The award winning 1994 Quentin Tarantino film Pulp Fiction had Shakespearean aspects in it that didn’t seem to be noticed at the time. And yet the cross section of characters, the mixture of tragedy and comedy, the poetic musings of underlings, and nearly everyone dying by the end – it’s hard to get more Shakespeareth than that.
Danette Mackay has found a second wind. Kiss My Cabaret popped up again recently with little fanfare save a notice on Facebook, and quickly filled the 200-seat space.
Montreal was still reeling from Expo 67, mini-skirts were turning heads, pot was definitely not medicinal, and the world was headed to California when The Graduate hit movie screens. The zeitgeist of the time was change. When the world was moving fast and everything seemed possible, The Graduate manifested all of its conflicts, not to mention scandal, hope and pure exuberance.
Montreal’s Brave New Productions have increased their exposure with four new premieres at Mainline Theatre, including the current double bill running until August 30.
The Lion King has now surpassed The Phantom of the Opera to become the highest grossing Broadway musical in history, having been seen by some 45 million people in 12 countries.
This is the first time I have attended a production by the Montreal Shakespeare Theatre Company, and it was a pleasure to see one of my favourite plays, Julius Caesar, on the boards.
Soulpepper Repertory Theatre’s brilliant rendition of Molière’s Tartuffe should not be missed by any Montreal theatre enthusiasts travelling to Toronto.
SummerWorks is the largest juried performance festival in Canada, where an important component of Montreal-related content is featured each year.
Contemporary Knights by Californian-turned-Montrealer Lauren Stone features two interconnected short plays exploring mental illness, suicide, trust, and trauma.
The Sud-Ouest’s Waterworks Company presents the North American premiere of Cat Jones’ Glory Dazed, a play that probes why army veterans are over-represented in prisons.
With arguably the greatest stand-up comic on Earth as host and an incredible line-up, there was not a dip in momentum or energy the whole night for JFL’s final weekend.
Lewis Black was back at JFL and incensed as ever, as he trained his sarcasm-bathed rant on the ills of American society. Is he gonna burst? Is there a doctor in the room?
Just for Laughs is rollicking towards its end. With its final weekend here so soon, Rover took a breather between the laughs to give you a rundown of the best of the rest (of the fest).
One will leave you on the edge of your seat with a grimace, the other nestled neatly, barely able to sip your beer between laughs: Jerrod Carmichael and Nikki Glaser at JFL.
With Al Madrigal and Jimmy Carr at JFL, we get one night, two very different solo stand-up gigs, and laughs beyond counting. It’s a good time of year to be in Montreal.