This year's season of plays at the Centaur Theatre all have one thing in common – they are all about Montreal in some way. The 2005-06 season at the Centaur consists of 6 plays by Montreal playwrights and the season opener is a highly anticipated one by one of Canada's most famous playwrights. Award winning playwright, David Fennario's Balconville came out 25 years ago (has it really been that long?) and was a huge international (Belfast and London staged productions of the play) success for the Montreal playwright. It was a story about what life was like living in the colourful area of town of Pointe St. Charles during the 1970s. Condoville is a continuation of that story. It poses the questions of what happened to the characters from Balconville, who now lives in the Pointe and has that working class area of Montreal become gentrified like many other areas of Montreal? Balconville was not just a play, but also a mirror to what was going on in the city and province politically. The play was presented bilingually and it had a great impact on both the English and French populations of Montreal. As Mr. Fennario is a political activist, I expect that Condoville will be as provocative, insightful and politically astute as Balconville was. Gordon McCall, the artistic director of the Centaur Theatre, directs this world premiere production of Condoville. Some of the original cast members (Jean Archambault and Yolande Cirçé) from Balconville and some new ones (Kent Allen and Quincy Amorer) are part of Condoville.
Centaur's website: www.centaurtheatre.com (can purchase tickets on website)
Centaur's box office phone number: (514) 288-3161
Ticket prices: Adults: $38.00-$41.50, Matinees: $30.00, Seniors $26-$31.50, Students (with valid ID): $20.00