#FridayFive: 5 shows to see this long weekend in Halifax

The Victoria Day long weekend is a great time to take in the local arts scene

#FridayFive: 5 things to see this long weekend in Halifax

The unofficial start of summer in Canada, the Victoria Day long weekend is usually a time to clean out the barbecue and get the planters ready for the growing season.

For those looking for something indoors this “two-four weekend” though we’ve got five shows worth checking out:

1. The Color Purple

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the 1985 film starring Whoopi Goldberg & Oprah Winfrey, The Color Purple continues at Halifax’s Neptune Theatre through June 2. Featuring a score containing jazz, ragtime, gospel, rhythm and blues, this uplifting (and devastating) tale of a downtrodden young woman who finds her self-worth will heat up the weekend as warm as hot summer night in Georgia.

The Color Purple at Neptune Theatre. Photo by Stoo Metz.
The Color Purple at Neptune Theatre. Photo by Stoo Metz.

2. Little Thing, Big Thing

Over at the Neptune Theatre’s Scotiabank Stage until May 26, a nun and a criminal walk into the middle of an international corporate conspiracy in Donal O’Kelly’s cloak-and-dagger comedy thriller, Little Thing, Big Thing.

Little Thing, Big Thing. Photo by Ashley Pettipas from the Festival Antigonish 2016 production.
Little Thing, Big Thing. Photo by Ashley Pettipas from the Festival Antigonish 2016 production.

3. The Children

At the Bus Stop Theatre, Keep Good (Theatre) Company presents the Atlantic Canadian premiere of Lucy Kirkwood’s The Children through May 19. Inspired by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear explosion in Japan, this near-future drama about the aftermath of a catastrophe at a nuclear power station, explores the responsibilities we have towards future generations.

Mauralea Austin, Martha Irving, and Lee J. Campbell in the Keep Good (Theatre) Company production of The Children. Photo by Stoo Metz.
Mauralea Austin, Martha Irving, and Lee J. Campbell in the Keep Good (Theatre) Company production of The Children. Photo by Stoo Metz.

4. The Realistic Joneses

There are only a few more chances to meet The Realistic Joneses as KAZAN Co-op presents Will Eno’s funny, quirky and compassionate look at the challenges of everyday life until Sunday.

Christian Murray, Kathryn MacLellan, Gil Anderson and Matthew Lumley in the KAZAN Co-op production of The Realistic Joneses. Photo by Janet E. MacLellan.
Christian Murray, Kathryn MacLellan, Gil Anderson and Matthew Lumley in the KAZAN Co-op production of The Realistic Joneses. Photo by Janet E. MacLellan.

5. The Lonely: Celebrating the Music of Roy Orbison

From the other coast comes a tribute to one of music’s greats in The Lonely: Celebrating the Music of Roy Orbison. At the Spatz Theatre on May 19, this musical journey pays homage not only to Orbison but also the hits of The Traveling Wilburys and The Everly Brothers.