistic directors Joel Smith and Evan Rothery bring the topic to centre stage--literally. Both plays on the bill this year centre around characters unsatisfied with their positions in life, audiences catch up with them as they attempt to find their way. The first of the two plays, Gary, was co-written by Smith.

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October 06, 2005
  Theatre Preview: Bonding through sufferingPDF files may take a moment to load

Imagine losing your family, job, significant other and house all in the last three months of your life. This is the situation faced by Karen, a character in Knox United Church's play Bonds.

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October 06, 2005
  Theatre Preview: Apple a theatrical treatPDF files may take a moment to load

The apple is one naughty fruit. Ever since John Milton deemed the apple as the forbidden fruit in Paradise Lost, the round, red fruit has found notoriety in popular culture. In Snow White the jealous queen attempts to destroy the titular heroine with a poisoned apple. In the opening credits to Desperate Housewives the four main characters, smiling coyly, catch apples in their hands. The expression "rotten apple" refers to a bad individual among several good ones, often spoiling the group.

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September 22, 2005
  Theatre Review: Theatre Calgary works miraclesPDF files may take a moment to load

As Theatre Calgary's new play The Miracle Worker starts, the only thing visible on the stage is a pump, as inescapable a symbol for water as it is for William Gibson's influential play. Like adding fresh water to an already thriving plant, the cast of mostly new members to the always-reliable Theatre Calgary only makes a good thing better.

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September 22, 2005
  Theatre Preview: Recklessly good theatrePDF files may take a moment to load

Coming off its most successful season yet, Calgary's Mob Hit Productions hopes to improve even more with Reckless by Craig Lucas. The company, co-founded by a group of U of C theatre students five years ago, has a history of staging wacky productions, from Timothy Findley's Elizabeth Rex--yes, you read that correctly--to Fully Committed, in which one actor played 40 characters.

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September 15, 2005
  Theatre PReview: Rock me AmadeusPDF files may take a moment to load

With the downfall of popular culture it's no surprise the majority of music today is performed by little boys in black t-shirts and baggy pants. What happened to the good ol' days when showmanship--eyeliner doesn't count--really meant something? What happened to tiger-skin trousers and three foot high pink wigs? No, this isn't referring to the arena rock bands of the '70s but the performers of the baroque era. As it happens, so is Alberta Theatre Project's artistic director Bob White.

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