Wild Heart Acres @ Montreal Improv

Follow the Stanley family’s quest to overcome misfortune and build a new life on the frontier. Follow their trials and triumphs and those of their neighbours as they chase their dreams in a place called Wild Heart Acres.


Wild Heart Acres is a new kind of improv show. There are no story lines prepared whatsoever. Each episode will be entirely improvised in the moment, inspired by audience suggestions. Between January and May, a new installment will be presented each month.


The Full Monty @ Centaur Theatre

BCT (Beautiful City Theatre) bares it all at the Centaur this week with their latest production, The Full Monty.

The Full Monty is the story of a group of unemployed men who pull together and perform a strip show in order to gather enough cash to make ends meet. The cast, who choreographed all the dance numbers themselves, take the audience on a hilarious and heartwarming journey as their characters band together to overcome their anxieties and insecurities.


Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month all over the city through art, round table discussions and even comedy! Check out their entire program.

A word from this year’s spokesperson and what Black History Month means to her:


Addicted to LOVE

SBDC (Sonia Balazovjech Dance Company) is teaming up with Leave Out Violence (LOVE) Montreal to present Addicted to LOVE – a 90-minute dance and multimedia production exposing the challenges that youth face to deal with and overcome violence.

Music for Addicted to Loved will be performed live by Montreal-born songwriters David Hodges, Stefanie Parnell and Laura Newman as well as various portrayals of LOVE work.

Proceeds from the productions will be donated in aid of LOVE’s media arts and leadership training programs.


Bill Burr @ Metropolis 

Last week Just For Laughs announced Bill Burr’s very first Canadian tour. Burr, Breaking Bad alumni, will leave the crowd at the Metropolis in stitches on March 5. Tickets are flying fast, so get on it!

You have an awesome event coming up? Send us all the info at arts@forgetthebox.net


Based on the book Fifty Shades of Grey, Spank! takes a whimsical look at bondage and S&M and comes up with the crazy realization that human sexuality, when you think about it, is ridiculous.

Starring Amanda Barker, accompanied by Alice Moran and Patrick Whalen, this enjoyable parody of Fifty Shades of Grey lit up the Centaur theatre on its opening night at Just For Laughs. The book set middle-aged women on fire all over the country last summer. This summer the book is twisted just enough to explain why whips and chains excite some, while romance excites others.

spank!-1Amanda Barker plays E.B. Janet, the dirty minded author who likes to drink white wine in the afternoon while writing steamy erotic novels while her husband is at work. She creates a young virgin character played by Alice, who, like in the book, will be our guide through sexual escapades with her new found “love” Hugh. Unfortunately for her, Hugh is more interested in bondage then love.

Janet invites us into her novel-writing process…which involves either creating hot subliminal message-filled encounters in hardware stores or an invitation to Hugh’s secret “red room” that make for some amusing pun heavy conversations that will make you smirk, and perhaps, shutter in your seat.

E.B. Janet often breaks the fourth wall with the audience as she looks for help in writing this “masterpiece” of erotic fiction, which makes the play a little more interactive than the other shows at this years Just For Laughs. Even if you’ve never read the book you can still get by with the performances given in this comedy driven play.

Spank-2Before departing for the show I screened an arsenal of videos on YouTube of the show from Chicago and I would have to say the Montreal cast I watched was far better. While the show didn’t get a great review from Pat Donnelly of the Gazette, I quite enjoyed it. While at times a little sophomoric, the show is very aware that the humour lies in its erotic content.

On a separate note Spank! changed my previous opinion that the Centaur is a stuffy old English theatre filled with old people, that really doesn’t take risks anymore with their productions. Downstairs there was a booth with a table displaying vibrating lipstick, whips and cuffs! I hoped no one in attendance recognized me or saw me buying anything. I might just give this whole domination thing a chance.

Spank! will be playing three more shows:

Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Centaur. Tickets are available here.