|The Calgary theatre scene in 2002 saw so many memorable shows this year it is difficult to select a few highlights. The bad news is we have far more theatre companies than performance space, so were probably missing out on even more good theatre.
This will be remembered as the year that Pleiades Theatre became Vertigo Theatre and announced its future home at the bottom of the Calgary Tower. It will also be remembered for Mark Bellamys stylish production of Laura this gem of a 1940s whodunit was presented with real panache.
Alberta Theatre Projects PlayRites festival gave us four plays well worth seeing, and raised Steve Massicotte to national prominence his sentimental charmer Marys Wedding went on to become the most produced play in Canada this season.
Ian Prinsloo showed us why Death of a Salesman is a classic, with Theatre Calgarys passionate production of Arthur Millers most famous play.
Lunchbox Theatre hit gold with Clem Martinis latest work, The Replacement, a funny and touching hour with a couple of lonely souls who find a new lease on life through a tremendously awkward dinner party.
Theatre Junction showed off its resident ensemble in two memorable productions Closer, which shocked and thrilled audiences with its breathless action, and Jason Shermans Its All True, the sweeping cinematic story about Orson Welless New York theatre company trying to stage a new socialist opera.
The year 2002 will also be remembered for: the 25th anniversary of Loose Moose Theatre; the opening of the Community Arts Centre at the old Currie Barracks; the Old Trouts Beowulf; the growing cult following for the weekly improvised soap opera Dirty Laundry; the Calgary Fringe Festival, which has firmly redeemed the Labour Day weekend; and not one but two plays from Ground Zero Theatre about genitalia.