Pictured above (from the Montreal Gazette): Everyone in Une île flottante’s cast — including Charlotte Clamens, left, Marc Bodnar, Nikola Weisse and Ueli Jäggi — gets to deliver astonishing physical comedy routines. (SIMON HALLSTR֝M)

May 24-May 30


LOCAL NEWS


WORLD DANCE AND THEATRE STARS HEADLINE 2016 FESTIVAL TRANSAMÉRIQUES
by Tourisme-Montreal.org

The 10th edition of Montréal’s famed Festival TransAmériques will present 25 dance and theatre productions from Canada and around the world from May 26 to June 8. There will also be parties, film screenings, panels and workshops in various venues around Montréal. 


Review: Christoph Marthaler opens Festival TransAmériques with a farcical bang by MontrealGazette.com

The Festival TransAmériques opened on Thursday night with a challenge thrown out to an audience that fancies itself as being up for anything. As the lines from a designedly fast-moving French farce were delivered in flat, emotionless voices with interminable pauses between, the packed house responded with awkward throat-clearing and the occasional embarrassed titter. By the end of it, however, renowned Swiss director Christoph Marthaler and his eight-strong cast had most of the audience guffawing in wild appreciation.


Hudson Village Theatre to Present THE LADIES FOURSOME, 6/22-7/10 by BroadwayWorld.com

HVT (Hudson Village Theatre) presents The Ladies Foursome, from Canada’s well-loved and prolific playwright, Norm Foster. An instant hit when it debuted at the Upper Canada Village Playhouse in July of 2014, this ‘hijinks on the links’ comedy, running from June 22 to July 10, is directed by Scapegoat Carnivale Theatre’s Co-founder and Co-artistic Director, Alison Darcy.


Cindy Mae Arsenault est la créatrice de l’année aux Îles-de-la-Madeleine
by CBC.ca

La présidente directrice générale du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ), Anne-Marie Jean, lui a remis le prix annuel et la bourse de 5000 dollars qui l’accompagne, devant une soixantaine de personnes, mercredi soir au Centre récréatif de L’Étang-du-Nord.


NATIONAL NEWS


The Winners from the 2016 Toronto Theatre Critics Awards
by Torontoist.com

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A taut revenge thriller; a queer historical drama double bill; radical re-imaginings of a Quebecois folk tale and a classic Maritimer play. Professional critics representing the Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, Now Magazine, andTorontoist found plenty of theatre to celebrate from the past year, with the annual Toronto Theatre Critics Awards (or the TTCAs) slated to be shared out to over a dozen different companies.


From first thought to final thread: How the National Ballet of Canada brought life to The Little Prince
by NationalPost.com

Moving from concept to execution has the potential to take wildly differing routes, each with their own obstacles and solutions. While The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s iconic novella, features a narrative about a young, asteroid-dwelling prince who travels the universe, its central message about the power of human connection has made it an enduring part of the literary canon and the subject of many adaptations, including the first full-length ballet by a Canadian choreographer commissioned in a decade.


These six young stars are part of a ‘Youthquake’ underway at Stratford Festival
by TheGlobeandMail.com

They’re calling it the Youthquake. This season, the Stratford Festival is seeing major generational renewal as a crop of younger actors take the spotlight at the classical theatre.


TARRAGON THEATRE ANNOUNCES WINNER OF THE RBC EMERGING PLAYWRIGHT PRIZE AND 2016/17 PLAYWRIGHTS UNIT
by TarragonTheatre.com

Tarragon Theatre is pleased to announce the winner of the RBC Tarragon Emerging Playwright Prize, one of Canada’s most prestigious prizes for new artists, is Geoffrey Simon Brown from Calgary, Alberta. The prize has a value of $8000 and includes a year’s worth of dramaturgical support from Tarragon Theatre, as well as a public reading during the theatre’s annual Play Reading Week. Nominations were received from select artistic directors across Canada.


Tenth Annual Mallory Gilbert Leadership Award Presented to Nancy Webster and Protege Katie Pounder
by BroadwayWorld.com

The Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) is pleased to present the 10th annual Mallory Gilbert Leadership Award to Nancy Webster. The award was presented at the annual PACT Conference in Calgary, AB. Nancy was chosen from a list of seven nominees from across Canada.


25 years of grand productions at Calgary’s Theatre Junction
by MetroNews.ca

Documentary theatre steps into the spotlight for the 25th anniversary season at Theatre Junction. Porte Parole’s Annabel Soutar leads her family through a cross-country trip across Canada, investigating the forces that shape the future of Canada’s natural resources. Specifically: what will happen to our water?


Arts Club and its hit Onegin lead Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards nominations by Straight.com

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The Arts Club Theatre Company dominated the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award nominations announced tonight at the York Theatre, with a whopping 11 productions receiving the nod. It garnered a total of 34 nominations.

Victor Garber returns to London to support youth theatre
by CBC.ca
Arriving in London this week to raise money for youth theatre programs, award-winning actor Victor Garber has taken time to reflect on his early acting career.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS


‘Relaxed’ performances make the theatre accessible
by TheGlobeandMail.com

Thom has Tourette’s syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes involuntary verbal tics. In her case, the condition manifests itself by the Londoner saying “biscuit” and “hedgehog” repeatedly and uncontrollably – up to a reported 16,000 times a day. After patrons at the theatre complained, Thom was separated from the rest of the audience.


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