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PostArctica: Fantastic Night In Verdun

Friday evening was a celebration of a wonderful project started over a year ago by the Comité d’action des citoyennes et citoyens de Verdun (CACV). The basic idea is to […] . . . → Read More: PostArctica: Fantastic Night In Verdun

Art Threat: Montreal Fringe: Laureen: Queen of the Tundra

As an American expat unfamiliar with the pop-cultural aspect of Canadian politics, a lot of the jokes in Laureen: Queen of the Tundra went over my head. However, it is to the performers’ credit that this did not distract from their commentary about the fluidity of gender and culture, against the rigidity of modern politics.

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Art Threat: Montreal Fringe: Non-conformist jugglers, Mrs. Pirandello, and intense performance art

The New Conformity, from Vancouver circus troupe Cause & Effect, is on its most immediate level a direct commentary on contemporary corporate culture.

The performers, clad in identical grey suits, use juggling and physical comedy to tell the story of one man’s rebellion against imposed monotony, which begins with the revelation that he is wearing . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Montreal Fringe: Non-conformist jugglers, Mrs. Pirandello, and intense performance art

Art Threat: Montreal Fringe: Dystopia, misogyny, and carrés rouges

2056: A Dystopian Black Comedy takes place in a near-future Canada, controlled by an authoritarian regime known as the Helpers who have, in the wake of an atheist Reckoning, abolished all religion and languages other than English. Like other dystopias, it is based on controlled fear.

Written by Keir Cutler and directed by Jon Lachlan . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Montreal Fringe: Dystopia, misogyny, and carrés rouges

Art Threat: Montreal Fringe: The No Bull$#!% History of Canada and Bar Kapra the Squirrel Hunter: No-bullshit reviews

No bullshit, just coffee: Kyle Allatt performs The No Bull$#!% History of Canada to June 21st

A tight, well-paced show, The No Bull$#!% History of Canada rips through 600+ years of history in what feels like ten minutes.

Given the vast timespan explored in what is actually just under an hour, it’s impossible . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Montreal Fringe: The No Bull$#!% History of Canada and Bar Kapra the Squirrel Hunter: No-bullshit reviews

Art Threat: What does the word Polytechnique mean to you? – a review of The Anorak

The Anorak, written and performed by Adam Kelly Morton, goes beyond the pat answers and media sensationalism around the Polytechnique massacre and examines what made Marc Lépine a killer.

Exceptionally well-researched, Morton’s text looks critically at the myriad factors that anti-feminists have attempted to derail the public discourse with, from an abusive childhood right through . . . → Read More: Art Threat: What does the word Polytechnique mean to you? – a review of The Anorak

Art Threat: Montreal Fringe: Hue Man & The Dysmorphia Diet

Hue Man: He Volution

An exploration of socially constructed male gender roles through puppetry and video art, Hue Man: He Volution is an interesting concept that doesn’t quite work.

The pre-show here includes a PowerPoint presentation about sexist terms that need to be retired, all of which pertain to concepts of masculinity. This is the . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Montreal Fringe: Hue Man & The Dysmorphia Diet

Art Threat: Montreal Fringe: God as Drag Queen, Big Gay Weddings, and Peeing on Stage for Poverty

God Is A Scottish Drag Queen II

Where this God is concerned, nothing is sacred.

Essentially an hour of stand-up performed by Mike Delamont in character as a Scottish incarnation of God in a floral power suit with a list of religion-related talking points, God Is A Scottish Drag Queen II changes focus from one . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Montreal Fringe: God as Drag Queen, Big Gay Weddings, and Peeing on Stage for Poverty

Art Threat: Montreal Fringe: Chlamydia dell’Arte: A Sex-Ed Burlesque

“Butt sex should never be a surprise.”

So begins the very catchy tune that opens Chlamydia dell’Arte: A Sex-Ed Burlesque. Alternating skits and burlesque numbers with vox pop video segements, this show aims to “educate through laughter”, and to some degree it succeeds.

The safe sex aspects of the show are largely limited to condom . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Montreal Fringe: Chlamydia dell’Arte: A Sex-Ed Burlesque

Art Threat: Montreal Fringe: Ginger Slurs & Slut Shaming

Project Gingervitis

Project Gingervitis is a smart, funny take on discrimination, eugenics, geopolitics, and media manipulation. A one-man show written and brilliantly performed by Jordan Lloyd Watkins and set in a dystopian future, the show tells the story of a lone redhead born years after redheads were thought to have been eradicated.

A mix of . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Montreal Fringe: Ginger Slurs & Slut Shaming

Art Threat: Montreal Fringe: Kitt & Jane guide us through the ecological apocalypse

Kitt & Jane: an interactive survival guide to the Near-Post-Apocalyptic Future is environmental activist theatre disguised as charming comedy and shadow play.

Created by the team behind the award-winning Little Orange Man, Kitt & Jane sees Kitt, still quietly mourning her grandfather’s death, teamed up with Jane (real name: Lucas) to inaugurate their school’s new . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Montreal Fringe: Kitt & Jane guide us through the ecological apocalypse

Art Threat: Montreal Fringe: Our Creation, Existence, & Destruction in 55 Minutes

Our Creation, Existence, & Destruction in 55 Minutes is a one-man show from recent John Abbott Theatre grad Ian Geldart. Supported by stage manager Natasha Gabriella Trepanier in minor speaking roles and the work of animator Dylan Alberts, Geldart sets out to explore the big picture laid out in the show’s title.

