Pictured above: Leslie Baker in F*** You! You F***ing Perv! playing at Theatre La Licorne in October. Photo credit: The Bakery.
Setting the scene for Montreal’s anglo fall theatre season
Summer hasn’t exactly been a period of drought as far as theatre is concerned. We had the Fringe Festival, Shakespeare-in-the-Park with Repercussion’s Julius Caesar, summer stock seasons at Théâtre Lac Brome and Hudson Village Theatre, and those big-hitting Just pour rire co-productions, Mary Poppins at Théâtre St-Denis and Roméo et Juliette at TNM. But hardcore theatre aficionados can really start to get themselves more frequent fixes over the coming weeks, when both francophone and anglophone communities launch their fall seasons.
BWW Preview: NEXT WAVE FESTIVAL at CETM
September 17, 2016, The Centre for Education and Theatre in Montreal (CETM) will present the 8th Annual NEXT WAVE FESTIVAL, Canada’s Festival for New Musical Theatre. The festival will feature two local musical theatre productions along with CETM’s 10th year anniversary showcase-fundraiser.
Street theatre visits transforms Lachine
Downtown Lachine and its waterfront transform into one big stage for the Festival théâtre de rue de Lachine, Aug. 25-27. The ninth edition of the multi-disciplinary fest takes place in St-Louis Park, on St-Joseph Blvd., in municipal buildings and, for the first time, on a portion of Notre Dame St.
Q&A: The Girl King’s Michel Marc Bouchard rules the stage, serves the screen
Michel Marc Bouchard’s plays have been garnering critical raves and awards for over 30 years. But the Alma, Que.-born playwright and screenwriter also has a long history with the big screen. Five of his plays have been adapted into films, including director John Greyson’s feature Lilies, an English adaptation of Les Feluettes that won the Genie Award for best film in 1996, and Xavier Dolan’s Tom à la ferme.
n 1991, a unique production of LES MISERABLES was presented in Montreal at Theatre St. Denis. What made this production so unique is that the ensemble was the first to present the complete show in both French and English.
As the actors move across the stage, the music swells triumphantly; falls away eerily; pauses dramatically. When Malcolm Dow is doing his job well, you won’t even notice he’s doing it at all.
These two artistic directors collaborate on the stage and in life
Canada’s Shaw Festival is planning a big farewell party next month for its artistic director, Jackie Maxwell. High on the guest list is Arena Stage’s Molly Smith, who has been a close friend, confidant and collaborator throughout Maxwell’s 14-year tenure.
Empowering women in theatre
FemFest is an event that showcases women writers from across Canada. They address a significant issue in the theatre industry and society — the inequality when it comes to plays written by women.
It was like the entire city of Winnipeg visited Edmonton to catch a show. During its 11-day run, the 35th Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival sold almost 122,000 tickets, and a total of almost 850,000 people visited the famed fringe grounds, organizers say.
A new arts initiative welcoming refugees to Canada
Arts and culture in Canada can be a refuge, a celebration of diversity and a source of inspiration and connection. Canadians from coast to coast have been global leaders in welcoming Syrian refugees, and the Canada Council for the Arts and Sun Life Financial have created an initiative to welcome our new citizens and connect these new members of our communities to arts organizations.
Best of Calgary theatre honoured at Betty Mitchell Awards
If there was any animosity or rivalry at the 19th annual Betty Mitchell Awards show, it was well hidden. There was a great deal of love and camaraderie in the air at Vertigo Theatre as each winner’s name was greeted with thunderous applause and cheers.