Fall Cultural Preview: All the world’s a stage

All the world’s a stage

The Quebec-Scotland production Ana opens at Espace GO on November 22
Photo: courtesy of Imago/Stellar Quines

Comedy, drama, musicals and opera too

The 2011-2012 season of the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts begins with a new production of Peter Shaffer’s dramatic play Equus, directed by Domy Reiter-Soffer (Sept. 11 to Oct. 2), which will notably be followed by two musicals: Judy: By Myself, starring Denise Rose as Judy Garland (Oct. 22 to Nov. 13), and Movin’ On Up, with Ranee Lee in the role of the "Queen of Gospel," Mahalia Jackson (Nov. 29 to Dec. 18).

Over at the Centaur Theatre, local playwright Colleen Curran’s True Nature puts in parallel the lives of a contemporary academic and the 19th-century palaeontologist Mary Anning (Oct. 4 to Nov. 6), and Roy Surette directs Yasmina Reza’s award-winning black comedy God of Carnage, which has also been adapted as a movie by Roman Polanski that will open before the end of the year (Nov. 8 to Dec. 4).

Elsewhere, the Processed Theatre company takes on Rebecca Feldman and William Finn’s hit musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Mainline Theatre (Sept. 6 to 24), Black Theatre Workshop presents the one-woman show Stori Ya at MAI (Nov. 16 to Dec. 4) and the cast of tree-planting comedy Ogoki Nights returns to Théâtre Ste-Catherine with sequel Halfway Between Chapleau and Wawa (Oct. 19 to 22).

Particularly promising is Ana, a bilingual co-production between Quebec’s Imago Theatre and Scotland’s Stellar Quines company, written by Pierre Yves Lemieux and Clare Duffy and directed by Serge Denoncourt, about a woman who adopts many identities as she travels through history. At Espace Go (Nov. 22 to Dec. 10).

Finally, at Place des Arts’ Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, the Opéra de Montréal will present Mozart’s classic Le nozze di Figaro with soprano Nicole Cabell (Sept. 17 to 24), followed a couple of months later by Dvorak’s Rusalka with another soprano, Kelly Kaduce (Nov. 12 to 19).

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