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Assassins creed

Whale Song Theatre presents a look at historical American criminals, with songs by Stephen Sondheim.
Assassins June 25-30, 8pm (and 2pm Sat-Sun) The Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen Street $10-$25 whalesongassassins.eventbrite.com

The asymmetry of Scoop

New Stages entry explores the asymmetry of life as a one-breasted woman.
Five-and-a-half years ago, after having one of her breasts removed at the IWK, Julie Vandervoort was sent home not with painkillers, but with a gift card for a lingerie store.

Theatre review: Little Thing, Big Thing

Neptune remounts Donal O'Kelly's warped two-hander.
There’s a hell of a lot at work in Little Thing, Big Thing. Resurrected by director Jeremy Webb, the Merritt-winning Neptune take on Donal O’Kelly’s play is a venture jam-packed with hints of Hitchcock-esque suspense riddled with madcap antics and a million different feckin’ uses of the f-word.  Between moments of beautiful poetic language and humour, Little Thing, Big Thing strives to tackle the world of international politics and the impossibly long reaches of mega-corporations (in this case the affluent Scarab Oil company).

The Children’s cross-generational climates

Lucy Kirkwood’s environmental thriller views climate change through the lens of three retired nuclear engineers.
The Children

Hello City’s powerful play

The troupe of seven improvisers has invigorated Halifax comedy by embracing the city, the community and each other.
Hello City presents: The Hello Baby Show Tuesday, April 23, 7:30pm The Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen Street $5/$10/$20

The blazing Color Purple

The women of Neptune’s season closer discuss how a story that begins 110 years ago spins into present time.
The Color Purple: The Musical To June 2 Neptune Theatre, 1593 Argyle Street $30-$86 neptunetheatre.com On a sharp and sunny Tuesday morning, the lobby of Neptune Theatre is quiet.

Here are your 2019 Merritt Award winners

Honouring the year in local theatre.
The Merritt Awards, Theatre Nova Scotia's annual celebration of the year in local theatre, were handed out last night at the McInnes Room in a ceremony hosted by Kim Parkhill and Ian Sherwood.

Theatre review: Noises Off at Neptune

The farce within a farce is a comical marathon.
A mix of Inception meets Fawlty Towers, the farcical play within a play within a play Noises Off is a layered hybrid of classic slapstick and dry British comedy. Directed by Jeremy Webb, Neptune Theatre brings Michael Frayn's work—a comical marathon nearly three hours long—to life thanks to a busload of manic energy provided by its ensemble of talented actors.

Considering a Halifax without The Bus Stop Theatre

The venerable north end institution needs your help.
The Bus Stop Theatre opened in 2003 at 2203 Gottingen Street (there actually is a bus stop out front, 6779).

Theatre review: Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells)

This dark and powerful two-hander, on at Neptune, explores abuses of power—and the reclamation of it.
To February 24 Neptune Theatre Scotiabank Stage

The Villain's Theatre puts Fox on trial

The Villain’s Theatre and Kathryn McCormack re-imagine Ben Jonson’s centuries old Volpone to tell the survivor’s unheard story.
Fox February 20-24 Weldon Law Building, 6061 University Avenue 8pm (Wed-Sat) 2pm, 8pm (Thu, Sat, Sun) $10-25, tickethalifax.com

Breaking Macbeth

Steady Theatre Co. makes its stage debut by zeroing in on the characters and relationships behind Shakespeare’s famous tragedy.

Concord Floral’s patterns

The award-winning suburban gothic thriller offers a showcase for new, young actors to get to play actual teenagers.
In Concord Floral, suburban Toronto teens adopt an abandoned million-square-foot greenhouse as their hangout, imbibing and exploring.

A rule-breaking Hamlet for the era of political rule breakers

This immersive production of Shakespeare’s still-relevant play invites the audience to the literal table, and that’s just the beginning.

Hamlet January 9-20 Neptune Theatre Scotiabank Stage 1593 Argyle Street $28-$37 neptunetheatre.com

Theatre review: Cinderella: A Holiday Pantomime at Neptune

Musical theatre enjoyable for all ages.
I can’t say I was chomping at the bit to see Cinderella, the latest of Neptune Theatre’s holiday offerings. Albeit a holiday show bereft of holiday feels (you’ll have to see A Christmas Carol for that), this fairytale adaptation proves to be a disarmingly zany experience.

Mouthpiece’s brain matter

In the award-winning drama, two actors get inside one woman’s head.
Mouthpiece To Nov 18, 8pm (2pm Sun mat) Alderney Landing, 2 Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth $35 ($25 underwaged)

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Vol 27, No 4
June 20, 2019

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