Wednesday, April 09, 2008

It’s Quebec theatre day...

Over at The Globe and Mail, anyway. First Elizabeth Renzetti reports on the English-language premiere of Olivier Choinière's play Bliss. No, not at the Tarragon in Toronto translated by Linda Gaboriau, but at the Royal Court in London translated by none other than Caryl Churchill.

In The Guardian, Michael Billington calls Bliss "a small bombshell" and gives it 4/5 stars, while Charles Spencer in the Telegraph says he would have rather spent a night listening to Celine Dion. (That's not a gratuitous Celine joke - she plays a large role in the play, albeit off-stage.) Benedict Nightingale sits firmly on the fence and gives it 3/5 stars.

Meanwhile, I took a little trip to Montreal this weekend and caught a show called Construction by Pier-Luc Lasalle, who is just out of National Theatre School and already getting produced at the Théâtre du Rideau Vert. I give it 3/4 stars and particularly enjoyed Hélène Bourgeois Leclerc's performance, she of the excellent Les Bougon (which is kind of like a Quebecois Shameless or, well not quite, Trailer Park Boys).

On the other hand: Le Devoir's Marie Labrecque's review is mostly positive (and mostly behind the firewall), La Presse's Luc Boulanger reaction is mixed and Voir's Christian Saint-Pierre gives it two stars.

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