Montreal, get ready for some bedtime stories, a bit of Bill Burr, and a lot of Jillian Michaels
By: Stuart Nulman
Are you in the mood for a good, snuggly bedtime story to keep you warm during those cold, dead-of-winter days?
For its fifth production, the Cote St. Luc Dramatic Society will offer that sense of warmth with the dark comedy “Bedtime Stories” by Canadian playwright Norm Foster, which plays at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium, 5801 Cavendish Boulevard, for five performances from January 30 through February 2.
“Norm Foster is a witty writer and his works are quite funny, and the dramatic society always like to stage comedies for our productions,” said Anisa Cameron, who is directing the production. “His plays also have large casts, which is what we are always looking for when it comes to staging an upcoming production … a community theatre production that is as inclusive as possible. It’s a very clever, episodic play.”
“Bedtime Stories” entails six separate stories that somehow intertwine with each other, and its common denominator is a bed. The story lines include a radio DJ who tries to save his marriage before his estranged wife moves to Alberta, a cab driver who has a passenger who knows more about the streets than the driver, and a pair of professional movers who can’t fathom the concept of transporting a client’s goods in a decent amount of time.
The cast of “Bedtime Stories” numbers around 20 people, who auditioned for the play last fall out of a total of 60 people who tried out for the roles. Three of the cast members who will be seen performing onstage are Cote St. Luc city councilors Sam Goldbloom and Mitchell Brownstein, as well as Mayor Anthony Housefather. And Cameron admits that the three had to audition for the play like everyone else, and no special favours were made because of their stature on municipal council.
“I was most impressed with Mayor Housefather’s performance, because he has one of the most challenging scenes in the play, in which he plays a dying man,” she said. “He relies on his acting skills and I think people will be very impressed with his performance.”
In existence for only three years, Ms. Cameron is impressed with how rapidly the Cote St. Luc Dramatic Society has grown in its mission to bring together all types of theatrical talent in an all-inclusive community theatre group. She also notes that she expects about 100 aspiring actors to audition next month for the society’s next musical production, which is scheduled for sometime this spring.
“Every time we hold auditions for our productions, more and more people show up,” she said. “So many people want to get involved with us, which is quite surprising.”
Tickets for the Cote St. Luc Dramatic Society’s production of “Bedtime Stories” cost $18 for students and seniors, and $20 general admission. They can be purchased at the Cote St. Luc Public Library (5851 Cavendish Boulevard), the Cote St. Luc Aquatic and Community Centre (5794 Parkhaven Avenue), online at www.csldramaticsociety.com. Or by calling 514-485-6806, ext. 2200.
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If you liked the edgy, uninformed logical comedy of Bill Burr that he showcased at several Just For Laughs festivals over the past decade, or saw him as a regular on “Chappelle’s Show” on Comedy Central, or as “Kuby” on the wildly successful award-winning AMC TV series “Breaking Bad”, then his Montreal fans will be pleased to know that Burr will be making a stop in Montreal on March 5, 7:30 p.m., at the Metropolis on St. Catherine Street East, as part of a 15-day cross-Canada tour.
And if you can’t get enough of Burr after he makes his one night only appearance at Metropolis, you will be able to catch him this year in four episodes of the Comedy Central series “Kroll Show” with Nick Kroll, in the upcoming films “Walk of Shame” with Elizabeth Banks and “Black and White” with Kevin Costner, or download his popular weekly podcast “Bill’s Monday Morning Podcast”, which is available on iTunes.
Tickets for Bill Burr’s show in Montreal is now on sale for only $35 each, and can be purchased at the Metropolis box office or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-855-790-1245.
And on a similar note, it was announced earlier this week that due to illness, Craig Ferguson’s Canadian tour, which was originally scheduled between January 23 and 30, has had every show on the tour rescheduled for this March. In particular, the two Montreal shows that were supposed to take place tonight (January 25) has been rescheduled for March 29, at 7 and 9:30 p.m., but this time the venue has been changed to the massive Maison Symphonique at Place des Arts. Tickets for the January 25 shows will be honoured on this new date.
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Did you ever want to be on “The Biggest Loser”, and needed that right shot of life-changing motivation, but never had the opportunity to become a contestant on the popular NBC reality/competition series, then a bit of that show is coming to you. Jillian Michaels, probably one of the best-known fitness trainers to emerge from that series, is coming to Montreal on April 26, 8 p.m., as part of her “Maximize Your Life” tour.
Michaels will take the stage of the St. Denis Theatre in a personal two-hour live show that will help audience members get the necessary tools and sense of motivation that can provide the right degree of harnessing personal potential, kick-start goals, and live the life you want to live. And Michaels will do this through redefining self-image, enhance confidence and smash through all the obstacles that can hinder towards the reaching of your goals.
Tickets for Jillian Michael’s show go on sale as of today (January 25) at 12 p.m., and prices range between $34.25 and $158.75. To purchase your tickets, call 514-790-1111 or go online at www.evenko.ca.
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