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Cultural clashes: A review of A Few Good Men, at the Citadel Theatre until Oct. 7, 2012

Review of A Few Good Men Citadel Theatre, Shoctor Stage, Until Oct. 7, 2012 Tickets at www.citadeltheatre.com By Graham Hicks You won’t find a more satisfying evening of theatre than the Citadel’s A Few Good Men. Don’t let the fact it was made into a Hollywood blockbuster film with a troika of stars  (Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise, Demi Moore) put you off. The film was based on a most complete theatre script, a classic American courtroom drama. That script has been explored and exploited to its fullest by Citadel director and Artistic Associate James MacDonald, who has his large cast firing on all cylinders. They manoeuver through the technical intricacies of set changes built into the show as effortlessly as fish moving through water. A Few Good Men is loosely based on a real-life story of Marines at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba (pre-Iraq) taking justice into their own hands to discipline a less-than-committed Marine in their midst.  “Hazing” is one o ... Read the rest of entry »

Of human love: Graham Hicks' review of The Citadel Theatre's Midsummer Night's Dream

Graham Hicks’ review of Midsummer  Night’s Dream  Citadel Theatre, through April 29, 2012. There’s a great charm to Tom Wood’s 2012 take on Midsummer Night’s Dream. It’s not only about the oh-so-talented young actors from the Citadel /Banff training program, with whom  (Pride and Prejudice, As You Like It, Three Musketeers, Little Women) we are becoming quite familiar at this time of the year. As always, the program actors work their own magic, being so thoroughly professional, but so vital and enthusiastic and joyous. And they are a true ensemble, having been through an intensive six-week educational exercise far more binding than your usual rehearsal period. The charm is on top of this masterpiece of the English-speaking theatre, Shakespeare’s enormous talent turned to love, with three shows in one that continually interact, one with the other, of those inhabiting the supernatural world,  the Athenian aristocracy and its working classes. Directo ... Read the rest of entry »

Citadel Theatre heads into exciting but unchartered artistic waters for 2012/13

“Transformative” is already one of the most over-used descriptives of the 21st Century. But “transformative” is the only way I can accurately describe the "new" Citadel Theatre that will debut for its 2012/13 season. At first blush, it appears a game of cutting losses -  The smaller “edgier” plays of the  Rice Stage season are  gone. Gone too is the Children’s Series, other than Christmas Carol.  Only six shows will be produced on the Shoctor and Maclab stages, three of them co-productions with the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre or Theatre Calgary.  Added is “Beyond the Stage,” a series of one-time cabarets in the Rice Theatre featuring leading Citadel performers, musicians and conversations (informal talks) with well-known contributors to the 2012/13 season who can command an audience. The Citadel will also enthusiastically endorse and welcome other theatre companies to use its multiple-stage facilities.  Touring shows, T ... Read the rest of entry »
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