May, 2017

« L’Autre Rive » – “La Otra Orilla” de Ulises Cala

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— Selim Lander, critique invité —
Spectacle présenté à Fort-de-France, Martinique
« Jusqu’où faut-il aimer ? Il faudrait un manuel pour expliquer cela. »

Cette phrase prononcée par un homme qui va émigrer en abandonnant sa fille n’est qu’un aspect d’un texte qui brasse toutes sortes de sentiments, de sensations, depuis les jeux amoureux pleins de malice jusqu’à la désespérance profonde en passant par les moments d’attente indécise hantés par la crainte des « persécuteurs ». Nous sommes sur une île, Cuba sans nul doute, entourée d’une « mer interdite ». La télévision qu’on entend parfois s’exprime en espagnol (« la télévision est une chose répugnante » répètera l’homme à plusieurs reprises).Ils sont deux comédiens qui interprètent plusieurs rôles, principalement celui d’un homme et d’une femme sur le chemin de l’exil. Ils attendent le passeur qui les conduira sur l’autre rive d’un fleuve (ou n’est-ce pas plutôt le détroit entre Cuba et la Floride ?), vers leur eldorado.
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Cap Excellence : Quand la scène théâtrale tend un miroir à la société.

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Succédant à ce qui fut le Festival des Abymes, Guadeloupe, la 6ème édition de Cap Excellence théâtre, organisée à l’initiative de la communauté des trois communes Abymes, Baie-Mahaut et Pointe-à-Pitre, propose du 09 au 14 mai 2017 un programme autour du thème « La quête du mieux-être ».
L’observation de la programmation semble révélatrice de certains choix.
On constate, en premier lieu, une diversité liée à l’origine différente des compagnies (de Guadeloupe, de Martinique, de France et de Côte d’Ivoire). Une autre diversité est celle des lieux de représentations, situés dans différentes salles et établissements scolaires des trois communes. Ajoutons à cela une diversité évidente de formes, le festival proposant des représentations, des lectures, une déambulation et de nombreux ateliers pédagogiques. (more…)

The Bridges of Madison County: Musical Adaptation Adds Corn

Reviewed by Jane Baldwin

Photo: Glenn Perry Photography

In 1992, Robert James Waller wrote the romantic best seller, The Bridges of Madison County, the kind of book which is often dismissed as chick lit. Three years later its next iteration appeared as a film directed by and starring Clint Eastwood with Meryl Streep playing opposite him. The film received better reviews than the book. And in 2014, it opened on Broadway as a musical with the book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. Although it won two Tony Awards, one for the best original score, the other for the best orchestration, it closed after a four month run.

Now available to the regionals, it is presently playing at Boston’s SpeakEasy Stage Company which has particular skill in working with musicals. Jason Robert Brown’s music is varied, moving from operatic songs, to jazz, to bluegrass, to American country music. For this production, SpeakEasy has strong singers, particularly the multi-talented Jennifer Ellis who plays Francesca, the protagonist and baritone Christiaan Smith as Robert who falls in love with her. (more…)

Canada Dance Festival July 2 to 16th. Ottawa

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Le jardin des délices
Cie de Marie Chouinard
Photo: Sylvie-Anne Paré

Welcome to the 2017 Canada Dance Festival
New Dance from Canada’s best

The Canada Dance Festival in partnership with the National Arts Centre’s Canada Scene celebrates 2017 with a diverse program of new Canadian Dance. Following the successful CDF 2016 and building toward our next full festival in 2018, this year’s edition will showcase powerful movement and beautiful movers – all telling uniquely Canadian stories through dance. (more…)

Minus One. Ohad Naharin’s high powered entertainment unites dance theatre with multiple voices and musical styles!

Reviewed by Alvina Ruprecht


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With its 35 dancers out in full force on the stage of Southam Hall, les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal under the spell of choreographer Ohad Naharin has created a synthesis of some of his past work bringing together the musics and dancers of many origins. Almost the way Peter Brook integrated the Hindu epic with actors from all the continents, Naharin’s company Batsheva Dance, actually founded by Martha Graham, has become a meeting place for dancers from around the world, and now, Naharin’s recent creation sends us into a spiral of hybrid creativity that sets one’s head spinning. (more…)

Ghost of a Chance: Production offers some uneven pacing

Reviewed by Iris Winston

Photo courtesy of Rural Root Theatre Company

Ghost of a Chance
By Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus
Rural Root Theatre Company
Directed by Valerie Jorgensen

The three most annoying things about Ghost of a Chance are: its heavy borrowing from the Noel Coward classic Blithe Spirit early on; the unreasonable return of one thieving character, simply to engineer a happy ending; and the misdating of deer hunting season by a character who is supposed to be a hunting/shooting/fishing macho type.

There is also an issue with the 1996 comedy by husband-and-wife writing duo Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus being cluttered with too many complications and silliness. Even so, this ‘spirited’ sit-com includes a number of funny lines. But, unless a production of this type moves at a consistently fast pace, it stands more than a ghost of a chance of falling flat. (more…)

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