IN THE NEWS
November Montreal Times, Sharman Yarnell-Massey
If you take away the scales of justice, what’s left?
Playwright Nicolas Billon, has delivered an incredibly well written piece of work with the story unravelling through twists and turns, taking the audience on one ride it won’t forget for a while! And that’s great theatre!
November 10 The Concordian, Erdene Batzorig
Vengeance and war crimes: Butcher is here
It’s like a box within a box, within a box. Now, imagine those boxes unfolding with the utmost grace and in slow-motion. Once you reach the last box and you open it, the revelation you discover both scares you and takes your breath away.
November 10 McGill Tribute, Anna St. Clair
REVIEW: BUTCHER QUESTION IDEAS OF JUSTICE, REVENGE, AND LOVE
Adamant theatregoers and those who haven’t yet been introduced to drama can all enjoy Butcher. Every one of the play’s 90 minutes was loaded with gripping suspense, philosophic themes, and emotional charge.
November 6 Montreal Gazette, Jim Burke
Theatre review: Butcher is guaranteed to get its hook into you
The set-up for Nicolas Billon’s Butcher, in fact, wouldn’t seem too out of place in one of those Grinch-like monologues. An old man (Chip Chuipka) with a white beard and a Santa hat unexpectedly arrives at a Toronto police station. Rather than dropping in by way of the chimney, however, he’s been abducted, drugged and dumped on the doorstep. There’s also the little matter of the butcher’s hook found around his neck with a sign attached to it written in an obscure Slavic language.
November 5 Métro, Barbara Ford
Nicolas Billon’s Butcher opens at Centaur Theatre
Nicholas Billon is a fresh and exciting new voice in Canadian theatre, already making waves far beyond our borders. His plays have been produced across Canada, including at the Stratford Festival, as well as in New York, Paris, and Mumbai. A professional writer for just over a decade, he already has a string of prominent awards, including the 2013 Governor General’s Award for Drama for his trilogy, Fault Lines.
November 3 QDF Musings
BEHIND THE CURTAIN: EVITA KARASEK (BUTCHER)
QDF: How was your experience while working on Butcher?
Evita: It is such an interesting script to work with as a designer because nothing is, as it seems. It was so much fun to be able to work with that theme and that feeling that starts somewhere modest and ends up somewhere really profound. And that is really a privilege for me, as a scenographer.
October 29 Montreal Gazette, Jim Burke
War and family ties bind Butcher, Five Kings, Ils étaient tous mes fils
At a time of both optimism and trepidation over the inauguration of a new political dynasty, three productions are dealing with intergenerational strife and the sins of fathers being visited on their children.
October 23 The Globe and Mail, J. Kelly Nestruck
Playwright Nicolas Billon's hate-hate relationship with Christmas
To wit: Butcher, Billon’s theatrical thriller – which is receiving a remarkable four productions across Canada over the next few weeks – takes place in a police station on Christmas Eve. In it, a cop, a lawyer and a translator try to solve the mystery of an old man who’s been dumped there with a Santa hat on his head – and a meat hook around his neck.
We are proud to announce that Monday night at the METAs, our fabulous Production Manager Howard Mendelsohn was honoured with the Unsung Hero Of Theatre(UHOT) Award, graciously announced by Melanie St Jacques. The award acknowledges behind the scenes contribution to Montreal Theatre. Howard thanked all of us for making him look so good too! A hearty Congratulations!
Congratulations as well to Peter Cerone, Centaur's Audio and Video Engineer who was Awarded with the Outstanding Sound Design award for random (Black Theatre Workshop & Imago Theatre)!
is a fresh and exciting new voice in Canadian theatre, already making waves far beyond our borders. His plays have been produced across Canada, including the Stratford Festival, as well as in New York, Paris and Mumbai.
Thursday, November 19 After the evening performance
Sunday, November 22 After the matinee performance
Join the cast for a lively post-show discussion.
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August 20 Montreal Gazette, Jim Burke
Anglo theatre companies lean to the dark side in new season
Nicolas Billon’s political thriller about a man who, dumped outside a police station one Christmas Eve, may or may not turn out to be a notorious war criminal. Billon had a hit with The Elephant Song (which was turned into a movie with Xavier Dolan). He seems to have done something right with Butcher, too: following its première in Alberta last October, it has been picked up by no fewer than six Canadian theatres. For the Centaur production, director Roy Surette has assembled a first-class cast, including Chip Chuipka, Alain Goulem and Julie Tamiko Manning. (Nov. 3-29).
13 mars LaPresse, Jean Siag
Ligne de bus jouée en anglais
Ligne de bus, pièce écrite et mise en scène par Marilyn Perreault, créée l'an dernier Aux Écuries, sera présentée au théâtre Centaur au mois de mars 2016. Bus Stops, traduction de Nadine Desrochers, fait partie des six nouvelles pièces programmées par le directeur artistique Roy Surette pour sa prochaine saison.
April 21 Montreal Gazette, Rick Blue
Bowser & Blue are looking for a stripper – but not just any stripper
The idea of writing a new musical about Montreal’s “Sin City” heyday was exciting. And because it was an era of theatres presenting vaudeville and clubs presenting live music, it would seem to lend itself naturally to a live theatrical production.
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