Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Peter Hinton's quest for world domination.

The artistic director of the National Arts Centre English theatre unveiled his "international" season tonight. (Here's my report from tomorrow's paper, online already.) Highlights include: the new Robert Lepage, The Blue Dragon, which had its French-language premiere in Châlons-en-Champagne this week; a new Ronnie Burkett puppet show; Tim Supple's Indian A Midsummer Night's Dream (which will have its Canadian premiere at Luminato in June); Tshepang, a South African play inspired by the true story of the rape of a nine-month-old baby, and apparently recommended to Hinton by ex-Centaur Theatre head Maurice Podbrey; and Samuel Beckett's Happy Days, starring Tanja Jacobs.

Plus, there's Shepard's Buried Child, the Shaw production of Ann-Marie MacDonald's Belle Moral and a revival of George Ryga's The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, a play that is in all the Canadian theatre textbooks but which rarely appears on stage.

Plenty to make critics salivate, but will the "skeptical" locals get on board? Already we've got a commenter on the Globe article writing: "Well cancel my season's tickets... Really, I don't know what the guy is thinking."

In other news, as much as I'm glad the Habs will face the Philadelphia Flyers, the Capitals was robbed. Poor Huet...

UPDATE: Funny piece in La Presse about the French premiere of "work-in-progress" The Blue Dragon, the pack of Quebec journalists who follow Lepage around ("Ah! The usual suspects!") and former French prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin's dramaturgical notes (essentially, he inquires as to why the play did not end in a menage a trois).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I've been shocked from time to time reading the comments on your G & M pages. Shocked by the intensity of some of the philistine, anti-artist vitriol out there.

It's the American influence, definitely. "Down with smart people! Down with elitists!" etc.

Funny, didn't this sort of talk also happen in Mao's China?