Hobson's Selection: Finish of August now not a theatrical wasteland

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Workshop, Full Circle and StoryBook theatres will preserve the tip of August from being the theatrical wasteland it has usually been in previous years. Usually, after the tip of the Calgary Fringe Theatre Pageant, theatre buffs needed to wait till September to whet their appetites. Not so this 12 months with three choices to fill what might have been a void.

Workshop Theatre is presenting a restricted run of David Hare’s The Blue Room, his 1988 remodeling of Arthur Schnitzler’s extremely controversial La Ronde which was written in 1900. It took 21 years earlier than this sexual drama acquired a public efficiency in Vienna, and the police instantly shut that down, and Schnitzler was prosecuted for public obscenity.

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La Ronde is a daisy chain of 10 sexual encounters by which one character from every scene stays and welcomes a brand new character till, on the finish of the chain, the unique lady returns.

In 1988, director Sam Mendes requested Hare to rewrite La Ronde for 2 actors to play all 10 roles and it turned a showcase for Nicole Kidman and Iain Glen in each London and New York.

AJ Pearce, who has directed and stars reverse Rosalind Jackson Roe in Workshop’s manufacturing, says The Blue Room “isn’t actually about nudity and intercourse. It’s a have a look at how folks deal with intercourse otherwise with completely different companions. A person reacts otherwise together with his spouse than he does together with his mistress, or with an individual of a special social standing.”

Workshop’s manufacturing does comprise transient nudity however Pearce explains “the nudity happens as a result of Rosalind and I by no means depart the stage so we now have to alter costume items behind screens. It’s at all times utterly tasteful however that doesn’t imply that the subject material of The Blue Room isn’t as spicy because it has at all times been.”

The Blue Room runs Aug. 17-19 in The Motel Theatre in Arts Commons. There are solely 50 seats at every efficiency and tickets are $22. To order a seat, go to workshoptheatre.ca/tickets and RSVP.

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Riverona
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THOSE TWO HOUSEHOLDS ARE AT IT AGAIN IN RIVERONA

The artists at Calgary’s Full Circle Theatre are treating Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet as if it had been a contemporary tv sequence.

Erin Weir, who stars as Tybalt, co-wrote Riverona: Episode One Two Households with Megan Baldry, Kevin Weir, Claire Bolton and Hans Wackershauser. She says the play is like Riverdale meets Moist Sizzling American Summer time meets William Shakespeare.

“It’s one-third unique textual content and two-thirds unique nonsense. It’s very a lot a comedy. All you could find out about Romeo and Juliet is what you’ve absorbed via cultural osmosis,” says Weir, explaining “We’ve conceived Verona as a four-part sequence and Two Households is the primary episode. It takes the motion of the play from the road combat between the Capulets and Montagues to Romeo and Juliet’s first assembly on the celebration.”

This 75-minute comedy runs Aug. 23-26 at 7 p.m. with an added 2 p.m. matinee on Aug. 26 on the Evergreen Theatre and Neighborhood Areas at 1709 eighth Ave. N.E. Tickets can be found on the door.

StoryBook Theatre
Leah Chan as Pippin with forged in StoryBooks Theatre’s Pippin. jpg

LOOKING FOR MEANING IN A CHAOTIC WORLD

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StoryBook Theatre’s 2023 Summer time Intensive is the 1972 musical Pippin initially directed by the legendary Bob Fosse with music by Stephen Schwartz, who additionally wrote Godspell and Depraved.

Pippin is a perfect selection for StoryBook as a result of it was initially conceived as a scholar musical for Carnegie Mellon College’s ScotchNSoda’s theatre troupe however was finally reworked as a Broadway play. Ben Vereen gained a Tony Award for taking part in the narrator on this story of a younger prince looking for which means and significance in his life. The prince in StoryBook’s model is performed by Leah Chan.

StoryBook’s Pippin, directed by JP Thibodeau, runs within the Beddington Arts Centre from Aug. 18 via Sept. 3 with performances Thursdays via Saturdays at 7 p.m. and  2 p.m. matinees on Saturdays and Sundays.  Advance tickets, which start at $27, can be found at tickets.storybooktheatre.org.

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