MONTREAL — The Montreal autumn circus, dance and theater season is in full swing with unique stage offerings.
First up, a little circus fun is in order as La Tohu presents “Sequence 8” by Montreal-based circus collective Les 7 Doigts de la Main. The original acrobatic production is on through Saturday, Nov. 17.
La Tohu is at 2345 Jarry St. E. (at the corner of Iberville Street). Adult admission starts at $39. Call (514) 376-8648 or visit www.tohu.com to learn more.
Montreal’s Danse Danse presents “Political Mother” performed by Britain’s Hofesh Shechter Company. The work, choreographed by Hofesh Shechter, an Israeli choreographer and musician now based in the United Kingdom, explores tyranny and indoctrination with 10 dancers, seven musicians, strobe lights and loud music. It’s presented at Place des Art tonight through Saturday. Tickets cost $55 and $62.
Danse Danse next presents “Usually Beauty Fails” by Frederick Gravel, an upbeat contemporary dance piece featuring eight dancers and set to the music of Chopin, PJ Harvey and more. The production is on various dates Wednesday, Nov. 7, through Saturday, Nov. 17. Tickets cost $36.
Call Place des Arts at (866) 842-2112 or visit www.pda.qc.ca for details.
Next, the Segal Centre for Performing Arts offers a number of productions this fall.
The Segal’s Studio stage presents the Black Theatre Workshop production of “Harlem Duet,” which offers a preface to Shakespeare’s “Othello” through the eyes of Billie, Othello’s first wife. The work is set at the corners of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X boulevards in upper Manhattan.
“Harlem Duet” continues through Sunday, Nov. 11. Tickets start at $25 and are available at www.blacktheatreworkshop.ca or by calling (514) 932-1104.
Following is a work geared for youths with “Dreaming Now,” an interactive production that uses new media and interactive technologies to explore the concept of digital overload, according to a press release. “Dreaming Now” is presented Monday, Nov. 19, through Friday, Nov. 23.
The Segal Centre main-stage season continues with “Red,” the six-time Tony Award-winning drama about two years in the life of New York abstract-expressionist artist Mark Rothko. Set in 1958, the play explores the creative process as Rothko is commissioned to create a series of murals and battles with his own artistic integrity.
“Red” runs Sunday, Nov. 25, through Sunday, Dec. 16. Tickets start at $24.
The Segal Centre is at 5170 Chemin Cote St. Catherine. Call (514) 739-7944 or visit www.segalcentre.org for more information.
The Centaur Theatre offers a trip to Southie, the hard-working Boston Irish neighborhood, in “Good People” by Pulitzer-prizewinner David Lindsey-Abaire. When Southie resident Margie loses her job at the dollar store, she visits an old flame who has moved on up to the more affluent Chestnut Hill.
“Good People” is presented Wednesday, Nov. 6, through Sunday, Dec. 9. Adult tickets cost $47.50.
For the holidays, the Centaur presents its annual “Urban Tales” series, not-so-warm-and-fuzzy works that bring out the humbug in you, from Thursday, Dec. 6, through Saturday, Dec. 15.
The Centaur Theatre is at 453 St. Francois Xavier St. in Old Montreal. For details, call (514) 288-3161 or visit www.centaurtheatre.com.
OPERA DE MONTREAL
Opera de Montreal presents “The Flying Dutchman” by German composer Richard Wagner, a legend that explores the solitude of the human soul. (Read a preview in next week’s Out & About).
“The Flying Dutchman” is performed Saturday, Nov. 10; Tuesday, Nov. 13; Thursday, Nov. 15; and Saturday, Nov. 17, at Place des Arts, 175 St. Catherine St. W. Tickets range from about $50 to $130. Call Place des Arts at (866) 842-2112 or visit www.pda.qc.ca or www.operademontreal.com for more information.
Third Eye Ensemble presents a remount of “The Exonerated,” the company’s inaugural production that follows six innocent men and women who reclaim their lives after spending years on death row.
See the production at Espace 4001 Space, 4001 Berri St. Wednesdays through Sundays, Nov. 21 through 25 and Nov. 28 through Dec. 2. Tickets cost $15. Call (514) 710-4109.
Finally, Infinitheatre offers “Trench Patterns,” which tells the tale of Jacqueline, a wounded soldier home from Afghanistan after a mission goes horribly wrong. It continues through Sunday, Nov. 18.
Returning for its annual run Thursday, Nov. 22, through Sunday, Nov. 25, is “The Pipeline,” a collection of new play readings, including the winner from this year’s Write-on-Q! playwrighting competition.
Then, Infinitheatre and Deepali team up to present “Satrangi; Seven Stories of Light,” a collective of seven stories of real, life-altering encounters from around the world. It’s presented Wednesday, Nov. 28, through Sunday, Dec. 9
Both productions are at Bain St. Michel, 5300 St. Dominique St. Tickets cost $20 for adults or $17 each for groups of four or more. Performances on Sunday, Dec. 2, are pay-what-you-can. Call (514) 987-1774 or visit www.infinitheatre.com to learn more.
Steven Howell is the author of Montreal Essential Guide, a Sutro Media iPhone travel app available at iTunes.com.