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Theatre Reviews


Over the years, bring your own venues (BYOV) have var­ied in qual­i­ty from excel­lent to poor sight lines or hot and stuffy and, in one unfor­get­table instance, smokey air. It was a pleas­ant sur­prise to see a BYOV that has com­fort­able seat­ing and local beers like the stu­dio space at CCFM – Antoine Gaborieau Hall (Venue 19).

Baby in Arms

Last night, a cou­ple brought their young baby to A is for Anx­i­ety Apples. I was a lit­tle wor­ried that the noise or lights would make the baby cry but the baby was not scared. Even though he briefly cried a cou­ple of times, he was not a dis­trac­tion to the audi­ence. I was sit­ting next to the fam­i­ly and I was able to con­cen­trate on the show.

Bath­room Break

By the way, if you are at either of the Fran­co-Man­i­to­bain venues, the wash­rooms are locat­ed at the end of the hall­way past the art gallery. I could not find a sign so I had to ask.

Wrong About the Weather

What’s that old say­ing about the weath­er — if you don’t like it, just wait a few min­utes. I’m glad I was wrong about yes­ter­day’s weath­er. Yes­ter­day morn­ing, it looked like Sun­day would be full of rain. But, things blew over and we had a beau­ti­ful after­noon and evening fringing.

Hav­ing Fun

One of the best sights last night was see­ing a group of young kids (prob­a­bly around age 6) jump­ing up and down while they were watch­ing a jug­gling duo after 9 pm on the out­door stage in Old Mar­ket Square. If this was dur­ing the school year, the kids would like­ly be in bed by that time, but being the sum­mer, why not have some fun and enjoy the beau­ti­ful sum­mer evening.

Small Crowd

Last night, I was wor­ried when I went to get a tick­et for A Wpg Stand-up Show about 25 min­utes before show­time and I was told this was the first tick­et for the show. I was wor­ried there weren’t going to be any peo­ple in the audi­ence (which is ter­ri­ble for com­e­dy) and while the crowd was small (10 peo­ple), the crowd did laugh and seemed to enjoy them­selves. Any­way, I enjoyed the show.

Quote of the Day

When you get fired as a clown, there is nowhere to go, except stand-up comedy.”

From Robert Will Show You the Door (tales of being fired) (Venue 9).