Aug 26

Lunchbox Theatre 2009-10 Season Preview

by Wil Knoll · 0 comments

It’s one of the perks of working downtown.

The Lunchbox Theatre is about to fire up their new season, starting September 14th and running through June of 2010. This years line up is filled out with bright comedic pieces that can really help to break up the monotony of your day. Being the worlds longest running noon hour theatre, it really is one of the perks of working in Calgary’s downtown, something few cities can offer.

So what does that mean? It means that on almost any given day from September through to June you could take in a show over your lunch break. All shows are roughly 45 minutes and you are encouraged to take your lunch with you. More over, you can even pre-order a bagged lunch (just like Mom used to make) courtesy of The World Delicatessen, and have it waiting for you when you arrive for the show. Why go to a food court or eat at your desk when you can check out a comedy or musical while eating. You can be guaranteed to head back into the office in better mood then when you left, and that can only lead to enhanced productivity. There might even be an arrangement with The Auburn saloon that involves a Happy Hour beverage and performance. Those are
on Fridays after work, as they tend to lead to reduced productivity and increased relaxation.

09/10 is an important season for the Lunchbox, which recently moved into it’s new theatre space at the base of the Calgary Tower. With the move completed, and not having to stage productions between two locations, this will be the first full season completely in it’s new home. Now that all the kinks have been worked out, and the team has familiarized themselves with the personality of the space, all energy can be poured into the shows.

The season is fleshed out with 6 full productions. Power Lunch by Alan Ball is first up, opening on September 14. You may already know his work. Ball, a screen writer from Georgia, was awarded the Best Screenplay Oscar in 2000 for American Beauty, and holds several writing awards for the drama Six Feet Under. There is a fair bit of local talent being showcased as well. Jonathan Monro, who has a Betty Mitchell Award for his show “With A Twist”, is premiering Dream Vacation in late November running right up till the Christmas break.

Dream Vacation has it’s roots in the Lunchbox as well, being one of two shows developed through the Petro-Canada Stage One Festival. The festival caps off the Lunchbox’s season in June. New work is staged and the Lunchbox audience is allowed to voice their feelings, criticisms, and opinions in conversation with the playwright and performers. Feedback from a live audience can be instrumental in the tuning of a show, taking it from a work in progress to stage worthy.

There is an opportunity here to do something out of the norm and really enjoy a laugh. The Lunchbox theatre is there to provide an oasis in the middle of the day. With fair ticket prices, a solid season, and your own PB+J, it’s a world away from sitting at your desk watching the clock tick.

Lunchbox Theatre
160 115 9 Ave SE
Box Office: 403.265.5292 ext 0

Tickets and Lunches can be ordered online at

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