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Reviews of theatre and art in Nova Scotia and beyond

Mind and Media: Sydney Blum and Alex Livingston at Studio 21

Deer by Calm Water, by Alex Livingston, archival pigment ink print, 47 ” x 65.5,” at Studio 21 Fine Art, 5431 Doyle St., Halifax. Alex Livingston’s new digital paintings of deer in landscapes play with the mind. What is real and what isn’t? These beautiful, pastoral images created solely on a computer refer to traditional art forms of photography, printmaking and painting. The bodies of the deer appear to be […]

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The Color Purple, fabulous tower of song and talent than enriches the soul

Samantha Walkes as Nettie and Tara Jackson as Celie in Neptune Theatre’s production of The Color Purple,  on to June 2 (and selling fast). Stoo Metz. Neptune Theatre’s The Color Purple is a fantastic production that starts with a storm of music and emotion and never lets up. The characters are so engaging that the audience speaks back to them and cheers them on (or hates them) in an intense, […]

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Colour pops in Rosengarten’s plein air paintings at Gallery 1919

Violet Rosengarten exhibits her plein air, mixed media paintings at Gallery Nineteen Nineteen, 6025 Stanley St., Halifax, including Orange Dahlia on Blue (above).  It’s no secret that Dartmouth-based artist Violet Rosengarten loves colour. She is wearing a fuchsia sweater and a delicate scarf of pale pinks and oranges – colours that are echoed in her plein air paintings at Gallery Nineteen Nineteen. “I think of myself as a colourist,” she […]

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MacIvor play cause for celebration

Daniel MacIvor as Dougie and Andrew Moodie as Allen in MacIvor’s 90-minute, New Magic Valley Fun Town, to April 21 at the Neptune Scotiabank Stage, Halifax. (Leif Norman) Daniel MacIvor’s New Magic Valley Fun Town is a brilliant, must-see, Cape Breton comedy with deep poignancy and a powerful ending that will leave you shaken and blessed. The 90-minute drama opened to an immediate standing ovation Friday in Neptune’s studio theatre […]

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Wendy Lill’s The Fighting Days lands at home with Dartmouth Players

Sarah Crowell stars as suffragist Francis Beynon and Joey Yazer as her editor George McNair in  The Fighting Days, on stage to April 13 at the Sawmill Playhouse, Dartmouth. (Bruce Goodick)   The comical tag-team announcing The Fighting Days proudly tells people they are about to see a Canadian story by a writer who is not only Canadian but lives in Dartmouth. Wendy Lill’s The Fighting Days, in a Dartmouth […]

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Hit N.S. comedic mystery lands with finesse at Bedford Players

Alex Smith, Trina Corkum and Elaine Melanson in Habit of Murder. (Bruce Goodick) The Bedford Players’ production of Joanne Miller’s comedic mystery Habit of Murder is a great chance to see this popular show. Habit of Murder was first commissioned from the Halifax author and staged by the Ship’s Company Theatre in Parrsboro as part of a trilogy.  This production keeps the setting in Parrsboro;  however,  this story nestles comfortably […]

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Nothing Off about Noises Off

After much serious theatre this winter and a week of ice-rage, Neptune Theatre’s Noises Off is a great tonic. Director Jeremy Webb, himself, points out that this pure comedy is the exception to a season – his first as artistic director – of “plays curated to provoke some pretty high-stakes and emotional responses.” Not Noises Off.  Michael Frayn’s hit 1982 comedy — last seen in Nova Scotia at the Atlantic […]

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Fox: Not Your Average Volpone

Stepheny Hunter as Corbacci in The Villain’s Theatre’s Fox, running today, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. with a closing matinee Sunday, 2 p.m., at the Weldon Law Building, Dalhousie University. Tickets are online (http://villainstheatre.com/). (Stoo Metz) The Villain’s Theatre presents a visually extreme, bedazzled, intense, new twist on Ben Jonson’s Volpone in a 70-minute drama called Fox. The Halifax company sets this satire of lust and greed as a courtroom […]

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Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells): compelling, complex theatre of consent

Celia Koughan as Laura in the Neptune studio theatre production of Toronto playwright Rose Napoli’s Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells), on stage to Feb. 24. (Stoo Metz) Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells) — a 90-minute rocket of a drama about an affair between a teacher and a student — is compelling, complex and thought-provoking theatre. Now running at the Neptune studio theatre as part of Neptune’s season, it stars Halifax […]

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Joyride just as thrilling as 25 years ago

Kya Mosey and Taylor Olson in Matchstick Theatre’s production of Michael Melski’s Joyride today, 2 and 8 p.m., Neptune studio theatre. (Samm Fisher) Cape Breton playwright Michael Melski’s short, explosive Joyride is as powerful today as it was 25 years ago. Matchstick Theatre gives the tightly-structured, suspenseful play its hard-core strength as well as all the bells and whistles with two shows today, 2 and 8 p.m., wrapping up a […]

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