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January 2, 2014

Centaur's annual Wildside Festival begins tomorrow

MONTREAL — It’s a new year for theater offerings in Montreal.

The season starts off with an explosive rock-inspired bang with the national tour of the Broadway smash “American Idiot.” With music by Green Day, the musical tells the tale of three boyhood friends who search for meaning in a post 9/11 world. The show features the songs “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns” and “Wake Me Up When September Ends.”

“American Idiot” makes its Montreal premiere at Place des Arts for two shows only Jan. 4 and 5. Tickets range from $50 to $88.50. Call (514) 842-2112 or visit www.laplacedesarts.com.

CENTAUR THEATRE

The Centaur Theatre offers its annual “Wildside Festival,” a wintertime bash of inventive indie theater. Seven works are presented for this year’s 17th edition including “Little Orange Man,” the jury-selected winner of the Best English Language Production of the 2013 Montreal Fringe Fest. “Little Orange Man” employs the audience as guinea pigs in a Danish girl’s dream experiment.

Also of note, “A Quiet Sip of Coffee” explores playwrights Anthony Johnston and Nathan Schwartz’s prank letter request to a fundamentalist “ex-gay” group asking for funds to produce a play. The group answered and complied under the condition the authors spend two weeks participating in gay conversion therapy.

“Blue Box” investigates Carmen Aguirre’s life as an underground revolutionary in Chile. “V-Cards” is a collection of confessions about how 20 characters aged 15 to 70, played by four actors employing masks, lost their virginity. And “Big Shot” traces six different perspectives on the split second of time between a bullet leaving a gun and hitting its target on the Vancouver SkyTrain.

Wildside runs Jan. 3 through 12. Tickets cost $15 each or $50 for a four-show pass.

The Centaur then bares it all in the Beautiful City Theatre production of “The Full Monty,” the lighthearted musical about a band of unemployed British steel workers who decide to form a striptease group to raise a little cash.

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