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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.


Local abstract artists complement each other in new Trianon exhibit Colour & Connections

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Local abstract artists are making a “connection” though colour and complementary styles at the Trianon Gallery for one of two new exhibitions opening this weekend. It is running concurrently with  Kristin Krein and Courtney Faulkner’s “Capriquarius.”

Aaron Hagan examines a few of the works in Color & Connections at the Trianon. Photo by Richard Amery

 Aaron Hagan, Michelle Coté, Sheila Shaw and Chelsea Wilson are collaborating  on their exhibition “Colour & Connection” which runs Jan. 28 to March 11.

 John Saville at the Trianon was happy to host the exhibit.


 Of all the sales, 25 per cent will be donated to the Lethbridge Soup Kitchen.


“All of these artists’s styles  complement each other, so I decided to organize a show,” said Aaron Hagan, who always wanted to put on a show with  Sheila Shaw in particular, noting his and Shaw’s art share a similar mark making technique, or how the artists applies the paint to their works.


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.


Plenty of open mics, art, comedy and country round out January

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The first month of 2023 has just flown by.

Dave McCann and the Firehearts return to Casino Lethbridge this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery

 The last week of January opens with a whole lot of open mic.


 The Owl Acoustic lounge’s open mic is tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 24.

As usual on the last Wednesday of the month, Teri Petz hosts a poetry open mic at the Owl Acoustic lounge.

n the west side, Petals, paws and Beans hosts another new  Wednesday night open mic.


Mandy Fox hosts what is sure to be a hard rocking open mic at the Slice Wednesday, Jan 25.


 If  you’re funny and you know it, show it at the pro amateur  night at Good Times, Thursday, Jan. 26.


 On the weekend FOE (Fractures of Etalon) host a rocking open mic at Honker’ Pub, Friday, Jan. 27. Frankie G will be hosting  Honkers open mic on Saturday, Jan, 28.

 Open mic return to Mojos Pub on the west side, Monday, jan, 30 , where Luke James Bruce holds court on the last Monday of every month.


There are a lot of other events, non-open mic related.

Midnight Channel plays some jazz music in the Bunka  Centre at Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens, Thursday, Jan 26.

They move to Sunday performances in February.

James Oldenburg and Ryan Heseltine return to the Watertower to play some jazz music from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday.


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