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Playgoers of Lethbridge promises lots of laughs in the Play That Goes Wrong

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Playgoers of Lethbridge begins celebrating it’s hundredth anniversary with an award winning comedy “ The Play That Goes Wrong,” Feb. 7-11 at the Yates Theatre.



 The long standing theatre company marked the inaugural meeting of the group, which happened Jan. 20 at St. Augustine’s Anglican Church , with an open house Jan. 20 at St. Augustines, but they are getting geared up for a busy 2023 with a production of Jonathan Sayer, Henry Lewis and Henry Shield’s backstage farce.


“It’s still running  in London and on Broadway,” said director and Playgoers of Lethbridge president  Elaine Jagielski.


 “ The Play that Goes Wrong,” is described as a “ hilarious hybrid of Monty Python and Sherlock Holmes” as the cast and crew stage a production of  1920s murder mystery “Murder at Haversham Manor,” in which everything that can possibly go wrong, goes wrong and then some including a corpse that can’t play dead, an unconscious leading lady and a cast that trips on everything including their lines.


“It’s a play within a play. It’s farcical. It takes place on a set. It’s like backstage farces like ‘Noises Off!’ but you don’t really see what is happening backstage, though there are glimpses,” Jagielski continued, noting it has won several awards including Best New Comedy 2015 Laurence Olivier award. It also won a 2017 Tony Award for Best Scenic Design.

“ It is a bit of a challenge. The set is like a ninth character. It’s an entity unto itself,” said Jagielski who is excited to welcome several new faces to Playgoers for this production.

“ We have some new faces. It’s first time on stage for some of them,” Jagielski said.


The cast features Playgoers of Lethbridge veteran Shelly David who

saw the play on Broadway and  pitched the idea to Playgoers. 

“ I saw it in 2017 on Broadway in New York City. I got a workout, I was laughing so hard in my seat. It was so funny, ” said Shelly David, who plays Annie the stage manager.


 “So I brought it to Playgoers,” she continued, adding she is enjoying working with the cast and crew.


Casa opens a cornucopia of new exhibits this weekend

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Casa is plotting a murder (of crows)  this weekend.

Darcy Logan looks at “Plotting Murder,” one of eight new exhibits opening at Casa, Jan. 28. Photo by Richard Amery

 Lethbridge artist David Dunlop’s “Plotting Murder” features a cornucopia of crows in a third of the main gallery.

 It is one of eight new exhibits opening Saturday, Jan. 28 with an opening reception from 7-9 p.m.


“These exhibits feature a variety of different artists from veteran artists to emerging artists,” summarized Casa curator Darcy Logan.

The main gallery  also features  Adrian Cook’s  “Wood Works” and Julie Duschenes’ “Pack Ice.” 


 Myken McDowell’s “Space Talk” is in  the project space. Jordan Mudrack’s  WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) is in the Passage Gallery. Jessica Colley’s “the weight’ is in the Platform Gallery.


Upstairs  focuses on Blackfoot artists. John Calf Chief’s  “Past Present and Friendship” is in the concourse gallery. 

And Hali Heavy Shield’s  “Postcards from the Rez” is in the Saokitapi Gallery.


“ David Dunlop has curated a murder of crows in the gallery no matter what perspective you’re looking at , ”Logan said “ he’s explored the folklore and  and symbolism of crows through paintings, drawings and  sculpture,” he continued.


Julie Duschenes was inspired by the river bottom for her exhibit “ Black Ice.”


“She has text, drawings and paintings inspired by  exploring the  river bottom during spring break up,” Logan said.

 Veteran artist  Adrian Cook’ “Wood Works”  is also in the main gallery.


Lots of laughter and loud music launches busy February

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The first week of February features a whole lot of laughter.


 The chuckles begin on Thursday with the return of Ladies Night.

The Chevelles play the Place on Friday. Photo by RichardAmery


 Amber  Harper -Young begins a three night stand at Good Times  by hosting Ladies Night, Thursday, Feb. 2. She was a finalist in B.C’s Funniest female competition in 2014. The Comics Lounge-Melbourne Australia, The Del Close Marathon NYC (Improv), Yuk Yuk’s comedy clubs - Toronto/Ottawa/Vancouver and various other comedy clubs and touring shows across Canada. Tickets for ladies Night are $14. 95. The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets a to here  Friday and Saturday shows are also  $14.95.


The Snowed In Comedy Tour returns to the Yates Theatre, Friday, Feb. 3 with Erica Sigurdson,  Pete  Zedlacher, Dan Quinn and Paul Myrehaug. Tickets are $33.25 to $55.


 And Impromptu’s Drunk Improv returns to Didi’s Playhaus on Saturday at 7 p.m.. The Late Night Loving’ Edition begins at 9 p.m. Admission is pay what you can.


 The rest of the week just rocks beginning with Chinook High School Rocks at  the Owl Acoustic Lounge at 5 p.m. and the Owl’s weekly open mic beginning around 9 p.m.

 Celtic Routes bring a kitchen party to Theoretically Brewing, as they host the Celtic Jam, Thursday, Feb. 2.


Things get loud at the Owl Acoustic lounge on Friday, Feb. 3 as progressive rock/ emo band Alec Arms hit the stage with Rainbow patrol. Admission is by donation.


Hatrix Theatre revisiting The Foreigner with auditions in February

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Hatrix Theatre is stepping back in time this spring as they revisit Larry Shue‘s comedy  “the Foreigner” this spring.


Auditions for the show will take place Tuesday, Feb. 7 from 6-8 p.m. at Casa or by contacting director Karolyn Harker at 403-327-2790 or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are unable to attend.

The show will take place May 10-13 at McNally Arts Centre just outside of Lethbridge.

 The Foreigner was first performed in January 1983.


“It takes place in the early ’80s in Georgia. British soldier Froggie arrives at a backwoods, rural fishing lodge with his friend Charlie. Froggie is a soldier who is here to teach demolitions. Charlie comes along because his wife left him. But he’s feeling to overwrought to talk to any of the guests,” described Harker.


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