Pick of the Day: Bertha

Don’t have a lot to go on with this play which starts a short run at the Globe Theatre as part of its Shumiatcher Sandbox Series tomorrow night. Lucy Hill’s initial inspiration in creating Bertha was a workship in half-mask theatre that she took at the Globe in 2008.

Mask, of course, has a long tradition in theatre, and very definitely has strong parallels with real life where people regularly don figurative, and sometimes even literal when you think about things like make-up and cosmetic surgery, masks to function in different social situations.

Hill also performs in Bertha. It’s about an isolated woman (Bertha) who finds herself being manipulated and exploited by her sole living relative — a sister named Sarah. The play runs April 29-May 8. Adults $20, Students $15.

Tonight’s also the start of what’s become an annual musical tradition in Regina. Judging by the name, it’s the brainchild of long-time music aficianado and booster Jeff “Redbeard” Corbett. Redbeard’s Tribute to Regina’s Live Music Scene is how its billed. Tonight at Bushwakker Brent Nielsen, Random Groove, Richie Pollack & Dan Silljer are playing beginning at 8 p.m.

Tomorrow, Cody Gamracy, Brandy Moore, B.T. & the Inmates, Gliem and Daytrip are at McNally’s Tavern ( 8 p.m. $5). Friday, Mark Hubic, Jimmy Wright Jr., Casey Stone Band and the Red Shells play the Exchange (8 p.m. $10). Next door at the Club the same night is Lindsay Ivey.

Saturday, Red Beard’s tribute shifts to the Distrikt where the Government, In Darkness and Bloodstoned rock out (9:30 p.m. $10). Finally, Sunday at O’Hanlon’s, Kory Istace & the Time Pirates and the Bystanders play and there’s a special trivia night devoted to music ($3 per person to play).

Finally, at the Lazy Owl tonight at 9 p.m. there’s a Hip Hop 4 Haiti Fundraiser that’s being hosted by DJs Kracka Jack and Merky Waters, with performances by Antony of Egypt, Pimpton, Yung Freeze and more. Tix are $7 at the door, with all proceeds to Oxfam’s relief effort in Haiti.

Author: Gregory Beatty

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