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A Fringe without stars (or reviews)

A Fringe without stars (or reviews)

There was a brief period of time, right after I left Vue Weekly, when I thought maybe I wouldn’t review any more Fringe shows. That didn’t last long. I left Vue in July 2016; a few weeks later I ended up doing some reviews for […]

Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios comes to Edmonton

Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios comes to Edmonton

The first thing I saw after stepping into the blue-and-yellow-striped big top was a lizard man perched above the crowd, hissing and throwing popcorn at laughing audience members as they waited for the show to start. Needless to say, it’s a theatre experience I never […]

Theatre review: The Preacher, the Princess and a Crow

Theatre review: The Preacher, the Princess and a Crow

How many times have you walked by someone on the street and tried to ignore their ranting and raving as you passed? Have you ever stopped to wonder why that person was yelling or ranting, or why they looked so disheveled, or what it was […]

Theatre review: Sense and Sensibility

Theatre review: Sense and Sensibility

Try as I might to conduct myself as an Elinor, I have to admit that many times I’m far more a Marianne. Not that you have to be one or the other. Jane Austen’s first novel has been accused of offering no more than a […]

Theatre review: The Bone Wars

Theatre review: The Bone Wars

The tap-dancing T-Rex is worth the price of admission alone. Because, honestly, how can you not find that delightful? Delightful is an apt word to describe The Bone Wars: The Curse of the Pathological Palaeontologists, the newest show from Punctuate! Theatre, written by Matthew Mackenzie. […]

Theatre review: 9 Parts of Desire

Theatre review: 9 Parts of Desire

It’s strange and deeply uncomfortable to burst into tears during a theatre performance. It’s also wonderfully cathartic. After all, isn’t that the whole point of art: to make you feel things so deeply, to empathize with the material to the point that the pain and […]

Musings on A Christmas Carol and theatre coverage in Edmonton

Musings on A Christmas Carol and theatre coverage in Edmonton

I saw A Christmas Carol at the Citadel last week and guess what: it was my first time. Yeah, that’s right: I had never seen the longest-running theatre show in town, which has been going on for 15 years. I’ve previewed the show – twice […]

Edmonton Fringe: Star Rankings

Edmonton Fringe: Star Rankings

I just finished up my busiest Fringe Festival ever. This was my seventh year reviewing Fringe shows; it’s actually what got me started writing about theatre, way back when I was just a budding, overly snarky wine columnist for the now-defunct SEE Magazine. This year […]