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Comments: 0Monday, August 1, 2011 07:01:22 PM
Spoof Night is coming! Spoof Night is coming! The most raucous, mean, drunken and hilarious night of the Fringe is in the works.Here’s the rundown: each performer is secretly assigned someone else’s show. After watching the play, the performer creates a humourous three minute sketch that pokes fun at said show. Then on spoof night, they drink an obscene amount of alcohol before the per
Comments: 0Monday, August 1, 2011 01:49:05 PM
Shoot/Get Treasure/RepeatVictoria School Gym**1/2 (out of 5)This one is not for the faint of heart. Mark Ravenhill’s Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat is a cycle of 15 short plays that examines the West’s role in the war on terror. It’s full of brutal, hyper-realistic violence and emotion. Meaty stuff.Strikes Twice Productions has selected six of the fifteen to present, all scenes detail
Comments: 0Monday, August 1, 2011 11:40:21 AM
Joe’s CafeVictoria School Upstairs Auditorium*** (out of 5)Rupert Wates sings true about love, life, and hardship. He’s been sharing his melodic, lyrical folk stylings at Joe’s Cafe for a long while now, and has no intention of slowing down (seriously–check out the guy’s touring schedule). With a pastiche of songs based on true stories from America’s past, going
Comments: 0Monday, August 1, 2011 10:49:09 AM
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BERTHAVictoria Upstairs Auditorium***** (Out of 5)Directed by Joey Tremblay, Bertha is reminiscent of the surreal offerings from Edmonton’s Catalyst Theatre, featuring an impertinent young woman with poignant innocence, fragility and a grand imagination.  If you were ever lucky enough to see The House of Pootsie Plunket, you know what I’m talking about. In the half mask
Comments: 0Monday, August 1, 2011 10:45:41 AM
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SUICIDE(S) IN VEGASVictoria School Gym***1/2 (Out of 5)I love it when theatre companies make good choices.  Suicide(s) in Vegas has the exact right dimensions for the Fringe Festival, as the character-driven dark comedy is perfectly served with a spare set, minimal props and lighting.  The sound design could use some rethought, but at least it wasn’t distracting.Elinza Pretorius an
Comments: 0Sunday, July 31, 2011 06:04:42 PM
 Here are the things I know you should do while watching a Fringe play:Win the crowd. If you are called upon for audience participation, resist as much as possible then participate and be awesome. Your initial resistance will endear the audience to you. Nobody likes a show off; everyone loves Susan Boyle.Cry. Either when you’re really feeling it or when you want to impress your date.Be
Comments: 0Sunday, July 31, 2011 11:50:56 AM
Rat BagCosmopolitan Seniors’ Centre***1/2 (out of 5)There’s no denying it–performance poet and comedian Rob Gee is funny. He’s got a great sense of what he should say, and an even better sense of what he shouldn’t. His humorous reflections on his own childhood in response to his recent activities, engaging young children to get excited about language and literacy, are
Comments: 0Sunday, July 31, 2011 11:20:35 AM
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THE SPARROW AND THE MOUSE: CREATING THE MUSIC OF EDITH PIAFVictoria School Gym** (Out of 5)First of all, the description of this cabaret performance is grossly misleading.  I went into The Sparrow and the Mouse thinking that it was about Marguerite Monnot, the composer who created Edith Piaf’s most memorable songs.  Instead, Melanie Gall told it entirely from the viewpoint of Simon
Comments: 0Sunday, July 31, 2011 11:10:06 AM
Two Corpses Go DancingCosmopolitan Seniors’ Centre**** (out of 5)The Fringe is always a mixed bag. You get clown shows, stand-up comedians, musical reviews...a little something for everyone. Well, for my part, I likes me a bit of theatre at my theatre festival. Theatre that isn’t afraid to take a walk on the dark side, really examine what’s plaguing and haunting us as human being
Comments: 0Sunday, July 31, 2011 12:38:37 AM
