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PREVIEWS

Toronto Theatre Previews:

Special Feature
Performer Maria Ricossa on the hit Israeli play, Mikveh.

An American in Paris | Annie | Category E |Come From Away |A Delicate Balance (Extended) | Dissidents |Feminist Fuck-it Fest | 40 Days and 40 Nights Fun Home | Girls Like That |The Humans | I and You | Lear| Love and Information |Lulu v. 7 |Maggie & Pierre | Le Menteur (The Liar) | Mikveh |Mouthpiece | Murder on The Disorient Express: Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre |Peggy Baker Dance Project: Map by Years | Picnic in the Cemetery |Prairie Nurse | Queen Marie |The Return of Ulysses | Risky Phil (children's Theatre)| The Second City's 81st Mainstage Revue: The Best Is Yet To Come Undone| Shadow Girls | Stones |Take d Milk, Na| A Taste of Empire |The Theatre Centre: All About Love |
The Sleeping Beauty (Dance); What a Young Wife Ought to Know|
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Ottawa, Ontario Theatre Previews: Some Hope for the Bastards (dance); La Cerisaie (The Cherry Orchard); Dracula; Sal Capone: The Lamentable Tragedy Of; Blink; Gracie; Some Hope for the Bastards (dance); Snake Oil;
London, Ontario Previews:
A Thousand Splendid Suns; The Glass Menagerie; Chariots of Fire;
Montreal, Quebec Theatre Previews:
The Angel and the Sparrow; Successions; La Dette de Dieu; La Mondiola

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Special Feature

Maria Ricossa on Mikveh, its message, and gender equality

Actor Maria Ricossa, the Michigan born performer and one of the stars in The Harold Green Jewish Theatre’s production of Mikveh, has had something of a whirlwind career. Ricossa started her professional career in Chicago when a friend dared her to audition for The Second City. She rose to the challenge and  got the job, travelling to Toronto to fill in for Catherine O'Hara in tihe Toronto company, then returned to join the Second City company.

After a couple of years, the wider world of theatre beckoned after she auditioned for the Stratford Festival. She spent three seasons with the company, met her husband, actor John Bourgeois, and raised three daughters, all the while juggling film, television, theatre, and teaching.

I first saw Ricossa when she played in the 2006 Toronto production of Studio 180’s The Israel-Arab Cook-Book and never forgot the the humor she brought to the role. Now, several years and various productions later, Ricossa is taking on a very different kind of role in Mikveh, Hadar Galron’s award winning Israelie drama which is being given its Canadian Premier by The Harold Green Jewish Theatre.
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Opening on April 19th at the Toronto Centre for the Arts (see Previews), and running until May 6, Mikveh takes us inside the secretive world of the ritual bath as eight women’s stories unfold. Ricossa plays the role of Hindi, a woman who has lived her life hiding from the truth to preserve her status quo in the orthodox community. Says Ricossa, “She values the community of women, but her fear ultimately of being undervalued as a woman of a certain age, prevents her from living beyond her lives. This resonates with the nation of how our society values youth and beauty over wisdom and age.”

When I asked Ricossa how she prepared herself for the play and whether she herself a visited an actual Mikveh in Toronto, she answered that the company was very fortunate to have an orthodox consultant at many of the rehearsals who answered a multitude of questions about living the life of an orthodox women. “We have visited a mikveh and we have watched several movies about and by orthodox women. I think this play has particular resonance today as we all work to define what it means to have gender equality in the era of “metoo". The women of the Mikveh join together to challenge the status quo in their world and let their voices be heard.”

Will the message crossover to younger generation as well as older ones who are more tradition bound. “Absolutely,” says Ricossa. “This play has resonances that stretch far beyond the Orthodox World and generations. It is a huge effort for the women of the Mikveh to gather their courage to speak out, to demand change. Young women now have a greater confidence in their ability to change the way things are. They have no fear of speaking up. I am very hopeful of how our future generation of women will continue the fight and achieve at, long last, gender equality.”
Jeniva Berger


Previews

An American in Paris

An American in Paris  is the new Tony Award®-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Struck by a mysterious girl and ready to rebuild his life at the end of WWII, American soldier, Jerry Mulligan, decides to stay in Paris and nurture his passion for painting. With a little help from kindred soul seekers Adam Hochberg, a composer and fellow veteran; and Henri Baurel, the son of wealthy French industrialists and wannabe song and dance man, they imagine a future brighter than the atrocities they’ve recently witnessed. Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award®-winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin (Embraceable You; I Got Rhythm; Our Love Is Here To Stay) in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2015 season! The New York Times raves, An American in Paris is a triumph! Pure joy!” and the Wall Street Journal declares, “Once you’ve seen it, you’ll find it hard to settle for less ever again.” March 27 to April 29, 2018 at the Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King St. West, Toronto 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333.


Annie

The world’s favorite family musical Annie makes its long-awaited return to Toronto this spring, starring television and stage star Lesley Nicol. Best known as the beloved Mrs. Patmore in the hit television series Downton Abbey, Lesley makes her Canadian debut as the tyrannical Miss Hannigan in this stunning new production direct from London’s West End. Alex Bourne co-stars as Daddy Warbucks. Set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression, brave young Annie is forced to live a life of misery at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. Her luck soon changes when she’s chosen to spend a fairytale Christmas with famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks. Meanwhile, spiteful Miss Hannigan has other ideas and hatches a plan to spoil Annie’s search for her true family… With its Tony® award-winning book and score, including the unforgettable songs It’s The Hard-Knock Life, Easy Street and Tomorrow – this is a show not to be missed! Annie plays at the Ed Mirvish Theatre from April 24 to June 3, 2018. 244 Victoria Street, Toronto, Tickets: 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333.


