Classically trained opera singer and internationally recognized cabaret artist Patricia O'Callaghan continues her five-stop winter tour, spellbinding an Arden Theatre audience with her soaring vocals and sultry melodies. Backed by a pair of 2011 releases, including Matador: The Songs of Leonard Cohen, the seasoned songbird swoops into St. Albert with a pre-Valentine's Day set meant to tug heartstrings and envelop ears like a tuque with separation anxiety. Alongside O'Callaghan, Miranda Mulholland contributes graceful fiddle play, and guitarist John Gzowski and bassist Joe Philips moonwalk their fingers across euphonious frets. A venue of about 500 chairs, Arden Theater's intimate seating orbits around a large, proscenium stage designed to let notes blossom into fully grown butterflies with treble clef wings.
The non-profit Theatre Network promotes challenging and, at times, controversial Canadian artists, earning myriad awards throughout its three-and-a-half decade history. Daniel MacIvor's Communion explores the lives of three women: a mother, her estranged daughter, and a therapist, each grappling with the weighty issues of mortality and spiritualism. Performances are held at the historic Roxy Theatre, originally established as a movie house in 1938 and later retrofitted to accommodate the medium of the future: theatre.
The Spiral Dive Trilogy follows the exploits of WWII Canadian fighter pilot Jack Harding through his vexing journey of spitfire instruction and deadly aerial dogfights, all the while pursuing a proscribed romance. A three-part play written and directed by Kenneth Brown, Spiral Dive: Episode One flies on stage at the Workshop West Theatre, a company with more than 30 years of history in Canadian theatre. This is a general admission ticket, so seating is first come, first served.
Written and performed by Daniel Arnold and Medina Hahn of DualMinds, the same forces behind the internationally acclaimed Tuesdays & Sundays, Any Night unweaves a tale that tests the thin line between trust and fear. A young woman plagued with night terrors and sleepwalking begins a romance with the man living above her, who, for unknown reasons, appears to know the woman abnormally well. Elements of romance, terror, and intrigue contribute to the overall theme of the story, creating a compound that is both compelling and capable of beating up a vampire. Any Night has received critical acclaim in Toronto and Vancouver and is now in development as a feature film.