Pictured above: Hudson Village Theatre’s production of ‘Private Lives‘. Photo credit: Michael Green Photography.
Review: Hudson Village Theatre’s brave twist on Noel Coward’s Private Lives pays off
It’s elegant, it glitters with icy one-liners and is a masterpiece of light romantic comedy. But how can one perform Noël Coward’s Private Lives in good conscience these days, given its frequent and flippant quips about violence against women? (Example: “Certain women should be struck regularly, like gongs.”) One answer is to cast it the way Matthew Tiffin has at Hudson Village Theatre, with husbands played by women and wives (plus one maid) played by men.
Fall francophone theatre: From Orwellian revisionism to high drama at Hydro
The francophone theatres traditionally get off the starting blocks before their anglophone counterparts after the summer lull, so we’re beginning our previews of the fall season by focusing most of our attention east of St-Laurent Blvd.
Just For Laughs takes tragicomedic turn with Romeo and Juliet production
Boundary-jumping is a well-established thing at summer music festivals, where it’s normal to see R&B bands on a folk stage or hip-hop musicians at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. For many festivals, spreading a wide net is central to both mandate and business plan.
Theatre camp teaches newcomers about Canada
How to rise up the Canadian arts ranks? Move abroad
Theatre producer and presenter Kris Nelson used to keep a mental list of jobs that were big enough or exciting enough he’d leave Canada to take them. A native of Saskatoon, he had built his career on Vancouver’s dynamic indie theatre scene and then moved it to Montreal, where he was operating his own management and production agency. But he dreamed of running a festival and didn’t think he’d have that opportunity any time soon in Canada. So when the top job came open at Dublin’s Fringe Festival in 2013, he jumped.