What’s On – September 20-27

What’s On

The Secret Rapture by David Hare

Presented by the Professional Theatre Program at Dawson College.

The children of light and darkness battle in this brilliant play by the author of Racing Demon. Gentle Isobel happily runs a small graphics design business with her lover until her sister Marion and her father’s young widow Katherine demand to be taken into the company. Katherine is a destructive drunk and Marion is a Tory M.P. with the heart of a computer. Isobel accepts capital to expand and her business becomes high tech and impersonal.

Wednesday September 20th to Saturday September 23rd at 8pm  @ Dawson’s Theatre

For a full schedule and for tickets please click here.

The History of Sexuality by Dane Stewart

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Presented by Talking Dog Productions.

Five students take a graduate seminar studying the work of revolutionary French philosopher Michel Foucault. As they argue over issues of sexuality, gender, oppression and free will, these theories begin to rupture and spill out into their own lives. The characters expose the complexities of sexuality as it collides with kink, BDSM, disability, gender, and sex work.

Sept 21-23, 27-30 @ 8pm
Sept 23 & 30 @ 2pm

MainLine Theatre

For more information and for tickets click here.

Phenomenal 5ive

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Presented by Madpoetix Productions.

A Project focusing on bringing into the light talented, engaging Black women representing Montreal with the incorporation of a spectrum of performance disciplines including: spoken word, storytelling, dance and music.

Here’s a Quick Selfie with Kym Dominique-Ferguson!

September 20 – 23 8 pm, September 24, 6 pm @ the MAI.

For more information click here.

Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph


Presented by Playground Productions.

Check out our interview with director Gabriel Maharjan!

Gruesome Playground Injuries is a life-spanning and time-hopping play about two people brought together by illness and injury.
Pay What You Can Preview: September 22, 2017 @ 8:00 (No tickets sold in advance)
September 23, 2017 @ 8:00 P.M.
September 24, 2017 @ 2:00 P.M.
September 25 & 26 2017 @ 8:00 P.M.

Harold Greenspon Auditorium, 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

For more information click here.

Arts Alive! Quebec

Image may contain: one or more people, outdoor and natureMontreal’s West Island hosts a packed event for the whole family. The free two-day event features local West Island artists presenting live music, theatre, displays of visual art for sale, the ever-popular Teddy Bears’ Picnic, and a wide variety of craft and visual art workshops for both children and adults.

September 23 & 24 @ St John Fisher Elementary. For a more detailed schedule please click here.

Sunday Night Improv | Les Lundis D’impro | Art Machine – Theatre Sainte-Catherine

At Theatre Sainte-Catherine, the weekend runs Sunday – Tuesday! They’ve got three regular shows to entertain and delight!


Sunday Night Improv is both workshop and performance! Stop in from 5-7 for a free workshop with improvisers of all skill levels and hone your craft, then stick around for the show at 8 PM (tickets $7).

Presented by Le Nouvau International

For more information, click here.

Les Lundis D’impro is the same deal as Sunday, but this time for the Francophones!

Presented by Le Nouvau International.

For more information, click here.


Here’s TSC’s cabaret style Art Machine, where you can see great Francophone standup, sketch, live music, clown – it’s a variety show so the best thing to do is head down and check it out. Tuesdays at 7:30 PM, tickets are only $5!

For more information, click here.

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Theatre News: September 3 – 9

Local News

The Montreal English Theatre Award nominees were announced last week! There are SO many QDF Company and Individual members nominated. Repercussion Theatre, the Segal Centre for Performing Arts, Black Theatre Workshop & Tableau D’Hote, and Geordie Productions have the most nominations, but we want to congratulate InfiniTheatre, CABAL, Centaur Theatre Company, Hudson Players Club, the Cote St-Luc Dramatic Society, Lakeshore Light Opera, Talisman and Imago Theatre who were also nominated. Here’s the full list of nominees!


Arts Alive! is coming to the West Island on September 23 for a whole weekend of fun filled events. One of those is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty where the kids can take the reins of the show and interact with the performers. If you’re looking for something for the wee ones to do at Arts Alive! this is an option! (via CBC)


The city of Montreal is holding a public meeting on September 12, 5PM at the council chamber of City Hall to adopt the recommendations of a May meeting on fighting racial and social profiling in the city. There will be information published online on Friday, September 15. What does this have to do with theatre? Equity is important! National News

National News

We like to think of the arts as a special place untouched by things so pedantic as skyrocketing real estate prices. Isn’t that just for people still plugged into the Matrix? The rat-race people? Toronto is experiencing a some real estate troubles, and here’s a great article on how that situation is affecting the indie theatre scene. (spoiler: it’s not helping). What role does our industry play in societal issues like gentrification? Why are these groups trying to stay away from public funding? When we talk about diversity and equity – that talk needs to address distribution of and access to resources (read: cold hard ca$h) like who has access to a space. Great read. (via the Toronto Star)

International News

This is a SCREAM of an article. The British Library digitized some correspondence from the Lord Chamberlain’s Office about Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. In the Olden Days one had to apply to the Lord Chamberlain to get a license to produce a play, and it had to pass the censors. Their objections seem ridiculous nowadays, and of course Waiting for Godot is one of the greatest plays of the 20th Century – but they fought hard to have it banned! There’s some hilarious gossipy lines like “mixed in the nonsense of the first 12 lines I detect distinct mockery of religion” and some objections to the line “Who farted?” (via the Guardian)


HowlRound talks about the futility in trying to figure out vital statistics about audience composition. The methodology is flawed. Even if you have an optional survey for audience members, studies show not everyone fills them out! So there will always be gaps. Oddly, I thought about Google. They have access to oodles and oodles of their users data and we have … diddly squat! Maybe we need to make an app for that… (via HowlRound)

posted by Caleigh Crow

Theatre News: August 6 – August 12

Local News

A look a the relationship between the National Theatre School in Montreal and the Shaw and Stratford Festivals in Ontario. See any familiar names or faces? (via the Montreal Gazette)


Check in with Arts Alive! Quebec, a touring initiative by QDF Member ELAN, which has reached its halfway point. The festival has two more stops left on it’s tour: Wakefield, September 8-10; and the West Island, September 23-24.  Check it out! (via CBC)

National News

Blood Tribe performer Terrance Houle is bringing his seance-like performance piece, Ghost Days, to Toronto for SummerWorks. Houle has been travelling the country invoking the spirits of the dead, in an attempt at collective healing. The performance incorporates a lot of musical aspects, making use of loop pedals! Who doesn’t like loop pedals?! (via the Globe and Mail)


An update on SoulPepper’s New York City run. According to Albert Schultz, it was a success! The Americans think we can do good theatre now. Mission accomplished! (via Deadline)

International News

Really interesting piece on Jess Thom, an Edinburgh FRINGE performer with Tourette’s Syndrome performing Samuel Beckett’s Not I at this year’s festival. Really great insights into a process and artist unlike most, and her relationship to the piece. She doesn’t try to suppress her vocal tics at all, the most common one being ‘buiscuit’. Would love to check it out! (via The Guardian)


A Canadian performer at Edinburgh FRINGE turns the one-woman show trope on it’s head by including Siri, yes that Siri, as her performance partner. Laurence Dauphinais starts by asking Siri Turing Test-esque questions, and the piece goes from there. From the article:

The moments when Siri is stumped when asked about provenance, parentage etc are brought into parallel with her interlocutor’s own sense of absence. There’s an affinity here – however abstruse – that serves to sharpen a feeling, lurking I suspect in many of us as technology and AI leap ever forward, of existential anxiety.

(via the Telegraph)


posted by Caleigh Crow