Category E

Coal Mine Theatre closes its highly successful fourth season with the Toronto premiere of Belinda Cornish’s award-winning horror-comedy CATEGORY E, directed by Rae Ellen Bodie, April 8-29 (Opening is April 11) 2018 at the Coal Mine Theatre, off-off Broadview.Tickets on sale now! Two subjects imprisoned in a human test lab are joined by a third. Under constant surveillance by The Eye – a futuristic, multinational corporation dedicated to manufacturing the best products money can buy – the three roommates undergo sickening experiments in the name of consumer satisfaction. When not tending to festering wounds, burning skin and itchy backsides, they make the best of their horrifying circumstances by telling each other tall-tales, spying on the neighbours, and trying to finish a seventeen-year-old crossword puzzle. Will they survive? Or will they kill each other first? The cast of CATEGORY E features Coal Mine Co-Chief Engineer Diana Bentley,  ACTRA Award-nominated Vivien Endicott-Douglas, and Dora Award-winner Robert Persichini. With less than 100 seats available per performance, Coal Mine is inspired by the intimacy and excitement of the off-off-Broadway experience. 1454 Danforth Avenue, Toronto. Tickets:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/TheCoalMine
Photo: Diana Bentley, Robert Persichini, Vivien Endicott-Douglas by Dahlia Katz.
Click here for the Review of Category E.


Come From Away

After a sold-out, standing-room only Toronto engagement before heading to Broadway, Come From Away, the “Best Musical” winner all across North America. returns to Toronto due to overwhelming demand!  It’s been called the “edge of the world.” The weather is wild, but the locals never lack for warmth. And it’s here, in Newfoundland, where a remote town became the epicenter of a remarkable true story filled with unusual characters, unexpected camaraderie and uncommon generosity. Come From Away tells the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. On September 11, 2001 the world stopped.  On September 12, their stories moved us all. With Book, Music & Lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein and Directed by Christopher Ashley, and a cast of 18, Come From Away plays from February 13, 2018 at the Royal Alexandra Theatre with tickets on sale until Sept. 2, 2018. The Toronto engagement is an open-ended with best availability for tickets in June, July and August. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King St. West, Toronto. Available online at mirvish.com. By phone 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333.
Photo by Michael Murphy. Canadian Company in Come From Away.


Dissidents

ARC presents the English-language world premiere of Dissidents, written by Quebecois playwright Philippe Ducros, in a new translation by ARC Artistic Producer Christopher Stanton, and starring Aviva Armour-Ostroff, Carlos Gonzalez-Vio and Christopher Stanton. Isolated behind a glass partition a man undergoes an interrogation intending to break his silence, extract a confession, and force him to justify his very own existence. Instead, he chooses to dissent. The enemy has become virtual, the world has overdosed on progress, and the crash could be catastrophic. Dissidents questions civic protest, activism and disobedience in a world without privacy, facts and accountability. At the abandoned Furniture Emporium 1251 Bloor Street West, from May 3-20, 2018. Tickets for all performances are Pay-What-You-Can-Afford. To Purchase tickets: dissidents.brownpapertickets.com; Saturday and Sunday @ 2pm; Evenings: 8:pm.
Aviva Armour-Ostroff - photo by Christopher Ryan 

 
Feminist Fuck It Fest

From the family friendly to the downright nasty, the Feminist Fuck It Fest is a curated festival of multidisciplinary women and non binary-identifying artists presenting original, bold, and entertaining works of art. The Festival will take place at 360 Geary Lane from April 11th – April 22nd. Headlining production GANGA’S GANJA will play throughout the festival- on 4/20 dude- every night at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:00pm. By Radha S. Menon, by Hamilton’s Red Betty Theatre and the G Girls, Ganga’s Ganja is a tale of two sisters, medical marijuana and a snake. Our featured production will be followed by nightly programming at 9:00pm and 10:30pm; a unique curation including returning Fringe hits, new play readings, a UK import, cabarets, musicals, puppetry, queer comedy nights, feminist film screenings, rock shows, and so much more! Ticketing Info. Tickets are sliding scale, $15 – $50 and a one day pass can be used for our evening or weekend day time shows.Tickets can be purchased online or at the door with cash, credit or debit. Any questions about ticketing can be directed to boxoffice@thestorefronttheatre.com; For more information on the festival events and programs please see http://thestorefronttheatre.com/feministfest/
Venue Info :Geary Lane is located at 360 Geary Avenue, one block north of Dupont and west of Dufferin. It is a wheelchair accessible venue. Washrooms are gender neutral.


40 Days and 40 Nights
The Theatre Centre

The performance begins: A bell is rung by each individual as they enter the theatrical space. A glass of water is ceremoniously distributed, and everyone drinks together. The ritual has begun. The audience is then asked a series of questions about love and lovers. If the answer is yes to any one of the questions, they are invited to sit.  Mysterious, symbolic, achingly intimate. Two lovers whose love exists across time, and transforms across time, philosophize and ritualize love as a vital aspect of living. Written, Performed, and Created By: Daniel Brooks and Kim Collier. Consulting Director: Jennifer Tarver (for Necessary Angel Theatre Company) Inspired by the writing of philosopher Alain Badiou. 40 Days and 40 Nights plays at The Theatre Centre, Toronto: April 25-May 6, 2018 (then moves on to The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts I Burnaby).
Photo of Daniel Brooks by Matt Reznek

2018 marks the 40th Anniversary of the innovative Toronto-based experimental theatre company Necessary Angel Theatre Company. Created in 1978, the company was started to give artists unprecedented time, space and resources to create some of their boldest work.To celebrate this landmark moment, the company has commissioned renowned photographer Yuula Benivolski to take portraits of 40 people who have been critical to both Necessary Angel and to independent theatre in Toronto. Some of these people are well known, other’s relatively unsung. Each was asked, ‘What do you think about when you think about Love’? The resulting exhibition, set to coincide with Necessary Angel’s co-production of 40 Days and 40 Nights, is a demonstration – of the love that makes 40 years of living and working possible.


