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October 10, 2013

3 world premieres grace Centaur Theatre stage

MONTREAL — The curtain has risen for the new Centaur Theatre season.

‘ST. LEONARD CHRONICLES’

First up, Montreal playwright Steve Galluccio plus the Centaur equals theater box-office gold.

Galluccio, the author of “Mambo Italiano,” the Centaur’s most popular hit, offers a new play about life, love and moving to the suburbs with “The St. Leonard Chronicles.”

“And it’s almost completely sold out already,” artistic director Roy Surette said. “That’s just the popularity of Steve Galluccio.”

The play tells the story of Terry and Robert, a young couple who want to escape the Montreal conclave of St. Leonard, a “very Italian” neighborhood.

“They want room, and they don’t want their parents breathing down their necks,” Surette said. 

Not so fast. Enter an Italian family who will do everything they can to keep Terry and Robert put.

“It’s sweet and funny with a little bite,” Surette said.

“The St. Leonard Chronicles” has been extended through Sunday, Nov. 3.

‘SEEDS’

Next is “Seeds,” a stage work based on an actual court case.

“It’s sort of a David and Goliath story between Monsanto and a Saskatchewan farmer,” Surette said. “It’s kind of a docudrama, but not dry at all.”

The play explores the case of when farmer Percy Schmeiser was sued by the food giant for using their genetically modified seeds. Schmeiser claims they blew onto his land courtesy of Mother Nature.

“It’s compelling and full of intrigue as to who is telling the truth,” Surette said.

“Seeds” runs Tuesday, Oct. 29, through Monday, Nov. 4.

‘BOOK OF BOB’

Next is a contemporary retelling of the Book of Job with “The Book of Bob,” a two-hander about a professor dealing with an ailing father and an overburdened work life.

“He’s trying to teach Dostoyevsky to 20-year-olds,” Surette said. “He’s being tested in small ways and very large ways.”

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