Late Company – d² productions
***FINAL SHOWS THIS WEEKEND***
Is it possible to save a vulnerable child if their hurt is a secret? Late Company is a poignantly relevant contemporary story of forgiveness, culpability and reprisal. Set over the course of one evening, a family stricken by the loss of their son, who was bullied, at least in part, for his sexuality, attempts to build a bridge instead of placing blame, with mixed results. It’s cluttered, unsettling, funny, and before our eyes we witness grief move to healing.
Late Company runs from November 8-12 and November 16-19 at the MainLine Theatre. For a detailed schedule and ticketing information please click here.
Romeo & Juliet – Dawson College
The Dawson College Professional Theatre Program presents the most famous love story in the world, Romeo & Juliet. This classic tale of two young lovers caught between their feuding families is one of the Bard’s most beloved.
The show runs from November 13-25. For more information click here.
The Queen of Chesed – Labyrinth Stage Productions
An original 80-minute dramatic comedy with no intermission. Written by Claudia Litvak Polachek and Pearl Rothenberg; directed by Ellen David.
Opening performance is at the Outremont Theatre on November 15, 2017. The play is loosely based on the life of Faigie Jacobson-a Chasidic woman, wife of a rabbi and mother of 9 children. “Chesed” is a Hebrew word meaning “acts of loving kindness”. Faigie, a dynamic, religious woman, opened her home to the needy in her Crown Heights home. Homeless, hungry and lonely people come for a meal and often stay indefinitely. The play has fictitious and true to life occurrences. It makes for some interesting dramatic and comedic interactions not only between the Jacobson family and their “guests” but also between the “guests” themselves.
The Queen of Chesed plays on November 15 & 16. For more information click here.
Invasive Species – Blue Ox Productions
Blue Ox Productions Present’s the remount of the Montreal Fringe smash hit, Invasive Species, written and performed by Gabriel Schultz. Winner of the Freestanding Room Award at the 2017 St. Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival, the ecological thriller that the Montreal Gazette called “an icky slick of Southern Gothic” returns more sticky and slimier than ever before.
Invasive Species runs from November 16th-25th at the Freestanding Room. For more information and a detailed schedule please click here.
The 39 Steps – Centaur Theatre
Richard Hannay, a suspected murderer, is caught in a web of international intrigue and suspense in this rollicking, edge-or-your-seat thriller made famous by the classic Hitchcock film. Handcuffed to a beautiful woman convinced of his guilt, the accidental action hero must stay one step ahead of Scotland Yard to prove his innocence and stop a lethal ring of spies.
The 39 Steps runs from November 14 to December 10, 2017 at the Centaur Theatre. Please click here for more information and to get your tickets.
City Boy – Plaid Thursday Productions
After the death of their mother, siblings Max and Kate have not seen each other. Now, Kate is about to get married and so Max decides to take a trip back down to hell, AKA his father’s farm. To Max’s surprise, Kate’s fiancé, Michael has taken over the place and is tending to the cows with his brother Joshua. As a result, tensions will rise as the city boy faces his estranged family in ways that may divide them before the wedding. Fake smiles can’t last long as the characters uncover each other’s secrets.
City Boy runs from November 16-26 at MainLine Theatre. For more information and for tickets please click here.
Candyass Cabaret – Candyass Club
Candyass Cabaret Presents: Stumped In The City
Join the Candyass Club as we stumble over granite stumps, collapsed caleche horses, past neglected/ burned down historic buildings to enjoy performers at the iconic Cafe Cleopatra .
A scintillating lineup of boondoggle projects for an off #mtl375 cabaret
This event is one night only! Friday Nov 17 – showtime is 10 PM. For more information click here!
Bad Jews – The Segal Centre for Performing Arts
Following last year’s sold out run, Bad Jews is back at the Segal Centre starting November 8!
From the synopsis on the Segal’s website:
“When three cousins gather in a cramped Manhattan apartment to mourn the death of their beloved grandfather and fight over a precious family heirloom, they learn there is much more at stake than who gets what. Bursting with crisp, fast-paced dialogue, Bad Jews is an exciting exploration of faith, family and legacy that is as thought-provoking and poignant as it is viciously funny.”
Bad Jews runs from November 8 – 26 at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts. For more information and for tickets please click here.
The Hockey Sweater: A Musical – The Segal Centre for Performing Arts
***EXTENDED RUN – FINAL DAYS***
Roch Carrier’s classic children’s story is coming to the stage at the Segal Centre just as the weather here in Montreal is becoming decidedly wintry. Let’s celebrate everything good about winter with some family friendly Canadian nostalgia. AND it’s a musical!
The Hockey Sweater plays from October 19 to November
12 19 at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts. For more information and for tickets, please click here.
Bites of Life, Episode 2 – Gleams Theatre
Gleams Theater continues their season with Bites of Life, Episode 2. The show is comprised of three short plays, performed in a cosy chocolate shop – coffee and a chocolate are included with admission!
Episode 2 runs every Thursday from October 19 to November 30 at Leonidas Culture Chocolate Cafe. For more information and for tickets, 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
Les Lundis D’impro is the same deal as Sunday, but this time for the Francophones!
Presented by Le Nouvau International.
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!
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If you’ve been thinking about stopping by our new offices, here’s another reason to visist! One block away, Rue St Denis has been shut down for Montreal Complètement Cirque, part of We’re Acting Out, Montreal’s monster street theatre festival. There are so many free events to choose from – go see some street theatre with an acrobatic twist and come say hello to QDF at 2060 Ave Joly!
