Arts Seen – week of March 6 2014

Girls go wild and plays without words

Girls Gone Wilde will take over Lunchbox Theatre for the next two weekends as Urban Curvz Theatre revives its late-night cabaret. Two dozen established and emerging female theatre artists will be dabbling with theatre clowning and song and dance in six 10-minute acts that promise to cover “everything from exorcism to escapism.” The cabaret will run March 7 8 (a great way to mark International Women’s Day) 14 and 15 (the extra wild party) and is held to support female artists engaged in brave new work ( urbancurvz.com ).

Pape and Taper Productions is presenting two shows this week that have one thing in common: they communicate without speaking. Goblin Market (based on the poem of the same name by Christina Rossetti) uses original hand-made puppets and shadow play to tell its story while Little Problems uses techniques from the world of mime clown and physical comedy. The shows address topics such as relationships addictions and belonging and are presented by an almost all-female team (another good way to spend International Women’s Day). “By taking away our most familiar form of communication we were able to challenge ourselves in the way we tell a story. These two shows have developed a strong dialogue for unsung female heroes such as the all too familiar introvert” says director and co-producer Kathryn Smith in a media release. The shows run through March 8 and details are available on Facebook.

Ellipsis Tree Collective is also telling the stories of unsung heroes launching the new Black Canadian Theatre Series this week with the first of three plays The Real McCoy opening at the Canmore Opera House at Heritage Park on March 7 (see story on this page).

This week marks the beginning of the end for Alberta Theatre Projects ’ Enbridge playRites Festival of New Canadian Plays ( atplive.com ) with three of the four shows in the lineup starting their run (see the story in this issue). But ATP remains committed to staging Canadian premiéres launching the new Enbridge playRites Series of New Canadian Plays (see how they swapped that one word?) as part of the 2014-15 season which was announced March 6 with details at ffwdweekly.com . Those new plays include Butcher a political thriller by Nicolas Billon the winner of the 2013 Governor General’s Award for Drama; and The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst by David van Belle and Eric Rose of Ghost River Theatre who also have a show in Theatre Calgary’s 2014-15 lineup.

Watching the torture scene in the Quentin Tarantino film Reservoir Dogs is difficult enough with a screen between the action and the audience but that hasn’t stopped people from going to see the story play out live onstage. Scorpio Theatre’s ( scorpio.ca ) production of Reservoir Dogs adapted by Trevor Rueger and directed by Keith Kollee has sold out. The show runs until March 7 at Pumphouse Theatres and anyone who wants to see it will have to put their name on the box office waiting list and hope somebody else doesn’t show up.