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La Scena Musicale - Vol. 13, No. 7

English Theatre

by Christine Rogers / April 13, 2008

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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) 932-1104 ext.226

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. (514) 823-8823

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. (514) 843-7738

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