Luck. Destiny. Random chance. Coincidence. Probability. These are all thoughts that cross our mind when playing 6/49.
Shadow Theatre takes us down that avenue with Calgary-based Arun Lakra’s Sequence, a play that won the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama at the 2014 Alberta Literary Awards.
A doctor of ophthalmology, Lakra is equally at home penning non-fiction, theatrical plays and screen scripts.
Sequence travels down two narrative paths. One tells the story of a nearly blind professor studying the disease that is the source of her affliction when she receives a visit from an extraordinarily unlucky student.
The second thread concerns a young woman who confronts a celebrated author with an uncanny ability to predict the coin toss at the Super Bowl.
Directed by John Hudson, these two stories travel down a mysterious path with actors Coralie Cairns, Chris Cook, Caley Suliak and Frank Zotter.
Sequence runs Oct. 29 to Nov. 16 at Varscona Theatre, 10329-83 Ave. Tickets range from $16 to $24. Anyone under 18 attends any show for $11. Tuesdays are two-for-one.
Call 780-420-1757 or online at tixonthesquare.ca
Once again the Citadel Theatre takes theatre-goers on a madcap romp of the British farce One Man, Two Guvnors.
Ever since Venetian playwright Carlo Goldoni wrote his comedy Servant of Two Masters in 1743, a variation of this form has tickled audiences everywhere.
The latest is playwright Richard Bean’s hapless hero Francis Henshall who is fired from his skiffle band (jug band). In need of a few quid, Francis becomes a minder to thug Roscoe Crabbe.
But Roscoe is really Rachel posing as her dead brother, who was killed by her boyfriend, the upper class and very violent Stanley Stubbers. Francis spots a chance for a few more greens and hires on with Stubbers. But to prevent discovery, he must keep the two guvnors apart.
Directed by Bob Baker, this play is a concoction of satire, songs, slapstick humour and zippy one-liners with a plot that shares more twists and turns than a snake den.
There’s an impressive cast of 15, which is headed by John Ullyatt, Lisa Norton and Julien Arnold.
It runs until Nov. 16. Tickets start at $35. Call 780-425-1820 or online at citadeltheatre.com
Cholesterol is a ticking time bomb and is to be avoided at all costs. Or so that’s what we’ve heard for the past 50 years.
However, The Cholesterol Question, a CTV world premiere on The Nature of Things, presents a hard-hitting investigation into cholesterol’s controversial history and cutting edge science on what causes heart attacks.
Especially puzzling is that recent discoveries that are sometimes contradictory – that is 50 per cent of heart attack victims have normal cholesterol levels and many people with high cholesterol have healthy hearts.
Markham Street Films’ The Cholesterol Question is challenging conventional wisdom and travels to the frontiers of health research for fresh answers.
The Nature of Things is on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m.