August 29-September 5: Theatre News This Week

Pictured above: Arif Mirabdolbaghi in Bad New Days’ The Double, playing at Hudson Village Theatre from Sept 7-11. Credit: Bad New Days.

August 29-September 5


Director does double duty in Dostoevsky adaptation hitting stage in Hudson

Director, actor and playwright Adam Paolozza wanted to work with musician and good buddy Arif Mirabdolbaghi on a theatre production that would put music front and centre.

Theatre review: Christine Beaulieu electrifies in J’aime Hydro

Approach Porte Parole’s J’aime Hydro with caution: it might give you a few nasty shocks. Take its jolting revelation about how much it costs Hydro-Québec to produce one kilowatt hour (around 10 cents) against how much the utility then sells it for export (around six cents). Or take the arguments about the absurdity of continuing to build massively expensive, environment-wrecking dams while a huge surplus of electricity sits around unconsumed.

Nufonia Must Fall brings a robot love story to life

Montreal-based DJ, producer and composer Kid Koala has spent the past two-and-a-half years touring the live adaptation of his 2003 graphic novel Nufonia Must Fall across Canada and the U.S., and this weekend the production comes home to Montreal for a six-show stint at Place des Arts.


5 questions with Thou Art Here Theatre’s Andrew Ritchie

The name Thou Art Here Theatre encapsulates what the Edmonton company does best: site-specific Shakespeare. Founders Andrew Ritchie and Neil Kuefler have brought Shakespeare to LRT stations, bars and parking lots. Now they’re bringing Much Ado About Nothing to Calgary in a production designed for the Lougheed House. Ritchie, who is directing the play, spoke with Swerve Going Out editor Jon Roe.

Canadian Stage to Present Teen Thriller CONCORD FLORAL This Fall

A new iteration of the suburban teen thriller Concord Floral written by Jordan Tannahill, directed by Erin Brubacher and Cara Spooner, and inspired by the medieval allegory The Decameron, will open Canadian Stage’s 16.17 season from September 27 to October 16, 2016. An ensemble of emerging youth performers from across the country will re-create this 2015 Dora Award-winner for Outstanding New Play at the Bluma Appel Theatre.


Canada on the horizon for Māori Producer

A Māori theatre producer is on a mission to empower the Māori culture and increase the influence of te reo Māori through theatre. Amber Curreen is set to take the first Māori play to the RUTAS Indigenous Arts Festival in Canada next month.

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