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Not enough seasoned theatre from young writers? To spice things up, the Tarragon and artistic producer Anthony Furey launch the Paprika Festival of short works created by artists under 21. They're seeking proposals from groups of artists -- not just individual scripts -- for five- to 30-minute productions that will be cast and rehearsed independently by the artists. The festival itself runs March 15 and 16 at the Tarragon. Submissions should include a completed application form as well as details of the project, though not necessarily a final script. Deadline is January 14. For forms and more information, go to www.tarragontheatre.com/paprika, or call 416-696-9766.
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Last weekend was an outstanding one for comedy. Great brown hope Russell Peters headlined a killer set at Yuk Yuk's Superclub. Peters was so confident and cocky, he riffed on the ethnic makeup of the audience for a full half-hour -- pitting people against each other, and of course casting an eye on global events -- before even touching his new material. Over at the Tim Sims Playhouse, Winnipeg sketch troupe Royal Liechtenstein Theatre Company made their Toronto debut in Bush Party. Their parodies of movie trailers, PSAs, Christian fundamentalist singers and sad shipwreck songs were among the best comic sketches seen on this or any stage this year. Air Farce director Perry Rosemond is apparently sniffing them out for a possible CBC series. Smart move.
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It's not too soon to start thinking about a production for next July's Fringe, the 14th annual festival. Applications are available for the 100-plus slots, again for shows of up to either 60 or 90 minutes. Artists keep all of their box-office revenue. Deadline for Ontario companies is January 25. To get an application, call 416-966-1062 or e-mail email@example.com.
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Do beauty contests ever go beneath the surface to contestants' hearts and minds? What if ethnic and cultural questions enter into the mix? The Carlos Bulosan Theatre Company, a Filipino-Canadian group, workshops Miss Orient(ed), in which three contestants vying for Miss Pearl of the Orient must deal with clashing cultural identities. The company -- formerly the Carlos Bulosan Cultural Workshop -- is in the process of changing leadership, from anti-Marcos community activists to a new generation of theatre professionals. The Space (489 Dupont). 416-433-9579.