October 18, 2010 - If you’ve got the taste for culture, be sure to sample Montréal’s menu of dramatic arts. This fall, the Centaur, Montréal’s largest English-language theatre company, raises the curtain on its 42nd season. Roy Surette, Artistic and Executive Director, promises a season of passion, surprise and revelation.
Nestled in the cosy cobblestone streets of historic Old Montréal, the Centaur has been entertaining and enlightening theatregoers for almost a half century. Featuring three world premieres, as well as a Tony nominee, this season’s schedule has something for almost every palette.
If you love the classics, Don Quixote (November 9 to December 5), a world premiere, is a new adaptation of the timeless Cervantes novel about a chivalric man’s quest to defend the helpless and vanquish the wicked. This production weaves together mask work, flamenco and bawdy slapstick to offer an entirely refreshing take. The classics continue with the Centaur’s Brave New Looks Selection for 2010, Euripides’ Medea (October 21 to 30), one of the most influential and accessible of the Greek tragedies.
Moving from ancient to modern tragedy, Paradise by the River (October 5 to 31) by Montréal playwright Vittorio Rossi delves into one of the darkest moments of Canadian history, the internment of hundreds of men of Italian descent during the Second World War. In a similar vein, Instructions to Any Future Socialist Government Wishing to Abolish Christmas (March 1 to April 3, 2011), another world premiere, is a biting social commentary that satirizes the story of a hedge fund manager coping with the financial crisis.
On a lighter note, Stones in His Pockets (February 1 to 27, 2011) tells the tale of a quiet Irish community that is turned upside down by the arrival of a massive Hollywood movie shoot. Recognized as one of the funniest and most moving plays of its time, it is the recipient of both the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy and the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy, in addition to a Tony nomination in the same category. To satisfy your taste for local culture, take in Schwartz’s: the Musical (March 29 to April 24, 2011), a world premiere. Inspired by Bill Brownstein’s book, Schwartz's Hebrew Delicatessen: The Story, the musical celebrates the eccentric side of this Montréal landmark and explores what makes Montrealers unique. Finally, award-winning Canadian playwright and director Daniel MacIvor’s A Beautiful View (April 19 to May 22, 2011) is a tragicomedy that examines our affinity for rewriting history in the name of love.