NS reviews

Reviews of theatre and art in Nova Scotia and beyond

Billy Bishop Goes to War a kaleidoscope of colour and emotion

Highland Arts Theatre turns the 40-year-old classic Billy Bishop Goes to War into a kaleidoscope of colour, passion and story in its 70-minute production, extended through Friday, 8 p.m., due to popular demand. Over the years Truro-born playwright John Gray and actor Eric Peterson have revisited their musical about the Owen Sound flying ace to combine boyish excitement and high spirits with an awareness of the horror and loss of […]

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Tooke celebrates land, life and love in West of Paradise

Susan Tooke celebrates nature and the rural life she shared with her late husband in the exhibit, West of Paradise, at Secord Gallery, 6301 Quinpool Rd., Halifax, to Nov. 27. “This work is really the whole idea of paradise, that we had come to this amazing place, this amazing property and it was everything we could ever dream of – everything was so beautiful and so inspirational,” says Tooke. In […]

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See hot, new movies and Atlantic shorts at HIFF

The 14th annual Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival (HIFF) is free and online starting today and running to Nov. 15. Produced by the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative, it includes a 14-hour film shown in three parts, Atlantic Canadian shorts, a Centre for Art Tapes digital art tour and 10 Canadian and international feature films. (To view the full program and select tickets go to: https://watch.eventive.org.) United Kingdom director Mark Jenkin’s BAFTA-nominated film […]

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Whitney Pier House Perfect Set for Suspenseful Drama

Highland Arts Theatre invites people into a haunted house for Hannah Moscovitch’s psychological thriller Little One, just extended to Nov. 15 because it’s been selling out. A masked audience of 15 is guided through a Whitney Pier home under renovation to watch this intense and chilling 75-minute drama with striking performances by Tayves Fiddis (Mary’s Wedding) and Bhreagh MacNeil (Werewolf). Director Alison Crosby moves her actors through dingy rooms of […]

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Festival Antigonish pivots to lively, radio comedy

Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre has blasted through the restrictions of COVID-19 to make a locally-inspired radio drama that is tons of fun. Hector the Spectre Steals the Show is a six-part weekly series on radio and online about the Bauer Theatre’s legendary ghost Hector. The story, written by FAST artistic director Andrea Boyd and Antigonish artist/playwright Laura Teasdale, is theatre-about-theatre with lots of funny references to Festival Antigonish, Nova Scotia […]

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Psychic astrologer’s first novel is a tale for our times

Nova Scotia astrologer and spiritual counselor Deborah Young launches her first novel, Gabriel’s Great Perhaps, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 7 to 8 p.m., with a Facebook Live event. Nova Scotia-based astrologer, writer and spiritual counselor Deborah Young found writing a novel to be the bravest thing she’s ever done. This after travelling much of the world, experiencing the death of close family members as a child and working for over 29 […]

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Bone Cage big winner at FIN Atlantic film festival

It was Taylor Olson’s year at the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival as the film he directed, wrote and starred in swept up most of the major awards. This year the FIN Stream Audience Choice awards were voted on by viewers. Bone Cage, a rural Nova Scotia drama adapted by Olson from the play by Catherine Banks and produced by Melani Wood, won the Gordon Parsons Award for Best Atlantic […]

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Bone Cage: powerful, dark tale of rural N.S. at FIN

Bone Cage is a chilling, 89-minute film about a blighted, rural anti-hero in a small Nova Scotia town. As Taylor Olson’s first feature, it is a landmark film, screening online now to Sept. 27 through FIN Stream (Atlantic International Film Festival). Like David Adams Richards’ novels, Bone Cage exists in an Atlantic Canadian ethos of poetry and poverty, crushed dreams and doomed lives. The film stars its Halifax director and […]

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A walking puzzle for Halifax

Theatre artist Annie Valentina and web developer Isa Grant both love puzzles. With DISPATCH they take you on a walking game in Halifax to Sept 27. DISPATCH is “real-time storytelling, delivered to you in an entertaining and interactive format,” says actor, playwright and director Valentina, in a press release. A few years ago when she was in the United Kingdom friends introduced her to London’s Hidden City Hunt – a […]

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Halifax Theatre for Young People presents Brundibár digitally Wednesday

Halifax Theatre for Young People presents the company’s  2019 production, Brundibár, digitally with online streaming Wednesday, June 3, 7 p.m. With music by Hans Krása and libretto by Adolf Hoffmeister, the uplifting half-hour opera (presented in English) is about children embracing the power of music and friendship. Tessa Mendel directed a cast of 15 students from across HRM, performing with musicians Scott Macmillan and members of Symphony Nova Scotia, with […]

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