Where WE like to see theatre
by Estelle Rosen and Gaëtan L. Charlebois
We decided to provoke discussion, again, and also want readers to offer the spaces they like and (especially) discussion of less-used spaces.
Its brick wall adds a homey atmosphere and it's intimacy is solid. It's well placed (metro hub) right beside a Van Houtte.
Monument National Studio
The stage adapts well to a small or medium size production and the balconies around the pit are a glorious design idea. You can't beat the neighbourhood for interest-quotient. AND it's easy walkies between two metro lines.
We feel there's a good connection between audience and what's presented on stage. It's a pleasant venue in an easily reached neighbourhood and comfortable into the bargain.
The seating rake allows the audience a good view no matter where one sits. The entire complex, as well, is comfortable and well-serviced and (in summer) in a fabulous neighbourhood.
We disagreed on these. We like the funky, old-style alterno feel but they're neither a cinch to get to nor particularly comfortable. However, the people who go there are the kind of people we like to be around.
Also rans: Segal (great spaces, truly profoundly awful public transpo); Moyse Hall (glorious space but in winter virtually out of bounds to anyone even slightly handicapped); Centaur 2 (a cavernous and ugly space but in a nice complex)