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September 26, 2013

Segal Centre presents stage classics

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“He cast her in one of his plays, and now she’s returning the favor,” Flicker said with a laugh.

“Othello” is presented Nov. 17 through Dec. 1.

‘THE SEAGULL’

In the New Year comes “The Seagull” by Anton Chekhov.

“Yes, ‘The Seagull’ at the Segal,” Flicker quipped.

“The Seagull” is about a group of artists spending time at a country estate.

“It’s sort of the play where everyone’s in love with someone but not the right person,” Flicker said. “If they all just took one step to the left, they’d all be happy.”

Peter Hinton, the former artistic director of English theater at Canada’s National Arts Centre, adapts and directs a new version of this stage classic.

“He’s updating the text to make it more accessible to a 21st century audience,” Flicker said. “He’s certainly one of the finest directors in this country. It should be pretty extraordinary.”

“The Seagull” comes to town Feb. 2 through 16.

MEN AND WOMEN

Rounding out the season, Flicker employed a twist of programming genius with the final two works, which both offer a slice of the iconic 1980s. Presented are “Glengarry Glen Ross” by David Mamet and “Top Girls” by Caryl Churchill.

“One’s a play for seven men set in Reagan’s America, which is followed by a play for seven women set in Thatcher’s England,” Flicker said. 

“Glengarry Glen Ross” is a dark comedy set in a Chicago real-estate office that explores the art of the deal, while “Top Girls” follows main character Marlene on her way up the corporate ladder. The first act of “Top Girls” shows Marlene hosting a celebratory dinner complete with a cast of famous women from history and literature in attendance.

“It’s like a crazy, dreamlike dinner party,” Flicker said.

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