[Phoenix-eNews] PHOENIX THEATRE> "The Madwoman of Chaillot" serves up " visual delights & thought-provoking observations"

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	Nov. 2017 • Act 11 Scene 4

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/*The Madwoman of Chaillot 
serves up*/"visual delights and thought-provoking observations!"/*

The show is creating some wonderful dialogue and interesting feedback. 
See reviews below. It continues this week and next, so if you loved 
/*Madwoman*/, please help us by spreading the word or sharing our 
Facebook event <https://www.facebook.com/events/1930157800641777/>.

  * *Performance with Sign
    Language Interpretation
    /*Saturday Nov 18 at 2pm*/
    Interpretation by Deaf interpreter Nigel Howard and hearing
    interpreters Keith Brougham and Mary Butterfield. (Easy booking with
    this special order form

      *Listen up! *

*Last week's Friday lecture now online*
Listen in as Director Conrad Alexandrowicz talks about the background of 
/The Madwoman of Chaillot/ as Jean Giraudoux's response to the Nazi 
occupation of France in this lecture recorded last week.

  * Listen to the conversation online now:

      *In the Press: Highlights & Media Round-Up***

*Review Highlights*

*Janis La Couvée.com 
Janis La Couvée
/Posted Nov. 13, 2017/

"...*The Madwoman of Chaillot*...*is grandiose* – huge in scale and 
extremely physical.././ the dialogue sends shivers down the spine with 
its/*prescience and modernity*./

Director Conrad Alexandrowicz and his design team have chosen a very 
stylized and fanciful interpretation... of [one of] French theatre’s 
masterpieces of the 20th century. It's a choice that tempts an audience 
to /*question every costume, movement interlude, lighting change and set 
design in an*/ /*attempt to glean any additional hidden meaning.*/

...the nefarious workings of stock manipulation ...ring true today... 
[the Broker]'s /*hyperbolic description of a stock issue took on a 
ballet-like quality*/... while in the background the assembled citizens 
frantically juggled 

... the Madwoman seems... lovingly enmeshed in the lives of people in 
the neighbourhood of her café. */Valiquette plays the Madwoman with an 
all-knowing, kind and imperious manner/*.

The second act reveals the depth of the artistic vision... The 
Madwoman’s grand entrance will remain fixed in memory as */one of the 
significant visual moments of this year’s theatre season./*//

While the English translation has the Madwoman proclaiming /“Nothing is 
ever so wrong in this world that a sensible woman can’t set it right in 
the course of an afternoon”,/ the original French is more emphatic 
—*/“All that’s needed is a sensible woman for the world’s folly to fail”./*

/The Madwoman of Chaillot/ is a /*meta-theatrical spectacle of 
tremendous proportions, */serving up visual delights and 
thought-provoking observations that /*will leave the audience 
questioning their role in the scheme of things. */

Once again, Victoria is fortunate to have a theatre department where 
foundational work of this scale can be staged." /**/

*Times Colonist 
by Sarah Petrescu
Posted Nov. 12, 2017

The Madwoman of Chaillot, Jean Giraudoux’s satirical fantasy written in 
Nazi-occupied France in the 1940s, is a tempting play. */The large cast 
of colourful characters and absurd plot are a rare malleable clay for 
interesting staging and direction./*//

Alexandrowicz specializes in physical theatre and makes excellent use of 
movement... a table of bad men plots to destroy the city out of greed, 
/*rolling on chairs as they choreograph their scheme*/...

One is a so-called prospector who comically sniffs out oil in the Paris 
water. ... Chase Hiebert, a Phoenix graduate and current writ**ing 
student, /*... is convincing and fun as the maniacal cowboy.*/**

The set [by Patrick Du Wors] is */a fantastic version of a café/* in 
Paris, built with massive black and white illustrated backdrops..." 

*Monday Magazine 
Sheila Martindale
Posted November 13, 2017

/*"The scenery is gorgeous and evocative*/ */– take a bow/* /*Patrick du 
Wors;*/ Michelle Ning Lo’s costumes are quirky and actually make sense...

/**/...Sarah Jean Valiquette is quite brilliant as Countess Aurelia ... 
Nicholas Guerreiro is suitably uncaring as the President – he and his 
buddies have very dramatic huddles, using the wheeled chairs of the 
outdoor patio to great advantage... /*all the actions are spot-on and 
well-timed on this busy stage.*/**

... productions at UVic are ... */extremely professional and 
well-executed/*. One always has to admire the skill with which the drama 
department manages the challenging plays they 

*The Martlet <http://www.martlet.ca/review-the-madwoman-of-chaillot/>*
by Jakelene Plan
Posted November 15, 2017

"... the theatrical design to come out of the Phoenix Theatre is often 
the /*most innovative and engaging work I’ve seen*/. It continually 
pushes the boundaries of what I expect and what I think is achievable, 
and the work done by Patrick Du Wors on set, Michelle Ning Lo on 
costumes, and Matthew Wilkerson on lighting /*design exceeds all my 

Alongside Alexandrowicz, their unified vision of a colourful, cheerful 
Paris becoming infected by greed (represented by grey scale) is cohesive 
and complementary. ...colour is an easy and striking way to draw 
attention to themes, but it’s the /*creative application that raises the 
technique from commonplace to spectacular."*/**

*Camosun Nexus Newspaper 
by Leslie Do
Posted November 10, 2017

/*The Madwoman of Chaillot a great performance*/... The play was smooth 
and colourful ...the outfits, and the humor the play brings ... and the 
action was perfect. ... /[it] *registers on a deeply human level*/... 
and the actors fulfilled their roles perfectly.../**/

I was especially/*impressed by the outstanding performance by Nicholas 
Guerreiro*/ in his role as the company President—his voice, his 
attitude, and his acting were absolutely incredible.

The supporting cast ...were the soul—and the sounds—of the play...the 
way they worked together, played ...and moved on the stage made for 
/*plenty of enjoyable and interesting moments.*/

Director Conrad Alexandrowicz brings a great performance to the audience 
with this play...*/definitely worth two hours of your attention/*.

*Media Round-up**

  * Madwoman's resistance to oil still resonates
    /Times Colonist, November 9, 2017/

  * Phoenix Theatre explores good and evil in Giraudoux’s comic fable
    /Oak Bay News, November 6, 2017/

  * Why is the Madwoman of Chaillot so mad?
    */CHEK NEWS, November 12, 2017/

      See for yourself:

The photos from this show are fantastic, thanks to our photographer 
David Lowes <http://www.artstudio21photography.com>. We've posted 
alarger selection of images of /The Madwoman of Chaillot/ on our Phoenix 
Theatre Facebook site 
(And while you're there, SHARE an event or LIKE our page and never miss 
out on new Phoenix posts!)

Our video for /*The Madwoman of Chaillot*/ 
<https://youtu.be/VIkVGLm2QP0>has been getting lots of attention! If you 
haven't seen it yet, click below. (We recommend turning up your volume!)


    ALL PHOTOS BY David Lowes, Art Studio 21.


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