The idea . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Montreal Fringe: Our Creation, Existence, & Destruction in 55 Minutes

Art Threat: My Playwright Sister: a play about a play about a transgender sibling

My Playwright Sister, written and performed by James Diamond and Johanna Nutter, is a sequel of sorts to Nutter’s earlier work, My Pregnant Brother.

My Pregnant Brother sets Nutter’s struggle to assert herself against her instinct to help her pregnant, transgendered brother. While this autobiographical piece is exquisitely well-performed, it has also been the . . . → Read More: Art Threat: My Playwright Sister: a play about a play about a transgender sibling

Rob Maguire: What it means to bring home the bacon and schtupp the schoolteacher

Copywriting can lead you down some strange rabbit holes.

While hacking together some draft web copy this morning, I typed out “bring home the bacon” as a reference to earning income. I then paused to wonder about the phrase’s origin.

Pomodoro be damned; a quick Google search brought me to a Wikipedia article:

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Art Threat: Allegheny, BC: transformative theatre that shirks corporate culture

With six internationally acclaimed albums and a well-received book of poetry to his name, Rodney DeCroo is turning his talents to the theatre. I met with Mr. DeCroo in Vancouver at a Commercial Drive café in late August and talked with him about his current project.

Allegheny, BC, directed by Jane Heyman, is a . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Allegheny, BC: transformative theatre that shirks corporate culture

knitnut.net: Fringe Review: Chesterfield

I won 2 tickets from Apt. 613 to see Chesterfield at Fringe Fest, along with a gift certificate for a ZaZaZa pizza! We haven’t eaten the pizza yet, but we did go see Chesterfield and we got front row centre seats in a pleasantly air-conditioned sold-out theatre.

GC and I had absolutely no . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: Fringe Review: Chesterfield

Rob Maguire: Life with Pi: wading into Vancouver’s independent theatre scene

Last night, I was warmly welcomed onto the board of directors for Pi Theatre’s. Pi produces bold, uncompromising plays that explore modern life. They also have a fantastic staff and a dedicated, enthusiastic board. I’m thrilled to be collaborating with such a talented group of people.

Beyond a shared interest in intellectual, . . . → Read More: Rob Maguire: Life with Pi: wading into Vancouver’s independent theatre scene

Art Threat: Carrot loophole saves theatre from tax hike

Austerity measures in Spain have increased taxes on nearly everything. Tax on theatre tickets was bumped from 8 to 21 percent, and in an already challenging economy, theatre companies were naturally worried about whether higher costs would keep the public away.

In the town of Bescanó, two hours north of Barcelona, one theatre . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Carrot loophole saves theatre from tax hike

Walking Turcot Yards: New David Fennario Play – Motherhouse

Don’t forget yer pots and pans!

(en français ci-dessous) DAVID FENNARIO’S LATEST PLAY – A PERFORMANCE IN THE POINT FOR REMEMBRANCE DAY You are cordially invited to share an afternoon with David Fennario performing his latest play “Motherhouse”, a 65-minute story about the women workers of the British Munitions Factory in Verdun. The factory employed . . . → Read More: Walking Turcot Yards: New David Fennario Play – Motherhouse

Walking Turcot Yards: New Play From Point Saint Charles Community Theatre

Just a reminder that our play “Kiss the Bride” Opens in just a little more than a week – November 9th 2012 Please note that our performance for Friday, November 16th is now SOLD OUT If you plan to attend and have not reserved as of yet, please visit our web site at WWW.PSCCOMMUNITY.COM . . . → Read More: Walking Turcot Yards: New Play From Point Saint Charles Community Theatre

Art Threat: First Day Back tackles queer teen suicide

Thanks in large part to the hyper-mediated and celebrity-driven character of the contemporary LGBT movement, the issue of queer youth suicide has rightly found its way into the public spotlight. Stories of young queers taking their own lives as an escape from bullying have become tragically commonplace in recent years.

This newfound attention, . . . → Read More: Art Threat: First Day Back tackles queer teen suicide

Slap Upside The Head: Theatre Producer Charges For Gay Play

Slap reader Christian submits this bit of craziness: David Cecil, a British theatre producer, is facing a possible prison sentence after staging a play criticizing Uganda’s anti-gay attitudes. The performance, entitled The River and The Mountain, is about a gay businessman who is killed by his own employees. Since it clearly wasn’t very well received . . . → Read More: Slap Upside The Head: Theatre Producer Charges For Gay Play

Art Threat: Vancouver Fringe brims with political plays

The Troubles (Resounding Scream Theatre)

The Vancouver International Fringe Festival is underway in Canada’s westernmost metropolis, with 97 shows on offer during a program that lasts over two weeks. This year there are several plays that tackle political issues, touching on themes like human trafficking, homelessness, teen suicide, bilateral relations, war, resource . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Vancouver Fringe brims with political plays

Art Threat: Sonic solidarity for Ziba Kazemi – An interview with Iranian artist Shahrzad Arshadi

Portrait of artist Shahrzad Arshadi by Thien V (Montreal, March 2012).

It Is Only Sound That Remains is a sound theatre performance by artist Shahrzad Arshadi, meditating on the life and death of Ziba Kazemi, also known as Zahra Kazemi.

The story of Kazemi’s 2003 death in Iran, the ensuing Canada-Iran . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Sonic solidarity for Ziba Kazemi – An interview with Iranian artist Shahrzad Arshadi

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: The all-gas mask revival of Hamlet

The 1937 all-gas mask revival of Hamlet at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre would have probably gone down in the annals of theatre history as the best all-gas mask production — of any play — if the director, Sir Albert Fezbinder … Continue reading →

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