Pictured above: Hudson Village Theatre’s production of ‘Private Lives‘. Photo credit: Michael Green Photography.

August 8-14


LOCAL


Review: Hudson Village Theatre’s brave twist on Noel Coward’s Private Lives pays off
by MontrealGazette.com

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
by MontrealGazette.com

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
by TheGlobeandMail.com

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.


NATIONAL NEWS


Theatre camp teaches newcomers about Canada
by LeaderPost.com

Almoulia is a 17-year-old Syrian refugee who has been in Canada for the past year and a half. For the past two weeks he has been attending the Summer Spin Theatre Camp at the the Globe Theatre.


Too few understand the economic impact of culture, and we miss opportunities as a result
by LFPress.com

When it comes to economic development and competitive communities, culture is often overlooked, but recent studies confirm it plays a major role in our economy. It’s also a driving factor for skilled workers looking to relocate.


SummerWorks play illuminates life in the shadow of the Islamic State
by TheGlobeandMail.com

It’s a Friday night at the Theatre Centre BMO Incubator in Toronto. The sold-out crowd of 55 has risen to give a standing ovation to the premiere performance of Unbelievers, a SummerWorks Festival play chronicling the lives of two women captured by the Islamic State: Sanaa, a Yazidi woman and Orli, a Canadian conflict journalist.


Confederation Centre’s “Dreamcatcher” project receives $1.5 million in funding
by TheGuardian.pe.ca

The Confederation Centre of the Arts will receive $1.5 million in federal funding for its Canada-wide signature project “Dreamcatcher.”With support from the Canada 150 Fund, the centre will engage youth from across the country to create a new musical inspired by their dreams for Canada’s future. About 20 young professional artists, who reflect the country’s cultural diversity, will be cast.

 


INTERNATIONAL NEWS


How to rise up the Canadian arts ranks? Move abroad
by TheGlobeandMail.com

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.

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