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Grant Canyon gets rave reviews in Winnipeg

No Tweed Too Tight: Another Grant Canyon Mystery has been selling out in Winnipeg as well. This is the third time this show has toured since being co-written by Bruce Horak and Ryan Gladstone back in 2012, based on a detective serial by the same two authors from 2003.

Next stop is the Edmonton Fringe, if you know anyone who likes to laugh, tell them to snap up their tickets fast!

★★★★★

-Winnipeg Free Press

Grant Canyon — Canyon! — is a high-profile insurance investigator from Iowa whose fact-finding mission on a whiplash case turns dark, as in noir dark, with dialogue straight out of the pulps.

Vancouver’s Ryan Gladstone plays numerous characters in this manic production and is a one-man wrecking machine who delivers a master class in physical comedy a la Bruce Campbell as he gets beat up, tortured, buried alive and drinks his way through a 60-minute mystery comedy involving drugs, diamonds, foreign agents, the mafia and his boss.

Gladstone plays off some brilliant sound and lighting engineering by Jon Paterson, who never missed a punch, gunshot, electrocution or freeze frame.

Canyon’s memory problems allow the writers some freedom with holes in the plot and wild scene changes, but it doesn’t matter. This show is insanely fun.  

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Juliet: A Revenge Comedy is selling out it’s first ever run!

The world premiere of Juliet: A Revenge Comedy has gone better than we ever could have hoped. It’s like we will completely sell out the entire run at the historic Kings Head Pub, the heart of the Winnipeg Fringe Festival.

Our next stop is the Edmonton Fringe, so if you know anyone in Edmonton, tell them to get their tickets, and fast! Here are some of the reviews we’ve gotten.

★★★★★ STARS -CBC

Ryan Gladstone’s Monster Theatre is money in the bank.

In this brand new show, written by Gladstone and Pippa Mackie, Juliet joins a bevy Shakespeare’s Suicide Girls as they try to gain agency over their lives outside of the Bard’s sharp and sexist quill.

Mackie, alongside Carly Pokoradi, channel the child Juliet and a fearsome Lady Macbeth along with Ophelia, Cleopatra and more. Gladstone plays a suitably foppish William of Stratford to a merry band of feminists in this time-shifting, mind-bending comedic confection.

It’s cerebral without ever being inaccessible. It’s comfortably cool in the handy, food-purveying King’s Head Pub venue, so you’d be daft, or slow to buy, to miss out on this sure-to-sell-out gem.

★★★★1/2

-Winnipeg Free Press

A raucous pub environment is the perfect venue for the latest hilarious offering from Vancouver’s Monster Theatre after many fringe hits in previous years.

The arc of Shakespeare’s titular character from Romeo and Juliet, played by co-writer Pippa Mackie, is followed through to the end of her play, before a quick rewind prevents her from killing herself. Instead, she meanders through some of the Bard’s other plays in an attempt to liberate these women.

Juliet finds herself befriending characters such as Lady Macbeth, Ophelia, Cleopatra and Miranda, all played brilliantly by Carly Pokoradi. Together they end up confronting Shakespeare, played by co-writer Ryan Gladstone, before Juliet rewrites the Bard’s endings so the women live (mostly) happily ever after.

The interactions between Pokoradi and Mackie veer between classic Shakespeare and saucy modern-day dialogue, keeping audiences in stitches from beginning to end of the 60-minute production. The taut writing, sparse props and sound effects are bolstered by fantastic performances, which serve to ratchet up the laughs from start to finish. 

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Announcing our AGM June 24th

Monster Theatre (AKA Monster Creative Productions Society) is holding our Annual General Meeting 

Location: Mount Pleasant Community Centre (arts room)
Date: June 24th, 2019
Time: 6:30pm

All members are welcome. 

RESOLVED AS A SPECIAL RESOLUTION that the existing bylaws of the Society be deleted and replaced with the Bylaws attached hereto as Schedule A (LINK)

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Til Death: The Six Wives of Henry VIII makes it’s Toronto debut!

