No Coriolanus for me. Now wondering why, exactly…

And lo, there was much fury at the Scotiabank Cinemas in West Edmonton Mall on the 30th of January in this year of 2014 (AD), for the many buyers of tickets for the National Theatre Live showing of Coriolanus from London, England, which was not to be.

What WE were told at WEM was there was a satellite issue in Toronto, and the first half of the show wasn’t filmed. I was offered a refund or two special event passes to use later… though I had to wait in line then and there in order to get them.

But wait! It gets Better!

I texted Amy – my director and fellow Shakespeare nut – and she advised me the play was showing at HER location…South Edmonton Common.

I received this news as I was about to drive home. I wanted to march back into the theatre and roar, but I know the staff had nothing to do with this call and would be as perplexed as me.

One woman ahead of me, another disappointed Coriolanus-goer, lamented to her husband: “Why are we in Edmonton?”

Alas. I really hope they figure out a way to show the encore still.

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Should there be anyone out there thinking theatre is ONLY fun…

I know there are some people who genuinely believe theatre can only ever be a hobby. You put on a costume, you walk onstage, people look at you and clap. It’s easy. It’s fun!

I’ve learned, however, that theatre is only as much fun as the work you put into it. The harder you work on it, the more fun it is.

Observe, and then tell me this looks like mere “fun”.

Oh by the way; this is showing LIVE at the movie theatre in West Edmonton Mall next Thursday, 30 January. I bought my ticket in September.

Great review from the Edmonton Journal!

Feast your eyes, then see the show.

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/life/Edmonton+Fringe+Review+Stories+Love+Hate/7111896/story.html

Tickets now on sale!

Here is where to buy tickets for Stories of Love & Hate!

https://tickets.fringetheatre.ca/DateSelection.aspx?item=1264

Edmonton Fringe programs are now on sale too all over the city – pick one up and see everything there is to see.

Happy Fringing!

Now THAT was a party!

So the Toga & Burlesque fundraiser raised the roof last night.  Thanks again to all our donors – Sobeys, the Black Sheep Pub, Sharon Skwarchuk, Kimberly Budd, Jessie McKitrick, and the Colonescu family, our own beautiful Nicole, Gino Akbari and photographer Steve Barr – for their donations allowing us to thank our partygoers.  And thank you to our audience for coming to support the show and having such a great time!  Thanks also to the Irish Sports & Social Society for hosting us (and provided beer!), and the wonderful Lucky L’amour and Delilah Manhandler of Capital City Burlesque for their performances.  Thanks especially to our own sound designer Darrell Portz, who won the 50/50 draw (no joke!), and then donated his winnings back to the show.  We adore Darrell.

So feast your eyes on the photos and remember, this is but a preview for the SHOW.  Details of the venue and times for Stories of Love & Hate at the Edmonton Fringe will be coming very shortly.