The moustache is undergoing a renaissance, at least one month a year. Thanks to the annual Movember Foundation campaign, famed personalities as well as regular folk all over the planet have been sprouting — with varying results — moustaches in November to raise funds and awareness relating to some of the most pressing health issues confronting men: prostate and testicular cancers and mental illness.
“Macbeth, Macbeth, Macbeth,” groans one of the phantoms conjured up by the witches in Shakespeare’s Scottish play. To which Macbeth replies: “Had I three ears I’d hear thee.” Macbeth himself would get by with the standard number of ears this week as just two productions of the play bearing his name are playing in Montreal, both of them revivals, both in French.
On Friday, the actors made headlines by addressing Vice President-elect Mike Pence from the stage after he caught the show, asking that the Trump administration govern “on behalf of all of us.”
The Classic Theatre Festival, the Ottawa Valley’s only professional theatre company, last week picked up a Best Female Lead Actor Award at the prestigious Capital Critics Circle Awards, which annually recognize outstanding artistic achievement in the National Capital Region.
On September 11, 2001, two airplanes flew into the twin towers of the World Trade Center, a tragedy that devastated the world. That day, flights across North America were re-routed to make emergency landings. As a result, the Gander International Airport in Newfoundland opened its runways to 38 planes carrying 6,122 passengers and 473 crew members. The people of Gander showed these unexpected guests, whom they called the “come from aways,” a warm welcome that brought comfort and hope on one of the darkest days in recent history. 15 years later, those stories have been brought to life in Come From Away, a new musical by the married writing team David and Irene Hein.
Blame Canada: a grim day in American history has been transformed into a joyous and emotional musical about the indomitable human spirit.
Is any sacrifice too great to protect your family? This question is familiar to some of the 10,000 plus refugees who come to Canada each year. It is also the question that guided Angela Konrad in her vision for a new, original theatre production that helps share the refugee experience with Canadians.
Two and a half years ago, when Heather Inglis, artistic director of Edmonton-based Theatre Yes, and actor Murray Cullen sat down to dream up a theatrical installation called Anxiety, they had no idea their new work would open just a few weeks after a shocking American election.
At the National Arts Centre (NAC), Canada is our stage. That will be truer than ever in 2017 as the NAC celebrates our country’s 150th birthday by presenting a number of ambitious projects to mark Canada’s milestone year. The NAC’s plans include orchestra and theatre tours, a massive arts festival, and a Canada Day weekend extravaganza featuring the 25th anniversary of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala and grand re-opening of the NAC’s newly-renovated building.
To add to the magic of the holiday classic “The Nutcracker,” audiences at the Palace Theatre this weekend will get to see and hear Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece as it was intended — with the power and vigor of a live orchestra led by world-renown conductor John Williams.