All the world’s a stage…

Posted: August 16, 2010 in Uncategorized

There is one good thing about the end of summer: the theatre season is getting under way.

This makes me very happy indeed, as Mr. Jazz and I have a passion for theatre. Since our means are finite, and we usually catch about 20 plays a season, we don’t patronize the expensive mainstream theatres – and when we do I tend to find the sets and costumes overdone.

Instead, we stick with the small troupes and venues, where you can see a play for between $10 and $20, the ones with 50 or so seats and no budget for sets. The ones where theatre is stripped down to its bare essentials. A stage (or at any rate a part of the room with no seating), a few actors, a prop or two. The kind of theatre that showcases the play and the actors, that demands that the viewer actually use his or her imagination to fill in the missing walls.

It’s amazing how many of those there are in Montreal when you start searching them out.

This evening we went to the launch of the new season at l’Espace Libre, one of the theatres we regularly subscribe to. It’s gonna be a good year!

Who knew this place had been built in an old firehouse. I only ever go there in the evening, in the dark in the winter…

  1. geewits says:

    That made me think of some old expression about revelations in the light of day, but I can’t remember how it goes. What a nice surprise!

  2. lime says:

    oh how wonderful! sounds like a fun venue.

    we have a local venue which is connected to a still active firehouse. if the alarm goes off during a production the performers all freeze in place until the siren stops.

  3. BIg Brother says:

    Sounds Shakespearean to me. Minimum sets and a lot of imagination.

  4. Jocelyn says:

    Okay, clearly you guys need to plan an August vacation some year to Edinborough’s Fringe Festival…unless you’ve already been. You’d be crazed with happiness and excitement.

  5. Jazz says:

    Geewits – if ever you remember, let me know.

    Lime – Oh, that must be fun! you don’t want it to be a five alarm fire though!

    BB – As theatre should be.

    Joce – No, we’ve never been, I have heard it’s amazing though. Have you ever been?

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