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Fringe review: Tempting

Fringe review: Tempting

Tempting • 1.5  stars out of 5 • Stage 1, Westbury Theatre A morality play where the maybe-supernatural meets wooden acting, unnatural prose and a series of morally confusing dialogue, Tempting is the perfect play for anyone who wants to feel really bad about no longer being attracted to a partner dying of a terminal disease. We open on Laura (Erin Pettifor) doing yoga before the play begins, then readying to open up her psychic shop for the day after eating some raw cereal. In barges Adam (Franco Correa), who for several very awkward minutes lets Laura take him through the motions of a routine reading before eventually piping up about what is the supposedly most pressing concern he’s ever faced — the fact Laura counselled his dying-anyway girlfriend Constance to end her life on her own terms. He wants Laura to recant.

 
 

Fringe review: The Turn Of The Screw

Fringe review: The Turn Of The Screw

Turn Of The Screw 4 stars out of 5 Stage 9, Telus Phone Museum Henry James’ gothic horror story comes to life in this engrossing stage adaptation by Jeffrey Hatcher, featuring Aequilux Productions’ Darrell Portz and Shanni Pinkerton. It’s not an easy thing to cast multiple characters and a narrator using just two actors and I couldn’t help imagining how it might have been with a couple of extra bodies to portray the folks in the bare-bones set of Bly country manor. The actors do a nice job maintaining the flow in Hatcher’s script. They move back and forth between quick, concise dialogues and direct exposition to the audience, though at some points the pacing calls for more room to breathe, more time for the mood to develop. Pinkerton is excellent as the new governess at the estate, first a bit timid, then perplexed, ultimately obsessed in confronting the mystery that surrounds her young charges, quiet Flora and uneasy Miles. Portz has his work cut out for him taking on several extra roles along with the narrator, using only his face and voice to differentiate between them with no costume changes. Curiously his stretch as housekeeper Mrs.

 
 

Fringe review: Rigby Muldoon: Paradox At Vanderkroft Manor

Fringe review: Rigby Muldoon: Paradox At Vanderkroft Manor

Rigby Muldoon: Paradox At Vanderkroft Manor 3.5 stars out of 5 Stage 34, John Walter Room/Varscona Hotel It’s the old random-characters-stuck-in-a-locked-murder-manorhouse scenario. Except this time they’re from different time co-ordinates – 1898, 1947, 1987, 2017, etc. — thrown together by an electrical storm and a quirk of quantum physics, with a recurring character, professional time traveller-detective Rigby Muldoon, to help sort things out. Robin Slack’s sci-fi murder mystery premise could use more development and a larger, cooler physical space but it does inspire six drama grads to cultivate their oddball, multi-generational, contrasting characters, some nuggets of incidental humour and hints at an insightful perspective on history. Rigby’s (Joshua Cross) gravelly voice and Mr. Zen’s (Alex Berry) wide-eyed confusion need a bit of fine-tuning, and the rambling plot allowed for some zany dialogue that didn’t always live up to its potential, but there is a certain cast chemistry there.

 
 

Fringe Review: Late Night Cabaret

Fringe Review: Late Night Cabaret

Late Night Cabaret • 4.5 stars out of 5 • Stage 2, Backstage Theatre At the end of a long day at the Fringe, you could go home and be in bed before midnight. But where’s the fun in that? There’s a number of shows for those night owls out there, but the biggest late night party can be found in the Backstage Theatre, Venue 2, with the Late Night Cabaret. This live “talk-show” style variety hour is a great way to cap off your night, and one more chance to enjoy an adult beverage while you wait for the rain to taper off before heading home. House band Ze Punters set the stage for an energetic evening, and hosts Amy Shostak and Julian Faid make a dynamic, funny duo, offering up jokes, interviews, and playful asides. The main entertainment for the evening includes performers for other Fringe shows. On opening night this included Georgia improv performers Amber Nash and Matt Horgan who are here in Big Ol’ Show, talented magician Keith Brown, who’s here with his show Absolute Magic, and Winnipeg sketch troupe HUNKS. Musical act Vissia rounded out the night, and enough audience participation, and spontaneous laughs kept the show moving. If you’re just not the type to want to head home early, you could do far worse than settling in at the Cabaret. Dave Breakenridge

 
 

102 St Building Construction Hoarding

102 Street NW, from 103 Avenue to 104 Avenue Ongoing through Sunday, December 31, 2017, 3pm

 
 

104 Avenue Sidewalk Closure

104 Avenue NW, from 102 Street to 104 Street Ongoing through Sunday, December 31, 2017, 3pm

 
 

103 Avenue Lane Reductions

103 Avenue NW, from 102 Street to 104 Street Ongoing through Sunday, December 31, 2017, 3pm

 
 

Building Construction Hoarding

79 Avenue NW, from 101 Street NW Ongoing through Sunday, December 31, 2017, 9am

 
 

MLB umpires wear wristbands to protest ‘abusive’ treatment

Major League Baseball umpires are wearing white wristbands during games Saturday, protesting “abusive player behaviour” after Detroit second baseman was fined but not suspended for his recent verbal tirade against ump Angel Hernandez.

 
 

Wolfpack shut out Newcastle in 4th round of Super 8s playoffs

Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e scored two tries in a five-minute span in the second half as the Toronto Wolfpack downed the Newcastle Thunder 50-0 on Saturday in the fourth round of Kingstone Press League 1’s Super 8s playoffs.

 
 
 

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