Globe Theater set to bring the laughs in historical ‘buddy adventure’

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Regina’s Globe Theater is staging its latest production — Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion — from Feb. 22 to March 12 at the Conexus Arts Center’s Shumiatcher Room Alley.

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Created by award-winning playwright Drew Hayden Taylor, the show premiered at Ottawa’s National Arts Center in 2017 and is described as a “buddy adventure that is part road trip, part grand heist.”

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The historical comedy “follows two Ojibway men — Bobby Rabbit and his wannabe rock star friend Hugh — who leave their reserve and head out on the Trans-Canada Highway to right a cultural wrong,” says a media release. “To retrieve his grandfather’s medicine pouch from the British museum, Bobby and Hugh will steal precious relics to hold as ransom — Sir John A. MacDonald’s bones. Along the way they pick up Anya, a white student from a prestigious university with opinions on absolutely everything. These three sort historical fact from fiction to chart their own terms for reconciliation. All the while, Sir John himself makes appearances to ruminate on legacy and nationhood.”

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On Cue Performance Hub is presenting two new shows — Night Sweats, and I Have No Idea — in February at the University of Regina’s Shu-Box Theatre.

According to a media release, Night Sweats (running Feb. 15-26) is a true story about Brad McDougall’s time living overseas in London. It follows his experiences with coming out, working as a dancer in West End musicals, living through the AIDS crisis, and how the current COVID-19 epidemic has brought back those memories and ghosts.

Meanwhile, I Have No Idea (Feb. 17-26) is “an intimate and comedic look at adult diagnosis (of) ADHD, as told by Nathan Coppens, someone who has been there and done that. Using humor and music, I Have No Idea explores the symptoms of ADHD and what is going on in the minds of those of us who have it, the challenges faced with both day-to-day living and the building of a life, and solutions. and supports for those living with neurodiversity.”

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The U of R theater department is staging an adaptation of the 1928 Virginia Woolf novel, Orlando, from March 14 to 18 at the University Theater in the Riddell Center.

The show is led by award-winning director Jonathan Seinen, a new assistant professor at the U of R.

Woolf’s book, dramatized by Sarah Ruhl in 2010, is described in a media release as “a love letter to her romantic partner, Vita Sackville-West, as a time-traveling exploration of gender.”

The production will “embrace the playful nature of the text” while devising a version of the story for the 21st century.

“In a time when 2SLGBTQ+ identities are under threat around the world, returning to this classic romance as a celebration of sexuality and gender diversity is an act of resilience and defiance,” says the release. The theater department is proud to present this important piece of queer literature in its theatrical form. Fun, surprising, and highly theatrical, the department of theater’s production of Orlando will be a warm embrace of self in the cold months of a Regina winter.”

Performances begin at 7:30 pm, plus a high-school matinee on March 16 (1 pm). Tickets are available at the door (adults $20; seniors/students $15; U of R students, free with valid ID).

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