Fun Home

David Mirvish  presents The Musical Stage Companyproduction of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, FUN HOME. FUN HOME, based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, is the groundbreaking show that won five 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and has received worldwide critical acclaim for its stunning musical score and heartbreaking storytelling. Alison, a 43-year-old lesbian cartoonist, struggles to untangle her complex relationship with her deceased father. Moving between past and present, Alison relives an unusual childhood growing up in a funeral home, her sexual awakening, and unanswerable questions about her father's secret life. FUN HOME features Evan Buliung, Laura Condlln, Cynthia DaleSara Farb, Hannah Levinson, Jasper Lincoln,  Liam MacDonaldEric Morin  and Sabryn Rock. as Joan. FUN HOME features music by Jeanine Tesori, with book & lyrics by Lisa Kron. Robert McQueen directs.  Performances begin April 13th and play through May 6th, 2018 at the CAA Theatre, 651 Yonge St.  Tickets Available online at mirvish.com. 416.872.1212 or toll-free at 1.800.461.3333.
Photo:by Hannah Levinson


Girls Like That

Girls Like That is an explosive new play that explores the evolution of feminist consciousness and modern female friendships in the wake of advancing technology. A naked photo of Scarlett goes viral. Rumours spread across smartphones like wildfire and her reputation becomes toxic, threatening to shatter the clique of girls she has grown up with. But how long can Scarlett remain silent? And why isn’t it the same for boys? Girls Like That makes its Canadian Premiere in Tarragon Theatre’s Mainspace. Written by Evan Placey, directed by Esther Jun and choreographed by Alyssa Martin, Girls Like That features Tess Benger, Nadine Bhabha, Shakura Dickson, Allison Edwards-Crewe, Cynthia Jimenez-Hicks, Lucy Hill & Rachel VanDuzer. Plays from April 17 (opens on April 25) until May 27, 2018 at the Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgeman Ave. Tickets can be Purchased Online or by phone at 416-531-1827.
Photo featuring Saskia Muller, Brittney Wilson, Thia McDowell by Jim Ryce


I and You

Outlook Theatre is pleased to be presenting the Toronto premiere of Lauren Gunderson’s heartwarming play I and You at Tarragon Theatre Extraspace. Veteran actor-turned-director Marc Bondy (CAEA) leads a cast of two extraordinary young talents -- Abby Weisbrot and Jake Runeckles – who take on the roles of Caroline and Anthony respectively. Caroline and Anthony are high school classmates who come together unexpectedly to work on a class project and, with some help from Walt Whitman, John Coltrane and Jerry Lee Lewis, they discover a powerful connection that neither of them saw coming. It’s a story about youth, life, love, and the power of human connectedness. Outlook Theatre’s production of I and You will be stage managed by Virginia Cardinal with set and costume design by Emma Welsh and lighting design by Noah Feaver. Plays Apr 19 – Apr 29, 2018 in the Tarragon Extraspace. Tickets are on sale at Tarragon Theatre’s Box office 416-531-1827 or via their website:
tarragontheatre.com/iandyou. Tarragon Theatre is located at 30 Bridgman Avenue, Toronto.
Photo: Abby Weisbrot as Caroline and Jake Runeckles as Anthony in I and You.


Le Menteur
(The Liar)

For the very first time, Théâtre français de Toronto is producing an original production of a Pierre Corneille’s Le Menteur (The Liar). This five-act comedy deftly employs a vivid language of rare virtuosity. Le Menteur tells the story of the young Dorante at the moment of his arrival in Paris and his introduction into a world of gallantry and prestige. There, he invents a thousand lives in order to carve himself a choice place in his new environment. However, after a misunderstanding about the names of two young women, Lucrèce and Clarice, Dorante finds himself caught in a cascade of lies. No longer able to tell truth from fiction, he himself gets lost in a maze of falsehoods. Beyond the virtuoso comedy of Dorante's extravagant stories, this play delivers a genuine reflection on the place of truth in relationships and the concept of social status in the contemporary world. Directed by Joël Beddows. With Shiong-En Chan, Alex Côté, Valérie Descheneaux, François Macdonald, Inka Malovic, Guy Mignault, Nico Racicot and Nabil Traboulsi. The play runs at the Berkeley Street Theatre from April 11 to 22, in French with English surtitles. Previews: April 11 and 12 at 8 PM. Opens: Friday, April 13 at 8 PM. Berkeley Street Theatre - Upstairs. 26 Berkeley Street, Toronto. Box Office: 416.534.6604 or theatrefrancais.com.
Photo credit: L-R: Nico Racicot (left) and François Macdonald. Photo by Manuel Verreydt


Love and Information

Canadian Stage’s long-standing commitment to nurturing the growth of Canadian artists, the company is proud to present recent Canadian Stage-York MFA graduate directors Tanja Jacobs and Alistair Newton’s production of Caryl Churchill’s acclaimed comedy-drama, Love and Information. Onstage at the Berkeley Street Theatre from April 10 – 29, this production is presented in partnership with York University’s MFA in Directing program. Hailed as one of England's greatest living playwrights, Caryl Churchill has energized audiences for over four decades with her thought-provoking, gender-bending, controversial work as a playwright. Told through a theatrically-adventurous medley of short vignettes, Love and Information features an ensemble of actors performing over 100 roles. With an intellectual vigour and dazzling instinct for the absurd, Churchill confronts the data overload that bombards us every day, painting an instantly recognizable portrait of modern human connection and disconnection. The play is structured as 57 vignettes performed in just under two uninterrupted hours. An exceptional cast of eight actors includes Jason Cadieux, Sarah Deller, Peter Fernandes, Maggie Huculak, Sheila Ingabire-Isaro, David Jansen, Reid Millar, Ngozi Paul. Tickets are available online, by phone at 416.368.3110, or in person at the Berkeley Street box office. 26 Berkeley St. For details visit www.canadianstage.com.


LULU v. 7

Buddies in Bad Times’ 2017-18 season closes this May with LULU v.7 // aspects of a femme fatale, an irreverent deconstruction of one of Western drama’s most provocative and problematic figures – Frank Wedekind’s Lulu. LULU v. 7 isthe culminating production in an ongoing interrogation of the work and the character, co-produced with the red light district and created by Susanna FournierTed Witzel, and Helen Yung. A young femme fatale fucks her way across Europe and through a series of lovers who all wind up dead, until she meets her own end at the hands of Jack the Ripper. This is Lulu, an iconic character who keeps us asking questions about sexuality, pleasure, shame, and consequences. Based on German playwright Frank Wedekind’s 1894 play, this blood-soaked adaptation tears apart a classic text to create a viscerally sexy and energetic treatise on art, sex, and death in the 21st century.  This production features Valerie Buhagiar, Sky Gilbert, Chala Hunter, Richard Lam, Christopher Morris, Craig Pike, Khadijah Roberts-, and Rose Tuong. Previews May 1 & 2, Opens May 3 and until May 20 at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 112 Alexander St. Toronto. Box Office 416-975-8555 or buddiesinbadtimes.com
Photo: by Helen Yung


