Saturday, December 29, 2012

Tarragon Theatre Toronto Presents The Amorous Adventures of Anatol - Jan 1 to Feb 10 2013

From a media release:

The Amorous Adventures of Anatol
Previews January 1, 2013 - Opening Night January 9, 2013
Closes February 10, 2013

"The fact is, the woman you have in your life is never the woman you want."

TORONTO - Tarragon Theatre presents the Toronto premiere of The Amorous Adventures of Anatol, a contemporary re-visioning of Austrian playwright/novelist Arthur Schnitzler's Anatol (1893), adapted and directed by Morris Panych, one of Canada's most celebrated playwrights and directors. This theatrical treat about a Viennese womanizer and his amorous trials and tribulations runs January 9 to February 10, 2013 in Tarragon Theatre's Mainspace (with previews beginning January 1).  Tickets range from $27-$53 (inclusive of HST) and are available by calling the box office at 416.531.1827 or by visiting

It is fin de siècle Vienna. The young, incurably romantic - and indecisively neurotic - Anatol pursues each woman as if she is "the one," without commitment or care. With Anatol's eye ever-wandering, his psychologist friend Max tries to counsel his incorrigible friend.  Though Anatol demands absolute loyalty in his lovers, it is not the same yardstick he holds up for himself. As the narcissistic Anatol woos a succession of seven different women, we learn what Anatol knows - and does not know - about women, while revealing all about himself.

A talented cast take to the stage for this sharp and fast-paced black comedy: Shaw and Stratford Festival star Mike Shara portrays philanderer Anatol, the role he originated at the play's premiere in 2008 at the Vancouver Playhouse. Nicole Underhay (Toronto Theatre Critics' Award winner for Best Actress in Tarragon's The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs last season, plays all seven women); Robert Persichini, a 10-season Stratford Festival veteran is Max while Dora Award winner Adam Paolozza, Urjo Kareda resident artist at Tarragon and artistic director of TheatreRUN, plays a variety of roles.

Morris Panych is back at Tarragon, adding to his long list of acclaimed black comedies, including 7 Stories, Vigil, Lawrence and Holloman, Girl in the Goldfish Bowl, Earshot, The Dishwashers and Benevolence. His plays have garnered countless awards including two Governor General's Literary Awards for Drama (for The Ends of the Earth and Girl in a Goldfish Bowl), fourteen Jessie Richardson Awards, and five Dora Mavor Moore Awards. His newest work, In Absentia, premiered at Centaur Theatre in Montreal in 2012. Panych made his Stratford Festival directorial debut in 2008 with his adaptation of Moby Dick, followed by The Trespassers the following season. Also in 2008, he premiered The Amorous Adventures of Anatol at the Vancouver Playhouse. The much-lauded A.C.T. (San Francisco) production of Vigil starring Olympia Dukakis and Mario Barricelli was remounted at the Mark Taper Theatre in Los Angeles in fall, 2011.

Set designer Ken MacDonald, who works regularly with Panych, revisits his original design, dominated by a large wall of drawers. Award-winning costume designer and Tarragon regular Charlotte Dean has fun with period costumes and wigs, partly inspired by the paintings of Schnitzler contemporary Gustav Klimt. The lighting designer is Jason Hand (The Ugly One for Theatre Smash, A Midsummer Night's Dream for Canadian Stage). Emily Porter is the sound designer and Kate Porter is the stage manager.

Tarragon Theatre presents
The Amorous Adventures of Anatol
by Arthur Schnitzler, Adapted and directed by Morris Panych
Starring Mike Shara, Nicole Underhay, Robert Persichini, Adam Paolozza
Set Designer: Ken MacDonald
Costume Designer: Charlotte Dean
Lighting Designer: Jason Hand
Sound Design: Emily Porter
Stage Manager: Kate Porter

Opens January 9 and runs to February 10, 2013 (Previews from January 1)
Tarragon Theatre's Mainspace, 30 Bridgman Avenue, Toronto, M5R 1X3
Tuesday-Saturday at 8pm, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:30pm starting January 6.

Tickets range from $27-$53 (including discounts for students, seniors and groups)
AND a Pay-What-You-Can 2:30pm matinee on Saturday, February 2
- $13 Rush Tickets at the door Fridays (on sale at 6pm) & Sundays (on sale at 1pm) starting January 11 -

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