MONTREAL, March 28, 2019 – Centaur Theatre closes its 50th anniversary season with love and laughter in the entirely improvised comedy, Blind Date from April 9th to 28th, 2019. The “spontaneous theatre” creation, celebrating its 10thanniversary, was conceived by master improvisor, Rebecca Northan, and over the course of its (so far) decade-long history, has earned exceptional critical and box office acclaim.
“… an audience member asked, ‘Would you ever do a queer version?’ and it’s in our nature to say, ‘YES!’”
– Rebecca Northan
There’s nothing like the excitement of a first date … anything can happen! When Mimi’s date for the evening fails to show up, one willing audience member is invited to step into his shoes! What happens next in this fast and funny fusion of clown, improvisation, and social experiment, is a thrilling, unscripted theatrical adventure. The smash-hit captures all of the exhilaration of new love in an entirely different show every night that has audiences coming back for more again and again! Every Thursday night is LGBTQ date night at Centaur, as the handsome Mathieu (David Benjamin Tomlinson) celebrates and explores the particulars of queer romance with a gay, queer, non-binary, or gender-fluid audience member.
“★★★★ The concept is bullet proof” – The Guardian (UK)
Blind Date was originally commissioned as a 10-minute piece for the Spiegelshow at Toronto’s Harbourfront as part of World Stage. The full-length production has been touring since 2009 across Canada and the US, selling out in Toronto, on Broadway and in London’s West End. Originally starring the creator, Rebecca Northan, Blind Date’s rapidly increasing success led to concurrent tours with multiple Mimis. In 2016, Blind Date further expanded when it queered up the concept with LGBTQ performances, and currently there is a Blind Date company in Norway touring the show in their native tongue.
“Irresistible … a cheeky and charming evening. Couples therapy should be so much fun.”
– New York Daily News
“Blind Date speaks to everyone because it’s about the nature of attraction and romance,” said Eda Holmes, Centaur’s Artistic and Executive director. “No matter who shares the stage with Mimi or Mathieu, we the audience absolutely identify with them. We’re not flies on the wall merely watching the miraculous birth of a new relationship; we’re falling in love too in this uniquely shared theatrical experience. It’s easy to understand why the play is so popular wherever it goes … it’s a love fest and it’s brilliant!”
“A flight of theatrical fancy that is absolutely magical”
– Toronto Star
Thursday Pre-show Convo: April 11 at 7pm. What happens once the Artistic Director selects a season? Find out when Eda Holmes sits down with special guest, Centaur Theatre’s META-winning Production Manager, Howard Mendelsohn, to discuss the technical aspects of creating a theatre season. A free event open to the public, held in the main floor gallery.
Sunday Chat-Up: April 14 at 12:30pm. Join Lucinda Chodan, the Montreal Gazette’s Editor-in-Chief, in conversation with Shôvàne Brisindi, from Clowns Without Borders, who will talk about her latest visit to Haiti. For over 20 years, Clowns Without Borders has been organizing shows and workshops for people affected by war, misery, or exclusion. This is also a free public event with refreshments provided by Bonaparte Restaurant.
Post-Show Talkbacks: Thursday April 25 and Sunday April 28. Audience members are invited to stay after the performances for insightful Q&A’s with these masters of improvisation and spontaneous theatre.
Saturday Salon: April 27 following the 2pm matinée in Centaur’s main floor gallery. Eda’s guest will be Rebecca Northan, creator and performer of Blind Date, which celebrates its 10-year anniversary and 800th performance while at Centaur Theatre.
Centaur Theatre Company
A Spontaneous Theatre Creation Starring
Lili Beaudoin & David Benjamin Tomlinson
Sound Improv/Stage Manager
April 9 – 28, 2019www.centaurtheatre.com