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.
Magic, myth and history are interwoven in a tapestry of predominantly female voices, in the story the story of a US Virgin Islands sea captain, his tantalizing daughter, his pregnant social climbing wife, and his equally pregnant oseah mistress.
Soulpepper Repertory Theatre’s brilliant rendition of Molière’s Tartuffe should not be missed by any Montreal theatre enthusiasts travelling to Toronto.
That first night we stayed at the Sunrise Motel in Cody, Wyoming, the town built by Buffalo Bill. One year, the Hell’s Angels and Bandidos had both booked into the motel on their way to the Harley Davidson convention. Police from a hundred mile radius had surrounded the motel to keep the peace.
SummerWorks is the largest juried performance festival in Canada, where an important component of Montreal-related content is featured each year.
Two stories. Two surges of awareness. Two changes of direction. Two young adults somewhat lost in a life they are subjected to rather than one they choose to live.
In her politically audacious My October, Claire Holden Rothman crawls under rugs most of us in this province have left untouched, and the dust she stirs up is impressive.
SOS from the World Film Fest, sex in all its shades, pop-up restos, and more: this is Rover’s #ListMTL for August 12 to 24, a curated and bite-size guide to Montreal culture.
A modern Québecois twist on going back to the land, La déesse des mouches à feu is set in Chicoutimi-Nord, a place populated by skaters, grunge kids and the fireflies, the popular high school girls. Catherine is determined, through drugs, sex, and rock and roll, to be a firefly.
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.
Set in Montreal circa 1878, Portrait of a Scandal retells of an abortion, a suicide, a courtroom thriller and a story of forbidden love that threw anglo high society upside down.
In the Key of Claire is the story of MUHC social worker Claire Duchesneau, who has become the surrogate aunt to many refugees and asylees from Burundi and Rwanda.
It’s ten years after 2011’s Rise. Humanity has seemingly gone extinct, as Caesar’s army of simians are hunkered down in the forests outside San Francisco.
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.