Monday, December 5, 2011

Openings We're Tracking This Week, December 5-11

Soulpepper's Parfumerie
(Patricia Fagan, Oliver Dennis, photo: Cylla von Tiedemann)

'Tis the season to sing and, of course, theatre companies are no exception. Along with four (count 'em) Wizard of Ozzes in the country, there is an Oliver! at the National Arts Centre and a Sound Of Music at Gateway Theatre in Richmond, BC. We need not proclaim the merits of either; they are what they are - tuneful, family musicals with a whiff of danger (the mad Bill Sykes in the former, Nazis in the latter).

Another kind of music entirely is being sung in Montreal with One of Everything For the Boys - a Whiteman's Whiskey Comedy Review. This is a perenial format for Sidemart Theatre Grocery - a lark with weight, if you will. (A fat lark!)

Meanwhile, at Soulpepper in Toronto, they are reviving a smash-hit from 2009, Parfumerie by Miklos Laszlo (anyone know how to do those accents in html?). A perfume shop, two salespeople who despise each other, but at night... Directed by Morris Panych, who has just come off his production of Ghosts for the company.

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