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LE TROU at Theatre Prospero
What becomes of a factory town when it’s main employer folds? What does it look like, and what does it feel like?
Theater Prospero, located on the Eastern French side of Montreal, has been showcasing innovative French plays for 18 seasons on its two main stages.
From the 29th of April until the 17th of May, the theater and LE LABORATOIRE, THÉÂTRE DE (RÉ)CRÉATION CONTEMPORAINE presents Le Trou: a riveting theatrical piece that recounts the lives and struggles of the remaining inhabitants of a small, isolated town whose sole source of revenue, a large production factory, suddenly closes down.
Director Eugénie Beaudry returns to Theater Prospero with her second creation after the success of Gunshot de Lulla West in 2011. Beaudry says: "The play starts with the closing down of the local factory. This is the kind of closure that swiftly kills a city. It happens everywhere, the closure makes a brief headline in the news and then the whole event is swiftly forgotten.”
For Sara-Lee, a girl stricken with untreated phobias and house bound for the past 15 years, the news that her city is dying is still blissfully unknown to her as she continues to dig into the bottom of her handicapped father’s cellar. She searches desperately for a relic that she can cherish or sell to support her father, the plant’s previous manager.
Surrounded by a quirky neighbor who dreams of stardom and a faithful boy-next-door with a heart of gold, Sara-Lee designs a recovery plan for the city: the creation of a museum with a grand opening party – quite the atypical solution for an anti-social girl. If this project wasn’t enough excitement to go around, the impromptu visit of an old friend marks the beginning of serious changes in Sara-Lee’s comfortable existence, not to mention that the bulldozers are not too far behind...
With her second piece, director Eugénie BEAUDRY take serious risks and explores different aspects of the human condition, thus stimulating the minds of all those, (actors and spectators), that seek the expression of original voices.
Set in the intimate basement stage of Theatre Prospero, the spectators feel included in the hole that the main characters have dug for themselves. Édith ARVISAIS was fascinating in her performance as the mentally challenged Sara-Lee. Her playful bantering and flirtations with Yannick CHAPDELAINE as Jo the boy- next- door, pulls at your heart strings throughout the play and especially during the dramatic conclusion. His last quote:
“You made me come out of my hole... but you dug one so much deeper in my heart”
really resonated with me long after the end of the performance.
Le TROU is visually interesting, culturally informative and intellectually challenging. It is my hope that not just locals, but also English speaking tourists alike will keep an open-mind, be curious and might just come to Montreal to see and appreciate French theater.
Le Trou (The Hole) is running from the 29th of April until the 17th of May 2014
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