November 15, 2010 - In Montréal, it’s easy to get your culture fix thanks to places like the Segal Centre for Performing Arts, a multidisciplinary performing arts venue that is home to the award-winning Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre, the Academy of Performing Arts, CinemaSpace, the Studio, and the world-renowned Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre.
While this powerhouse of creativity has already unrolled two of its productions, there’s still time to snap up some seats before the curtain rises on this season’s knock-out line-up. Here’s a quick peek at what you can catch until summer 2011:
Laugh it up
The side-splitting Blithe Spirit shines the spotlight on Charles, a socialite and novelist whose plan for a séance backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his first wife. Can his second marriage handle it? (November 21 to December 12). Travelling back in time, The Megillah of Itzik Manger is a musical comedy that retells the Biblical story of Esther through a group of tailors and seamstresses, with a new character, Fastrigosseh, Esther’s jilted lover (June 19 to July 3, 2011, in Yiddish with English and French supertitles).
Dance the night away
Some of Montréal’s most dynamic dance companies take to the stage with energetic and engaging works with Les Angles Morts (December 15 only).
Make it a musical
Billy Bishop Goes to War takes audiences from deep in the trenches to high in the skies to the depths of Billy Bishop’s soul as he pits the thrill of flying against the horror of fighting, in the company of his piano-playing cohort (until March 6, 2011).
Get a slice of life
Dramatizing four centuries of Acadian existence through the eyes of a washerwoman, La Sagouine is a powerful one-woman act that has been performed across the country and around the globe. A must-discover! (March 20 to April 10, 2011.) With Lies My Father Told Me, explore the world of six-year-old David and his peddler grandfather Zaida, who are inseparable as they wander Montréal’s back alleys. One day, David’s father breaks the news that Zaida has gone, never to return and David’s life changes (May 1 to 22, 2011).
Explore Yiddish theatre
For a second edition, the centre will be host to Yiddish theatres from USA, Europe and Israel during The Montréal International Yiddish Theatre Festival 2011 (June 12 to 23, 2011).
Catch it at the Studio
With Passages, audiences follow a young woman in her quest for meaning, from the Nazi camps where her Jewish-Polish grandfather lived to her Québécoise grandmother who gave birth to 11 children (November 18 to 27).