Theatre

Sweeney Todd serves meat pie to get even

Correction: The original version of this article gave the final show date of Sweeney Todd as Nov. 7. It is in fact Oct. 7. The online version of this article has been changed. The Gazette regrets the error. — When one hears the name Sweeney Todd the first image conjured might be a pale and eyeliner-coated Johnny…

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The secret world of Dal Theatre

On the fifth floor of the Rebecca Cohn building, David Nicols’ office floor is a cacophony of piled papers.  Nicols’ eyes shine amongst the chaos as he stops organizing to talk student theatre at Dalhousie. Despite what the uninitiated may presume, theatre studies is more than learning to act—although that is an option. Students also…

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Arts Briefs

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This week in the Gazette‘s Arts Briefs we have the most recent earth-shattering celebrity divorces, the year’s top musicals and one Grammy nominee who wishes he wasn’t being recognized for an award. Brand and Perry call it quits British comedian Russell Brand and pop singer Katy Perry have officially filed for divorce, according to the…

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Latest KTS production slow to start, finishes strong

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Singing. Dancing. Dream sequences. Topless people… and vampires. Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowen, the brains behind the one-act musical, [title of show], sure know how to give the people what they want. The latest KTS production of [title of show], directed by Jasmine Hare, was slow to start, but managed to deliver the goods. [title…

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SuddenlyLISTEN improvisational collective gets a little Wilde

Oscar Wilde. Photo by Napoleon Sarony

The Picture of Dorian Gray: Revised Dorian is an engaging, enigmatic combination of improvisational acting and music, and an avante-garde revision of Oscar Wilde’s classic The Picture of Dorian Gray, that sees improvisational musicians performing alongside improvisational actors. Norman Adams, the creative force behind the SuddenlyLISTEN improvisational collective elaborates. “We don’t want the music just soundtracking…

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Undressed frights

Pink Velvet Burlesque offers a special Halloween performance On the weekend before Halloween, Pink Velvet Burlesque and their brother troupe, Velvet Rope Boylesque performed their annual Black Stocking Halloween show, a long-standing tradition since Pink Velvet’s creation in 2006. “Halloween, dressing up, being someone you are not (…) it just goes so perfectly with Burlesque…

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Dracula has bite

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Shakespeare by the Sea brings Bram Stoker’s classic novel to life   Shakespeare By The Sea’s autumn show, Dracula, is an appropriately creepy and very faithful adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic novel. The show is set in Transylvania and London in 1893, and opens in a mental asylum, with the voice of Dr. John Seward…

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Rent: the rock-opera with a message

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Spatz Theatre hosts Broadway hit Rent How do you measure a year – 525,600 minutes — when you’re dealing with AIDS? The hit Broadway musical Rent suggests you measure it in love, a notion shared by DMG Music Inc.’s cast of the same show. In a joint effort with the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia, the…

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Neptune season opener disappoints

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Frankenstein an inaccurate adaptation of a classic   Another year of Halifax’s only professional theatre is off to a crawl with Frankenstein, the opening show of their 2011/2012 season. Before I rip in to the show, there are a few things that we should get out of the way. First, Frankenstein is NOT the monster. Victor…

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