Arts Seen – week of May 9 2013

Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna isn’t the only circus in town. Kit and Kaboodle Circus is running at Festival Hall until Saturday May 11 with magicians acrobats hoopers and musicians. This family-friendly event is community-based with a roster of local talent. James Jordan and Ryan Pilling hosts of the monthly vaudeville Garden Variety Show at Loose Moose Theatre will bring the magic — the duo has been performing together since 2010. Breathe Parkour will bring urban acrobatics Carisa Hendrix will play with fire Len Harvey will clown around Trevor Campbell (Obscene but Not Heard) will bring the laughs and Anthony Appleby Chantal Vitalis and others will bring the music. And that’s just a small sample of what’s in store. Kit and Kaboodle may not have its own big tent or fancy merchandise but it’s all local and tickets are cheap ( kitandkaboodlecalgary.com ).

One of Shakespeare’s lesser-known plays is in the spotlights this week. The Winter’s Tale is a story about a king who is plagued by the belief his pregnant wife has been unfaithful so he puts her in prison and forces her to stand trial. The rest of course is tragedy. And romance. And even comedy. The play is being produced by Full Circle Theatre a local company founded in June 2010 by two University of Calgary grads and runs until Saturday May 11 at Dancers’ Studio West. Tickets are cash only at the door or email in advance to reserve ( fullcircletheatre.ca ).

Local film and theatre critic Louis B. Hobson’s Almost a Love Story also has its share of tragedy and romance. First there is the death of husband and father and then there is the discovery that he was having an affair with another man leading to inevitable questions about identity and the true meaning of love. The play generated discussion when it was presented in an earlier form at the 2011 Suncor Energy Stage One Festival and is now showing at Lunchbox Theatre until May 18 ( lunchboxtheatre.com ).

Not in the mood for tragedy and romance? Well we have zombies too. Workshop Theatre is wrapping up its season with the theatrical version of George Romero’s cult classic Night of the Living Dead which runs May 10 to 18 at the Pumphouse — including midnight shows on May 11 and 17. If you’ve seen the movie you know the story and if you haven’t then this is your chance to experience it live ( workshoptheatre.org ).