Here we go! The inside scoop on the Fringe. The lowdown, the gossip, the down and dirty. . .or maybe just some stuff that seems really obvious, but it’s not.Like the fact that performers are just people. I know, I know, sometimes an ego can inflate enough that you’ll meet an actor the size of a superasshole, but I promise you, performers are just plain ol’human beings. They have
Comments: 0Sunday, July 31, 2011 12:08:28 AM
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THE PROGRESSIVE POLYGAMISTSBroadway Theatre**** (Out of 5)The Vancouver dream team of Emmelia Gordon and Pippa Mackie brings some wicked satire to this year’s Fringe.  In The Progressive Polygamists, the “sisterwives” from Plentiful, BC take us on a frenetic tour through the history of the FLDS (you’ll have to see it to get the acronym) and put a cheeky spin on polygam
Comments: 0Saturday, July 30, 2011 11:46:15 PM
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A DIFFERENT WOMAN: A TRUE STORY OF A TEXAS CHILDHOODBroadway Theatre**** (Out of 5)If there is an afterlife, Gertrude Beasley would be pleased.  The adaptation of her autobiography, created and performed by Veronica Russell, would do her proud.  Part re-enactment and part confessional, A Different Woman captures the character of a hard as nails Texas schoolteacher with fearless hone
Comments: 0Saturday, July 30, 2011 04:28:02 PM
Europe: A Savvy Girl’s Guide–The MusicalVictoria School Gym*1/2 (out of 5)It’s a shame when you can tell a bad show from the poster. It’s innocent enough: a young, obviously traveling woman asks directions from a second woman; the second woman, referring to a booklet, points out the correct direction. What’s wrong with that, you ask? The booklet boasts the word, &ldqu
Comments: 0Saturday, July 30, 2011 02:58:29 PM
Heavy Metal Parking Lot is one of the greatest accidental films ever. Produced in 1986, two aspiring filmmakers capture heavy metal fans partying their balls off in the parking lot of a venue hosting Dokken and headliners Judas Priest. There are lots of dudes in tight jeans, short shorts and sleeveless t-shirts professing their love of all things metal. And the gals are more than a little terrifyi
Comments: 0Saturday, July 30, 2011 11:39:05 AM
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LACERTAVictoria Upstairs Auditorium** (Out of 5)Ever been to a symphony where there are good moments… and bad quarters of an hour?  That’s how Lacerta felt.  The good moments were oh so good.  F. David Schultz really knows how to write.  The imagery in the text was delicious when he described the myth of the muskrat emerging from the primordial ocean with a pa
Comments: 0Saturday, July 30, 2011 11:34:51 AM
FUEL: A ONE ACT PLAYVictoria School Gym**1/2 (out of 5)There’s a scene in this play that is this play. It’s a smart, well written scene that was performed accurately and honestly, and gets right at the heart of what this play is about–a man, John, struggling with his alcohol addiction. In fact, his addiction is the other character, and in this scene John and his Addiction square
Comments: 0Saturday, July 30, 2011 11:31:59 AM
’33 (A KABARETT)*** (out of 5)Bremner Duthie’s ’33 (a Kabarett) has a stellar premise–breaking in to an abandoned theatre in Germany in 1933, an out of work and on-the-run Master of Ceremonies stumbles across an unexpected audience, also looking to hide from the Nazis. The M.C. begins to reminisce about the Kabarett, a place for the expression of free ideas, political humou
Comments: 0Friday, July 29, 2011 11:07:53 PM
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WHO ARE THESE GUYS?Cosmopolitan Seniors’ Centre**1/2 (out of 5)You may be familiar with the legend of Kyle MacDonald, who traded a red paper clip for a house in Kipling.  What you may not know is that he’s since made it his mission to discover the identity of five guys in a random photo his brother found on the Internet. Who Are These Guys? is not “theatre”, classicall
Comments: 0Friday, July 29, 2011 01:59:39 PM
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Testing, testing. Hello, readers!  I’ll be one of your friendly Fringe Theatre Festival reviewers on the Planet S blog.  Over the next week, I’ll be giving you the dirt on the performances I loved and loathed, but to quote those kids on Reading Rainbow, don’t take my word for it.  Come down and check them out yourselves, try the food (be sure to say hi to the
