Hudson theatre presenting ‘spontaneous’ summer season opener

Christy Bruce as Mimi (with her “date” from the audience) in Rebecca Northan’s Blind Date. The ‘spontaneous theatre’ experience will open the Hudson Village Theatre’s professional summer season. (Photo courtesy of Hudson Village Theatre)
Christy Bruce as Mimi (with her “date” from the audience) in Rebecca Northan’s Blind Date. The ‘spontaneous theatre’ experience will open the Hudson Village Theatre’s professional summer season. (Photo courtesy of Hudson Village Theatre)

 

Win tickets to Blind Date

The Hudson Village Theatre will launch its professional summer season this month with an entirely improvised comedy.

Blind Date, playing from June 16-28, is described as a ‘spontaneous theatre’ experience that was created in 2010 by master improvisor, Rebecca Northan. The show has received rave reviews in New York, London, England, Toronto and Calgary, while the New York Times called the show “fearless … and very funny.”

Originally commissioned as a 10 minute piece, Blind Date caught the eye of Broadway producer Kevin McCollum. It has since toured Canada, the U.S., and played off-Broadway and in London’s West End. The play focuses on Mimi, a single woman with more than 350 dates to her credit. Actress Christy Bruce will star during the Hudson run. “There is no other experience like Blind Date! I’ve spent most of my life improvising, but this play takes it to a whole new level,” Bruce said of the experience. In a written review, The Guardian (U.K.) called the show a ‘smash-hit’ where ‘anything can happen. Mimi goes on a blind date with a different man, plucked right out of the audience, every night! This fast and funny fusion of improvisation, theatre and social experiment has men and women falling under the spell of Mimi’s charming allure and celebrating her audience-member-turned-romantic-hero night after night.’

 Win tickets

The Hudson Village Theatre is giving away five pairs of tickets to Blind Date. The first five people to email the following information to the theatre’s box office, with the subject line word, Mimi, will win a pair of tickets: Full name, phone number (daytime/evening) address. Emails can be sent to: hvtbox@videotron.ca. Good luck! Blind Date will run at the Hudson Village Theatre, 28 Wharf Rd., with matinee and evening performances, from June 16-28. For showtimes and tickets call 450 458-5361, or go to www.villagetheatre.ca.

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