Places Please: October 2014

By Sara Elizabeth Taylor

CALGARY — The 2014-2015 theatre season in Calgary started off with a bang last month, with a number of intriguing offerings debuting across the city. This month, theatre-goers will enjoy a series of plays that challenge expectations and ask difficult questions that they’re sure to be discussing the entire car ride home from the theatre.

Halo (Fire Exit Theatre)
Engineered Air Theatre
October 8-12 

Casey is just an average teenager in small-town Nova Scotia, until one day, the image of Jesus appears on the side of the doughnut store where she works. The town’s residents are challenged to ask difficult questions about faith, life and love as they try to determine whether it’s an accident, a hoax, or, just maybe, a miracle.

Liberation Days (Theatre Calgary)
Max Bell Theatre
October 14 – November 9

Photo: David Cooper

Photo: David Cooper

One of two war-themed plays debuting in Calgary just before we recognize Remembrance Day in November, Liberation Days tells the story of a young Dutch woman and a Canadian soldier in the days after Canadian forces liberate the Netherlands. As a community rediscovers their old lives after years of suffering under German occupation in WWII, they ask themselves – have we really achieved freedom?

Jake’s Gift (Lunchbox Theatre)
Lunchbox Theatre
October 27 – November 22

On the 60th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, Jake, a Canadian WWII veteran, reluctantly returns to Normandy. There, he encounters a 10-year-old whose inquisitiveness and charm challenge him to confront some long-ignored ghosts. Just in time for Remembrance Day, Lunchbox Theatre will be offering free admission to this performance for all veterans and current military personnel, as well as accepting donations for the Poppy Fund and nonperishable food items for the Veterans’ Food Bank.

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