About Seen

This site is to help Keith and me record our thoughts about shows we see – mostly for our own benefit but also to share “reviews” with friends, and to keep track of what we have seen.

We started with Macbeth – April 12, 2008 and will track forward from there.

The initial posts were all entered in a batch just to get the record up to date, so they are not all in order. But the goal is to add new ones as they happen.

The only play that is not reviewed is one by Judith Thompson, that ran for five nights only, and told the stories of 15 women – real women acting their own stories. My friend Lois Fine was in it. It was great, and it will never be done again, although other women may tell their stories in a different production. For some reason, I can’t remember the name of the play, but as you will never see it anyway, it probably doesn’t matter.


1 Response to About Seen

  1. Hi Cathy and Keith,
    Hope this is the place to inform you about this important premiere…and that you can review it….

    OPENING IN THREE WEEKS: One Little Goat Theatre Company presents the English-language world premiere of Claude Gauvreau’s The Charge of the Expormidable Moose (La Charge de l’orignal épormyable) – and its first staging outside Quebec.

    The play – directed by Adam Seelig – opens Friday, May 10 at the Tarragon Extra Space in Toronto. It runs to May 26.

    This is a significant work by one of Quebec’s legendary Automatistes – whose manifesto 65 years ago helped set the stage for Quebec’s Quiet Revolution.

    SCRIPT: The English script may be easily downloaded from https://dl.dropbox.com/u/26355233/MOOSE%20script%20text.pdf. For the original French script (12 mb), I can send it to you via Dropbox or another way if you prefer.

    DETAILS on the production, including the cast are in the media release below. More background on Gauvreau, Les Automatistes, director Adam Seelig, cast members and One Little Goat can be provided. High-res photos of Gauvreau, Adam Seelig and the cast are also available.

    INTERVIEWS: Please let me know if you would like an advance interview with Adam Seelig or anyone else connected with this event.

    REVIEW TICKETS: We invite you to attend during the opening weekend. Please let me know when you would prefer to attend, and whether you have special requests.

    Anything else? Look forward to hearing from you.

    With best wishes,

    Linda L.

    Linda Litwack Publicity
    Toronto ON Canada
    Toronto, February 28, 2013
    Media contact: Linda Litwack Publicity, 416-782-7837, lalitwack@rogers.com

    ***Announcing the Cast***
    May 10-26, 2013 in Toronto
    English-Language World Premiere of Quebec Playwright’s Masterpiece

    “Toronto’s enterprising One Little Goat Theatre Company” (New York Times) has announced its cast for the English-language world premiere of The Charge of the Expormidable Moose by Claude Gauvreau.

    The provocative seven-person play – widely considered a masterpiece out of Montreal’s radical artistic movement, Les Automatistes – is translated by Ray Ellenwood and directed by One Little Goat’s Artistic Director, Adam Seelig. The Equity production runs May 10-26, 2013 at the Tarragon Theatre Extra Space, 30 Bridgman Avenue.

    Opening Friday, May 10, The Charge of the Expormidable Moose will be performed Tuesdays – Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $25; $20 for students, seniors and artists; and $28/$23 in the final week; rush tickets Sundays and Fridays, $13. Info and tickets are available from the Tarragon box office at 416-531-1827, or from http://www.OneLittleGoat.org.

    THE CAST: The production features One Little Goat’s largest cast to date, and includes Hume Baugh (The Girl in the Picture Tries to Hang Up the Phone) as Letasse Cromagnon; David Christo (The Godot Cycle/ 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival) as Lontil-Déparey; Lindsey Clark (King Lear/ Harbourfront 2013) as Laura Pa; Sochi Fried (Engaged/ 2013 Rhubarb Festival) as Dydrame Daduve; bilingual actor Lindsay Owen Pierre (We Will Rock You) as Becket-Bobo; and Jessica Salgueiro (One Little Goat’s Like the First Time) as Marie-Jeanne Commode. Ben Irvine, who won plaudits in Tarragon Theatre’s 2012 production, No Great Mischief (“a marvel as an assortment of loose cannons” – Toronto Star) plays Mycroft Mixeudeim, the play’s eponymous “Moose”.

    The design team boasts over a dozen Dora awards and nominations collectively: Jackie Chau, sets and costumes; Laird MacDonald, lighting; and Thomas Ryder Payne, sound.

    Claude Gauvreau (1925-1971) and Les Automatistes
    This year marks the 65th anniversary of the 1948 Refus Global, the artistic manifesto of Montreal’s radical Automatistes, and a landmark in Canadian culture. Claude Gauvreau (1925-1971) was one of the original contributors as part of the collective of painters, dancers and other artists.

    A “giant” and “revolutionary” of Quebec theatre (Le Devoir), Gauvreau was a visionary poet-playwright who developed an innovative language he called “explorean”, testing the very limits of lyricism. His work is admired by such renowned artists as director Robert Lepage and performance poets The Four Horsemen, yet his name is little known outside his native province.

    Gauvreau ended his life in 1971, overwhelmed by the suicide of his love and muse, performer Muriel Guilbault, and after years of psychiatric treatment.

    The Charge of the Expormidable Moose revolves around a poet who is envied, mocked and ultimately sacrificed by his fellow housemates (or are they fellow inmates?). Playful and surreal, yet deeply rooted in powerful experiences, the play combines the absurd with the cruel to create an exceptional drama.

    One Little Goat Theatre Company is North America’s only company devoted to contemporary poetic theatre. It “has done audiences a huge service” (Toronto Star) through its highly interpretive, provocative approach to international plays. The company’s Canadian and world premieres have garnered praise from the New York Times, Globe and Mail, Economist, Now and others. More information on the company is available at http://www.OneLittleGoat.org.

    The Charge of the Expormidable Moose is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and the Bureau de Québec à Toronto, and is presented in partnership with Théâtre français de Toronto.

    – 30 –

    The Media is Invited: Friday & Saturday, May 10 & 11, 8 p.m.; Sun May 12, 2:30 p.m.

    For media reservations, interviews (English and French), photos and further info, contact:

    Linda Litwack
    e-mail: lalitwack@rogers.com

    N.B. Script available from https://dl.dropbox.com/u/26355233/MOOSE%20script%20text.pdf

    Main Pronunciations:
    Claude Gauvreau – klohd go-vro (equal stress) Seelig – SEE-lig
    Expormidable – ex-por-MID-a-bl Chau – Chow
    (Hume) Baugh – Baw Sochi Fried – SO-chee Freed
    (Ben) Irvine – er-VINE
    (Jessica) Salgueiro – sal-GEE^AY-ro (g as in gold; ay as in say; middle syllables elide)

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