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Reviews

" The Segal Theatre is one of Montreal's best kept stage secrets."
The Press Republican (Sept. 2005)

"I wouldn't hesitate for a New York minute to subscribe to the Saidye Bronfman Centre (SBC) season this year. Not only does it have the most interesting Anglo season, it has the most interesting season, period!"
Hour (Aug. 2000)

“Pas besoin de ginseng, le théâtre anglo!” La Presse (Oct. 2000)

"The Saidye Bronfman Centre pulls off the theatrical coup of the year on Saturday when it presents the incomparable Uta Hagen in Donald Margulies's play Collected Stories. As the first production in what promises to be the SBC's most exciting season ever, theatregoers are advised to reserve immediately to avoid disappointment." The Suburban (Sept. 2000)

"(Bryna) Wasserman has out-distanced any other artistic director in town." Hour (Aug. 2000)


The Importance of Being Earnest

"Splendid, period theatre" La Presse (Nov. 2005)

"Brilliant Entertainment" Le Devoir (Nov. 2005)

"I was sorry it was over" The Suburban (Nov. 2005)

"Don't miss the sparkling reading of Wilde's Victorian witfest" The Montrel Gazette (Nov. 2005)


Rose

"Rose simply great theatre" The Gazette (Feb. 2005)

"Well worth going out of your way to see" The Suburban (Feb. 2005)

"Go Now" The Montreal Mirror (Feb. 2005)

"A remarkable performance" La Presse (Feb. 2005)


Hedda Gabler

"You must see this production in order to savour Henrik Ibsen's dramatic genius anew, to understand the important work of a director presenting an original vision of this play and to witness the sheer excellence of the interpretation." Le Devoir, November 2003

“This was the most satisfying evening I’ve spent at the theatre in years.” Montreal Mirror, November 2003.

“This Hedda Gabler firmly establishes the SBC Theatre as one of Montreal’s most important English professional theatre companies.” The Suburban, November 2003

“Possibly the most brilliant and riveting play ever seen at the center.” Canadian Jewish News, November 2003


Collected Stories

"SBC slams the ball right out of the park with their very first show of the year. Uta Hagen, one of the greatest actors of this continent and this century, will be performing in a very unassuming play: Donald Margulies's Collected Stories." Hour (Aug. 2000)

“Une fleur au chapeau pour le Centre des arts Saidye Bronfman, qui a sonné tambours et trompettes pour annoncer le présence de cette actrice américaine (Hagen).” La Presse (Sept. 2000)

“C'est de l'art sans ostentation, à l'échelle humaine. Ce qui est la marque des grands.” Voir (Sept. 2000)

“Elle (Uta Hagen) a brûlé les planches...” La Presse (Sept. 2000)

“Elle (Hagen) illumine de mille petites étincelles un univers dramatique...”
Le Devoir (Sept. 2000)


Betrayal

"With each new production, it becomes clear that under the administrative and artistic direction of Bryna Wasserman, the Saidye Bronfman Centre has become Montreal's leading English-language theatre company. It's latest offering - Toronto's Soulpepper Theatre's production of Harold Pinter's Betrayal - offers further proof of that conclusion." The Suburban (Nov. 2000)

“Ŕ telle enseigne que cette production nous convainc aisément de la beauté que recèle l'infiniment petit, surtout quand quelqu'un d'aussi attentif à l'essentiel que Daniel Brooks tient le scalpel.” Le Devoir, Nov. 2000

"Betrayal is a brilliant tour de force at the SBC." The Suburban (Nov. 2000)


Salt-Water Moon


"Salt-Water Moon slammed into me with its pure goodness the night I saw it. But even now, after a trip to New York, after a season's worth of shopping and after going through the entire year for this article, this production still glimmers, It is what the best of theatre should be: a very, very fond memory well after it's been seen." Hour (Dec. 2001)

"One of the bright gems of Canada's stage, David French's Salt-Water Moon is given fresh lustre in a flawless interpretation at the Saidye Bronfman Centre." The Gazette (Nov. 2001)

"The Saidye has done it again ... they're now offering a fresh interpretation of David French's Canadian classic Salt-Water Moon. It makes for bracing theatre." Mirror (Nov. 2001)

"Salt-Water Moon shines bright." The Gazette (Nov. 2001)


Grace and Glorie

“Viola Léger et Linda Sorgini triomphent dans Grace and Glorie de Tom Zeigler.” La Presse (Oct. 1999)

“Linda Sorgini et Viola Léger, comédiennes exceptionnellement souples qui savent faire passer, à travers leur interprétation, toutes les nuances de l'angoisse et de l'humour, qui savent montrer comment le personnage évolue petit à petit et qui ont un sens du comique à toute épreuve.”
Le Devoir (Oct. 1999)

“Une pièce bouleversante qui est plus que cela. Il faut la voir.”
La Presse (Oct. 1999)

“En réalité, la pièce est dramatique : pourtant, on y sourit et on y rit beaucoup.” Le Devoir (Oct. 1999)


A Streetcar Named Desire

“... une Blanche Dubois (Fiona Reid) dotée d'une telle présence qu'elle en éclipse souvent ses camarades de scène.” Le Devoir (Nov. 1999)

“Il n'a fallu qu'une minute ou deux...Le temps que Blanche, corsetée dans son tailleur bleu poudre, valise assortie, débarque chez sa sśur et prenne la parole dans son 'southern drawl' soigné. Il n'a fallu que cette apparition et quelques mots pour retrouver immergés dans le romantisme lancinant du théâtre de Tennessee Williams.” La Presse (Nov. 1999)


The Possibilities

"We're about to witness what promises to be the first momentous Montreal theatre event of the century: the birth of the Montreal Young Company, led by Bill Glassco and Chris Abraham, at the Saidye Bronfman Centre Theatre." The Gazette (Feb. 2000)

"The Montreal Young Company's presentation of Howard Barker's The Possibilities was nothing short of spectacular. The 'possibilities' are indeed endless for the Montreal Young Company, and a must-see for people looking for something different and fresh in theatre." The Hudson Times (Feb. 2000)