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Talented cast elevates Young Frankenstein at Stage West

It’s a challenge to avoid comparing Mel Brooks’ musical version of his Young Frankenstein comedy classic to the original movie. Much of the comedic punchlines and sight gags inhabit both pieces of work, but the musical’s timing suffers somewhat in the conversion from screen to stage. 775 more words

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5 family-friendly things to do this weekend in Calgary

First off, here’s a freebie: Sunday is Mother’s Day. I’ll hit return while you make brunch reservations.

Okay, here we go.

Bring the Baby Art Tour… 501 more words

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Stage West's Young Frankenstein a wildly comical reunion

In Stage West’s production of the Mel Brooks musical Young Frankenstein that runs at the dinner theatre until June 26, Ontario actor Kevin Dennis plays the sexually repressed science nerd Friedrich Frankenstein. 508 more words

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Stage West's Suite Surrender star takes John Cleese comparisons in stride

Kevin Hare finds it flattering and ironic that audiences for Stage West’s farce Suite Surrender are comparing him to John Cleese.

In Suite Surrender Hare plays Bernard, the manager of a luxury Palm Beach hotel that is hosting a pair of infamously feuding divas for a fundraising concert. 503 more words

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Review: Duelling divas propel Stage West farce

Kudos are due where they are most applicable, and for Stage West Calgary’s latest production, Suite Surrender, those would be delivered directly to the director and the cast of this sprightly, award-winning comedy. 702 more words

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Stage West's Suite Surrender a study in diva behaviour

Ever wondered what absolutely must be in the dressing rooms of certain songstresses?

Christina Augilera demands Flintstone vitamins, oreo cookies and soy cheese sticks while Lady Gaga won’t venture into her dressing room unless there are 56 bottles of water, half of which must be chilled and half at room temperature. 398 more words

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Review: Stage West's '80s musical sequel fills in blanks, rises as encore tribute

Scanning the playbill, the first thing that came to mind for me was how many of these artists I’ve seen live. Lionel Richie, Whitney Houston, Dionne Warwick, Van Halen, Journey, Smokey Robinson, Sheena Easton, Bryan Adams, Aretha Franklin … Tina Turner — with Ike! 790 more words

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