Two in the Bush & The Sleeping Beauty
TORAH! TORAH! TORAH!
In Two in the Bush, Tracey Erin Smith’s sequel to last year’s Chutzpah! hit The Burning Bush, stripping rabbi Barbara Baumawitz goes on a road trip. She has magical phone conversations with Jackie Mason and encounters a Matthew McConaughey–like southern handyman. “Now, I’ve always gone for dark, hairy, Jewish guys,” Baumawitz says. “I call them Jewbackahs. But even I can tell this guy is cute.” The blond teaches Baumawitz how to play Texas hold ’em poker by relating the game’s rules to the principles of the Torah. Part of the 2008 Chutzpah! Festival, this solo show promises to be both smart and funny, with three performances at the Norman Rothstein Theatre on Sunday and Monday (February 24 and 25). See www.chutzpahfestival.com/ for details.
It’ll be a fairy-tale homecoming for B.C. native Jennifer Welsman (above) when she dances the lead role in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s production of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky’s perennial favourite The Sleeping Beauty, at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from next Thursday (February 28) to March 1. Like a ballet version of a Robert Altman movie, the show will also feature walk-ons—or leap-ons, rather—by a bunch of celebrity storybook characters, including Little Red Riding Hood and Puss in Boots. (Note to Welsman fans: she’ll be performing the lead in the March 1 evening show. The role is so rigorous that the company has to call on three different dancers to fill it during the run.) Visit www.balletbc.com/ for details.