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"Watchmen"

February 28th, 2009 Steve No comments

“Watchmen” in IMAX, at Scotiabank Cinemas, 11:59pm (approx. – check back later for confirmed timing), $14.95

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"Le Cyc" rock opera

February 28th, 2009 Steve No comments

Le Cyc“, a dystopian bicycle rock opera, feat. an nine piece orchestra, more than 400 original animated images, @ The Tranzac Club, 9pm, $8

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Script Superheroes

February 28th, 2009 Steve No comments

It takes years of training to become an accomplished theatre practitioner. Whether working as an actor, director, or playwright, you need to learn how to properly analyze text, how to work with subtext in a script, and master all sorts of technical skills – choreography, stagecraft, etc.

Awww.. Kristen MacGregor (smoocher) and Alison Broverman (smoochee) are the facilitators of the Script Superheroes playwriting workshops, for kids aged 8-11.

Awww.. Kristen McGregor (smoocher) and Alison Broverman (smoochee) are the facilitators of the Script Superheroes playwriting workshops, for kids aged 8-11.

But the most important thing, arguably, that theatre practitioners need to learn is how to shed their inhibitions; to work without censoring yourself in rehearsal or while writing that first draft, to create spontaneously, to forget all the hard lessons life’s served up that have resulted in each of us forming a protective shell of reservedness. A shell that prevents us from embarrassing ourselves in public, from leaving ourselves open to ridicule and emotional trauma, but also limits our imagination. In short, theatre practitioners need to re-learn how to work creatively, in a manner most kids play in naturally.

The creators of the playwriting workshop “Script Superheroes” have decided to take an opposite approach to mining for theatrical gold; get ‘em young, before they lose that sense of inhibition, and have their imaginations overwritten with ideas of propriety. And the written work being generated by their students is very funny and insightful; the public will get a chance to hear firsthand this weekend at a FREE public performance (featuring adult, professional actors) at Comedy Bar.

Kate Hewlett is one of the actors performing scripts written by kids this Saturday February 28th @ Comedy Bar, 3pm.

Kate Hewlett is one of the actors performing scripts written by kids this Saturday February 28th @ Comedy Bar, 3pm.

Kristen McGregor is an independent producer of children’s television, a clown, bouffon, and puppetry performer, and an all round bundle of energy. She’s previously been mentioned on Gracing the Stage as Megan Fraser’s sunnier counterpart in sketch duo 100 & 50, and a collaborator on the “Bingo: the Show” series. Alison Broverman is an arts and culture writer, who’s written for both the National Post and the Toronto Star, and is a playwright of some note: her 2007 play “Expiry Dating” won the Toronto Fringe Festival’s Best New Play contest, was chosen as one of the Best of the Fringe at the end of the festival, and was subsequently remounted at the Diesel Playhouse.

The two women both obviously enjoy working with kids, and first began teaching their workshops at the Palmerston Library in October of 2007. While their original intention was to get kids hooked on theatre at an early age, they soon found themselves itching to share the work being produced in their classes; in Broverman’s words, the plays are “so much better than anything you’ve seen at CanStage this year”. So they’ve selected pieces written by four of their students to be performed by professional actors.

The adult participants include actress (TV’s “Stargate: Atlantis”, Unspun Theatre’s “Don’t Wake Me”) and playwright (“Humans Anonymous”, “The Swearing Jar”) Kate Hewlett (pictured at left); actor and improvisor Ron Pederson, whose company, The National Theatre of Canada, Broverman recently profiled in the Toronto Star for their weekly show “Impromptu Splendor“; Mark Andrada, a clown and actor who recently performed at the Gracing the Stage launch shows, on night one as one half of the improv duo 10,000 to Flight, and as the technician for night two at Comedy Bar; and Cadence Allen, a Halifax and NYC based actress who’s performed in several seasons with Shakespeare by the Sea.

I would characterize all of the above actors (save for Allen, who I’m not yet well enough acquainted with) as performers who are intimately in touch with their inner child (and this is meant, of course, as a compliment), so I’m really looking forward to seeing how they dig into material written by pre-teens.

Alison Broverman and Mark Andrada in a publicity shot for Broverman's 2007 Fringe hit "Expiry Dating".

Alison Broverman and Mark Andrada in a publicity shot for Broverman's 2007 Fringe hit "Expiry Dating".

(“Script Superheroes” takes place today, Saturday February 28th, at the Comedy Bar, 3pm, FREE.)

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“Laugh Sabbath Presents… Let’s Get Hot!“

February 28th, 2009 Steve No comments

Laugh Sabbath Presents… Let’s Get Hot!“, w/ Tim Gilbert, Kathleen Phillips, Mack Lawrenz, hosts Chris Locke & Aaron Eves, more, @ The Rivoli, 9pm, $5

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Sebastien Grainger & The Mountains

February 28th, 2009 Steve No comments

Sebastien Grainger & The Mountains (12am), w/ Flash Lightning (11pm), more, @ The Horseshoe Tavern, $10.50

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“Mantown”

February 28th, 2009 Steve No comments

“Mantown”, @ Comedy Bar, 10pm, $10

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“The Patient Hour“

February 28th, 2009 Steve No comments

The Patient Hour“, @ Tarragon Theatre, 8pm, $20-$38 ($10 rus tix avail. @ 6pm)

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The Guest Bedroom, Buckets of, We Take Lovers

February 28th, 2009 Steve No comments

The Guest Bedroom, Buckets of, We Take Lovers, more, @ Sneaky Dee’s, 10pm, $5

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“Pad Set“

February 28th, 2009 Steve No comments

Pad Set“, w/ Carmine Lucarelli, Paloma Nunez, James Gangl, more, @ Bad Dog Theatre, 8pm, $5

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“The Colbert Report” screening, w/ guest Carl Wilson

February 28th, 2009 Steve No comments

The Colbert Report” screening, w/ guest Carl Wilson, musical guests Laura Barrett, Sean Dixon, Andrew Kuafman, more, @ The Pilot Tavern (22 Cumberland St., 2nd floor), 10pm (Colbert @ 11:30pm), FREE

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