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Gladstone announces its 2017-2018 season

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                                       The Gladstone’s 2017-18 Season

I dare you to take a look !!

Saint Lawrence Shakepeare returns this summer with the Three Musketeers

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St. Lawrence Shakespeare announces MainStage cast, it’s brand new
“SideStage” plan, and the title of it’s popular Community Play!
April 18, 2017 – The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival announced details of it’s
programming and the casting for the summer season! !
Following last year’s swords and sandals hit Julius Caesar, this summer will transporting
the audience to ancient Egypt for the romantic sequel, Antony & Cleopatra in addition
to producing an original musical adaptation of the rollicking and swashbuckling story
The Three Musketeers. !
The MainStage cast features a host of talent! Returning for their 3rd consecutive years,
are veteran actor Richard SheridanWillis, who blew audiences away last year in the
title role of Julius Caesar, as well as the award-winning fight director, actor and
choreographer, Jonathan Purvis. ! (more…)

La Résistible Ascension d’Arturo UI, à la Comédie française

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La Résistible Ascension d’Arturo Ui, de Bertolt Brecht. Mise en scène de Katharina Thalbach. Comédie-Française, Place Colette, Paris 1er, à 20 h 30, en alternance. Jusqu’au 30 juin. Tél. : 01 44 58 15 15.

En décidant de faire entrer la Résistible Ascension d’Arturo Ui au répertoire de la Comédie-Française, Éric Ruf se doutait-il que les représentations commenceraient à peine un mois avant les élections présidentielles qui voient la menace de ce que dénonce Brecht (la peste brune) se faire de plus en plus précise ? Si hasard il y a, il est forcément objectif ! La pièce écrite par Brecht en 1941 faisait directement référence au nazisme qui l’avait contraint à s’exiler, en Finlande d’abord où il rédigea son texte en trois semaines, aux États-Unis ensuite. La fable qu’il invente décalque très exactement les faits et gestes qui menèrent Hitler et ses sbires au pouvoir……

Voir  pour la suite ou consulter Les Lettres françaises ou

Jean-Pierre Han dans les Lettres françaises du 12/04/2017

At the GCTC, 1979 plays prime ministers for laughs

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Kelly Wong rehearses the role of John Crosbie during rehearsal for the play 1979 at the Great Canadian Theatre Company. Photo by Chris Donovan
Kelly Wong plays the role of John Crosbie during rehearsal for the play 1979 at the Great Canadian Theatre Company. (Photo by Chris Donovan) Chris Donovan / Ottawa Citizen

Great Canadian Theatre Company
April 13 to 30
Reviewed Thursday

How dire was Joe Clark’s situation in December 1979 when the novice prime minister was about to call the federal budget vote that would topple his government?

“Absolutely as crisis-y as it gets,” says the extremely fictionalized Clark in the highly political but hilarious play 1979, which opened Thursday night to a packed house at the Great Canadian Theatre Company.

If crisis, as they say, is fraught with opportunity, then Clark’s predicament gave playwright Michael Healey the opening he needed to load 90 minutes with no shortage of laughs and, indeed, insight into how our country’s been run over the years.

Read  the rest on line…… (more…)

From Paris to Broadway: Pops Concert at the NAC

Reviewed by Iris Winston

 Pops Concert, National Arts Centre, Conductor: Jack Everly

In introducing From Paris to Broadway, principal Pops conductor Jack Everly said that the aim of the French-themed concert, which had been two years in the making, was to create the spirit or feeling of Paris.

And this is exactly what happened in a joyous collection of music, song and dance that evoked visions of the Folies Begères — the famous cabaret musical founded in Paris in 1869 — (think rhinestones and feathers, Everly advised) such singers as Maurice Chevalier and Edith Piaf, and composers closely associated with the glitter of French entertainment, such as the German-born Jacques Offenbach (think Cancan). Music from the musical Gigi and the delicate rendition of the Moulin Rouge Waltz added a further dimension to visions of Paris. (more…)

The Magnetic North Theatre Festival, slated to open in Ottawa this June, has been cancelled.

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Derek Walcott, a Mighty Poet, Has Died- by Hilton Als (The New Yorker)

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Derek Walcott, a Mighty Poet, Has Died
By Hilton Als March 17, 2017

Walcott’s poems explored, among other themes, the sea, memory, and the joys and terrors of physical love.
Derek Walcott was a complicated person and a great poet, and often those things are not divisible. The time I spent with him and his beautiful German-born partner, Sigrid Nama, in Derek’s native St. Lucia changed my life in ways that extended past the New Yorker Profile I wrote in 2004. I felt as though I had always known him—not known him, exactly, but seen him, been in his aura, his history, because, like my father, Derek was the product of a profound world, a distinctly Caribbean world with its history of colonialism and its imperceptible change, and home to so much more, including mothers who spared no amount of love to make you understand that you were their bright boy. Derek’s mother, Alix Maarlin, a schoolteacher, helped him publish his first poems, and it was the light of that first love that Derek always stood under; it made him shy about intimacy, while closeness was something he always sought. The first Mrs. Walcott believed in him with a pride that eclipsed the great honor of his 1992 Nobel Prize for Literature because she was the first to say, if only in her mind: “Why not be Shakespeare?” Anything was possible, and where you were from was just part of the story. (more…)

The Marriage – An Impossible Event by N. Gogol

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The public is encouraged to see this play by Nikolaï Gogol at the University of Ottawa.
directed by Nicholas Leno (MFA Candidate)
A production of the Unicorn Theatre
Tuesday, March 28th to Saturday March 25, 2017 at 8 p.m. ithe Academic Hall, 133 Séraphin-Marion

Please reserve: by email at:
or by phone at: 613 562-5761 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.


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Le 15 mars 2017 – OTTAWA    Brigitte Haentjens est lauréate du Prix du Gouverneur Général pour les arts du spectacle 2017. Elle a décidé de remettre son prix d’une valeur de 25 000 $ à cinq jeunes créateurs. (more…)

Now We’re Talking! NAC English Theatre Artistic Director Jillian Keiley Opens the Conversation on the 2017/18 Season

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Now We’re Talking! NAC English Theatre Artistic Director Jillian Keiley Opens the Conversation on the 2017/18 Season.

March 6, 2017 – OTTAWA (Canada) – From adaptations of classic novels, to powerful stories told in various musical styles, to real-life events brought to the national stage with stunning visuals, the 2017/18 NAC English Theatre season offers a wide array of experiences fostering meaningful exchange between audiences and artists. (more…)

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