Pictured above: Jerome of Sandy Cove – a new Canadian work presented by Persephone Productions (CNW Group/Persephone Productions)
Theatre review: The Double discovers Dostoyevsky’s funny side
“Hey, let’s put on a show right here! How about something by Dostoyevsky!” To the best of my knowledge, that’s a line never spoken in any of those cheerful old movies, usually starring Mickey Rooney, about fresh-faced youngsters meeting the challenge of summer stock theatre.
2015-16 METAs Nominees Announced
The Montreal English Theatre Awards (METAs) recognize and celebrate outstanding artistic work in Montreal’s English Theatre. Established in 2012, the peer-juried awards exist to promote professional and emerging English theatre artists and companies, to heighten their visibility both regionally and beyond, and to elevate the level of critical discourse about theatre in Montreal amongst artists and with the community at large.
Andrew Tay makes his mark on Montreal’s dance scene
After spotting Andrew Tay at the coolest Montreal spots last year, like Marconi Plaza, Never Apart and a series of dance events, I saw him this summer curating and performing at one of the most interesting experimental dance/theatre events, Toronto’s underground performance/party festival Dance Community Love In. Tay went on to win the top prize at the prestigious Victoria Danceworks festival for his piece “Fame, Prayer Eating.” I wondered, “Who the hell is this guy?”
The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God leads theatre nominations
In a conference held Wednesday at the Monument National Café, it was announced that The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God has received 12 nominations, including two for outstanding lead actor (Quincy Armorer and Walter Borden) and one for outstanding direction (Djanet Sears).
“I fell in love with Geordie – as most did – when I was a child. Our commitment to fostering young minds, encouraging dialogue about stories from around the world and our own backyard, and presenting excellent, relevant, and enchanting theatre is why we look forward to what Geordie does every year. I am proud to be a part of the company’s incredible history and invite you in joining us as we continue to build upon it.” – Mike Payette
Persephone Productions presents new play based on Canadian mystery : Jerome of Sandy Cove
True to its mission statement of bringing plays that are innovative and of social significance to the stage, Persephone pushes the envelope once more by presenting new Canadian work based on a true story, bringing to light the mystery of this strange man’s life and the legend that surrounded him.
Interview: Kaleidoscope Theatre’s Trevor Barrette talks new musical “A Song of Fiction”
Valiantly tackling everything from Sophocles and Shakespeare to Superheroes since 2011, the award-winning Kaleidoscope theatre company has decidedly etched its signature on the mural of Montreal English theatre, becoming a household name among families of Fringe Fest aficionados and Broadway junkies alike.
Art and faith fight it out on the canvas in My Name is Asher Lev
Is it possible to be both an observant Jew and a great artist? That’s the question at the heart of Chaim Potok’s 1972 novel My Name is Asher Lev, which comes to the Segal this week in Aaron Posner’s award-winning adaptation.
One thing Lisa Horner learned from playing the lead role in the Charlottetown Festival’s newest show is that “women get it done” — on and off the stage. Belles Soeurs: The Musical features a cast of 11 women of different ages It centres around a housewife (Horner) whose life is turned upside down when she wins one million customer loyalty stamps from a department store.
Facelift to restore Royal Alexandra Theatre to its former glory
Walking into the orchestra level of the Royal Alexandra Theatre in its current state would be a shock for anyone who’s been a theatregoer in Toronto at some point in the past 100 years or so.