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lagatta
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posted 31 October 2005 05:19 AM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
David Fennario has brought his Balconville folks from Pointe-Saint-Charles back to the stage in "Condoville", a scathing denunciation of gentrification ... in a theatre where much of the audience is probably on the other side ...

http://www.cbc.ca/arts/theatre/condoville.html

I'm actually not surprised that the (CanWest) Gazette actually wrote a front-page editorial disagreeing with the play's viewpoint, and saying gentrification was good for Montréal and "had not displaced the poor"

Edited to ad: I've found a page with background and reviews on both Balconville and Condoville. Even the vomit-worthy front-page comment by the Gazoo's right-wing bastard Brian Kappler, on how wonderful gentrification is: http://www.geocities.com/ericsquire/balconville.htm

And there is actually a link to rabble!

[ 31 October 2005: Message edited by: lagatta ]


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skdadl
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posted 31 October 2005 12:37 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I would love to see this play. Although Balconville was easily successful in other theatre centres in Canada, in some ways Condoville could be even more "topical" than Fennario thinks in the rest of the country -- at least I would like to think so.

Mr Kappler is quite the smug complacency, isn't he. Seems to be missing the point ...

It's great to know that we have such a playwright, though -- really cheering.

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lagatta
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posted 31 October 2005 01:03 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
skdadl, Brian Kappler also does double duty at the Gazoo as gossip columnist "Doug Camilli" - and really lets loose with the sexist, homophobic, anti-politically-correct, red-meat-eating tripe (see thread on chicken wings at sport bars).

Here is what Dave had to reply:

Friends&Comrades
For the first time in my career as a playwright I was critiqued not just by the Montreal Gazette reviewer but also the Editorial Page editor Brian
Kappler in the October 12th Gazette.

Using my play 'Condoville',currently playing at the Centaur Theatre, as a constant reference, Kappler, in an article titled 'Art does not always imitate Life'gave a defence of gentrification as a rejuvenation that has benefited everyone in neighbourhoods like Verdun/Pointe Saint Charles.

According to Kappler,Montreal developers,unlike developers in other cities,have not displaced the poor from their neighbourhoods, because the new
condos have all been built on vacant lots.

Well, duh, yeah, but what was on the vacant lots before the lots became vacant?

Usually the lots were formerly occupied by low-cost housing that was deliberately abandoned and sometimes torched by proprietor/developers.

Rents have gone sky high since the developers got into areas like the Pointe and more people than ever before are on the streets because affordable
housing is disappearing along with subsidies to low-income housing.

But Kappler doesn't mention that because then he'd have to admit that "Life sometimes imitates Art"
davef
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By the way, I'm really happy for Dave that his play is such a success, not only because of its highly-relevant topic (and I should know!) but because Dave has been facing a difficult - and costly - disease. The royalties will really help.

I'm hoping it will get touring soon...


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FourteenRivers
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posted 31 October 2005 01:12 PM      Profile for FourteenRivers        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I am seeing the play on Sunday. The AD Gordon McCall was kind enough to give the student rate for activists and underemployed artists.
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lagatta
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posted 31 October 2005 01:21 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
That is great to know! I was finding it terribly expensive (for me) what with moving into my co-op and all, but I really want to see it, and I didn't want to bother Dave about getting me a cheapo ticket.

Indeed, alas, it is a most universal theme and I hope it will get translated and produced in many places in the world.


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FourteenRivers
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posted 31 October 2005 06:57 PM      Profile for FourteenRivers        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Lagatta, send me a PM if you want to know how to get the cheaper ticket. A gang of 10 is going down Sunday...
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mary123
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posted 31 October 2005 10:30 PM      Profile for mary123     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
aha so Doug Camilli is Brian Kappler.
That guy is the biggest neo con supporter as well. Asshole.

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FourteenRivers
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posted 07 November 2005 07:02 PM      Profile for FourteenRivers        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Brilliant! I saw it yesterday and was blown away by the play! The good news lags, is that it has been extended foe yet another week. So nice to see theatre dealing with activist issues...
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FourteenRivers
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posted 23 November 2005 04:06 AM      Profile for FourteenRivers        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Might as well add the link to this feature here:

quote:
But the story does not, and cannot, have a happy ending. Much has changed since the residents of the Pointe first won their co-op in the 1970s, and their new occupation ends not in victory but with the blows of riot police. The co-op becomes condos; the residents thrown out into the cold.

These are not good times for democracy, and Fennario refuses us the comfort of a happy ending. He leaves us mad and angry, but with the knowledge that, someday, the Pointe's residents may return.

Condoville is a play which leads us to both laugh and cry, a play which exposes the inhumanity of a brutal system that creates misery all around us, and one which brings the humanity of the marginalized to the central stage. In short, it is theatre at its best; it entertains, shocks, provokes and disturbs. And it does not leave us indifferent.


Good points! Anyone else see the play here?


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