Darkness and extremity in Monstrosities // Marc J Chalifoux Photography

Monstrosities: Monsters on the outside

What makes a monster? Through a project spawned of curious origins, the ladies at The Maggie Tree are inviting Edmonton theatre audiences to step into the Varscona and take a good, hard look at some ...
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Honk! The Musical

After spending the last few months honing their improvisational skills through the weekly 11 O’Clock Number at the Varscona, Grindstone Theatre is moving into the realm of full-length productio...
Wherefor art thou? // EPIC Photography

Romeo and Juliet

A frenzied, bloody brawl in the streets: not the usual sort of opening to a love story, and certainly not what we’ve come to expect of that most famous of all romances: Shakespeare’s Rome...
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No mirage: Saskatchewan’s sand dunes

Northern Saskatchewan is an unlikely place for giant, Sahara-like sand dunes—but they’re there, rising out of a dense boreal forest and hulking over the shores of a huge lake. The Athabasca San...
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Rosé in springtime

Ah, the signs of spring: the honking of geese returning from the south, the first green buds and, for wine drinkers, a sudden hankering for rosé. Gone are the heavy, rich reds of cold winter nights—b...
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Romeo and Juliet

How do you go about designing the set for a play that has been staged thousands of times before? “I try to come at every project afresh,” says Cory Sincennes, the set and costume designer...
Icon versus icon // Baos Photography

Paquita vs Carmen

Within the realm of classical ballet and opera, Paquita and Carmen are veritable celebrities. Citie Ballet has decided to honour the iconic status of both in the local company’s season ender: P...

The Light in the Piazza

Family secrets: they’re always a fertile source of drama. The secret in Craig Lucas’ The Light in the Piazza is one that Margaret (Larissa Pohoreski) tries unsuccessfully to warn her daughter’s futur...
Poetry in motion in Blood Wedding //  Terah Jans

Blood Wedding

Blood Wedding is a perfect tragedy. Federico García Lorca’s 1932 play is evocative and disquieting, a dark meditation on the web of oppressive social roles and the self-destructive forces of hu...
Exploring gender-based violence through art  //  Girl Named Shirl Photography

Escape Velocity

Activism can take many forms; Nikki Shaffeeullah chose theatre. “Through live performance you have the power to engage people in a visceral way that you can’t necessarily [do] through the...