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.
Humperdinck composed an opera? Yes, but not the English crooner whose real name is Arnold George Dorsey. Rather, the 19th century German composer who was born with this intriguing handle.
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.
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.
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.
The lady is now 86 and still has the sultry pipes that made her famous. She approached the mike a bit hesitantly, perhaps so as not to trip on her long flowing black dress.
Blood runs deep and long, and Hill spurts it all out and does not spare any detail on the subject. At times, my interest suffered from faint spells.
Motherhouse is a brave marriage of political story telling and popular theatre. Holly Gauthier-Frankel takes the stage and kibitzes with the audience, quickly launching into the story of the woman who works at a munitions factory in Verdun during the First World War.
Geneviève Metson plays with phosphorus in the lab and has learnt its story. She will tell it at Place Bonaventure on Saturday with an interactive dance performance.