Cultural Rendez-Vous: Spring Plays in Montreal



Dawson College’s professional theatre program recreates Doris Anderson’s autobiography, Rebel Daughter, this spring. Widely recognized as a pioneer in Canada’s feminist movement, Anderson began her career at Chatelaine Magazine, becoming its first female editor in 1957. She disrupted Chatelaine’s hitherto comfortably wholesome agenda of recipes and interior décor tips by venturing into hot-button legal issues like divorce, wage parity, abortion, rape etc. The renowned activist-journalist chaired Canada’s Advisory Council on the Status of Women after losing her bid to become an MP. Under her leadership, women’s rights were enshrined in our Constitution and Charter of Rights & Freedoms. The trailblazer also presided over the National Action Committee on the Status of Women and chaired Ontario’s Press Council. Anderson died at 85 in 2007, but as this new crop of Dawson grads proves, her legacy is still relevant — perhaps even more so today. April 18-29 at Dawson’s theatre, 2000 Rue Atwater.


Vigilante, DBPhotographics

Vigilante, DBPhotographics

A gruesome chapter of Canadian history is resurrected in the form of rock- musical Vigilante. On an icy February night in 1880, five members of the Black Donnelly clan were savagely slaughtered at their Lucan Biddulph farm. The Irish immigrants had left Tipperary, hoping for a better life in southern Ontario, but soon were bitterly battling with neighbors. The Donnelly homestead was also torched, but after two lengthy trials no one was ever convicted,despite a seemingly reliable eyewitness who’d been hiding under a bed at the Donnelly home throughout the grisly massacre. Written, composed and directed by Catalyst Theatre’s artistic director, Jonathan Christenson, this epic tale of brutal vengeance is presented at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre from March 29 to April 15.


Musical theatre aficionadi will enjoy an elaborate Great White Way revue this season. Montreal’s own Lyric Theatre Singers are debuting Hello Broadway, a creative collaboration of directors Bob Bachelor and Cathy Burns. Augmented by five musicians, some forty performers will showcase their versatility in a wide variety of musical genres. The retrospective mixes it up by featuring old stalwarts like Once Upon a Mattress, A Chorus Line, Chicago and Grease in addition to more recent productions such as Spamalot and current mega-hit Hamilton. A special tribute to legendary composer Jule Styne (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Gypsy, Funny Girl) will surely delight older generations of Broadway fans. The show premieres on June 15th at Concordia’s D.B. Clarke Theatre.


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