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Chutzpah! Festival Celebrates Diversity With Multifaceted International Programming

Chutzpah! Festival Celebrates Diversity With Multifaceted International Programming

by Yasmine Shemesh In Hebrew, chutzpah means “brazen audacity.” As such, it’s fitting that the term would be the namesake…

PLACES PLEASE: MAY 2013

Wednesday 01st, May 2013 / 11:38

Places Please2Panic
Vertigo Mystery Theatre
May 4 – June 2

Panic is being called “A Hollywood mystery in the city of lights.” Winding down from another fantastic season of plays in Calgary, Vertigo Mystery Theatre brings us this swift-paced murder mystery set against a backdrop of Paris. After a famous director from America gets swept up in some rather unseemly accusations with authorities, we are taken on a thriller that keeps us on the edge of our seat, with style à la Alfred Hitchcock. A perfect way to close out the season for anyone sleuthing out a good show.

Night of the Living Dead – Workshop Theatre
Pumphouse 
May 10 – 18

Based on the 1968 original film, Night of the Living Dead is exactly what it sounds like: a stage mounting of the culturally renowned zombie-themed masterpiece. While the plot may not be a surprise to anyone born before the dawn of the 21st century, interests seem centred on what unique bend play director Lori Allen can put on such a pop-cultural masterpiece. Whether you’re a theatre fan, a fan of old movies, or you’re just addicted to the undead, be sure to check this one out.

God’s Man In Texas – Fire Exit Theatre
Engineered Air/EPCOR
May 8 – 12

A harsh, humorous look at the business of religion from a fly-on-the-wall perspective based in a fictional Houston church. A struggle ensues as the characters scramble to find the best successor for an aging pastor, and the story takes us on an exploration of faith in modern times. Written in 1999, the LA Times lauded the show as “a wealth of both drama and comedy in the struggle for power.” Sure to be all at once, a hilarious, current and thought-provoking journey through the American Bible Belt.

By Max Maxwell

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