Monday, February 4, 2013

Openings We're Tracking This Week, February 4-10, 2013

The (Post) Mistress was a huge success for Ship's Company in Parrsboro, NS. It was hardly surprising it was: the work bares the imprimatur of the brilliant playwright Tomson Highway; it offers a magnificent (singing) role to an actor ready to sink her teeth into it - which Martha Irving surely did; and it tells stories (read: gossip) conveyed to us by a nosey post-mistress through a cycle of songs. Neptune Theatre knew a good thing when they saw it and imported it into their season. (And we suspect theatres across the country will soon be doing likewise.) (Halifax)

So we've had High Performance Rodeo in Calagary, Wildside in Montreal,  PuSh in Vancouver and Next Stage in Toronto - that must mean it's time for another winter festival and it's Undercurrents at GCTC. The festival includes seven works this year - Skin, Hip Hop Shakespeare: Live Music Videos!, Little Orange Man, Ladies of the Lake, Little Iliad, The Public Servant and Bread - a federal employee, a journey to end nightmares, Selkie legend, rapper wars, dream reenactments, Skype and the Trojan Wars, and how to bake bread - from companies from the Capital and across the nation. Par-tay! (Ottawa)

Mary Walsh (above) is not only one of the country's finest comic performers but she is also a very fine dramatic actress. And there has been no lack of comedy and drama even in the practicalities of touring her solo, Dancing With Rage. Illness knocked out one run. Then her set disappeared heading towards another. But you have always gotten a sense that life, and how Walsh observes it, has fueled her entire career. Simply, the show (which does, yes, include the incomparable Marg Delahunty) is the great show-woman in all her so-real-it-can't-be glory and it lands on the West Coast this week. (Vancouver)

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