November leaves fall as
theatre and film sprout

Fall season brings not to be missed entertainment events

By Byron Toben

November 3, 2022

Welcome to golden leaves as we enter November!

The song Autumn Leaves, covered by many greats in English – Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Doris Day – was originally written by French poet Jacques Prevert in 1945. Here is a rare version by heartthrob Yves Montand.

And in print, what finer illustration than the front page of the 1907 Chicago Tribune than John T. McCutcheon’s wonderful Injun Summer, although the title might not be politically correct these days. Take a look at this iconic cartoon, which reappeared each year there until 1992, at the end of this article.

As leaves turn to gold, several new events are sprouting.


Dracula: A Comedy of Terrors continues at the Segal Centre until November 15. ($20 “flash tickets” are available until the end of the run.) 

META (Montreal English theatre Awards) has its annual glittery event at the GESU on November 6.

Dracula: A Comedy of Terrors

Dracula: A Comedy of Terrors – Image: Emelia Hellman

Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes runs at the Centaur Theatre from November 8 to 27. (Hannah Moscovitch’s Governor General award winner of 2021)

Lost In Yonkers by Neil Simon, presented by the Lakeshore Players and directed by Donna Byrne at the Lakeside Academy in Lachine on Thursdays to Sundays from November 10 to 19 (also available online)

QWF (Quebec Writers Federation) Annual Awards Night at the Lion D’Or restaurant on Monday, November 14. The playwriting category was not included until a few years ago when added upon the urging of Gabriel Safdie.

The Covenant runs at the Segal Studio from November 13 to December 3. Alice Abracen’s startling new play is based on a true event in Nazi Germany.


Cinemania’s 28th annual festival of French films with English subtitles runs until November 13 at Cinéma Imperial, Cinema Québécois, Cinéma du Musée and Cinéma du Parc. Some 122 films – super pass to all or 6-pack, or individual tickets available. A few workshops or receptions are included. Luxembourg is featured in addition to the usual France, Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec, and Algeria.

Oh, yes, as mentioned above, here is the iconic Injun Summer cartoon, based on the artist’s childhood in Indiana and published annually from 1907 to 1992 on the front page of the Chicago Tribune.

Injun Summer illustration

Injun Summer – Image: Chicago Tribune

Images: frame from the film Corsage, to be presented at Cinemania

Byron Toben, a past president of The Montreal Press Club, has been’s theatre reviewer since July 2015. Previously, he wrote for since terminated web sites Rover Arts and Charlebois Post, print weekly The Downtowner and print monthly The Senior Times. He also is an expert consultant on U.S. work permits for Canadians.

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