Monday, April 30, 2012

Openings We're Tracking This Week, April 30-May 6

Present Laughter (illustration by Emily Cooper)

Everything you need to know to prep for Carmen Aguirre'a Blue Box at The Cultch has been written here.  Except there is this little fact from recent history: during a moment of bloated rhetoric during the CBC competition Canada Reads, one of the pundits on the panel called Ms Aguirre a terrorist. Responded Ms Aguirre, "Because it is the oppressor who is the one who defines the nature of the struggle."  Smart? You bet. (Vancouver)

Scapegoat Carnivale is one of the best small companies in Montreal if not the country, known for taking some thrilling chances with difficult works. They have unbelievably fine casts, a flotilla of talented young directors and anything they do is worth looking at. But puppets? Read what playwright Joseph Shragge wrote about his Heretics of Bohemia. Read Joel Fishbane's interview with the puppets.  Then get on for the ride at the Segal Centre! (Montreal)

Coming to the Shaw, Noel Coward's Present Laughter - with the right lead actor and a good ensemble - is almost a sure-thing. We've seen it several times - even with George C. Scott (arguably the unfunniest man in the world) - and the brilliance of Coward shines through. Backstage comedy, eccentrics bouncing off the walls, the centre cannot hold! (Niagara-on-the-Lake)

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