There are two very different shows playing under the Calgary Tower, and they both close this week: That Men May Fly at Lunchbox and Hedwig and the Angry Inch by Sage Theatre (in the Vertigo Studio):
Lunchbox typically does a military-themed play in November and this year is no exception. That Men May Fly is a Remembrance Day tribute written by Alberta playwright Winn Bray, featuring music from the 1940’s. It’s the story of two bomber pilots, one Canadian and one British, and their female flight mechanic, as they prepare to enter combat in World War II. See the Calgary Herald for Stephen Hunt’s 3 ½ star review and Lunchbox Theatre for a video interview with Winn Bray on how she came to write the show.
That Men May Fly finishes its one-month run at Lunchbox Theatre this Saturday November 16. There are Friday and Saturday evening shows, in addition to the usual lunchtime show. Tickets are $22 regular, $19 for seniors and students. Note that this Friday’s lunchtime show is sold out. Lunchbox is offering free admission to military personnel and war veterans and donations can be made to the Calgary Poppy Fund and the Veterans Food Bank during the run of the show. For tickets or more information go to Lunchbox Theatre.
The Calgary Musicals+Meetup Group is going on Friday evening, if you’d care to join us.
If you’re looking for something a little - ok, maybe a lot – less conservative, then you might want to check out Sage Theatre’s production of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the 1999 off-Broadway rock musical that was turned into a 2001 cult hit film. Sage originally produced the musical’s Calgary premiere in 2008 and have brought it back for a limited engagement.
The show tells the story of the former Hansel Schmidt, forced to give up his gender and identity in order to flee communist East Germany. Hansel becomes Hedwig, has her heart broken and forms a rock n’ roll band (The Angry Inch) to tell her story of the search for identity, love and belonging. It’s described by Sage as “a wild night of Rock ‘n’ Roll Theatre” which will rock the foundation of our city… at the base of the Calgary Tower.”
Sage Theatre’s Hedwig And The Angry Inch opened this past weekend and runs until Sunday November 17 at Vertigo’s Studio Theatre. Tickets are $30 regular, $25 for students and seniors. For tickets or more information go to Sage Theatre. The Calgary Musicals+Meetup Group is going Thursday night if you’d care to join us.