Pictured above: The Royal Alexandra Theatre (Edward Burtynsky).

May 3 – May 9


LOCAL NEWS


A serious influx of comic talent is coming to town for Sketchfest
by CultMontreal.com

the Flirty Boys - Allison Hogg, Alessandra Vite, Ann Pornel and Alexandra Wylie
the Flirty Boys – Allison Hogg, Alessandra Vite, Ann Pornel and Alexandra Wylie

From May 5–14, the annual Montreal Sketchfest will once again host over 60 troupes from across Canada and the U.S. to celebrate the art of sketch comedy. During the fest, guests will have the opportunity to take part in sketch and improv workshops, catch a bunch of hilarious shows and listen in on an expert panel discussion on the state of sketch comedy in Canada.


OFFTA festival celebrates 10 years of hybrid dance/theatre
by MontrealGazette.com

Although it began in the shadow of the Festival TransAmériques (FTA), OFFTA has since established itself as a full-fledged summer arts event unfolding both indoors at the Monument-National, Théâtre d’aujourd’hui and other downtown venues, and at free happenings in outdoor squares and parks.


Love is in the air, loathing is in the family at Segal Centre
by MontrealGazette.com

Love in all its myriad forms is celebrated in the delightfully titled musical revue I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. There’s love on a first date, love at a wedding, love at the breakfast table, love in old age …


Cirque du Soleil’s Luzia is a magical Mexican spectacle
by MontrealGazette.com

Who else but Cirque du Soleil would cast a performer as a demigod and a cockroach in the same show? Those are just two of the roles taken by Benjamin Courtenay in the Cirque’s new Mexican-themed spectacle Luzia, which opens in Montreal on Wednesday after two weeks of previews.


Review: Geordie director bows out with rousing encore of Beethoven Lives Upstairs
by MontrealGazette.com

It might be a bit much to compare Dean Patrick Fleming with Ludwig van Beethoven, but his final show with Geordie Productions is kind of his own glorious Ninth.


Review: Robert Lepage and Michel Tremblay explore their memory palaces
by MontrealGazette.com

There’s a nice irony at the heart of Robert Lepage’s compelling — and surprisingly funny — new piece, 887. It has this most accomplished and technologically evolved of theatre artists fretting over the most basic requirement of putting on a show: remembering your lines.


NATIONAL NEWS


Lisa Horner to Star in BELLES SOEURS: THE MUSICAL at Confederation Centre
by BroadwayWorld.com

Confederation Centre is proud to present the explosive new musical BELLES SOEURS: THE MUSICAL this September as the closing production of The Charlottetown Festival season. Crackling with electricity and performed by a powerhouse cast and musicians, Belles Sœurs arrives in Charlottetown following stellar reviews and sold-out crowds in Montreal and Ottawa (NAC).


Rewriting Art History and the Bible on Stage with Botticelli in the Fire andSunday in Sodom
by Torontoist.com

botticelli

Brad Fraser was spotted last week at the opening night of Jordan Tannahill’s new plays, Botticelli in the Fire and Sunday in Sodom, atCanadian Stage. Seeing him couldn’t help but invite comparisons. After all, like Tannahill, Fraser was once the young gay playwright everyone was talking about, the outspoken rebel who wanted to shake up Canadian theatre. (See Tannahill’s 2015 book Theatre of the Unimpressedfor details.)


Tarragon Theatre to Host 2016 Play Reading Week This Spring
by BroadwayWorld.com

We invite you to join us for Tarragon’s annual Play Reading Week, an exciting celebration of plays-in-development by the talented playwrights associated with the theatre. See the latest works from Tarragon Playwright-in-Residence Erin Shields (co-written with comedian Rob Baker), RBC Emerging Playwright’s Competition winner Cliff Cardinal, celebrated actor and playwright Rick Roberts, and the Tarragon Playwrights Unit: Donald Woo, Jenna Harris, Philip McKee, David S. Craig, and Step Taylor.


Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre Will Get a $2.5 Million Facelift
by Playbill.com

Ontario, Canada’s venerable Royal Alexandra Theatre will get a $2.5 million renovation courtesy of its owners and managers, Mirvish Productions, which has owned the property since 1963.


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