Ce qu’on attend de moi dares us to imagine alternate lives


Ce qu’on attend de moi | 2par4 and L'Homme Allumette | Théâtre la Seizième | Performance Works | May 21 – 25, 2019

A play with no actors and no script that has the audience watching from outside the walls of the theatre — it doesn’t get much more innovative than that. In Ce qu’on attend de moi, an audience member becomes the protagonist of an improvised journey to explore an alternate life they could have lead.

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The Preston Rivulettes pave the way for women's hockey in Glory


Glory | Western Canada Theatre and Alberta Theatre Projects | Gateway Theatre | April 4 – 13, 2019

A Chatelaine article from 1933 states that “Ice hockey is a game for which [women’s] soft, unyielding flesh is unsuited.” Helen Schwartz (Kate Dion-Richard), a member of the pioneering Preston Rivulettes, reads this quote in disbelief as she sits with her teammates. Glory is the true story of the Rivulettes fighting back against a society that didn’t think women should play hockey. We’ve come a long way since then, but, as the current lawsuit in US women’s soccer demonstrates, we have a long way to go to achieve gender equality in sports.

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Gross Misconduct is sharply written with plenty of suspense and superb acting


Gross Misconduct | SpeakEasy Theatre | Gateway Theatre | March 14 – 23, 2019

Meghan Gardiner’s sharply-written Gross Misconduct is a difficult yet important story about sexual assault that explores the complex consequences and repercussions for all involved.

In a stark jail cell with two white boxes serving as beds and harsh fluorescent lighting, Deke (Ian Butcher) enjoys his silence. He tells the guard, Gareth (Scott Bellis), “I haven’t had a cellmate since —…” The unfinished sentence begins to build the suspense as we wonder why Deke is in prison.

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Surreal antics and yodel queens combine in New Cackle Sisters: Kitchen Chicken


New Cackle Sisters: Kitchen Chicken | L’orchestre d’hommes orchestres | The Cultch | York Theatre | April 2 – 6, 2019 

Dancing chickens, spray bottles of wine, and Cheese Whiz art — just a few of the joyously weird sights in this delightful orchestra that caters to all the senses. By the end of the show, the smell of roasted chicken fills the theatre and audience members have been treated to various delicacies such as lettuce wrapped hotdogs, mashed potato cones, and cups of tea with a whipped cream rim. But it’s not what’s on the plate that’s important — it’s how it gets there.

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Over the top Hitchcock parody The 39 Steps is full of laughs


The 39 Steps | Circle Bright Productions | Norman and Annette Rothstein Theatre | March 1 – 10, 2019

It’s 1935 in an old cinema, and the opening credits of Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps roll. Just as we get into the first scene, there’s a technical issue and the film stops. A few enthusiastic audience members decide to do the show live instead. After all, says one woman, they’ve seen it 50 times.

The audience members are among us in the theatre and make their way to the stage to put on their own version of the classic film that is a loving parody with everything full of exaggerated slapstick.

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