Archive | November, 2014

Preview: Sextet

8 Nov

03_sextetIt looks like the Tarragon may have another winner in the works. After an impressively strong season opening with the bold and milky Enemy of the People (read our review here), their next mainstage offering is a who’s who of  Canadian theatre talent. Sextet, penned and directed by Morris Panych – one of this country’s greats – and starring Damien Atkins, Rebecca Northan , Laura Condlln, Bruce Dow, Matthew Edison & Jordan Pettle, is impressive if for no other reason than the sheer density of talent involved. Here’s a condensed version of the press release with more details (below). Sextet is in previews now and opens on November 12th. Tickets are available here.


Six musicians find themselves stranded at their hotel in a snowstorm, with only their instruments and each other to keep them warm. Where will everyone sleep when everyone has slept with everyone else? Underscored by their struggles to come to terms with their failing careers, failing marriages and unfulfilled desires, the sextet tries to prepare for a show, weather permitting. How long can they keep their composure before a blizzard of sexual confusion buries them all? This well-orchestrated game of “musical rooms” by Morris Panych – one of Canada’s most celebrated playwrights and directors – is also an homage to the transcendent power of beautiful music.


Morris Panych‘s plays have garnered countless awards, including fourteen Jessie Richardson Awards, five Dora Mavor Moore Awards and two Governor General’s Literary Awards for Drama. He has directed over 100 theatre productions across Canada and the U.S.Sextet stars six exceptional actors:

Damien Atkins (2014 Dora Award for Outstanding Male Performance for Canadian Stage’s London Road and nominated for same for Soulpepper’s Angels in America Part II: Perestroika),

Laura Condlln (The Crucible, The Norman Conquests for Soulpepper; Canadian Stage’s THIS – Dora nomination; 11 seasons at the Stratford Festival),

Bruce Dow
(Dora Award for Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s PIG and Of A Monstrous Child; Helen Hayes nominee; Broadway and Stratford Festival veteran), 

Matthew Edison
(Tarragon’s An Enemy of the People, The Real World?; Canadian Stage’s Proof – Dora nomination),

Canadian Comedy Award winner Rebecca Northan (Blind Date for World Stage, Harbourfront Centre which then toured to off-Broadway and London’s West End; Canadian Stage’s Seven Stories, Dream in High Park), and

Jordan Pettle (Tarragon’s Generous and Goodness; Soulpepper’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead – Ensemble Dora Award, Speed-the-Plow, Glengarry Glen Ross; Outside the March/Convergence/Sheep No Wool’s Passion Play – Ensemble Dora Award; Zadie’s Shoes for Factory Theatre).