Maggie & Pierre

They were the world’s most captivating—and unlikeliest—couple. In this tour-de-force one-woman play, Maggie & Pierre, Canada’s Linda Griffiths unforgettably captures the global fascination around Margaret and Pierre Trudeau, and the highs and lows of their explosive relationship. In 1980, Griffiths’ play toured the country and won the Dora Mavor Moore Award. In 1981, it played at the Royal Alexandra Theatre for five nights, the first time a woman had played in a solo show at the Alex since Ruth Draper. The work was revived in 1997 at Passe Muraille. Now, Timeshare productions has announced that Rob Kempson will direct Kaitlyn Riordan  in the award-winning solo show Maggie & Pierre by Linda Griffiths with Paul Thompson this May in Toronto, following an acclaimed run at the Thousand Islands Playhouse in 2017. It will also travel to London, ON in 2019 as part of the Grand Theatre’s recently announced 18/19 season. Maggie & Pierre will play in Toronto from May 9 to 19, 2018 at the Tarragon Theatre Workspace, 30 Bridgman Ave. Tickets are on sale now at Tarragontheatre.com.
Photo: Kaitlyn Riordan in Maggie & Pierre (2017) at Thousand Islands Playhouse. Photo by Stephen Wild.


Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Chicago in the 1920s is a city on a collision course with change - and through it all plays the Blues. In August Wilson’s masterpiece a routine music recording session becomes the front line for issues of race, power, and opportunity. Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is a 1982 play – one of the ten-play Pittsburgh Cycle by August Wilson that chronicles the twentieth century African American experience. The play is set in Chicago in the 1920s (the only play in the group not set in Pittsburgh), and deals with issues of race, art, religion and the historic exploitation of black recording artists by white producers. The play's title refers to a song of the same title by Ma Rainey referring to the Black Bottom Dance.  Alana Bridgewater stars as Ma Rainey, with Neville Edwards, Beaux Dixon, Virgilia Griffith, Diego Matamoros, Lindsay Owen Pierre, and Alex Poch-Goldin. Winer of the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best American Play. Plays at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts from May 8 to June 2, 2018.


Mikveh 

The Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company presents the Canadian Premiere of Mikveh by Hadar Galron. Winner of the Play of the Year by the 2005 Israelie Theatre Academy Awards, Mikveh takes us inside the secretive world of the ritual bath as eight women's stories unfold in this sensitive depiction of religious observance and evolving feminist consciousness. An insightful examination of traditions and ritual, this hit Israeli play explores the ever-evolving position of women in Israeli society. Directed by Liza Balkan,  Mikveh stars Jessica Greenberg, Brittany Kay, Rosa Laborde, Niki Landau, Maria Ricossa, Sadie Seaton, Alice Snaden and Theresa Tova.  Mikveh plays from April 14 to May 6, 2018, opens April 19 (Dark Monday and Friday) at The Greenwin Theatre, Toronto Centre for the Arts. 5040 Yonge St.   5040 Yonge St. Dark Monday and Friday Tickets: can be purchased by calling: 1-855-985-2787 or online at www.hgjewishtheatre.com. For group rates please call 416-932-9995 X 224.
Photo: by Joanna Akyol; L to R: Jessica Greenberg, Theresa Tova, Maria Ricossa, Rosa Laborde.


Mouthpiece

Mouthpiece is a heart-wrenching and humorous journey into the female psyche, and a virtuosic display of physical ingenuity and vocal orchestration. In the wake of her mother’s death, Mouthpiece follows one woman, for one day, as she tries to find her voice. Interweaving a cappella harmony, dissonance, text, and physicality, two performers express the inner conflict that exists within one modern woman’s head. Ranging from tender to merciless, with uncompromising precision, Mouthpiece magnifies a daughter’s contemplation of her mother, and becomes a rigorous investigation of womanhood itself. Created and performed by Norah Sadava & Amy Nostbakken. Directed and Composed by Amy Nostbakken. A Nightwood Theatre presentation of a Quote Unquote Collective production in association with Why Not Theatre. Plays from April 11 – 22 At Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. 12 Alexander Street. Tickets: 416-975-8555.
Photo of Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava by Brooke Wedlock


Murder on the Disorient Express

Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre Presents: Murder on the Disorient Express! ALL ABOARD!!! The Great Detective, Hercule Perrier, sifts through a tangled web of clues and evidence, and applies the little grey cells to investigate the psychology of the colourful characters who are your fellow passengers aboard the famous train! Featuring Simon Esley, Tom Melissis, Dannyt Wengle, Pierre Alain Trudel, Michell Regal, and Barb Scheffler. Produced by Brian Caws & Iliki Mahairas, Mysteriously Yours Inc. is a family owned and operated, Canadian theatre company, dedicated to producing and presenting the best interactive murder mysteries. Celebrating 30 years, Mysteriously Yours is the world's largest professional producer of interactive murder mystery entertainment. Please note that the venue at 2026 Yonge St., Toronto is not wheelchair accessible, however we are available for off-site shows for groups. Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre, 2026 Yonge Street, Toronto. (two blocks north of Davisville subway station). For tickets contact: +1 (416) 486-7469 or email: boxoffice@mysteriouslyyours.com. The show runs until the end of June.
Photo by Brian Caws: L to R: The cast L to R is:  Pierre Trudel, Simon Esler, Danny Wengle, Barb Scheffler, Michelle Regal, Tom Melissis.

