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11.19.2010 | | Posted at 11:37 PM

Hanging out with a King, his three daughters and a sack of potatoes

By Russ Bickerstaff
Walking in on a Theatre Gigante�production opening night is always kind of like opening a present. As the company does almost exclusively premieres of new material, one never knows what to expect. Walking in on The Lears, the set feels like a surprisingly satisfying video installation by Iain Court. The space looks like a stylized version of the inside of someone�s head�a massive video projec...
11.18.2010 | | Posted at 04:37 PM

Opening this weekend, experimental post-Shakespeare, a classic musical, a bio musical and a classic contemporary drama.

By Russ Bickerstaff
One of the last weekends before the old, familiar holiday shows begin to open, the next few days feature kind of a strange mix of different theatre openings beginning with tonight’s post-modern Shakespeare deconstruction . . .   8pm, November 18th –Tonight, Theatre Gigante opens The Lears—an attempt to look at the old Shakespearian Lear tragedy from a fresh perspective. Based on King Lea...
10.17.2010 | | Posted at 09:03 PM

One-Weekend Theatre Production of Post-Modern King Lear Mash-Up

By Russ Bickerstaff
There’s very little that can be said about King Lear that hasn’t already been said. The 400 year-old Shakespearian drama gets a fresh glance courtesy of one-weekend theatre company Theatre Gigante. Company co-founders Isabelle Kralj and Mark Anderson present a new take on the old classic. Though I’m tempted to be exceedingly cautious about any show that attempts to mutate Shakespeare, thi...
09.01.2010 | | Posted at 08:53 AM

Theatre Gigante Adapting Shakespeare

By Russ Bickerstaff
This November, Theatre Gigante is doing its own unique adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear. The show is set to feature James Butchart, Leslie Fitzwater, John Kishline, Jennifer Rupp, Isabelle Kralj and Mark Anderson. Of course, trying to gain any kind of fresh insight into a legendary 400-year-old drama can be kind of self-defeating, but T.G. founders Kralj and Anderson are approaching the p...
Monday, Aug. 30, 2010
In the fields of dance and hybrid performance, almost every work presented in our town is brand new. Debra Loewen is among the most original of the originators. She has been making dances here for so long that the life energy of our city is somehow always her subject and everything her Wild Space...
03.12.2010 | | Posted at 11:47 AM

Another Dreamlike One-Weekend-Show With Mark and Iasabelle

By Russ Bickerstaff
� I wish I would’ve had the presence of mind to do the theatre preview on Theatre Gigante’s show rather than the Skylight’s this week. There are a couple of reasons for this . . . the most selfish probably being that I’d like to have had the opportunity to have spent more time with the show. � Theatre Gigante’s�one-weekend only Three Other Sisters only has two more performances a of th...
02.07.2010 | | Posted at 03:13 PM

Local Companies Stage A Quartet of Shows Prominently Featuring Sister Trios

By Russ Bickerstaff
My wife’s two sisters came over yesterday. The three of them were in the kitchen making cookies as I worked on bits of writing that I was attempting to get done. The three sisters motif was particularly strong this weekend, as my wife and I had also attended a show about three sisters the previous night. It’s a motif that’ll be carried out on a number of stages in the next few weeks. Here�...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Theatre Gigante's Tribute to Cinema

By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s kind of staggering to think about the amount of money spent on the average Hollywood movie. The catering budget alone on some nameless romcom or actioner or whatever would probably pay for a fair number of local small budget studio theatre productions not unlike Theatre Gigante’s current production A Night At The Movies. It’s a double-feature of captivating semi-features in the ancie...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

One Man stands-in for over 100 actors on a small stage

By Russ Bickerstaff
Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai is a one of the most acclaimed films of all time. Having seen a number of Kurosawa’s other films, I don’t find it as personally interesting as some of his other work. I personally appeared in a community theatre stage adaptation of Kurosawa’s Rashomon over ten years ago and have always loved that film more than any other by the late Japanese filmmaker. I�...
07.14.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Last week, Theatre Gigante announced its 09/10 season. It looks like a promising pair of shows. Here’s a quick look:   A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES November 5th -7th, Theatre Gigante presents a pair of shows dedicated to movies.  7 (x1) Samurai  is exactly what it sounds like. The classic Akira Kurosawa film—the one he’s known more for than any other--The Seven Samurai is entirely...