On the block in Mechanicsville - A loving, profane and funny portrait of a neighbourhood where hookers & stroller moms share the streets
Donnie LaFlamme wants to remember what it used to be, with all its warts, be they hilarious or heinous.
Mechanicsville Monologues is based on pieces LaFlamme wrote for the stage (he's codirector of Chamber Theatre Hintonburg, and teaches theatre at Algonquin College). It's mostly fictional stories about a neighbourhood where "if houses could talk, some would slur through rotten teeth." They're full of hard-knock characters who are, LaFlamme says, "based on people and situations I have known, but there is a lot of embellishment going on."
LaFlamme's stories are full of bleak, often laugh-out-loud humour, and swear words. The popular cusses are here, reused and relished, as if the narrator is a profanely chatty drunk - which it often is. The rawness is leavened by LaFlamme's love for the neighbourhood, and by vivid observations amid the human wreckage.
LaFlamme says he wrote the stories "to make sure some of these characters and situations lived on beyond my own tiny circle of activity."... Overall, the book is a loving, profane and by times scandalously funny portrait of a neighbourhood that is disappearing, and taking with it an age of Ottawa culture.
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We're proud to be Hintonburg's theatre company. Our audiences respond to our up-close-and-personal, non-corporate theatre. Our home performance space is the wonderful Carleton Tavern, where we are hosted with grace and good will by great businessmen. The Carleton was the venue for our original productions of The Mechanicsville Monologues 1 and 2, as well as Marcel Pursued by the Hounds, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, and Confessional. We've performed to full houses in other local non-traditional venues such as Cube Gallery - Albee, Pinter, Parker and Ball, and Forever Yours, Marie-Lou - the historic Elmdale House Tavern - the award-winning productions of A View from the Bridge and Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, and All the Rage - and the Hintonburg Community Centre - High Life. Chamber Theatre Hintonburg has contributed to and grown with the gentrification of the Hintonburg-Mechanicsville area and the "Arts Quad".
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