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Dangerous Liasons @ The Segal Centre

Posted by Jer / September 11, 2008

Sex. Lust. Greed. Cruelty. Sounds like just another night out in Montreal, the original Sin City. But if you like to keep your dirty deeds a little high brow, why not swing by the Segal Theatre (Saidye Bronfman Centre) for their take on Dangerous Liasons, Christopher Hampton’s adaptation of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’ 1782 French novel of the same name (except, in french). The play kicks off the Segal's 2008-2009 season and I have it on good account from a friend who also happens to be one of the leading actors that it's a torrid affair bound to make most of the strip bars around here blush.

If you're under 25 and saying to yourself "Dangerous What?", you might know the story better from the fantastically pretentious teen flick Cruel Intentions with Hollywood hearthrobs Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon (if you didn't click on that link, seriously do it. So hot). It's the tale of two ex-lovers who take pleasure in seducing and humiliating almost everyone they meet. John Malkovich and Glen Close also took a (slightly more credible) stab at a film remake of the play. We'll have to wait and see how this staging of the story stacks up.

Director Alexandre (Sasha) Marine recently produced a highly-acclaimed version of Amadeus, an exercise that prepared him for this juicy period piece. Leading man Brett Christopher, whose last role was as a German transvestite dodging Nazi and Communist regimes in east Berlin (in last year's I Am My Own's Wife), is ready for another eye-brow raising role as the the Vicomte de Valmont. Hopefully he has an accent as faux-chic as Ryan Phillippe. Catherine de Sevè (hugely popular for L’auberge du chien noir on SRC) plays his counterpart in cruelty, the Marquise de Merteuil, matching the Vicomte's ruses step for step.

The show opens tonight, Thursday Sept. 11 and runs until Sept. 28. Stay tuned to Midnight Poutine for a review of the show once it gets underway. For more info, check out the play's facebook page.

Monday - Thursday, 8:00 pm, Saturday 8:30 pm, Sunday 7:00 pm
Matinées: Wednesdays 1:00 pm, Sundays 2:00 pm

Tickets @
Box Office: (514) 739-7944
or Admission: (514) 790-1245

The Segal Centre is located at 5170 Côte-Ste-Catherine, Montreal, PQ

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