"Raging Bull On Ice [...] delivers a slapshot to the gut"
- The Gazette
« ...l’acteur est un athlète de la scène [...] Il EST Theo. »
- La Presse
"played with volcanic brio"
- The Gazette
« Allez voir ça. […] Une performance d'acteur incroyable. »
- RDI Matin
« On accorde sans hésiter les 3 étoiles du match au comédien »
- Journal Métro
"an astounding show"
Centaur Theatre Presents A Persephone Theatre Production
Written by Kirstie Mclellan Day
Based on the book Playing With Fire by Theo Fleury & Kirstie McLellan Day
Directed by Ron Jenkins / Performed by Shaun Smyth
You don’t need to know anything about hockey to love the exhilarating, heart-breaking, and triumphant true story of courageous Canadian hockey legend, Theoren Fleury. With the odds stacked against him, considered too short to play hockey, the pint-sized Métis kid with huge ambitions from Russell, Manitoba, overcame crushing obstacles to become an NHL All-Star, win the Stanley Cup, and represent Canada twice at the Olympic Games where he earned a Gold medal. A top scoring hit performed entirely on ice!
Set and Lighting Designer - David Fraser
Lighting Director - Dean Cowieson
Projection Video Design - Corwin Ferguson
Sound Designer and Composer - Matthew Skopyk
Costume Designer - Juli Elkiw
Stage Manager - Melanie Rogowski
Assistant Stage Manager - Elyse Quesnel
ENRICH YOUR THEATRE EXPERIENCE
Sunday Oct. 8 @ 12:30pm
Join Editor in Chief, Lucinda Chodan, in conversation with Playing With Fire playwright, Kirstie McLellan Day.
In collaboration with the Montreal Gazette
Saturday Oct. 7 & 14
Following the matinee performance.
Get to know Centaur’s new Artistic and Executive Director, Eda Holmes, in casual conversation about this production and all things Centaur.
Oct. 12 (Eve) & Oct. 15 (Matinée)
Following the performance.
Audiences are invited to stay
after the show for a lively
Q&A with actor, Shaun Smyth.
Playing With Fire: The Theo Fleury Story, begins with Canada's National Anthem,
we offered the opportunity to a limited number of participants to belt it out in front of a live audience!!!
IN THE NEWS
Oct 12, Montreal Times, Stuart Nulman
“Playing with Fire” scores a theatrical hat trick
I never thought seeing a one-man play about the turbulent life and career of a former professional hockey player could be just as fast-paced and thrill-a-minute exciting as watching an actual NHL game. But that is what I experienced when I caught “Playing with Fire....
Oct 12, Montreal Gazette, Brendan Kelly
Playing With Fire a game-changer for Theo Fleury and many others
Theo Fleury has an incredible story to tell.
It’s the story of a guy who had a tough childhood but still made it into the National Hockey League and, despite being only five-foot-six, managed to become one of the...
Oct 11, Broadway World, Marilla Steuter-Martin
PLAYING WITH FIRE: THE THEO FLEURY STORY at Centaur Theatre
Much like the famous NHLer he plays onstage, you can tell actor Shaun Smyth is working hard from the moment he steps onto the ice. It's the opposite of effortless, but you appreciate Smyth's performance all the more for ...
Oct 11, The Suburban, Walter J. Lyng
The dark side of the good old hockey game
On the same night that Centaur opened its 2017/2018 season with Playing with Fire: The Theo Fleury Story, the Montreal Canadiens opened their season with a game against the Buffalo Sabres. Regardless of how the Habs perform this year, the team’s legions of diehard fans ...
Oct 10, La Presse, Luc Boulanger
Playing With Fire...: au théâtre avec Theo Fleury
Après avoir été présentée dans tout le Canada, la pièce sur la vie de l'ex-joueur vedette des Flames de Calgary Theo Fleury arrive enfin à Montréal. La Presse a assisté à la première en présence de Fleury, alors que le Centaur avait des allures de vieux Forum.
Oct 5, CBC News, Nantali Indongo
Hockey at centre stage: Centaur opens season with Theo Fleury story, Playing with Fire
Before you even hear the actor utter a single line, the set for the award-winning production Playing with Fire, which launches the new season at the Centaur Theatre, kind of blows you away.
Sept 29, CKUT Upstage, Sarah Deshais
March 15, Montreal Gazette, Jim Burke
Centaur opens season with a hockey legend, closes with Tremblay’s trans heroine
In a bittersweet event held to announce his last season at Centaur, artistic and executive director Roy Surette introduced his successor, Eda Holmes. Holmes, who is associate director of the Shaw Festival, will take up...