 
Picnic in the Cemetery

Concluding their sweeping, multidisciplinary 30th anniversary season on a lyrical and meditative note, Canadian Stage presents the North American premiere of composer Njo Kong Kie’s first production in his Berkeley Street residency at Canadian Stage, Picnic in the Cemetery is on stage April 26 – May 6 at the Berkeley Street Upstairs Theatre.  This first residency production follows the critically acclaimed run of Mr. Shi and His Lover (co-created with playwright Wong Teng Chi). In this new piece, Njo Kong Kie introduces the Macau-based Folga Gaang Project in their Toronto debut. A hybrid musical performance, Picnic in the Cemetery juxtaposes the macabre with the whimsical in an abstract expression of our collective journey through the passage of time. Quirky and evocative, this concert-theatre piece featuring original compositions for violin, cello and piano is an invitation to muse about dying, but more importantly to reflect on living. Berkeley Street Theatre is located at 26 Berkeley St. Toronto. Tickets: 416.368.3110, or in person at the Berkeley Street box office. For details visit www.canadianstage.com


Prairie Nurse

Factory Theatre concludes another successful season with Marie Beath Badian’s Prairie Nurse, a farcical account of real-life events, directed by Sue Miner. It’s winter in the prairies, late 1960s. Two young nurses, just off the plane from the Philippines, arrive at a rural hospital in Arborfield, Saskatchewan – population 300. No one can tell the two nurses apart; including the dim-witted lab technician at the hospital who falls in love with one of them but accidentally courts both. Homesickness, unfamiliar customs, and amorous advances complicate the women’s lives. A culture-clashing comedy of errors with heart, Prairie Nurse was inspired by the playwright’s mother and the legacy she and others with similar experiences have contributed to the fabric of Canada. Factory Theatre and Thousand Islands Playhouse present the Toronto Premiere featuring Layne Coleman, Belinda Corpuz, Mark Crawford, Catherine Fitch, Janelle Hanna, Isabel Kanaan, and Matt Shaw. Prairie Nurse will have its Saskatchewan premiere this July at The Station Arts Centre in Rosthern, Saskatchewan, and this production will play at the Thousand Islands Playhouse this August. Prairie Nurse plays from April 21(Opens April 26) to May 13, 2018 at the Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street; Tickets: visit factorytheatre.ca or call 416.504.9971.


Queen Marie

This April, celebrate National Humour Month with Queen Marie, Award-winning playwright Shirley Barrie’s dazzling musical comedy about the life of Marie Dressler! This Alumnae Theatre Company production by Elizabeth Verwey, runs April 13 to 28 on the Main Stage. Marie Dressler was one of the funniest Canadians in showbiz. She ventured from small-town Ontario to make a name for herself in Vaudeville, on Broadway and in Hollywood, where she starred alongside icons Charlie Chaplin and Greta Garbo. Dressler won an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1931 for her role in Min and Bill, and she’s also well-known for her title role in Tugboat Annie. Queen Marie features a cast of 26, plus musicians and dancing girls. “We have a child and nine women portraying Marie at different points of her life,” says director Rosemary Doyle. “She worked her way up to stardom, fell out of favor, and made a comeback. Queen Marie is about resilience, and the resourceful Marie is a larger-than-life role model for Canada’s oldest women-led theatre in its centennial season.” Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street (at Adelaide). Tickets:Buy online (alumnaetheatre.com) or call 416-364-417. Box 1: to reserve and pay cash at the door. Box Office: Cash only for in-person sales.
Queen Marie Photography by Bruce Peters.


The Return of Ulysses

Opera Atelier’s 2017-2018 season continues in April with Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses, based on the Greek myth immortalized by Homer in The Odyssey. Monteverdi’s deeply moving opera centres on Ulysses’ return to his homeland and his reunion with his heroic wife Penelope and his son Telemachus after a twenty-year absence fighting in the Trojan War. This production abounds with gods, goddesses, flying machines and magical transformations, and celebrates the 450th anniversary of Monteverdi’s birth. Opera Atelier is thrilled to present dramatic tenor Krešimir Špicer in the title role. Špicer is internationally recognized as the world’s greatest interpreter of this role. His definitive performances have received superlative reviews in major theatres and festivals throughout Europe and the US. Spicer is joined in this production by Mireille Lebel, Carla Huhtanen, Christopher Enns, Isaiah Bell, Aaron Sheehan, Douglas Williams, Kevin Skelton, Michael Taylor, Laura Pudwell, Stephen Hegedus, and Meghan Lindsay. The Return of Ulysses runs April 19, 21, 22 24, 27 & 28 at the Elgin Theatre. www.operaatelier.com. Tickets through Ticketmaster.
Photo by Bruce Zinger.


The Riser Project

Why Not Theatre presents The RISER Project 2018, three world premieres and one workshop presentation of new Canadian work as part of a unique collaborative producing model for emerging and independent theatre artists, April 15 – May 12 at The Theatre Centre. The fifth edition of RISER begins with Mr. Truth, an off-the-beaten-sketch-comedy-path parody created and performed by Lauren Gillis and Alaine Hutton (April 15-24, 2018.) In a series of nightmarish vignettes, a demon-like entity forces people to confront the repression of their erotic truths in spectacularly painful ways. Mr. Truth runs in repertory with Tell Me What It's Called, an experimental exploration and collective creation directed by Ximena Huizi from Why Not Theatre’s Like Mother, Like Daughter running April 17-24.

Round two of RISER 2018, running May 2 to 11, 2018, will present speaking of sneaking, a solo multidisciplinary mash-up of dance, poetry and pantomime created and performed by daniel jelani ellis, directed by d’bi.young anitafrika; and Everything I Couldn’t Tell You, an Indigenous technological tearjerker written by Jeff D'Hondt, directed by Erin Brandenburg. In a series of nightmarish vignettes, a demon-like entity forces people to confront the repression of their erotic truths in spectacularly painful ways. Productions take place at The Theatre Centre BMO Incubator, 1115 Queen Street West. To purchase tickets, call 416.538.0988 or visit tickets.theatrecentre.org.


Risky Phil

Young People’s Theatre (YPT) presents the World Premiere of Risky Phil by the award-winning playwright Paula Wing. This comedy-drama about fathers and sons will be presented on the Mainstage from April 9 to 27."Risky" Phil is extremely cautious. He has always lived with his colourful Aunt Gigi, a hairdresser with a flair for the dramatic. When a new client shows up, the story of Phil's history starts to unravel and he discovers he isn't the orphan Aunt Gigi always said he was. In line with YPT’s season theme "finding yourself”, Risky Phil challenges you to consider how much of YOU is actually determined by your roots. Directed by Stewart Arnott. Featuring Brian Bisson, Daniel Ellis, Jamie Robinson, Ordena Stephens-Thompson and Tal Shulman. Paula Wing is a playwright, actor, teacher and translator. She is a Resident Artist Educator with YPT this season. The main character of Risky Phil originated in her popular play Number One and Jamie, which was produced by YPT in 2003/04. Risky Phil plays on The Mainstage from April 9 to 27. Recommended for Ages 9 and Up. Runs approx 75miutes. Opening: Thursday, April 12 at 7 PM | Full performance schedule, including School Matinees (open to the public) available online:
http://www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca/shows-tickets/risky-phil/


