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Edmonton Theatre Preview (November 2014)

As the cool weather begins to settle in Edmonton, the live theatre starts to heat up! It’s a wonderful relationship, as theatre is great entertainment to seek out when avoiding the cold. Here’s a list of all the comedy, drama, and action that will hit our city’s stages this November — presented in the order of their openings so that you can plan ahead and catch them all!

One Man, Two Guvnors One-Man-Two-Guvnors| Through Nov 16
This British farce is a marvelous concoction of satire, songs, slapstick humour, and one-liners. The play follows the tale of a man who is hired by two different criminals and must keep each from learning about the other.
Citadel Theatre | 9828-101A Ave. | 780-425-1820

Sequence | Through Nov 16
A nearly blind professor receives a surprise visit from an unlucky student, and a pregnant young woman confronts a celebrated author. These two encounters intertwine with unexpected twists and turns in this new work that explores the mysteries of science, destiny, and faith.
Varscona Theatre | 10329-83 Ave. | 780-433-3399

Sherlock Holmes | Through Jan 31
When Dr. Watson throws his friend, the world’s greatest detective Sherlock Holmes, a retirement party, he believes nothing can go wrong — but then a guest is murdered! Everyone at the dinner is a suspect — even you! Set to the best “killer” tunes of all time, this modern spin on a classic tale will make you sing and laugh along.
Jubilations Dinner Theatre | West Edmonton Mall | 8882-170 St. | 780-484-2424

Loveplay | Nov 1, 3–8
Set in one location in London, Loveplay moves through time to explore human nature’s constant quest for love and sex. This satirical romp asks: with every advance in intellect, does our human capacity to feel keep pace or fall behind?
Timms Centre for the Arts, Univsersity of Alberta | 112 St. & 87 Ave. | 780-420-1757

The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble | Nov 6–23
A mother calls her three children to a family meeting to announce the news of her early onset of Alzheimer’s. Drizzled with heart, this play has all the right workings to remind us what keeps families together.
Roxy Theatre | 10708-124 St. | 780-453-2440

Top of the Pops: A British Rock Invasion | Nov 11 ­– Feb 1
For their annual holiday rock ‘n roll revue, Mayfield Dinner Theatre is hopping across the pond to celebrate all things British! From the 60s to today, the show covers the best British idols, from the Beatles to Amy Winehouse. Prepare for an evening of high-energy hilarity!
Mayfield Dinner Theatre | 16615-109 Ave. | 780-483-4051

Maggie-Now | Nov 14–22
A favourite of the Fringe, The Maggie-Now Cycle of Plays includes a cast of 9 portraying 72 characters on an epic journey from 1890s Ireland to 1930s Brooklyn. This bold, bittersweet tale covers the themes of life, disappointment, love, and redemption for a Brooklyn Irish immigrant’s family.
ATB Financial Arts Barn | 10330-84 Ave. | 780-409-1910

Flashdance | Nov 25–30
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, this iconic film is now a live musical! With electrifying dance numbers, Flashdance tells the inspiring story of Alex Owns, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night, who dreams of becoming a professional performer. In addition to big hits like “What A Feeling”, 16 catchy new songs have been written for this show!
Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium | 11455-87 Ave. | 780-427-2760

A Christmas Carol | Nov 29 – Dec 23
A favourite holiday tradition, this Dickens’ classic is sure to delight audiences young and old. Now on its 15th consecutive year of performance, this show provides exceptional entertainment with its unforgettable story, rich characters, and dazzling special effects.
Citadel Theatre | 9828-101A Ave. | 780-425-1820

— Matthew Stepanic

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