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Friday, September 30, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Reflections on Springer, reality TV, tragedy and theatre
By Gaëtan L. Charlebois
I am going to be attending and reviewing Dan Bingham's play, Adopt This!, later this week. Bingham's piece played the Fringe here, made a lot of noise (we gave him five Charpies out of five - our rating system) and he decided to revive it. It is the story of living as an adopted child and then meeting the biologicals. In it, I've been told, he reveals his heart.
But he does it with humour.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Upstage Host Eric Sukhu spoke with Artistic Director of Omnibus Theatre Jean Asselin about the International Mime Festival of Montreal RIMM 5. Below is an abridged version edited by Estelle Rosen, CharPo Editor-In-Chief.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
This week there has been a summit of English-speaking artists where all sorts of issues were discussed. One well-known artist in the milieu asked us if we thought it was just one big schmoozefest. As we like our pets and children, let us throw this question to you. Do you think these events accomplish anything or are they, as some suggest, a largely pointless exercise? Discuss.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Comedy goes where theatre fears to tread
By Gaëtan L. Charlebois
I entered into an email correspondance this week with a highly talented young theatre artist who refered to my editorial, from last week, and how much he had liked the quote from Patton Oswalt. He added that in his life he finds himself quoting standups more often than he quotes theatre.
Monday, September 19, 2011
It Doesn't End With a Tony
Sunday, September 18, 2011
[Ed: read the PS]
Previous discussions have established that Montreal English-language theatre needs a space. We narrowed down the place for this space to in or near Quartier des Spectacles (metro, services, audiences). Now, be realistic while you dream: what MUST this space have and what WOULD BE GREAT to see in it? (Example: parking/a café-terrasse) Discuss.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
The goddam song says, "Picture yourself" not "Picture us"!
by Gaëtan L. Charlebois
"Cirque du Soleil is catnip for old people...[It's] what a Gay French dude sees in his head when he's tired and horny. There's a naked guy in a trapeze with his dick flapping around and there's a hedgehog with a boner on a tricycle and three clowns are jerking off on a ghost...everything in Cirque du Soleil is wet and French and Gay and on fire at the same time." Patton Oswalt
Monday, September 12, 2011
Next Stage, produced by the Toronto Fringe, brings together a wide assortment of productions from across the country.
Next Stage announcement from TAPA.
Paul Van Dyck's solo, Paradise Lost, has won the Best Production prize at the Atlantic Fringe Festival which closed this evening.
Lost had already won awards from The Montreal English Critics Circle (MECCA) and also for its run in New York, this last winter.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
The ghost of fiscal restraint hovers over all of us. But a shiny, new theatre season is about to get underway. Consumers, like the companies themselves, have to prioritize and decide where they will spend their theatre pennies. We are presented with exciting fare at the main houses and surprises all through the year from the small companies. So...
Where are you going to be spending your hard-earned cash this season (main houses, small companies, French theatres, etc.) and why? Discuss.