Tag: Theatre Review

Jumping on the Bollywood train with Taj Express

Jumping on the Bollywood train with Taj Express

If you can manage to get tickets to tonight’s show of Taj Express, do it. Alberta Ballet’s season opener is only doing a couple shows in Edmonton – last night and tonight – before the production continues its North American tour. Taj Express is a…

Powerhouse vocals: a review of Citadel Theatre’s The Color Purple

Powerhouse vocals: a review of Citadel Theatre’s The Color Purple

I’m adding my own voice to the chorus of unabashed praise for the Citadel’s excellent production of The Color Purple. Truthfully, I don’t have much to add that hasn’t already been said by my fellow critics. The show is fantastic and you should go see…

No Change in the Weather – A Newfoundland Musical

No Change in the Weather – A Newfoundland Musical

Like a Canadian social studies lesson come to life, No Change in the Weather gives a hefty dose of East Coast history and politics alongside a suite of 18 sea shanties and jaunty jigs. Even the program is more like a miniature textbook than a…

Media passes and the Edmonton Fringe

Media passes and the Edmonton Fringe

Should a written review be attached to every media comp at the Edmonton Fringe? The Globe and Mail just ran a very interesting story about a controversy that started at Edmonton’s Fringe Festival and continued into the Vancouver Fringe. It concerns media passes, specifically whether…

Coming soon to a blog near you: Edmonton theatre coverage!

Coming soon to a blog near you: Edmonton theatre coverage!

I’m excited to announce that I’m going to start covering local theatre again! After this year’s Fringe, I realized that I really missed writing about Edmonton’s excellent theatre scene. I left Vue in 2016 and kept up my annual Fringe reviewing, but aside from a…

Mel on I Don’t Get It podcast

Mel on I Don’t Get It podcast

If you’re looking for a great debrief on the recently concluded Edmonton Fringe, head over to the I Don’t Get It podcast. I joined a panel of my fellow Beer Tent Reviewers for a lively conversation about this year’s Fringe picks, reflections on reviews and…

Beer Tent Reviews at the 2019 Edmonton Fringe: Q & A with co-founder Andrew Paul

Beer Tent Reviews at the 2019 Edmonton Fringe: Q & A with co-founder Andrew Paul

Rushing in to fill the void left by the departure of alt-weeklies, the Beer Tent Reviews (BTR) zine just landed at the 2019 Edmonton Fringe. The zine is print-only and the reviews are words-only – no star rankings. (My thoughts on this glorious development here.)…

Gender? I Hardly Know Them: Edmonton Fringe 2019 review

Gender? I Hardly Know Them: Edmonton Fringe 2019 review

“Gender is dead; welcome to the funeral.” So declare performers Elena Eli Belyea and Sydney Campbell at the outset of their raucously witty sketch comedy show. The duo are practiced comedians and present a barrage of sketches that are frequently funny, often hilarious, and edged…

You Belong Here: Edmonton Fringe 2019 review

You Belong Here: Edmonton Fringe 2019 review

Fans of Brooklyn-based Martin Dockery will not be disappointed with his entry at this year’s Fringe. You Belong Here follows suit with Dockery’s signature brand of storytelling: rambling and digressive, delving into the humour of mundane details, punctuated by the occasional manic outburst. The circular…

Niuboi x Earth: Edmonton Fringe 2019 review

Niuboi x Earth: Edmonton Fringe 2019 review

“Queer alien space cabaret” is as apt a description as any for this zany little show featuring Niuboi (Julie Ferguson), a trans non-binary alien who has come from space “to save the world from a life of blasé mundanity.” This is the essence of Fringe…