By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca
OK, the 2017 roster of actual plays starts next week. In the meantime, a trio of ineffable artistes resume their appointed task of impromptu cultural education, commentary, and diversion, fuelled by music, libation, and snacks.
Yes, Hey Ladies!!, one of the distinctive features of the Edmonton theatre scene, is back. The unclassifiable live variety “info-tainment” — eight seasons old and hosted this time by by Davina Stewart, Leona Brausen, and Mr. Noel Taylor — launches the year of the rooster Friday night (8 p.m. at The Roxy on Gateway, 8529 Gateway Blvd.).
Special guests include actor/playwright/singer-songwriter Andrea House, an extra exclamation mark bonus every time out. The last time I saw her in action in a live variety show was in an episode last season of That’s Terrific!: House premiered a 15-minute version of The Lion King starring her pet guinea pig.
Product placement, demonstration, and public enlightenment are linked in Hey Ladies!!, Deena of Serendipity Body Products is another special guest. And the presence of Speak Tiki, a “rum-driven” travelling cocktail bar, has creative implications I’m sure you’ll appreciate.
Stewart explains that since Friday night is Ukrainian Christmas Eve, there will be a themed food/craft demo. And, as usual, a Match Game featuring the special guests in combat. The aim, says Stewart, “is to be as inappropriate as possible.”