English Theatreby Christine Rogers
/ April 13, 2008
blood[claat]: one oomaan story
The must-see show of the spring. The
talented and exciting artist d’bi.young.anitafrika is performing her
Dora award-winning solo show, in collaboration with the Black Theatre
Workshop. Widely acclaimed as the best play of the year by Toronto
critics when it first opened, this young actress and dub poet presents
the powerful coming-of-age “bio-mythography” of a young Jamaican
woman that is at once compelling and unsettling. Catch this show
while you have the chance!
> Centre MAI, until April 13. (514)
Provincial Anecdotes: An Incident with
a Paginator & 20 Minutes with an Angel
The Concordia Department of Theatre presents
a tragicomedy in two parts, written by Alexandr Vampilov and directed
by Alexandre Marine. Students from Concordia’s Theatre program
present their final show of the year.
> D.B. Clarke Theatre, April 10-13
(514) 848-2424 ext.4742
A Lie of the Mind
Sam Shepard’s gritty tale of spousal
abuse and family ties won the New York Drama Critics Award for Best
Play when it debuted in 1985. Presented by Fallen Angels productions.
> Mainline Theatre, April 17-27.
The Jungle Book
Take younger theatre-goers to see this
presentation by the Geordie Productions Theatre for Young People and
directed by Dean Patrick Fleming.
> D.B.Clarke Theatre, April 25-May
4. (514) 845-9810
The Mystery of Maddy Heisler
The Centaur Theatre, on the cusp of its
40th anniversary, has two productions on the boards this spring.
Daniel Lillford’s Nova Scotia-set play presents the World War II-era
love story of a very young man and a mysterious German woman.
The moral questions that surround the end of their affair and the conflict
of memory with historical fact haunt the young man, years later.
Directed by Roy Surette.
> Centaur Theatre, until April
10. (514) 288-3161
Forever yours, Marie-Lou
The English-language Montreal premiere
of Michel Tremblay’s 1971 play crackles with the excitement of a time
when Quebec was at a crossroads, setting off in a new direction and
leaving behind the conservative culture of the past. Two sisters struggle
with their parents’ ugly relationship and the fallout in their own
lives. Sarah Stanley directs, and Anthousa Harris, Catherine Fitch,
Al Goulem and Holly O’Brien star.
> Centaur Theatre, April 22-May
25. (514) 288-3161
The Odd Couple
The great Canadian stage director Diana
Leblanc brings her staging of Neil Simon’s classic comedy to the Saidye
Bronfman this spring. It is always a great pleasure to attend
Leblanc’s productions here in Montreal, and this year’s offering
is lighter in tone and subject matter than the last few years’ productions.
John Evans and the ever-entertaining Rod Beatty – best known from
his work in the Wingfield farm series of plays – step into the shoes
of the famously mismatched roommates.
> Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre,
May 4-25. (514) 739-7944
The Baroness and The Pig
Look for Imago Theatre’s staging of
the English-language premiere of this unique piece. A tea party
in 19th century Paris leads the audience to question the boundaries
of civilization in each of us. Starring Nathalie Claude and Leni
Parker; Catherine Bourgeois directs.
> Theatre la Chapelle, May 6-18.