Local News

METAs Award Winners 2015-16 Announced

By: broadwayworld.ca

Montreal’s English theatre community gathered in celebration at the beautiful and historic Rialto Theatre on Monday October 24th for the 4thannual METAs ceremony, honouring excellence in Montreal English theatre for the 2015-2016 Season.

Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God triumphs at METAs

By: montrealgazette.com

A spectacular co-production between Black Theatre Workshop, Centaur Theatre and the National Arts Centre was the clear winner of last night’s Montreal English Theatre Awards (METAs) at the Rialto Theatre.

THE REFUGEE HOTEL to Play Teesri Duniya Theatre This Autumn

By: broadwayworld.com

Teesri Duniya Theatre presents The Refugee Hotel, written by Carmen Aguirre, directed by Paulina Abarca-Cantin, running Wednesday, October 26 – Sunday, November 13, 2016. It takes courage to remember, it takes courage to forget, it takes a hero to do both. A dark comedy about exile, love and the Canadian resettlement experience.

The Laurier Project Celebrates Canadian Identity Through Music and Dance

By: newswire.ca

As Canada prepares for the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, one of the country’s most celebrated prime ministers – Sir Wilfrid Laurier – will be the focus of a creative new production presented by Confederation Centre of the Arts. This cross-country theatre production is sponsored by CN.

The Great Gatsby taps into themes of obsession and betrayal

By: montrealgazette.com

The Hudson Players Club is bringing a stage version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece The Great Gatsby to the Hudson Village Theatre, beginning Nov. 3.

Montreal play offers critical look at Canada’s refugee response

By: cbc.ca

With a mandate to showcase politically relevant work, Montreal’s Teesri Duniya theatre will launch its season with a play about Chilean refugees in 1970s Montreal.

And the Montreal English Theatre Awards go to…

By: Concordia.ca

On October 24, Montreal’s English-language theatre community came together at the Rialto to honour its brightest stars. Past and present Concordians gave an outstanding performance at the 2016 Montreal English Theatre Awards (METAs): the university’s alumni, faculty and students earned 25 nominations in 12 categories — and they walked onstage, victorious, on four occasions.

Mainline Theatre brings Rocky Horror to life onstage

By: cbc.ca

Halloween is around the corner, and Montreal’s Mainline Theatre is taking on the 1970s musical by Richard O’Brien The Rocky Horror Show for the fifth time.

National News

Tomson Highway marks his return to Toronto theatre with The (Post) Mistress, a cabaret act dressed as a play

By: news.nationalpost.ca

Tomson Highway has been absent from the Toronto theatre for a long time. It’s been a quarter of a century since Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing moved to the Royal Alex. Since then we’ve had only a revival of his other major play, The Rez Sisters. He returns with a more modest work, a show whose principal revelation is that Highway is a first-rate piano player.

Lunchbox Theatre’s Lest We Forget a heartfelt tribute to Canada’s soldiers, past and present

By: thecalgarysun.com

Audiences won’t soon forget Lunchbox Theatre’s new musical Lest We Forget. It’s a thoroughly engaging, heartfelt tribute to Canada’s veterans and military.

Kamloops’ Secret City revealed

By: truomega.ca

Western Canada Theatre’s newest production Secret City is an experiment that isn’t performed in a conventional way. The production has participants walking the streets of downtown rather than sitting in a theatre. The show consists of all true stories that tackle different subjects and are told in different ways.

Guild Theatre presenting play Roomies, about living with disability

By: cbc.ca

A new play coming to the Guild in Charlottetown Saturday is showing audiences what it’s like to live with a disability. Roomies is a coming-of-age story with a difference, and a message.

From Pollock to Karasik: Forty-five Years of Canadian Theatre

By: canlit.ca

Fredericton’s Sharon Mary Chalmers Pollock’s career has spanned four decades, her politically charged dramas garnering national and international acclaim. Donna Coates’ new collection, Sharon Pollock: First Woman of Canadian Theatre, brings together a range of scholars, critics, and performers to celebrate the life and work of Canada’s best-known, female playwright. Not only detailing the substance and influence of the playwright’s dramatic work, but also the many roles filled by Pollock—actor, director, administrator, critic, teacher, and cultural activist—the eclectic mix of essays imparts the multifaceted nature of Pollock’s contribution to Canadian theatre. The collection also includes a new play, Sharon’s Tongue, concerning Pollock herself, written and produced by playwright/actor Lindsay Burns, actors Laura Parken and Grant Linneberg, and Pamela Halstead of the Playing with Pollock Collective—along with the unpublished transcripts from seventeen episodes of Pollock’s radio show, Pollock on Plays, which round out the book nicely.

 

International News

Canadian relishes role in final tour of Mamma Mia!

By: Calgaryherald.com

This is not the first time Matthew Janisse has been told he’s one of a kind. He’s heard it from his parents, extended family members, a few friends and even a teacher or two, but now he really deserves the accolade.

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