Review: One Discordant Violin

2b Theatre's latest play is a beautiful elegy.
Before the lights come up, a man (Jacques Mindreau) emerges from the wings with a flashlight and a violin, plays a brief tune in the near dark, and then exits. A second man (Anthony Black), our narrator, enters to tell the story of his chance encounter with a piece of music in an abandoned theatre and the man who created it.

Sloshing the Tea Time

The Tea Time Creation CO. goes in on *Romeo and Juliet* with drinks in hand.
Romeo & Juliet: a drink-along February 12, 8pm (Feb 10, 11 and 13 sold out) Good Robot Brewing Company 2736 Robie Street, $7-$17

Stepping Stone’s show

Stepping Stone teams up with Ship’s Company for The Reversal of Peter Dawson, a hybrid of mentorship and theatre-making. 

The Reversal of Peter Dawson February 2-4 Alderney Landing Theatre 2 Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth $15

Salt-Water Moon's dance

The classic Canadian two-hander brings a little warmth and love to Neptune.
Salt-Water Moon January 30-February 18 Neptune Theatre, 1593 Argyle Street $29-$36

The year on stage

Intimate plays, ambitious dance pieces and promising works in progress were the tops in 2017.
The Boat, Theatre New Brunswick Presented by TNB at Neptune's Studio Theatre, Ryan Griffiths' The Boat is an adaptation of Alistair MacLeod's beloved short story of the same name. It is a deeply affecting memory play about the lives of Cape Breton fisherman, beautifully written and impeccably acted here.

In the room where it happened

Zuppa Theatre goes verbatim on the Halifax Explosion with At This Hour.
The Zuppa Theatre Co. has made plays set locally before—Penny Dreadful takes place in a Nova Scotia mansion circa 1863; How Small, How Far Away happens in the north end in 2010—but At This Hour: The Deposition of Harbour Pilot Francis Mackey takes a different approach: It’s a piece of verbatim theatre that will be performed in the room in which its events occured in 1917.

Review: Lullaby: Inside the Halifax Explosion

A new play about the Halifax Explosions tells little-known stories about the tragic event.
Eastern Front Theatre’s latest production is just one of many events commemorating the centenary of the Halifax Explosion. Unlike the usual stories of disaster and relief, Karen Bassett’s delicate play does something new with the familiar story.

Review: It's A Wonderful Life

Neptune Theatre adapts the classic 1946 film.
Neptune Theatre’s It’s A Wonderful Life is a reimagining of the beloved 1946 Frank Capra film, adapted and directed by the theatre’s outgoing head honcho George Pothitos. The holiday staple tells the story of George Bailey (Chris Zonneville) a man generous to a fault until his trust in the world gets him into some hot water – or cold water, as it were – involving Mr. Potter (Steve Baker), a slimy banker.

Menopause the Musical embraces The Change

Jukebox play playfully suggests women embrace what they cannot alter.
Menopause The Musical November 21-23, 7:30pm Spatz Theatre, 1855 Trollope Street $37-$60 "How often can you be involved with something that delivers such a great feeling to it?

Princess Edward returns in Princess Rules

More than a year after The Princess Show, Princess Edward comes back a star.
The Princess Rules To November 11, 8pm (plus 2pm Nov 11) The Waiting Room, 6040 Almon Street $15-$40 adv/$25 door

Review: Snake in the Grass

Neptune's latest mystery is an odd duck.
The set of Snake in the Grass is an intricately designed backyard terrace with a dilapidated shed and overgrown tennis court.

Review: Macbeth: The Shadow King

Shakespeare By The Sea offers up a polished, exciting new interpretation.
Macbeth is arguably the best play about ambition written in English. It’s been performed for centuries, and will hold relevance as long as humans behave the way they do—which is to say, as long as people seek power for power’s sake, audiences will see those people in these characters.

Review: Tyrant

The timelessness of tyranny presented by the Villains Theatre.
Director and writer Dan Bray adapted Tyrant from the early-17th century Jacobean play by Thomas Middleton. It tells the story of Govianus (Sarah Deller), a deposed king seeking revenge on their usurper, the unnamed tyrant (Ira Henderson), and plans to do so by stealing the object of his love, the unnamed lady (Colleen MacIsaac).

Review: Orlando

Virginia Woolf's fantastical novel is adapted to the stage.
Sarah Ruhl is one of the best American playwrights working today, and Virginia Woolf is one of the best English writers of all time. Their forces combined make Orlando, a stage adaptation of Woolf’s fantastical 1928 novel, a masterful experiment.

Review: Bone Cage

Banks' play shows poetry in despair.
Catherine Banks’s Governor General’s award-winning play Bone Cage is brought back to the Halifax stage by the intrepid Matchstick Theatre, and on the play's tenth anniversary, no less. The story has its characters in rural Nova Scotia, a down-and-out bunch of young men and women, whose work is clearcutting the forest and mourning its wounds.

DaPoPo’s Live-In travels across artistic lines

In year nine, the company aims to blur the boundaries between disciplines, but holds onto its presentation of plays in all stages of progress.
DaPoPo Theatre's Live-In To Oct 31 Full schedule at With its net cast wider than ever, DaPoPo Theatre's Live-In Festival is nine years old and going strong.

Review: Seeds

Impressive production asks the question: Who owns life?
Seeds is a documentary play that explores the four-year legal battle between Monsanto and Percy Schmeiser, a Saskatchewan farmer who the corporation took to court after a crop from their patented seed was found on his land. The play questions notions of the rights of corporations to patent a living thing, and the public’s acceptance of GMO foods as safe.

22 theatre productions to warm up your fall

An earlybird sampling of what to see in Halifax theatre this fall.

Halifax Fringe 2017 - Day 10

Halifax Fringe has come and gone for another year, but here are some final reviews from the last day of the festival. A Feebleminded Dictator By Brittny Rebhuhn, Kate Tobie, and Eric Johnston

Halifax Fringe 2017 - Day 9

An Evening (Give or Take) of Mediuming, with Bud Hunter By Bud Hunter Long-term Fringe fixture Bud Hunter (he’s had a show in the Festival for most of the last ten years) is a bit of a “controversial” figure.

In Print This Week

Vol 25, No 39
February 22, 2018

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