Comments: 0Thursday, July 21, 2011 12:56:07 PM
After a few confusing rounds at the Taste of Saskatchewan festival on Saskatoon’s idyllic river bank park, I am left with a not-pleasant taste in my mouth.I’m hungry. I’m vegetarian. And there are few options for a man with a cavernous – albeit picky – stomach.I hit up one booth, enticed not by the spit of dead animal in front me but instead by a dazzling array of con
Comments: 0Tuesday, July 19, 2011 02:38:33 PM
This is Stephen Maguire's serious fundraising look.  Can you feel the power of his gaze?  Are you compelled to donate to the Red Cross or buy some concert tickets?  Then read on... Last year, Irish transplant and all around nice guy Stephen Maguire was affected by watching the news coverage of some of the crazy flooding in the province.  So he did what musicians do whe
Comments: 0Tuesday, July 19, 2011 10:41:26 AM
I'm having Cars flashbacks.  Which is amusing because the Cars have a new album.  But it's this band, Big Talk, that caused the reaction.  I do believe I will need to snag this one!  The drummer from The Killers fronts what is yet another duo (although they perform as a four piece).If you don't like this, you are tone deaf and will need  the rest of the big lis
Comments: 0Sunday, July 17, 2011 03:24:03 PM
There's a terrific two-person dance-rock band playing at Louis tonight (I can't find the time on the pub's website but their Facebook page says it's at 7:00) and you should see 'em. Handsome Furs shook the hell out of the Exchange last night in one of the best shows I've ever seen in Regina. Even better, the musicians -- Wolf Parade's Dan Boeckner and poet/performer Ale
Comments: 0Tuesday, July 12, 2011 01:07:09 PM
New releases this week from Theory of a Dead Man.  Blech.  Incubus...yawn.  And Yes.  Huh?  Yes is still recording?  Weird.  Skip that stuff and go directly to Sublime with Rome. Here's the entire list for this week.
Comments: 0Friday, July 8, 2011 02:04:06 PM
Michael Wolff has a pretty good article on The Guardian’s excellent coverage of the News Of The World phone hack/police bribery/ general sleaze story. It’s a quick read and a good piece. Here’s a snip:And there is a newspaper that has committed itself to this dogged and captivating pursuit. The Guardian—also the paper of WikiLeaks—is havi
Comments: 0Wednesday, July 6, 2011 05:24:01 PM
I had a close encounter with an alarmingly mellow squirrel last night. I don't like where this is going. First they lost their fear of humans, then they use their cuteness to lower our guards, then the conquer us and send us to the acorn mines.I'm on to the little monsters' games. More, but not much, here.
Comments: 0Tuesday, July 5, 2011 10:34:24 AM
*Little Miss Higgins with Foy Taylor and Joey Lorer on my radio show...(photo credit: me!)Maybe it's just because I'm a strange pervert with a fascination for the word "panties."   Maybe it's watching a video featuring guitarist Foy Taylor shovel panties by the barrelful into the back of a pick up truck.  Or maybe it's just because the song is SO DAMN GOOD.
Comments: 0Monday, July 4, 2011 01:02:57 PM
Four nights remain for "Rubber" at The Broadway Theatre.   9pm tonight (Monday) and Wednesday as well as 7pm Tuesday and Thursday.I love ridiculous "horror" movies.  Maybe I'll see you there?
Comments: 0Tuesday, June 28, 2011 03:14:14 PM
I got back from Sled Island a day or so ago and I'm still rocked by how much fun it was (plus I'm still hungover...yup, day three...). Thousands of music fans descended on downtown Calgary to eat, drink, and watch some truly amazing bands.  Some were local or unknown and some were major acts.  I had an especially good time at the CFCR SK Showcase at Tubby Dog (and
Comments: 0Tuesday, June 28, 2011 08:48:50 AM
Gordie Johnson is busy!  Big Sugar has a new release and will likely end up in Saskatoon in the near future.  I really like this stuff.  Please - when they come to play here, don't come to the show to get loaded and defend your masculinity.  I just wanna go enjoy some guitar rock without 200 fauxhawked chachis two fisting beer and spilling everywhere OK.  Do the right