The Just for Laughs Comedy Festival kicked off last week! There’s SO many shows, and there’s lots to read about to prepare: CultMTL talks to Robert Kelly of The Nasty Show, The Gazette has an interview with Mike Birbiliga, and CBC has the JFL Awards scoop.
In other JFL news, QDF Members MainLine Theatre and the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts have shows in the festival! If you’re missing FRINGE, check out the Best of FRINGE Cabaret as part of ZooFest and Off-JFL. If you’re looking for comedy of the sitdown (as opposed to standup) variety, JFL and the Segal Centre have you covered with What’s In a Name?
Concrete Theatre in Edmonton is connecting theatre to their community with their summer drama camp for Syrian refugees. The camp is taught by a Syrian drama instructor brought in by Concrete’s Mieko Ouchi to help refugees new to Canada start building a community and exploring their stories through art, in particular, theatre. (via CBC)
J Kelly Nestruck over at the Globe and Mail delivers another great read. This week he’s checking in on gender parity and summer Shakespeare shows across the country, from Halifax’s Shakespeare by the Sea to Bard on the Beach in Vancouver. This year, only Saskatoon’s Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan was able to make parity, with exactly half female actors in their production. Nestruck provides a very balanced view of this issue, as usual, while asking the questions that need to be asked. (via Globe and Mail) Do you think theatre still skews male or has the work already been done to achieve gender equality in theatre? Let us know on Twitter!
Toronto Masque Theatre announced its upcoming 13th season will be the company’s last. Go see some great classical and contemporary masque shows while you can! (via Stage Door)
Adrienne Wong over at SpiderWebShow asks us to take a hard look at the self, theatre, and shared digital spaces. The most significant difference between theatre and film is the live performance aspect, and so people who want to experience a live performance gather together in the same room to experience it, and this was generally the divide until the Internet Age: When Things Took a Turn. Now we can have live performance experienced in real time, but we suddenly don’t have to all be in the same room. How can theatre practitioners use this new advent to improve on the form? What do you think? Send us a tweet!
David Mamet is making headlines in the UK after it was reported he included a blanket ban on post-show talk backs at his plays as one of the conditions of getting the rights to perform his plays. The price of violating this clause is pretty steep at $25k. Theatre goers and practioners alike have been coming down on either side of the debate. On the one hand, open discussion gives the audience a voice to interact more deeply with a piece, and many productions use talkbacks as a tool for fostering community engagement. Mamet disagrees, perhaps as this article suggests, because the art should speak for itself. For my part, I agree with Mamet, though a $25k fine crosses the line. However, I think experiences should be experienced, meaning they occur in real time, and can’t be duplicated or honestly revisited, recreated, rehashed. Talk backs don’t matter much to me, because I believe the play is the experience. Am I wrong? Yell at me on Twitter! (via The Guardian)
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Here’s a sneak-peek into the Bard’s beloved rom-com Much Ado About Nothing. The show will tour Montreal parks from July 13 – August 15. More detailed schedule and ticketing information available here.
If you’re a fan of biting repartee, this is one of Shakespeare’s most witty plays. Here’s one of my favourite scenes from the show, between Beatrice (Holly Gauthier-Frankel) and Benedick (Quincy Armorer), with my favourite line: “What, my dear lady disdain! Are you yet living?”
Here are some more pics to whet your appetite for outdoor theatre!
Big news for fans of Blue Man Group and Cirque du Soleil! Cirque du Soleil as acquired Blue Man Productions, hoping to bring the show to a wider audience in places like Germany. These are two physical performance powerhouses! Look forward to seeing what kind of work they do together. (via Global News)
A bold opinion and inside perspective by J. Kelly Nestruck about the Dora Awards which took place last week in Toronto. There have been some problems with the Doras in the past, and a programming overhaul a few years ago hasn’t quite done the trick. Kelly wonders why with the quality of theatre in Toronto the Dora Awards don’t garner much buzz, and posits it might be the confusing categories. How much stake do you place in theatre awards? If a company has a “Best Production” banner slapped on it, are you more likely to go see it? Have your say on Twitter! (via Globe and Mail)
Is Rick Mercer Ruining Everything? A great read about Canadian comedy and American politics. There’s lots of Canadian humor out there patting ourselves on the back for perceived progressiveness (read: superiority), as the article points out, as a major tenet of our national identity. The article examines comedy’s role in developing this trend. What do you think? Have we established a national identity beyond “Not-American”? Ought we to look to our own damning political problems rather than distract ourselves with At Least Things are Better Here Syndrome? Or is it just a bit of fun? Let us know on Twitter! (via NY Times)
July 11 is World Fringe Day! Here’s an article on howlround.com about what FRINGE looks like across the world, and why we need FRINGE Festivals (whether they scare us or not!). How many FRINGE Festivals have you attended? Tweet us your answer! (via HowlRound)
Is Shakespeare still shocking? An interesting experiment in the works at the Royal Shakespeare Company. The plan is to hook audience members up to heart monitors and track their heart rate while watching a live theatre performance of one of the bard’s goriest, Titus Andronicus, compared to a film version of the same play, and see if we can measure excitement. (via BBC)
Not sure how to react to this article from The Telegraph. Do you think it’s discriminatory or disrespectful to target a younger demographic? Would you say that the way older audiences are portrayed is “offensive”? I believe putting on a good, strong show will attract audiences regardless of age. Interesting that this #OldLivesMatter article dismisses all young people as preferring to “hang out” and “snog”. These are my reactions to this article, what are yours? Agree? Disagree? Share on Twitter! (via the Telegraph)
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