Midsummer Eve Literary Cabaret
Byron Toben hosts his second annual Midsummer Eve Litarary Cabaret, Thursday, June 21 at 7:30 pm at the Atwater Library.
A highlight of the evening is a dramatic reading of George Bernard Shaw’s witty one act about Napoleon, The Man of Destiny, with popular interpreters Pierre Lenoir and Patricia Sommersett. Celtic, folk, and jazz music round out the evening. Cookies and juice on site.
Admission is by donation to Au Pois Chic, a new NDG social concern group including a meals-on-wheels program. Info: (514) 488-6813.
Those Were the Days celebrates simple pleasures
Running till June 28 at the Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre, the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre ’s production of Those Were the Days is a musical tribute to the history of Yiddish theatre. Featuring a multi-talented cast and live band, led by musical director John Gilbert, the production brings audiences back to an uncomplicated, pre-JDate time, when holding hands meant something.
With director Bryna Wasserman at the helm, the musical journey spans eras, from troubadour performers in turn-of-the-century Europe to the dirty 30s in New York city, compelling the audience to appreciate the beauty, humor and compassion that lie in the small details of daily existence.
The diverse lineup of songs includes Mazel Tov, a wedding medley, and Papirosn (cigarettes), inspired by WWI orphans who survived by selling cigarettes in the street.
Those Were the Days opens Thursday, June 7, with a preview Wednesday, June 6, and continues till June 28 at 5170 C ôte-Ste-Catherine Rd. Performances are in Yiddish with English and French supertitles.
To reserve: (514) 739-1245.