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Fall Arts Preview: Stage calendar

A month-by-month roundup of unmissable theatre, comedy, drag and dance.


Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, Nov 14 - 1 - SCOTT REID
  • Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, Nov 14 - 1


The Last Wife The Merritt Award-winning, Dora Award-nominated Stephanie MacDonald takes pride in playing tough women—"like your cousin who isn't gonna let that shit slide at family dinner," she tells The Coast. Here, she brings her considerable talent and same ain't-no-pushover attitude to the role of Catherine Parr in Neptune's season opener, The Last Wife. A play about the careful dance of power and progress, see MacDonald and Jodee Richardson (who plays leading man as King Henry VII) as the ultimate power couple. Neptune Theatre, 1593 Argyle Street, Sep 11-Oct 6, tickets from $30

Disney Frozen Jr. Take a trip to the frosty world of Elsa and Anna with this play based on the Broadway musical of the same name. Neptune Theatre, 1593 Argyle Street, Sep 18-22, $19.95

Focus Cia de Dança The Brazilian dance troupe­—and our cover stars­—Focus Cia de Dança arrives in Halifax thanks to Live Art Dance and Prismatic Arts Festival, ready to wow with Ímpar. The troupe have toured extensively throughout Europe and the US, delivering dance inspired by daily life in Rio de Janeiro since 1997. Its latest offering uses seven bodies to tell a story both absurd and magical. Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre, 6101 University Avenue, Sep 20-21, 8pm, $32.50/$20

Rings Through Water Coast theatre critic Micheal Lake bills this, the latest show by Xara Choral Theatre, as "part ode to water protectors, part call to action." Created with Anishinaabe dancer Sarain Fox and Inuk classical soloist and storyteller Deantha Edmunds, the impactful piece rings on. Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre, 6101 University Avenue, Tue Sep 24, 8pm, $25

Travis Lindsay headlines Yuk Yuk's The local comedy scene mainstay finally snags headliner status at the Hollis Street laugh emporium. Yuk Yuk's, 1181 Hollis Street, Sep 26 & 28, 8pm, $12.18

Coronation Street: Roy Cropper & Brian Packham Live Your favourite English soap sees its most loveable (slash least hate-able?) stars land on this side of the pond. Spatz Theatre, 1855 Trollope Street, Sep 28, 1pm, $39.95-$49.95

Anne of Green Gables: The Ballet Ballet Jörgen and Symphony Nova Scotia have combined forces to deliver this redux of the story of the girl from Avonlea; a freckle-faced, feel-good show that makes its world premiere here in Halifax. Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Dalhousie Arts Centre, 6101 University Avenue, Sep 28, 7:30pm; Sep 29, 2pm; tickets from $35 adult/$15 student


Pleasureville Neptune's season rolls on with this world premiere play that traces the story of a down-on-her-luck academic who decides to open up a sex shop in a sleepy, small town. Neptune Theatre, 1593 Argyle Street, Oct 1-20, tickets from $30

Atlantic Flamenco Festival: Dance As If Nobody Is Watching The queen of stomping feet and coiling wrists, Marie Osende herself, storms the stage—backed with her full ensemble—for the highlight show of this year's Atlantic Flamenco Festival. Alderney Landing Theatre, 2 Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth, Oct 4-5, 7:30pm; $10-$27

Nonna's very own: A comedy showcase with Marc-Anthony Sinagoga Up-and-coming comic Marc-Anthony Sinagoga makes you LOL hard enough to fuggetabout your worries. The Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen Street, Oct 10, 8:30pm. $12/$15

Trixie Mattel: Skinny Legend The grand dame of drag—and winner of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars' third season—arrives at the Spatz to take it from Thanksgiving to ThanksLIVING. Spatz Theatre, 1855 Trollope Street, Oct 11, 9pm, $40-$100

Alan Lake Factori(e) Live Art Dance brings this Quebec City phenom to town for its rich, gilded performance Le cri des méduses. Choreographed by Alan Lake and incorporating Théodore Géricault's painting "The Raft of the Medusa," the audience is left with a vision of humanity adrift. Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre, 6101 University Avenue, Oct 15-16, 8pm, $32.50/$20

Between Breaths The dramatic retelling of the life of Jon Lien, the famed Newfoundland doctor who saved over 500 whales, breeches at Neptune. Neptune Theatre, 1593 Argyle Street, Oct 22-Nov 10, tickets from $30

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story The 2018 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award-winning play by 2B Theatre arrives at Neptune after wowing critics during a stint in New York. See Ben Caplan take a star turn in this folk music-theatre hybrid tracing the true story of two Jewish-Romanian refugees coming to Canada in 1908. Neptune Theatre, 1593 Argyle Street, Oct 30-Nov 17, tickets from $30


Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro The comic opera tracing a love triangle between a valet, his bride-to-be and a count, Le Nozze sees the stage flooded with up-and-coming Canadian opera talent. Lilian Piercey Concert Hall at the Maritime Conservatory, 6199 Chebucto Road, Nov 2, 7:30pm; $35

Fiddler On The Roof The classic story of poor milkman Tevye is restaged by St Joseph's Stage Prophets Theatre Company. Spatz Theatre, 1855 Trollope Street, Nov 2, 7:30pm; Nov 3, 1:30pm & 7pm, $20-$30

Decidedly Jazz Danceworks Live Art Dance brings the Calgary movement troupe to town to showcase Juliet and Romeo, a decidedly jazz take on Shakespeare created by Kimberley Cooper and Cory Bowles. Spatz Theatre, 1855 Trollope Street, Nov 9, 8pm; $32.50-$20

Wild Within Mocean Dance's latest work explores the ways which we connect to the natural world. Read more on the previous page. Alderney Landing Theatre, 2 Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth, Nov 14-15, 8pm; Nov 16, 2pm, 8pm, $33.75

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