This weekend is a celebration of theatre in all forms, with scary clowns, one-man shows and classic Broadway.
Up Close & Brilliant
What: Edmonton's favourite leading man on the stage (and someone I've been artistically stalking for two decades) is putting on a one-man show this weekend. John Ullyatt: Up Close and Brilliant will see the actor singing his heart out for two nights, including songs by Led Zeppelin, The Smiths, George Formby, Gilbert and Sullivan, Alice Cooper, David Gilmour, Kurt Weill and Maurice Chevalier. Tickets are available here.
When? Apr. 11 and 12, with shows at 8 p.m.
Performing on the Clock
What: The Westbury Theatre will host the popular Over the Edge with 4-play this weekend. Some of Edmonton's most-talented theatre types will be writing against the clock as they rush to create four plays in just one day. Each of the plays will start with a set opening line and will be performed in front of an audience that same evening. Tickets are available here.
When? Apr. 11 at 9:30 p.m.
What: Everyone's favourite pair of Ummonian-speaking horror clowns is back with a new show called "Mump & Smoot in Anything" this weekend, debuting Thursday night. Michael Kennard and John Turner have been touring as their red-nosed counterparts — flipping clown conventions to create darkly hilarious stage shows — for more than a decade, winning numerous awards and accolades along the way. Tickets are about $30.
When? Nightly shows and Sunday matinees running through to Apr. 27.
Form and Colour
What: There are some pretty fantastic paintings on display at the West End Gallery (12308 - Jasper Avenue). Artist Annabelle Marquis brings her background in graphic arts and illustration to abstract painting, resulting in incredibly colourful and dynamic paintings that leave me confident I'm not the only one who wants one for my wall.
When? The show runs until Apr. 17, with the gallery open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A Roman-esque Holiday
What: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum has been a Broadway standard for years, and now it is yours to see locally, with shows running at the Walterdale Playhouse (10322 – 83 Avenue). The musical tells the story of separated lovers, scheming neighbours and skeletons in closets that come out dancing causing chaos and hilarity for all, accompanied by music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
When? Running through to Apr. 12