Comedians make a living making people laugh, which usually means making fun of people and things.
Prairie Theatre Exchange’s presentation of The Valley promises to tell a story “ripped from the headlines” with playwright Joan MacLeod touching on such subjects as mental illness, conduct within the police service, and what it means to take responsibility for our actions.
Set at First Lutheran Church food bank in Winnipeg’s West End, Sargent & Victor & Me chronicles the intertwining stories and opinions of seven characters that Debbie Patterson created from interviews with real citizens of our fair city.
Sarasvàti Productions is gearing up for its third annual So You Think You Can Act (SYTYCA) fundraiser, an event which allows the local theatre company to make FemFest and other productions a reality each year.
The 14th annual Master Playwright Festival, presented by the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, is showcasing the work of Russian dramatist Anton Chekhov until February 9.
The effects of the financial meltdown in 2008 have been wide-ranging and long-lasting. “This is a subject matter that is real and happening right now. People have lost their homes and jobs, and we’ll see a ripple effect into the 2020s,” says Christopher Brauer, Associate Professor in the University of Winnipeg’s Theatre and Film department.
Since 2001, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre has been staging the Master Playwright Festival, and this year the spotlight is shining on Anton Chekhov, a 19th century Russian writer known for his short stories and plays.
A city under the harsh, repressive blanket of a winter that saw New Year’s Eve colder than both the surface of the North Pole and the planet Mars is the ideal locale to mount a theatre production of Charlotte Brontë’s Gothic classic Jane Eyre.
Set in River Heights, there’s lots of Winnipeg flavour in Social Studies, the new Prairie Theatre Exchange comedy by Trish Cooper, one of seven local female playwrights that’s debuting work this 2013/2014 season.
There’s a lot of competition in the comedy world, playing to silent audiences and going against the best and brightest (or the worst and angriest). Though there are many places a comic strives to get to, Just for Laughs is one of the big ones, an event at which comedians who’ve ‘made it’ perform stand-up to likely their biggest audience.
Since 1993, Shakespeare in the Ruins has been entertaining audiences with unique presentations of Shakespeare’s plays that are, according to its website, “an intriguing mix of bare-bones contemporary and traditional aesthetics [featuring] cross-gendered, multiple-role casting and a dynamic, text-oriented style of performance.”
Sibling rivalry dominates in The Best Brothers, the latest work by Nova Scotia playwright Daniel MacIvor, opening October 17 at Prairie Theatre Exchange.
‘Peg playwrights Alix Sobler, Cairn Moore, Trish Cooper, Carolyn Gray, Debbie Patterson, Jessy Ardern and Ginny Collins are all debuting new plays in the 2013-2014 theatre season. In an art form that’s typically dominated by male writers, having seven female playwrights produced in a single season in one city is incredible.
Many plays have been adapted for present day’s stage and screen, but award winning playwright Carolyn Gray’s adaptation of Molière’s 1668 satire The Miser is a little more Winnipeg-centric than most.
The Winnipeg IF Improv Festival has been going strong since the year 2000, making longtime fans of improvised comedy feel old and young improvisers feel more competitive.
Local theatre lovers can finally catch Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire’s 1989 off-Broadway musical revue Closer Than Ever right here in Winnipeg.
Brittany Thiessen’s not a ditz, but she does play one in the upcoming FemFest production of Harold and Vivian Entertain Guests, a new play by Winnipeg writer Jessy Ardern.
Cluster New Music + Integrated Arts Festival has been a fairly underground initiative since it began in 2010. Yet the little festival that could has been offering new and exciting programming, and drawing big name acts from around the world since it’s inauguration.
Local actor/writer/romantic Victor Enns is saying good-bye to Winnipeg the way he knows best: with a sketch comedy show.
The well-known tale of master and apprentice is given a splash of colour with the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s Warehouse season opener, RED.