Centaur Theatre Company presents INTIMATE APPAREL

By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Micheline Chevrier
March 27 - April 29, 2012


Centaur’s production of Intimate Apparel celebrates the resilience and passion of the female spirit.

Centaur Theatre is proud to present Intimate Apparel by Pulitzer Prizewinning playwright Lynn Nottage. First staged in Baltimore, Maryland in 2003, this play, whose various incarnations have earned a bevy of awards, including the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, addresses and transcends race, religion, sexuality, class and time.

“Intimate Apparel may be set in 1905 New York but the emotions it evokes are quite contemporary. Through its characters, this beautiful, rich and powerful play directed by Micheline Chevrier uncovers layers of meaning that will resonate with audiences who will find their own personal connections to the underlying messages,” says Centaur’s Artistic and Executive Director, Roy Surette.

Intimate Apparel tells the story of Esther, a 35-year old African American seamstress who produces elegant lingerie for a clientele whose outward diversity - from socialites to ladies of the night - conceals an underlying universality. Despite the disappointments that relationships have brought to the lives of the various characters, Esther continues to covet a secret dream and yearns for the fulfilment she imagines love and marriage will bring.

“Occasionally, the pairing of actor and role seems so perfect that casting is inevitable. In this case, Lucinda Davis in the role of Esther and Quincy Armorer as George were behind the initial impulse for producing Intimate Apparel,” adds Surette. The Centaur production’s stellar cast also includes the inimitable Ranee Lee, Patricia Summersett, Eloi ArchamBaudoin, and Tamara Brown.

Their seamless performances are set against a ragtime soundtrack by Sound Designer Peter Cerone, supported by the sensual fabrics (an integral part of the weft and warp of this timeless tale) and period costumes by designer Susana Vera, artfully punctuated by lighting created by Martin Sirois and framed by a set designed by Pierre-Étienne Locas which transports audiences to Lower Manhattan. Rounding out the team of professionals bringing this lyrical production to life are Assistant Director Jen Cressey, Production Dramaturge Caitlin Murphy, Stage Manager Kira Maros, and Assistant Stage Manager Kirsten ‘Birdie’ Gregor.

Thursday Evening Chat-UpJoin Susana Vera for a ‘behind the seams’ look at the stunning period costumes and sumptuous lace-trimmed corsets she created for Intimate Apparel. Thursday April 19, 2012 at 7PM.

Tuesday, March 27 – Sunday, April 29, 2012
Previews: Tuesday March 27 and Wednesday March 28, 2012 - 8:00PM
Opening Night: Thursday March 28, 2012 - 8:00PM
Tuesday to Saturday - 8:00PM, Except Thursday April 26th - 7:00PM
Saturday - Sunday Matinees- 2:00PM Except Sunday April 15th, 2012 - 7:00PM
Wednesday Matinees – April 11 and 18, 2012 - 1:00PM
Closing Performance - Sunday April 29, 2012 - 2:00PM

Source :  centaurtheatre.com


MOVIE DVD - Claude Lelouch - What Love May Bring

Movie Director and Producer Claude Lelouch who is currently distributing Geoffry Enthoven's HASTA LAVISTA - COME AS YOU ARE never stops making wonderful love stories. The most recent, entitled in French CES AMOURS-LÀ - in English What Love May Bring is actually a recap of his 50 years of translating love stories into movies. Dedicated to his seven children this film brings back wonderful memories as well as horrible WWII war scenes from 1939-45. But at the end of the day it's a single kiss that initiated the spark. The sound is also a mix of bombs and music. Quite the movie about a woman who sets love as her top priority even though she might end up getting lynched for it! Don't miss this oportunity - a true life movie.

French :  DVD CINÉMA : Lelouch - CES AMOURS-LÀ
« Et c'est peut-être grâce à ce baiser que pendant les cinquante années qui vont suivre, je filmerai tant d'histoires d'amour. »


March 8 - Rod & Rod Sticking Together Like Glue

Montreal once instituted a Women's History Month - it lasted 15 days and it never came back. Yep! It's something to be proud of, isn't it? Top it off with the Montreal Massacre, the 2/3 salary stats and the ever so poor representation of women in above average status and paying jobs or in boards of directors and you've got quite a good picture of our situation here.

That's about the way it goes for women around here. It's boys with boys among boys in the buoyancy spirit of  and for each other out. The other sex can just go to hell. Who gives a damn? Anyone?

And yeah, a woman's mouth does have something that can drive a man crazy : she can talk!

Celebrate MARCH 8 : International Women's Day. We need it!

8 mars, Journée internationale des femmes