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Arts in an oil shock: Five Calgary arts managers to watch

Most people know the artistic directors, but during rocky economic times, Calgary’s arts companies rely upon the guidance of a collection of arts managers, who juggle a combination of public funding, individual and corporate donors and other assorted revenue streams. 426 more words

Local Arts

R.H. Thomson: Finding comfort in the community of theatre

From such stuff, a career is made.

When R.H. Thomson was a precocious four-year-old, he was in the cast of the Richmond Hill Curtain Club’s production of The Remarkable Mr. 1,261 more words

Local Arts

Theatre Review: Dear Johnny Deere harvests a bounty of musical gems

How can you not love a show with a song called I Wanna Buy Your Truck?

Whether you do or don’t might tell you all you need to know about the personal appeal of Theatre Calgary’s rollicking, witty production of Dear Johnny Deere, a musical inspired by the music of Fred Eaglesmith, which opened Friday at the Max Bell Theatre. 700 more words

Calgary

All that's missing from Regency Springtime Ball is Colin Firth in a waistcoat

If 100,000 geeks and nerds can dress up as their favourite superheroes at the Comic Expo every year, why can’t a few passionate historical romantics? 665 more words

Calgary

Theatre Review: King Lear and the art of letting go

It didn’t seem like such a bad idea back in Scene 1.

That’s when Lear (Benedict Campbell), the aging king of Britain, gathers his clan — three daughters and two sons-in-law — to divvy up the kingdom so that he might go about the gentle business of easing his way off the planet — “while we,” he announces, “unburdened, crawl towards death.” 855 more words

Alberta

Five things to do this weekend in Calgary

King Lear at Theatre Calgary (Opening Friday, March 13)
Benedict Campbell comes to Theatre Calgary to play the mad king, which he tells Stephen Hunt that “because it has a huge range of stuff in it… I’ve felt everything has just been practice for.” It’s also a huge step up from one of the other times he played royalty, … 531 more words

Local Arts

Benedict Campbell tackles dream role in King Lear

For actors, it’s all about the part.

Some parts are one line. Others — like Willy Loman, Blanche Dubois, Roy Cohn, or Undershaft in Major Barbara — ask an actor to bring everything they’ve got to it, and then a little bit more. 887 more words

Calgary