The Second City's Mainstage Revue
The Best Is Yet To Come Undone

The Second City's 81st mainstage revue hits the stage starting March 27th, with the official media premiere taking place on April 9th. The newly-unveiled name most definitely reflects the surreal era we're living through: The Best Is Yet To Come Undone. With unflinching honesty, this all-star cast tackles 2018's minefield of crushing clichés and relatable revelations. The upcoming revue gleefully delves into how North American society has evolved in recent months, exploring everything from the #MeToo movement to micro/macro aggressions to feminist and minority groups to what it means to be an ally. Toss in a handful of musical numbers, plus a touch of magic, and the end result is a biting and uncompromisingly funny show for everyone to enjoy. The Best Is Yet To Come Undone is written and performed by The Second City Toronto Mainstage cast, and features new members Sharjil Rasool, Stacey McGunnigle, and Chris Wilson. They will join returning cast members Allana Reoch, Nadine Djoury, and Brandon Hackett. The show is led by two Second City alums, Carly Heffernan as Director and Paul Bates as Assistant Director. Opens April 9, 2018. for 51 Mercer Street. (416) 343-0011; www.secondcity.com
Second City Cast Photo: by Racheal McCaig. Clockwise from left: Stacey McGunnigle, Allana Reoch, Brandon Hackett, Chris Wilson, Nadine Djoury, Sharjil Rasool


Selfie

Young People’s Theatre (YPT) presents the premiere of Christine Quintana’s powerful play about consent, Selfie. The award-winning play for ages 13 and up will be presented in the Studio April 23 to May 11.The first party of the school year comes packed with expectations. It’s a time to renew old friendships and perhaps find new love. But what happens when an incident shatters the connections between three friends? Teenage relationships are complicated enough – especially when you add the reckless power of social media. Incisive and witty, Selfie is a powerful reflection on sexual consent, failed communication and self-promotion in this era of Instagram. Directed by Stephen Colella. Featuring Christopher Allen, Rachel Mutombo and Caroline Toal. Selfie is Based on the original French language version. Recommended for ages 13 & up | Runs approx. 65 minutes. Opening: Thursday, April 26 at 7PM Content Advisory: Explicit Language, Mature Situations. Click here for detailed information. Full performance schedule, including School Matinees (open to the public) available online:http://www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca/shows-tickets/selfie/ Young People’s Theatre | 165 Front Street East, Toronto Tickets: Online: youngpeoplestheatre.ca . Box Office: 416.862.2222 x2 | For more information visit youngpeoplestheatre.ca


Shadow Girls

Pencil Kit Productions partners with the Gladstone Hotel and grassroots artist collective Blank Canvas to produce Shadow Girls, a theatrical production scored entirely with overhead projector art. Presented in an intimate twenty-seat room in the Gladstone, Shadow Girls envelops audience members in transformative, otherworldly images as it details the relationship of Maggie and Amelia: two women whose attempts at an intimate relationship are complicated by a fraught history involving years of separation following an adolescent hook-up-and-break-up. The projections translate the shadows of the women’s inner emotional worlds and evolve in real time at the hands of three observable projectionists. Shadow Girls was written by Keshia Palm and Claren Grosz, two queer theatre artists who drew on their respective backgrounds in puppetry and visual art to conceive of the hyper-visual art installation nature of the production. After being workshopped as part of the 2017 Rhubarb Festival, the piece is now being staged by an all-female team under the direction of Grosz and stars Sofia Rodriguez and Liz Der. Shadow Girls runs from April 25-May 6 in Room 207 at the Gladstone Hotel. 1214 Queen St. West. Tickets: Online: pencilkitproductions.com/shadow-girls


Stones

Aluna Theatre is thrilled to announce today that, following an initial development presentation in the 2015 Caminos Festival and further work in residency, Anita La Selva’s provocative multimedia performance work, Stones, will premiere at Geary Lane Studios, 360 Geary Avenue, from May 25 to June 10, 2018. The continuum of violence against women is an ancient story of throwing stones, a practice that continues to this day in many parts of the world. Women from around the globe who have lost their lives are given a voice through haunting songs, kinetic dance, and immersive imagery. Created by a diverse cast and led by director Anita La Selva, Stones considers the spectrum and history of violence against women by focusing on one of its most extreme iterations.Integrating physical theatre, journalistic text and digital media, Stones shifts from abstract images and movement into testimonial. Bold, brave and imagistic, this new work examines stoning from historical, mythical and contemporary perspectives, in consideration of a global issue at the forefront of women’s rights today. The Stones cast includes Nickeshia Garrick, Roshanak Jaberi, Lilia Leon, Anoshinie Muhundarajah, Sarah Murphy-Dyson, Roula Said and Waleed Abdulhamid. Tickets: www.alunatheatre.ca/the-stones-project.


 Take d Milk, Na

"This is the story of how I once birthed a cow...kinda..." Jiv is Canadian. And Indian. And Hindu. And West Indian. Trinidadian too. Or maybe hes just colonized. In Take d Milk, Nah? Parasram blends personal storytelling and ritual to walk an audience through the Hin-dos and Hin-donts at the intersections of these cultures. The show is a refreshingly candid and delightfully funny look at race, religion and nationalism(s): What divides us and what were willing to accept in the desire to belong. Oh, and there's a cow. Pandemic Theatre and b current performing arts Co-Production with the support of Theatre Passe Muraille present Take d Milk, Na, written and performed by Jivesh Parasram and directed by Tom Arthur Davis with Dramaturgy by Graham Isidor. Plays at Theatre Passe Muraille from April 10 to 22. 16 Ryerson Avenue. Tickets: http://passemuraille.ca/box-office or Phone: 416 504 7529.


