Sep. 26, 2012 - Issue #884: Strangelove
A new season of shenanigans and comedy hijinks is ready to be unleashed with Hey Ladies!, a wacked-out gameshow/talk show/variety show including advice, prizes and of course, free booze.
"It's a talk show on acid basically," says Lady Cathleen Rootsaert while hiding out in a boardroom at her day job as a videogame writer for Bioware.
Rootsaert, along with Leona Brausen and Davina Stewart, began the show six seasons ago when they noticed Edmonton's arts community hadn't tapped into their demographic. They decided to make their own fun; Hey Ladies! offers a night of conversation, local guest musicians including Jason Kodie and Robert Walsh on Friday, plus crafts, cooking and advice. The content is topical and parodies, as well as pokes fun at, popular culture, which Rootsaert says is ripe for mocking at this point in time.
"Every show is different," Rootsaert says, adding the show on Friday will incorporate accessories, which the ladies haven't tackled before. "We have what we like to call our interactive scratch and sniff lobby, so intermission means the audience can go and sample booze—we always have booze. We like to give our audience a liquor tasting in the lobby at intermissions and there will also be handbags and all kinds of stuff that I believe, this time you can actually buy, so you can shop and drink. Seriously, how great is that?"
Each episode of Hey Ladies! involves a great deal of improvisation, so it's difficult for Rootsaert to predict exactly what audiences will be in for this time around, but she says Friday's show will tie into the Harvest Moon.
"Everything's moon related and we're going to do a craft. We like to have a small teaching segment in many of our shows, so we're going to be doing unholy things with harvest vegetables," she laughs. What this will mean, time will tell.
The unpredictable nature of the show is what Rootsaert enjoys best about Hey Ladies! She and her two cohorts are all no strangers to Edmonton's theatre scene and are involved with Die-Nasty as well as Teatro La Quindicina. Of course, Rootsaert says things can't be too one-sided when it comes to gender, so they've got Noel Taylor to spin some tunes and keep them in line, plus provide some eye candy.
Fri, Sep 28; Fri, Nov 16; Fri, Feb 1; Fri, Mar 8; Fri, May 24 (8 pm)
Roxy Theatre, $25
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