After a time, people stopped asking me the Toronto question. As I moved into my mid and late thirties, the question became, “What the hell are you still doing here?”
There was so much testosterone on stage that my companion and I had to take out our programmes and fan ourselves. The cast was outstanding. Paul Flicker may be a first time director but he is not a first time caster.
Hänsel and Gretel was Herr Engelbert Humperdinck’s one operatic hit, but since its 1893 premiere in Weimar, it has, unlike his name, never gone out of style.
Ever since rumours of a Hollywood remake of South Korean classic Oldboy surfaced – at one point mind-bogglingly involving the names Steven Spielberg and Will Smith – fans of the ferociously inventive thriller have reacted like its anti-hero Dae-Su on hearing his worst fears come true.
A 4D tribute to Norman McLaren, Google and the world brain, and contemporary flamenco: your #ListMTL for March 24 to April 6.
Boy is not a boy, although she is Boy. Snow is not snow, although she is Snow. And Bird is not a bird, although she is Bird. And this is just the beginning.
This is one of the finest and most exciting collections of short fiction I have read this year. This is the start (hopefully) of a very long and impressive career. Keep this writer on your radar.
From the sublime to the occasionally ridiculous, here are some great moments in literary-inspired opera, and operas with unexpected narrative origins – from Nixon to Walter White.
As one of the founders of the Playwrights Guild I have often bemoaned the lack of public readings for playwrights living in Quebec who are not Francophone.
Rover’s reinventing itself, Spring is arriving at last, and the tropics are melting: your #ListMTL for March 10 to 23.
Upon entering the Salle Alfred-Pellan at the Maison des Arts de Laval, a large mural of sutured concrete covered in swirling groups meets the viewer’s gaze. Details emerge such as drawn rifles and small tanks.
In the news, Russian and Western forces are fighting it out in Ukraine – the “blue” pro-Russian camp and the “orange” pro-Western Ukrainian camp. But there is another voice.
This epic Aeneid is both timely and fabulous. Olivier Kemeid has transposed some of the story to modern settings and his refugee camps and underworlds are as horrific as anything imagined by Virgil.
Oren Safdie, 22 years a playwright, is enjoying a successful run of his first script to be produced in Montreal, his hometown. I spoke with the writer just before he attended a performance at the Bain St. Michel.
Juliette Greco, the iconic singer of the existential crowd in rive gauche Paris in the 50s, headlined a one night stand at the huge (2900 seats) Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier as a highlight of the annual Nuit Blanche.