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.
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.
The PQ, like exhausted dancers at the end of a marathon, are ramping up the music and throwing in their final moves. The latest cha cha cha is Diane de Courcy’s promise to erase any and all sense of bilingualism in the province.
Nuit Blanche, more Nuit Blanche, the comfort of yurts, and underground art (literally): your #ListMTL for February 24 to March 9.
All plays about the holocaust are difficult to watch. This particular tale, of a wealthy Austrian woman who manages to survive but loses much on the way, is no exception.