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Reviews of theatre and art in Nova Scotia and beyond

A Battle Against Torture: Shining a Light on Women’s Truths

NOTE: This story was assigned by the late Robert Devet of the Nova Scotia Advocate because he believed strongly in Jeanne’s and Linda’s work. This is the wrong place for it but the story must be placed somewhere .out in the world. Please be warned it is disturbing and, in parts, graphic. This is for you Robert with faith in your belief in championing unheard voices. It all began with […]

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Sky Dancers, epic film, dance and theatre show, in Halifax Thursday at the Spatz Theatre

For the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Live Art Dance and the Prismatic Arts Festival co-present Sky Dancers by A’nó:wara Dance Theatre at the Spatz Theatre, Halifax, Thursday, Sept. 30, 8 p.m. Indigenous choreographer Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo’s multi-media show of dance, theatre and film is inspired by the death of her great-grandfather in a 1907 Quebec construction disaster that killed 75 men. On Aug. 39, 1907, the world’s […]

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TWIN FLAMES tours the Maritimes

Award-winning Canadian Indigenous duo, Twin Flames, is the Maritimes for the first time with 12 shows from Sept. 30 to Oct. 16. The Nova Scotia shows are: Sept. 30, Truro, Marigold Cultural Centre; Oct. 1, Windsor, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia; Oct. 2, Chester, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 44; Oct. 3, Halifax, The Carleton, as part of the Prismatic Arts Festival, and Oct. 9, Annapolis Royal, King’s Theatre. For tickets […]

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Fully Committed: a one-person tour de force and Neptune’s first on-stage play since COVID

Breton Lalama’s performance in the madcap, fancy restaurant, send-up Fully Committed is a phenomenal feat of ever-changing voices and physical gestures. The 90-minute, one-person show without intermission – the first play staged by Neptune Theatre in 18 months – is a rollicking ride as Sam, an unemployed actor working the reservation line at a high-end New York restaurant, is bombarded by entitled socialites and celebrity handlers. At the same time […]

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Matchstick and Moscovitch: a winning combination at the Bus Stop Theatre

Footnotes: An evening of 3 Short Plays by award-winning Canadian playwright Hannah Moscovitch, at the Bus Stop Theatre through Sunday, is a not-to-be missed experience in professional, polished, provocative and playful theatre. (However, sadly, all 10 shows, two a night, are sold out. To get on a waiting list in case of cancellations email matchsticktheatre@gmail.com. ) Matchstick Theatre imaginatively stages the three mini-plays of entirely different tones in three distinct […]

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Where You Are makes Baddeck Where You Want to Be

Canadian playwright Krista Da Silva’s comedy, Where You Are, is a picture of life and love to hold in your heart. Running through Saturday at Theatre Baddeck, 24 Queen St., this drama about two retired sisters is set in a small Cape Breton community where neighbours help neighbours and people love to gossip. Director Samantha Wilson has a dream cast expressing all the life force, playfulness and deep affection in […]

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Scott conjures Pulitzer-winning poet and her wisdom in Elizabeth Bishop and the Art of Losing at FIN

The time is right for a film about loss, says Nova Scotia filmmaker John D. Scott. His mesmerizing 84-minute masterpiece, Elizabeth Bishop and the Art of Losing, is framed by the poem One Art about loss, written by Bishop after a lifelong string of tragedy including her father’s death when she was an infant and the suicide of her Brazilian lover Lota. The film, over 10 years in the making, […]

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Juanita Peters directs her first feature film, 8:37 REBIRTH, premiering Friday at FIN film fest

As a teen in Weymouth Juanita Peters piled into a car with her cousins to see the movies in nearby Digby. This Friday night those same cousins will watch the world premiere of Peters’ first feature film as director, 8:37 REBIRTH, at FIN Atlantic International Film Festival in person at 9:30 p.m., at Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane, or online to Sept. 23. 8:37 REBIRTH, shot in Halifax with a Nova […]

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Four artworks up for 2021 Masterworks Award

The four works that are finalists for the 2021 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award are: Lagomorph (Alexander MacLeod and Andrew Steeves); Porøs (Neil Forrest); The Princess Show (Aaron Collier, Deonie Hudson and Riche Wilcox); and The Sirens’ Calling (John Greer). Established by Myra Freeman in 2005, the award recognizes the excellence of a particular work of art from any media. According to a press release, it is […]

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FAST’s Robin Hood at Keppoch Mountain: What a hoot!

Festival Antigonish’s pandemic-inspired choice to leave the Bauer Theatre to stage its first outdoor show – a massive, immersive, theatrical spectacle at Keppoch Mountain – is a bold and visionary one. Robin Hood: The Great Escape, written by artistic director Andrea Boyd and Antigonish theatre artist Laura Teasdale, is a blast. The 15-day run is sold out with the possibility of some seats opening up after Aug. 19. Excitement among […]

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