Theatre News: September 17 – 23

Local News

See what’s happening this week in Montreal theatre!


Great coverage for QDF Member Dane Stewart’s show (get your tickets! It’s the last weekend!) The History of Sexuality playing at MainLine Theatre. Compare Dane’s approach to his subjects to Colleen Murphy’s (article below). This article really illustrates the respect and fondness Dane has for his collaborators on the piece, and how important they were to the process, going back and forth to make sure no one is misrepresented.

National News

I’ve written about The Breathing Hole here in pretty positive terms, I believe Indigenous art and art about Indigenous people needs to be examined, but I think the end of this piece by playwright Colleen Murphy needs to be examined critically. Read the last paragraphs very carefully. There’s always more work to be done, and I hope this piece makes playwrights wanting to work with other cultures give pause, and really consider at what point the research needs to go beyond your own assumptions. (via HowlRound)


Love this piece about The Humans and The Aliens, two shows that are on the forefront of ‘american supernaturalism’ – a genre I can definitely vibe with. It sound like the theatre equivalent to what I love about certain American painters (Hopper and Wyeth come to mind) – thrilling, chilling, the future figures prominently, the people are sparse, and it’s all very, very scary. LOVE IT! (via the Globe and Mail)

International News

Love this story in the New York Times. Here we have an originally working class theatre company who’s artists and staff are resisting new artistic director Chris Decron, formerly of Tate Modern. This is class struggle! The Volksbuhne is meant to be an avant garde political theatre and the artists, staff, and some audience members feel the appoitnment of Decron is a move to sanitise the theatre. His solution? Call upon the state to enforce his will! Classic bourgeoisie move. Doch Kunst! (via NY Times)


Lots of people freaking out about these appointments over at the BBC. But… Do they maybe have a point? I saw a good take on this that illustrated that if artists don’t want to change anything about the experience… are we doing our jobs? If the three best qualified presenters for the BBC rarely go see theatre because the plays are long and boring and the seats are uncomfortable, is that really too much complaining? Can we maybe put together a measured response instead of digging our heels in to staunchly defend traditions that are barely 100 years old? (via The Telegraph)

posted by Caleigh Crow

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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