A Taste of Empire

Cahoots Theatre presents the rice and beans theatre production of 食盡天下 (A Taste of Empire), written and directed by Jovanni Sy, translated and performed in Cantonese by Derek Chan—with open captioning in English and Simplified Chinese—for seven performances only, May 1-6, 2018 at Factory.Theatre-meets-cooking-class when the infamous Chef Maximo is called away from the demonstration kitchen leaving his sous chef to prepare, in real time and in front of a live audience, the famous Filipino dish, Rellenong Bangus.  While preparing the dish, sous chef Chan chronicles the history of the ingredients, following them back to their source for a thought-provoking lesson in culinary colonialism.“You are what you eat.”  But where does the food come from?  How does it get to the table? Irreverent and entertaining, 食盡天下 (A Taste of Empire) weaves stories of conquest, imperialistic desires, and colonialism through the construction (and deconstruction) of the dish. A tasting plate is served at the conclusion of 食盡天下 (A Taste of Empire), a feast for the mind and the palate. And like the theatre, food also brings people together! Presented in Cantonese with English and Simplified Chinese captioning. Factory Studio, 125 Bathurst Street at Adelaide Street To purchase tickets please call 416.504.9971 or visit: factorytheatre.ca


LONDON, ON
The Grand Theatre

Chariots of Fire

The Grand Theatre is thrilled to produce the North American premiere of the stage adaptation of Chariots of Fire. Directed by Grand Theatre Artistic Director Dennis Garnhum, and starring Harry Judge and Wade Bogert-O’Brien, the story is based on the iconic film that won four Academy Awards in 1981. The original stage adaptation had its premiere in London England’s West End in 2012. London, Ontario’s Grand Theatre is the first to produce it outside of England. Chariots of Fire is the inspirational true story of two British runners, who overcome prejudice and conflict to compete in the Olympics. Eric Liddell is a devout Christian. Harold Abrahams is the son of an immigrant Lithuanian Jew. The two athletes prevail in the face of enormous odds as their story begins in 1919, and takes audiences through their trials and triumphs all the way to the 1924 Paris Olympics. The set, designed by the acclaimed Bretta Gerecke, will feature a large running track on the orchestra level. There will also be 32 onstage stadium seats. The production showcases some of the film’s iconic music, plus several new pieces, arranged and composed by Dave Pierce. Chariots is on stage at the Grand Theatre in previews from April 17 to 19, with opening night on April 20, and running to May 5. Tickets are available at grandtheatre.com, by phone at 519-672-8800, or at the Box Office, 471 Richmond Street. 
Photo: Wade Bogert-O’Brien as Eric Liddell with running ensemble in the Grand’s production of Chariots of Fire. Photo Christina Kuefner.


OTTAWA, ON
The National Arts Centre

Some Hope for the Bastards
(Dance)

NAC Dance is thrilled to present on April 20 and 21 the electrifying choreographic concert Some Hope for the Bastards by Montreal choreographer, dancer and musician Frédérick Gravel. Steeped in baroque, new wave, post-punk and electro music, this latest piece isa poetic exploration of society that has lost its way. In Some Hope… Gravelconstructs a movement vocabulary based on the notion of “pulse” for his stunning team of artistic collaborators—musicians, dancers, actors—who command the stage with frankly corrosive energy. Frédérick Gravel, David Albert-Toth, Simon-Xavier Lefebvre, Kimberley De Jong, Louise Michel Jackson, Alanna Kraaijeveld, Jean-Benoît Labrecque, Alexia Martel, Frédéric Tavernini, Jamie Wright, David Albert-Toth and DanyDesjardins. Some Hope for the Bastards is performed in the Babs Asper Theatre of the National Arts Centre on April 20 and 21, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: In person at the Box Office (1 Elgin Street). Tickets: At all Ticketmaster outlets;By telephone from Ticketmaster, 1-888-991-2787 (ARTS)   Online through the Ticketmaster link on the NAC’s website (www.nac-cna.ca).


OTTAWA
The National Arts Centre

Dracula

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet returns to the NAC from April 12 to 14 with three nearly sold-out performances of the deliciously gothic Dracula, by acclaimed choreographer Mark Godden (Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation). Dracula has thrilled and delighted audiences since its premiere in 1998, becoming a treasured favourite in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s repertoire. Performed to the evocative music of Gustav Mahler, Mark Godden’s inventive and sensual choreography breathes dramatic new life into the macabre yet irresistible tale of the immortal vampire and his dark passions. “One of a few made-in-Canada full-length story ballets — a signature the RWB can be proud of — this Dracula is a smart, highly theatrical and witty rendition of one of the world’s most beloved gothic horror stories,” says Cathy Levy, Executive Producer, NAC Dance. Mark Godden’s inventive choreography is the highlight of a production that embodies a strong, fast-moving narrative as well as visual opulence. Complete with flying bats, dancing gargoyles, and mysterious transformations, Dracula is contemporary ballet at its atmospheric finest. All performances will feature the NAC Orchestra under the baton of Conductor Earl Stafford.Tickets are available Online on the NAC’s website or www.nac-cna.ca or In person at the NAC Box Office at 1 Elgin Street; At all Ticketmaster outlets**; By telephone 1-888-991-2787**
Photo: by Ré Jean Brandt. Sophia Lee and Lian Xing in Dracula.


OTTAWA
The National Arts Centre

Sal Capone: The Lamentable Tragedy of

Inspired by real-life incidents that have occurred in places like Montreal, Toronto, New York, San Francisco and London in recent years, this raw and passionate tale by playwright Omari Newton, digs deep into the lives of a hip-hop crew coming to terms, personally and professionally, with the police-shooting death of their DJ, Sammy. In the aftermath of the tragedy, this once-tight group struggles with grief in different ways. Do they carry on with canned beats? Or do they seek revenge? With seismic hip-hop beats and powerhouse performances, Sal Capone raises a mighty fist to the difficult issues of our time – prejudice, homophobia and injustice – with grace and wit. Featuring Tristan D. Lalla, Letitia Brookes, Troy Emery Twigg, Kim Villigante and Jordan Waunch. Sal Capone: The Lamentable Tragedy of, plays from April 10 ( Opens April 12)  to April  21 at the Azrieli Studio. National Arts Centre. Tickets are available:Online on the NAC’s website: www.nac-cna.ca; In person at the NAC Box Office at 1 Elgin Street. At all Ticketmaster outlets**; By telephone 1-888-991-2787**
Photo: L to R: Kim Villagante, Tristan D. Lalla, Jordan Waunch in Sal Capone: The Lamentable Tragedy Of.
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OTTAWA
The Gladstone

Snake Oil

The Black Sheep Theatre presents Jayson McDonald’s Snake Oil. Saginaw isn’t just selling you one hundred percent legitimate, bonafide, tried and true SNAKE OIL – he’s giving you, with every bottle, a guarantee of health, wealth, happiness, spiritual fulfillment, boundless love and wonder, existential comfort and an invitation to connect with the divine spark that drives the universe ever outward, to infinity, to eternity. A dark comedy from celebrated Canadian playwright Jayson McDonald (Novel HouseUnderbellyGiant Invisible Robot). Directed by David Dawson, Snake Oil plays from April 26 (Previews April 25) to May 5 at The Gladstone, 910 Gladstone Ave. Ottawa. Tickets: (613) 233-4523. Box Office: boxoffice@thegladstone.ca.


