• Alexandra Centre (map)
  • 922 9 Avenue Southeast
  • Calgary, AB, T2G
  • Canada

Artists' Collective Theatre presents a new work by Eric Pettifor
Similar in style to sketch comedy for smarties, illuminaties, and the naughty


What is NOT Sondheim? The title says it all. A little misleading, perhaps, as there are bits of Sondheim (not enough to have to pay royalties for) in episode one. And it's in two episodes. Which will alternate so you have to buy two tickets. Episode subtitles may further illume with regard to the content; episode one is "Why the Viking", and episode two is subtitled "Hale Mary". Nothing is left to the imagination.

"NOT Sondheim", playwright Pettifor drones, "contains much of the sensibility which formed my still developing brain as I listened to Monty Python records over and over again during my formative years. But it also contains much of Wetaskiwin where I saw my first episode as a small child."


"Well, no, not really," replied Pettifor. "Wetaskwin isn't that interesting. I was just using it to stand for something essentially Albertan, even Canadian."

NOT Sondheim is smart, irreverent, theme oriented, sketch comedy of sorts potentially offensive to anyone who belongs to a race or a religion (not Gnosticism). There are about six people in the cast (last we counted), most playing multiple roles. It egregiously violates Aristotle's three unities. For ages 16+. Most warnings except for nudity, including the Canadian Content warning, most especially with regard to voyageurs.

Performances at the Alexandra Centre, 922 - 9 Avenue SE - Calgary, AB, Friday July 31st, 7:00 PM; Saturday August 1st, 3:00 PM ; Sunday August 2nd, 5:00 PM; Tuesday August 4th, 9:00 PM; Thursday August 6th, 7:00 PM; Friday August 7th, 9:00 PM

Starring: Taylor Thompson, Lisa Floyd, Brett Gartley, Ben Francis, Zach Peterson, and Haylee Thompson