Contrary to popular belief, all the world is not a stage—sometimes people just say things to get attention. See an actual stage with this GrouponLive deal to Lunchbox Theatre. For $35, you get two general-admission tickets to a one-act play (an $80 value). Tickets are valid during the first week of each production.
Performances run at 12:10 p.m. every Monday–Saturday, at 6:10 p.m. on Fridays, and at 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. This Groupon is valid for any performance in the first week of the following shows:
He Said, She Said (February 4–10)
Frequent company writer and director Glenda Stirling and Neil Fleming are the two cross-chromosomal collaborators behind He Said, She Said, an attempt at translating the constant miscommunications of an archetypal male-female relationship. Fleming, whose fluency in domestic matters was showcased as head writer on the Food Network’s Fixing Dinner, has long specialized in one-act plays that tease out the absurdities in everyday life.
Scarlet Woman (March 4–10)
Matthew Wells’s noir-styled mystery throws two actresses into the over-the-top parts of a dozen scheming ladies and piles up nearly as many dead bodies. Sardonic secretaries, tough-talking detectives, and dizzy ingénues fill the stage with melodramatic gestures and dialogue that scrambles hardboiled dialogue tropes to comic effect. The Winnipeg Free Press praised the lines that “come as fast and furious as the costume and character changes” and the humour that “never disrespects the genre by descending into silliness” in a review of a 2011 production.
If I Weren’t With You (April 1–7)
If I Weren’t With You is a new musical comedy from Joe Slabe, founder of Calgary’s own Forte Musical Theatre Guild and the scribe behind 2005’s Austentatious. Locked in decidedly mediocre matrimony, one couple imagines in song what could have been if they’d only opted for the single life. Slabe’s writing has been described by Stephen Hunt of the Calgary Herald as “sharp, funny, and once in a while heartbreaking.”
Almost a Love Story (April 29–May 5)
Calgary Sun theatre and film reviewer Louis B. Hobson delves into writing original work of his own with a play explores the compromises and contradictions of family life. After his beloved father’s death, David discovers he and his mother are joined in their mourning by a third figure: his father’s lover, Callum.
Emerging Directors Showcase (May 29–June 1)
A to-be-determined full-scale production will demonstrate the growth of a new directing talent who has spent the season soaking up the tricks of the trade as assistant director. Tickets to this production are regularly $10 each.
The name isn't as mysterious as it might seem. In 1975 Bartley Bard, Margaret Bard, and Betty Gibb wanted to give Calgary's workforce the chance to lose themselves in a story during their lunch hour, and so they founded Lunchbox Theatre. Four decades later, they've remained true to their original intent. Appealing to audiences of all ages, the company presents original one-act plays—many written by locals—to people on lunch breaks, splitting the day in half with a well-timed chuckle or catchy song. And hammering home the experience is the informal atmosphere, which allows audience members to actually eat their lunch or to simply sit back and wonder if their neighbor might share some pretzels if they asked nicely.
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