OTTAWA
The Great Canadian Theatre Company

Gracie

Hailed as “one of the most important playwrights working in Canada today”, Siminovitch Prize and Governor General’s Award-winner Joan MacLeod brings her latest work, Gracie, to the Great Canadian Theatre Company. A young girl’s coming-of-age story set within a polygamous community, Gracie exposes the oppression and abuse that exists within the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints. Directed by GCTC’s Artistic Director Eric Coates (Ordinary Days and 1979), Gracie marks the GCTC debut of Ottawa-native Erica Anderson. Gracie runs on the GCTC stage from April 24 – May 13. The BC Supreme Court has recently ruled against leaders in Bountiful, B.C. which is Canada’s most active FLDS community. These headlines precisely reflect the issues in this popular script. With her deep empathy and compassion, playwright Joan MacLeod takes us into young Gracie’s world, where events transpire that lead her to question her beliefs. Tickets are on sale at GCTC’s Box Office at 1233 Wellington West at Holland, 613-236-5196.


MONTREAL
The Segal Centre

The Angel and the Sparrow

The Angel and the Sparrow, the story and the music of Marlene Dietrich and Edith Piaf, comes to the Segal Centre! Featuring 20 of their classic songs including “La vie en rose”, “Non, je ne regrette rien”, and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone”, this European smash hit brings these two iconic performers to the stage with charm and wit to spare. Audiences will be enthralled by the untold story of the connection between these two larger-than-life characters, who, between them, had a friendship, a love, and a catalogue of incredible songs that has stood the test of time. Piaf was the original diva, before the term even existed, while the German Dietrich was a showbiz chameleon who reinvented herself countless times over an eight-decade-long career. Their complex relationship blazed with passion and soared to dizzying highs as well as crashed to desperate lows but always hit a thrilling dramatic note. Together, they found a common rhythm, common ground, and even a common love. The Angel and the Sparrow is written by Daniel Grobe Boymann & Thomas Kahry, adapted by Erin Shields from the translation of Sam Madwar, and directed by Gordon Greenberg. Plays at the Segal Centre from April 15 to May 6 (Previews April 15 to 18). Tickets: 514-739-7944 or www.segalcentre.org 170 Chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine, Montréal, QC.


MONTREAL


La Mondiola

La Mondiola opens in a festive atmosphere. Camille, helped by her daughter Lolie, is organizing a party for her lodger Antonio’s fiftieth birthday. As the celebrations begin, a stranger appears and introduces herself on the pretext of having seen the address in a dream. Camille takes the visitor’s bag and discovers it contains objects that evoke the presence of her late husband, an adventurous filmmaker, drinker and enthusiast of excess with a bewitching magnetism. The members of the audience are then gradually immersed into a surreal environment. They are continually in close contact with the characters, who lead them into an unusual world with which they become complicit, though they have no idea what the outcome will be. The Original Idea by Ximena Ferrer, Written and Directed by Julie Vincent. Featured in the performance are Ximena Ferrer, Liliane Boucher, Stéphanie B. Dumont, Omar Alexis Ramos AND Sandra Wong. PRESENTED IN A HOUSE AT 1955 RUE FULLUM, MONTRÉAL April 4 – June 7, 2018. Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 7 pm, ONLY 20 SEATS PER SHOW.Tickets online at singulierplurielmontreal@gmail.com |514 598-0145.


MONTREAL
Centaur Theatre

Successions

Centaur Theatre presents the world premiere of Successions by Michaela Di Cesare and directed by Tamara Brown. This family dramedy is about two second generation Italian Canadian brothers. Anthony Di Ciccio is a hard-working, meticulous lawyer running for political office whose wife put her career on hold to be his campaign manager. Enzo, Anthony’s younger, impetuous brother, is about to embark on his latest career choice as a plumber. After the sudden death of both parents, they must decide whether or not to hold on to the family home, a rundown relic stuffed to the gills with conflicting memories, unpaid bills and a lifetime of worthless junk. To move forward, each must decide what they are willing to give up but at what cost to their relationship? Featured in the cast are Davide Chiazzese, Carlo Mestroni, Gita Miller, and Tara Nicodemo. Successions plays from April 10 to May 6, 2018 at the Centaur Theatre. Previews April 10 & 11, opens April 12 and runs through May 6, 2018. Tickets: 514-288-3151. www.centaurtheatre.com; 453 St-Francois-Xavier, Old Montreal. Metro: Place d'armes.,


MONTREAL, Quebec
La Chapelle

La dette de Dieu

When God designed our world, he was short of cash, and so he was forced to borrow money from the Devil to complete his creation. And from this debt would result the omnipresence of the Devil who has watched carefully over his assets since the beginning.It is from this premise that the performer Jean-François Boisvenue sets out to give us a stage essay exploring the theme of indebtedness and credit. Through various sketches ranging from dance totheatre to a cooking show, the author and performer shows us the many facets of the debt,whether personal or collective. Taken from documentary, poetic, humorous or autobiographicalangles, this solo allows us to glimpse the various – often insidious – ways in which credit governsthe mechanics of our lives. Author, original idea, performer and videos : Jean-François Boisvenue; Assistant director and lights : Juliette Dumaine. PREMIERE : Monday April 9 at 7pm; April 10, April 12 and April 13 at 8pm. At La Chapelle, 3700 Saint-Dominique. Tickets/Billetterie at 513-843-7738 or lachappelle.org..



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