Just in time: on Edmonton stages this weekend

Larissa Pohoreski in Infinity, Theatre Network. Photo by Ian Jackson, Epic Photography

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca

•Last chance this weekend for the Theatre Network production of Hannah Moscovitch’s fascinating Infinity — a smart, accessible and strangely affecting play about time — the shortage of it, the meaning of it, the misuse of it —  and love. Is time “real”?  I’m no physicist (understatement of the year) but I’m gonna say yes. And our time isn’t infinite, my theatre-going friends: this is a play you should see! Catch my 12thnight.ca review.

The Silver Arrow: The Untold Story Of Robin Hood, Citadel Theatre. Photo by David Cooper.

Tbe Silver Arrow, a lavish, big-budget new swashbuckler for families at the Citadel reinvents the Robin Hood story, from new angles, with female protagonist and a steampunk look. It runs (and jumps and flies through the air) through May 13 on (and above) the Maclab stage. My 12thnight.ca review is here

•At Latitude 53 (10242 106 St.) tonight, you can catch an unpredictable collaboration: damn+Good. The collaborators are, intriguingly, Good Women Dance Collective — which regularly gives theatre equal billing with dance, huzzah! — and an experimental musical ensemble called damn magpies.

The piece, billed as both “improvisational” and “interactive,” is described by damn magpies’ Ian Crutchley as a “movement and sound circus” — an entertainment category with an alluring ring to it, and in short supply on Edmonton stages this season. In addition to the Good Women Dance forces led by Alison Kause, the musical contributions include saxophones (Allison Balcetis), “found oddities” (Crutchley), electronics (Scott Smallwood), percussion (Mark Segger), and vocals (Jane Berry). Hmm. What do “found oddities” sound like? 

Tickets: TIX on the Square (780-420-1757, tixonthesquare.ca) or at the door.

Robbie Towns, Melanie Piatocha in All Shook Up, Mayfield Dinner Theatre. Photo by Ed Ellis.

•There are winks at Twelfth Night, As You Like It, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Elvis jukebox musical running at the Mayfield Dinner Theatre through June 10. But you don’t have to know anything about that, in truth, to feel the fun of All Shook Up, which cavorts through the familiar canon and adds songs from those dopey Elvis movies.  Have a boo at my 12thnight.ca review here.

•Welcome to Transylvania! ELOPE, a venerable community musical theatre ensemble, presents Young Frankenstein, the musical version of the riotous 1974 Mel Brooks/Gene Wilder horror film parody. The production continues through May 12 at La Cité francophone, 8627 91 St. Tickets: tixonthesquare.ca, or at the door. 

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