by Tara Thorne
One of the most relevant festivals in this province kicks off tonight as the On the Waterfront Theatre Festival and its junior (yeah, we went there) fest Kids on the Waterfront turn lucky number 13. (Same as The Coast! Coincidence? Um, yeah, but we like our pointless statistics. Fourteen percent of our readers know this.)
A sidebar for Dartmouth-fearing Haligonians: Take a walk to the waterfront, which you have no problem finding when the damn Buskers are on. It’s scenic! It’s salty! It’s downhill! Dig out a toonie and climb onto the ferry. Everybody loves a two-dollar boat ride. It’s scenic! It’s salty! Don’t look down! When you exit the ferry, smack yourself in the damn face, because guess what? You are already at Alderney Landing Theatre, home of fest host Eastern Front Theatre. It’s been there for years. It’s lovely—not a bad seat in the house. You probably dropped your kids off there for the City and Colour show a month ago, and you’ll be dropping them off in August for NOFX. So remember how easy it was to get there, and go back when EFT’s regular season is on.
Ahem. Here’s a rundown of this week’s half of On the Waterfront (check thecoast.ca for Kate Watson’s reviews as the shows happen. The line-up changes every three days until May 14):
God’s Middle Name is written by and starring veteran Halifax actor and professor Jennifer Overton adapted from her own book Snapshots of Autism. Also starring another vet, Rejean Cournoyer, it follows Overton as a mother learning to raise an autistic child. (May 5 to 7)
Fields of Crimson is a musical (dudes, anytime you can see a local musical, go) set in World War II. Molly Lamb fought to be a war artist, something women were not, and the man she was paired with, Bruno Bobak, wasn’t down with that. The best part is they are real people, married and living in New Brunswick. Fields of Crimson is written by Jan Morrison and Malcolm Calloway with music by Dawn Harwood-Jones, Konrad Pluta and Bill Stevenson. (May 5 to 7)
Life After Hockey is like The Tournament but not cancelled. But seriously, Ken Brown’s hockey comedy features a real live recording by Wayne Gretzky and is about a guy who loves his family but also loves hockey. A foreign subject matter in this part of the world. (May 9 to 11)
3 Dogs Barking features those magical words—“mature” and “themes”—and stars John Beale, Marty Burt and Kelly Peck in a comic drama about a guy who confesses to a murder but maybe didn’t commit it. Or did he? Richard Donat directs. (May 9 to 11)
Tune in next week for possibly more yelling and definitely more on the second half of the festival.
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