Sunday, October 28, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
This is the kind of show that The Citadel should be doing more of. I understand the need for traditional shows that everyone can sing along to, but this kind of piece - the kind that challenges audiences both emotionally and artistically - is definitely the kind of risk the theatre should be taking. I am so glad they did and that they rose so brilliantly to the challenge. It's not easy, but if it was, it wouldn't be worth doing. This is the show to see in Edmonton this season. I have already bought tickets to see it again in two weeks.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Friday, October 19, 2012
Speaking of stage, I was so thrilled to receive numerous compliments on the set. A labour of love and a test of my skills - so it was nice to hear that it all worked. To me it felt warm and inviting and that was what I was going for.
* Photo Credit: Douglas Dollars Stewart
* The Weir marks #47 in my 2011 Theatre Goal
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012
Saturday, October 13, 2012
The show itself was a fun, spooky, campy piece which was performed and sung excellently by the three actors onstage. Green's script is tight and sassy. The script merged well with the actors onstage, and Bergen's direction creates some wonderful moments including a side-busting chase sequence. Garrett Ross as Awanda Brumschtic (complete with 3 inch heels and mini-skirt) attacked his role with such finesse that it almost felt like he was improvising, but the banter was so sharp I am pretty sure it is exactly what was on the page. Eric Wigston and Madelaine Knight hold their own in the comedy and singing department and it was an excellently balanced show - no weak links! It's a very silly play, but filled with fun, clever jokes, biting sarcasm and well-sung, well-written songs. It's got a nice spooky element (the 'ladies' are witches after all) for this time of year. It's not really for kids, but I would say that it would have been perfect for my 11 year old. He would have been howling.
I also wanted to note that it was really great to see an original musical on an Edmonton stage. I love all the Broadway shows that people do, but there is something cool about seeing something brand new and to see a company take a risk like that. To also have it tuneful, well-written and well-performed is a testament to our local talent. As well, this company has worked hard to make the show affordable, with tickets starting at $20.00 for students/seniors to $28.00 for adults. A pretty sweet deal for a great gut-busting night of entertainment!
*#46 in my Theatre Goal for the Year. BBoyism was #45 and A Few Good Men was #44.