Monday, August 20, 2012

Openings We're Tracking This Week, August 20-26, 2012

(promo art for The Pillowman)

Vern Thiessen is a proven writer, there is not much doubt about that. His plays have won awards (including the Governor General's Award) and been performed in theatres of all kinds - young people's as well as adult's - across the country. So it's always good news when there is a new one; Do Not Disturb is set to open this week at Theatre Collingwood. Investment professionals, an around-the-world chase and, fairly unusual for Thiessen, comedy! (Ontario)

Gian Carlo Menotti favoured the voice. His most celebrated works are small, short and have tiny casts, no chorus and put a lot of weight on the singers - both musically and dramatically. His lovely and funny  The Old Maid and The Thief is no exception. The title tells a good deal of the story. The Evergreen Cultural Centre is offering a meal and the opera as dessert! (Coquitlam, BC)

We love Martin McDonagh's work: The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Cripple of Inishmaan, the film In Bruges. His creations are dark and funny for a dark and funny age. His 2003 play, The Pillowman, is still funny but darker still. (The New York Times said of it: "Comedies don't come any blacker...") A police state, a writer and the possibility the writer's work may have inspired a series of child the worst possible way. (Montreal)

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