Pierre's picks: 5 don't-miss events in Montreal this weekend
The Seagull, The Book Of Bob, Julie Lamontagne and Wayne McGregor in Montreal this weekend
1. The Seagull at The Segal. It's not only a great play on words, it's considered to be Anton Chekhov's first major play (adapted and directed here by Peter Hinton). Revolving around four characters and their romantic and artistic conflicts, The Seagull is a masterpiece of dialogue and subtext. Until Feb. 16 at The Segal Centre.
2. Over at Centaur Theatre, Montreal playwright Arthur Holden presents his brand new play, The Book Of Bob. It is a modern take on The Book of Job, where one man's perfect life is put to the test by a woman, who is God. Ellen David directs Ron Lea (Bob) and Lucinda Davis. Until March 2 at Centaur Theatre.
3. As far as jazz pianists go, Julie Lamontagne is among the most versatile. She trained classically and studied jazz with Lorraine Desmarais and Fred Hersch. Julie went on to Boston's Berklee College of Music in drum programming and film scoring. Simply put, she is a master of her craft! Sunday at The Segal Centre at 8 p.m.
4. British choreographer Wayne McGregor is an acclaimed artist whose work has been featured on stage, on screen (movement director for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), and in music videos (Lotus Flower by Radiohead). McGregor's company, Random Dance, presents Far with 10 dancers at Théâtre Maisonneuve. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.
5. Yannick Nézet-Séguin's hectic schedule jets him back and fourth between The Philadelphia Orchestra, Rotterdams Philharmonisch, The London Philharmonic Orchestra and L'Orchestre Métropolitain. So it is always an event when he sets foot at home in Montreal. Sunday afternoon's concert, In Memory of a Great Man, will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss. At la Maison Symphonique at 3 p.m.