Places Please: May 2015

By Sara Taylor

CALGARY — In May, most theatre companies are winding down their seasons and looking ahead to when they start up again in September. So be sure to pack your theatre schedule before the summer lull! Here are a few plays that will be great notes on which to end the season.

Dear Johnny Deere

Dear Johnny Deere

Dear Johnny Deere
Theatre Calgary
Max Bell Theatre
April 28 – May 31 (no performances May 19-24)

When Frederick John Elgersma hopped a freight train from his farm town in rural Ontario to Western Canada, it was the beginning of his long journey to fame. Now with a Juno Award and twenty albums under his belt, Elgersma, better known as Fred Eaglesmith, has earned legions of fans with his songs about rural life in Canada. Dear Johnny Deere brings Fred Eaglesmith’s songs to life in a musical story of keeping a farm – and a relationship – afloat.

Dial “M” For Murder
The Playhouse at Vertigo Theatre
May 2-31

Alfred Hitchcock’s classic crime thriller will be brought to Calgary this month through the BD&P Mystery Theatre Series. When Tony Wendice discovers that his wife Margot has had an affair, he seeks to get revenge, while also getting his hands on her money. Tony develops a scheme filled with blackmail and murder — but things quickly go awry.

Shortcut to Nirvana
Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre
Various Venues
May 1-2 at Bodhi Tree Yoga Centre; May 8-10 at Yoga Passage

Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre is bringing their latest site-specific creation to two yoga centres in Calgary this month. Pull on your Lululemons and strike a downward dog for this tale of hidden schemes, dueling egos and secret histories. In Shortcut to Nirvana, the world-famous scientific team of Drs. Cortex & Cortex partner with celebrity guru Deva Sitar with the mission of proving the existence of enlightenment.

Kids In The Hall
Jubliee Auditorium
Calgary – Monday, May 18
Edmonton – Tuesday, May 19

The kids kick the can one more time. Just prior to the launch of their 2015 tour, Bruce McColloch tweeted, “We are dry cleaning our cabbage heads and girdles.” They will perform new material, revisit cult characters and revive classic sketches from their deep and expansive archive.

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