“Should we go on? Yeah, let’s go on”: Shakespeare By The Sea and Zuppa Theatre in conversation

“Should we go on? Yeah, let’s go on”: Shakespeare By The Sea and Zuppa Theatre in conversation

As Shakespeare By The Sea announces its 25th season in Point Pleasant Park, Zuppa Theatre marks its 20th birthday with a dance party. Those who have been there talk big ideas, making shows and playing to three generations of Halifax audiences.
Zuppa Theatre's 20th anniversary bash featuring Pop-Up Love Party Friday, April 20, 7pm Murphy's Restaurant, 1751 Lower Water Street $25-$40

Theatre review: Mamma Mia! at Neptune

ABBA musical entertains with disco and spectacle.
Mamma Mia is a 1999 ABBA jukebox musical.

The Villain’s Theatre’s World on fire

Villain’s offers a fantastical and feminist look at the planet with Colleen MacIsaac’s The Blazing World.
The Blazing World April 11-15 Neptune Studio Theatre, 1593 Argyle Street $20-$25 neptunetheatre.com

2b Theatre sweeps the 2018 Robert Merritt Theatre Awards with eight wins

The 2018 Robert Merritt Awards came and went with a swift ceremony in the Casino’s Schooner Showroom on Monday night. Produced by Ken Schwartz with Dustin Harvey as the surprise host, the gala saw 2b Theatre’s Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story take home eight awards, including Outstanding Production and Outstanding New Play.

Review: Half-Cracked: The Legend of Sugar Mary at Neptune

Half-Cracked: The Legend of Sugar Mary is the story of Sugar Mary (Geneviève Steele) a “half-cracked” woman living in rural Nova Scotia with her sister, Yewina (Sharleen Kalayil).

Three new musicals lead 2018 Merritt Award nominees

Heist, 2b and Two Planks top nominations of local theatre's best productions and the artists who make them.
Theatre Nova Scotia has announced the nominees for the annual Merritt Awards, which celebrate excellence in local theatre. Heist's Princess Rules, 2b Theatre's Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story and Two Planks and a Passion's Nothing Less!, all original musicals, top the list.

Ship's Company Theatre announces 2018 season

Two new plays and a remount of six-time Merritt winner Chasing Champions are among this year's offerings.
Ship's Company Theatre announced its upcoming slate on Saturday in Parrsboro. "This is going to be a season with plays by two women and a young African Nova Scotian," says Ship's artistic director Natasha MacLellan.

Review: Peter Fechter: 59 Minutes

Matchstick Theatre brings Jordan Tannahill's Governor General's Award-winning play to the stage.
In 1962, 18-year-old Peter Fechter was shot and killed by East German border guards while trying to cross into West Berlin. Jordan Tannahill’s 2014 play imagines the last hour of Fechter’s life as he lay dying from a gunshot wound at the Berlin Wall, reliving the decisions that brought him to this moment.

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 tickethalifax.com

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 ticketpro.ca

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 neptunetheatre.com

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 tickethalifax.com "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 tickethalifax.com

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.

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Vol 25, No 47
April 19, 2018

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