by Hani Yassine
The Lance – Arts Editor
The summer heat is beginning to cool itself off., with sudents heading back to school while others are headed back to the office, but ultimately everyone is preparing for the end of one season and the embrace of another.
While some may prefer the summer to stay just a little bit longer, there will be plenty to look forward in the world of theatre once we enter the fall. With the multiple theatres scattered throughout the city, variety looks to be plentiful within the next couple of months and beyond. The autumn will have shows ranging from the classic to the unconventional, from comedy to tragedy.
In the middle of September, Korda Artistic Productions will be performing a rendition of ‘Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical.’ Originally written by Galt MacDermot, the play is a groundbreaking exploration and product of the 1960s hippie culture, from the peace movement to the heavy use of drugs and sex. For adult audiences only, the play will be going from Sept. 17 to Oct. 4 at the KordaZone Theatre.
Another production will be occurring within a similar timeframe, but the content will be a sure change of pace. From Sept. 25 to Oct. 4, University Players will present ‘Anna in the Tropics’ at the Essex Hall Theatre. A Pulitzer Prize winning adult drama from Nilo Cruz, the setting finds itself in a late 1920s Cuban-American cigar factory. Afterwards, UP will be shifting focus towards comedy when they present Noel Coward’s ‘Blithe Spirit’ from Oct. 23 to Nov. 8.
While numerous plays are on the horizon, some theatres will be playing host to different shows entirely. On Sept. 25 and 26, the Olde Walkerville Theatre will be holding the finale to the Border City Comedy Fest, where eight stand-up comics will compete for a $5000 pool. The show will serve as a break from the norm, but those looking for the norm will have ‘Rent’ to look forward to when the Arts Collective Theatre performs the famed musical at the same location between Oct. 9 and 25.
Throughout the month of October, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra will be headlining some exciting concerts in the Capitol Theatre. They will be rolling out more traditional works such as French Masters on Oct. 3 and Intimate Mozart come Oct. 18. But it’s from the 23rd to the 25th where Burning Love comes in. The WSO will crank up the heat upon their collaboration with Firesound, a party band which consists entirely of Toronto firefighters who will be making their orchestral debut with this concert.
A more detailed listing of these events can be found on the websites of the Capitol, KordaZone and Olde Walkerville theatres, as well as the University Players website.