After 7 years of the rest of the country falling in love with Tara Travis and Monster Theatre’s best play, it’s time to bring it TO!

Tarragon Mainspace 30 Bridgman Ave, Toronto

July 5th-13th TICKETS!

Six Queens.  Six Love stories.  Six Deaths.  One Actress!

It all starts in the afterlife, in a bizarre waiting room of sorts. One by one, the wives of Henry VIII arrive, much to the shock and dismay of each previous wife. What culminates is a heated frenzy of an ex-wives club where these women swap stories, toss Anne Boleyn’s head around, pick on the ugly German one, and, most importantly, fight for the right to be acknowledged as Henry’s true bride and eternal partner.

But when Henry arrives…everything changes.

★★★★★ “…one of the most impressive acting feats in the festival!”

– Kevin Prokosh, Winnipeg Free Press

“Tara Travis is an immense talent. Go see this show and you will find yourself in heaven.

Comedy heaven that is.”-umfm.com

 

Written and Directed by Ryan Gladstone

Starring Tara Travis

Original Score by Drew Jurecka and Robbie Grunwald

Costume Design by Adam Dickson

Fight Choreography by Kevin Kruchkywich

 

Electronic Press Package

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Monster Theatre is presenting partner for LARRY at the rEvolver Festival

Can a man get in touch with his femininity without losing his balls?

It’s your ol’ pal Larry! He’s “no idiom”, and he’ll be the first to tell you that he’s handier than a pocket on the back of a shirt. He wants to prove that he’s worthy of a good woman, that he can quit drinkin’ and even take up “medertation”.

Bold, smart and f@#king funny, It turns out that LARRY’s internal trip is more terrifying than he ever thought was possible.

A unique, world class, moving piece of theatre, comedy, and dance.” – Annette Loiselle, Artistic Director SkirtsAfire Festival, Edmonton
Strobe, nudity, coarse language
Created and Performed by Candice Roberts
Co-directed by Candice Roberts, Deanna Fleysher and Kat Single-Dain
Dramaturg by Deanna Fleysher

May 31-June 2

Here is a link to the Facebook event

https://www.facebook.com/events/871296876534712/?event_time_id=871296886534711

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JESUS CHRIST: The Lost Years in Vancouver March 13-23

Our summer’s smash hit JESUS CHRIST: The Lost Years
is coming to Vancouver.
Playing at the Havana Theatre March 13-23.

“Not only one of the most deft pieces of physical comedy I have ever seen – it is as subtle as it is funny, and as literate as it is energetic and frantic!”

5 STARS -SEE Magazine

“Nothing Short of a Comic Miracle!”
5 STARS -National Post

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ANNOUNCING OUR NEWEST PROJECT – JULIET

Juliet: A Revenge Comedy

What if JULIET doesn’t kill herself?!

Juliet: A Revenge Comedy follows Juliet as she tears herself from the pages of the narrative determined to alter her fate. With dagger in hand, Juliet wanders through the cannon and recruits a team of Shakespeare’s renowned female characters to confront their creator: William Shakespeare himself! This comedic adventure follows Juliet on an epic journey, as she reclaims her possible (fated) demise through quill fights, witches and a climactic battle!

Written by first time Monster PIPPA MACKIE and RYAN GLADSTONE.

Directed by Ryan Gladstone.

Starring long-time Monster CARLY POKORADI as well as Pippa and Ryan.

Keep following Monster Theatre for lots more info about this exciting project!

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THEATRE UNDER THE GUN was a huge success!

A massive thanks to everyone who came and partook in THEATRE UNDER THE GUN on February 9th. Here are some awesome pics.

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Grant Canyon is off to Nova Scotia

No Tweed Too Tight: Another Grant Canyon Mystery is headed to the Astor Theatre in Liverpool, Nova Scotia. It’s been almost five years since the last Canyon tour, and boy is he out of shape! If you know anyone around Liverpool Nova Scotia, then send them this way for some laughs.

Astor Theatre, March 16th – TICKETS

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