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…)

“La fureur de ce que je pense” is a dazzling excursion into the work of Nelly Arcan.

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photos from the productionbased on the work of writer Nelly Arcan with

LA FUREUR DE CE QUE JE PENSE. Coming to the NAC French Theatre
May 24–27 at 7:30 p.m., NAC Theatre
“I’m looking forward to the pleasure of seeing La fureur de ce que je pense, the joint creation by Marie Brassard and Sophie Cadieux inspired by the life and work of Nelly Arcan …. Her outspoken views (about the body, female identity, death) will be delivered by seven performers, in seven chants that will doubtless resonate like so many heartfelt laments.” – Valérie Lessard, Le Droit (Transl.)


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

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…)

Outside Mullingar: Irish family drama with rich operatic undertones!

Reviewed by Alvina Ruprecht

Born and brought up in New York, John Patrick Shanley , author of the screenplay for Moonstruck,   directed by Norman Jewison , captured a   modern Italian American love story that was told in the style of a Puccini opera. Now he has written  a play about  Irish families   deeply rooted in their  ancestral land,This one too has great  operatic undertones !  Structured as a series of solos, duos, trios and quartets, the  characters have to maintain  the music of the  accents  from Dublin to Mullingar in the northern most areas of the Republic , which is  what the  cast of Dave Dawson’s   production at the Gladstone did very well.  We were immediately immersed in a  swelling  of romantic  authenticity and thoughtful intensity   that keeps us captivated for the whole evening.    (more…)

Towards Zero: True to period production would have benefitted from some editing

Reviewed by Iris Winston

Photo courtesy of Ottawa Little Theatre

Towards Zero
By Agatha Christie and Gerald Verner
Ottawa Little Theatre
Directed by Sarah Hearn

You know the drill of a classic whodunit: A small group of people, most of them with a grudge or a secret, gathers in an elegant country or seaside house, probably on a dark and stormy night. At least one among them is murdered (usually off stage) and it seems that the killer is an insider. (more…)

Outside Mullingar: A pleasant evening’s entertainment

Reviewed by Iris Winston

Photo: Black Sheep Theatre

Outside Mullingar
By John Patrick Shanley
Black Sheep Theatre Company
Directed by Dave Dawson

It is no surprise that a romantic comedy set in Ireland should focus on a land dispute between neighbours and begin on a rainy night in the aftermath of a funeral. Neither is it unusual for the talk to center on death: Tony, the professional curmudgeon on one side of the fence, predicts that Aoife, the widow next door, will die within the year and adds that he does not expect to live more than two more months.

Both predictions are correct (yes, this is a comedy — Irish style). Before the two months are up, Tony delivers his zinger: he does not intend to leave the family farm to his only son, Anthony, because he fears that the young man will never marry. (more…)


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 Children’s shows announced at the  NAC French  2017-18 season.

“Let’s embrace this beacon–theatre, this vibrant life,
these eager and sensitive souls who forge courageously ahead,
who defy history in order to reinvent it, who paint with mud or talk to the birds,
when they’re not conversing with a barking egg.
So that the light flickering deep within, at the core of the treasure that is childhood,
may shine out and illuminate our world.”

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