by Tara Thorne
Dartmouth thespian fest On the Waterfront concludes this weekend with four Atlantic Canadian plays for your consumption.
Ken Brown’s one-man show Life After Hockey and the murder comedy 3 Dogs Barking have their final performances tonight, May 11. Check out Kate Watson’s reviews at thecoast.ca.
Stars in the Sky Morning, from the brilliantly innovative Theatre Newfoundland Labrador (here a couple years back with the stunning Tempting Providence) is a two-hander about life on the rock through the eyes of women. Written by Rhonda Payne and directed by Jillian Keiley. (May 12 to 14)
You can’t swing a beret at OTW without hitting a Jones sibling. This year it’s Cathy, who mounts Cirque de CJ, a stand-up/physical theatre combo featuring special guests including 22 Minutes cohort Gavin Crawford, Bill Wood, Rhys Bevan-John, Greg Malone and Tiny Taylor. (May 12 to 14)
Get your arse on the damn ferry this weekend. But call 463-PLAY for tickets first.
Fest again a bet
In other theatre news, we are delighted to announce that after a two-year break, Wolfville’s Atlantic Theatre Festival is back in its converted hockey rink for a brand-new season. After debt shuttered the 2004 edition, ATF had a hard time fighting back, but last week reached an agreement with Acadia University—which owns the ATF venue Festival Theatre and evicted the organization in 2005—and is currently pulling together a 2006 line-up. Actors all over the province are already giving monologue auditions, and we’ll keep you posted on plays and performers to check out in the Valley this summer.
The Atlantic Filmmakers’ Co-Operative held its annual members’ screening at Park Lane on Monday. It’s a showcase of the best work produced by co-op members in the past year, and a competition. (We were on the jury last year—the power is intoxicating.) Nine awards were handed out, with a pair of double winners: The Changing Room grabbed Best Cinematography (Ken LeBlanc) and Best Sound (Brian Power) while Maximum 50 won Best Direction (Experimental) and Best Editing (both for Eva Madden). Best Music went to Ron Bates for Joanne Kerrigan’s AFCOOP anniversary short Mine, Best Performance went to Tandra Carvery in Kona, Angus Swatnee picked up Best Direction (Narrative) for Discrimination of the Dead, Best Art Direction went to Lindsay Dobbin for War Poet and the coveted Audience Award went to Ron MacDougall for Scars. Note to our AFCOOP peeps: an annual compilation DVD would be sa-weet.
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