There is nothing better than a good bout of belly roaring laughter and magical merriment to chase away the winter blues that often creeps in during the somewhat dreary month of February.
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- There's no business like show business!
In this successful farce piece originally written in 1982 by the English playwright Michael Frayn, we get to see a ‘play within a play’ complete with unbelievable action happening both on and offstage. Audience members get to observe the daily struggles of an overzealous director and his less-than-stellar troupe of actors who desperately try and put on a touring play.
There's definitely a lot of comedy in their tragedy.
For its three week run in Montreal at the Segal Center, director Jacob Tierney brilliantly directs his cast through the tumultuous exploits going on front and backstage of the set - a two stories house complete with several doors and staircases designed by Pierre-Étienne Locas’s, that revolves 180 degrees to reveal the behind-the-scenes shenanigans of the troupe.
Timing is truly off the essence especially in the famous second half of the play. As the clock ticks towards curtain call on the opening night of the troupe’s British sex-farce production entitled "Nothing On," lovers scheme, doors slam, clothes spontaneously fly off and unbelievable mayhem ensues as the cast fumbles through their patched up last-minute rehearsal in which they all suffer the blows of misfortune.
Although throughout the piece general chaos is the word of the day and certain scenes do pass by in a frantic blur, expect to laugh until your sides hurt as the one line jokes are delivered swiftly and with much conviction by the amazing cast .
For those who want an evening of pure entertainment and crazy comedic action - (sardines included !) Noises Off! is a chaotic gem.
Noises Off! Runs at the Segal Center for Performing Arts from January 29th to February 19th, 2017.
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To open its 2017 season with a bang, Montreal’s Centaur Theatre chose a hilarious piece by American playwright Stephen Sachs that seriously confronts the nature of authenticity and value – both in art and in people.
The plot is simple and inspired by true events: Set in an elaborately decorated trailer park home in Bakersfield California, sharp tongued and heavy drinker Maude Gutman (Canadian gem, Nicola Cavendish) is convinced beyond all reason that she has just purchased a priceless Jackson Pollock masterpiece at a thrift store for just three dollars. She promptly invites desiccated art expert Lionel Percy (multi-talented composer, pianist, lyricist, writer and actor, Jonathan Monro) to authenticate it...Confrontational hilarity ensues!
The play is a character study, roller coaster collision of cultures and social class attitudes that goes beyond the actual art on presentation and brings the audience to question the authenticity of the characters themselves: Could Maude’s intuition be true? Can the art-world elite be softened or bribed? Both Cavendish and Monro deliver stellar performances with their lines and are quite believable, set amid the beautifully decorated props and set of the trailer park house that appears like it was just plucked from the mid 60’s.
Just like a Pollock painting, as the play progresses we uncover layers and layers of new information that make us want to root for Maude, but also understand the delicate position Lionel is in. While the underlining concept of misjudgment and flexibility lies at the heart of Sachs play , the spotlight on the theme of an incredible, unexpected discovery, makes us wonder just how easy it is in real life to discover a fine art treasure right around the bend ?
Bakersfield Mist runs at the Centaur theatre from Tuesday January 31st to Sunday Feb. 26th 2017.
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"Which painter's work or original painting would you have liked to find by chance in a thrift store and why?"
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