MONTREAL — Montreal’s summer-theater season offers a Hollywood star, avant-garde Fringe Fest fun, a gangster tale in Yiddish and a Shakespeare-in-the-Park milestone.
The Montreal Fringe Festival comes to town Monday, June 3, through Sunday, June 23, and features original and eclectic stage works of full-length theater, cabaret, burlesque, sketch comedy and imaginative dance. In all, some 100 independent-theater companies and more than 500 performers converge on Montreal’s Plateau district for a magical mixed bag of theater genres.
Here’s a feel for what you’ll find at this year’s Fringe Fest:
Uncanny Theatre Company presents “Crossdressers and Criminals: 3 Ways to Lose Yourself,” a collection of solo pieces that intertwines a beard-wearing biker chick, a modern-day mermaid and a vigilante in women’s clothing. It runs Thursday, June 13, through Sunday, June 23, at the Freestanding Room, 4324 St. Laurent Blvd., suite 300.
Scotty’s Boys Productions presents “Elvis is Water,” a musical exploration of the early Sun Records sessions. It’s performed Saturday, June 15, through Saturday, June 22, at Cabaret du Mile End, 5240 Avenue du Parc.
The events are held at 10 venues located mostly in Montreal’s Plateau district. Fringe Central plays host to a beer tent, box office and free events at Fringe Park (Parc des Ameriques), located at the corner of St. Laurent Boulevard and Rachel Street.
Paid-performance individual tickets cost $10 (plus a $2 service charge). A six-show pass costs $55, a 10-show pass costs $85 and an unlimited pass costs $250. For more information, visit www.montrealfringe.ca, or call the Fringe hotline at (514) 849-3378.
Next, Place des Arts presents “The Giacomo Variations,” starring acclaimed actor John Malkovich as Casanova in a “seductive, sensuous, dramatic ... and funny” Canadian premiere that combines theater and opera, according to a press release. The show also boasts a 35-musician orchestra. It runs Tuesday and Wednesday, June 4 and 5. Tickets range from $50 to $157. Call (514) 842-2112 or visit www.laplacedesarts.com for details.