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Sad, funny, disturbing, and intriguing; the play Bonjour, là, Bonjour written in 1974 by Michel Tremblay is best enjoyed as a great wine that has aged well.
Presented at Théâtre Denise-Pelletier by the director Claude Poissant, who attacked with gusto to a work of Tremblay’s for the first time in his career, this “freak show” family discusses how amazing the love, the bonds of family, the solitude and inertia.
Marked by transitions and sudden of the drama, the laughter, despair, affection, or from the strange to the real, the room dotted with small tables will appeal to all yews.
The overlay of different scenes in one place, in one and the same time, offers the viewer the opportunity to enjoy a meal gargantuan, as if Kali, the hindu goddess with multiple arms, came to serve in a buffet.
A gallery of characters
We work with Gilberte (Diane Lavallée) and Charlotte (Annette Guarantor), the two old aunts inseparable that does not suffer not. Lucienne (Sandrine Bisson), the big sister, cold, materialistic, but as warm as a loaf of bread out of the oven. Monique (Mireille Brullemans), the other sister about the pills, who speaks only to complain. Denise (Geneviève Schmidt), sister grassette troubled, also playful than naughty. Nicole (Mylène Mackay), a young beauty. And the patriarch (Gilles Renaud who had played this role 44 years ago) almost deaf, but whose decline and isolation do not overshadow the dignity.
And in the midst of this crowd of the early 1970s is Serge (Francis Ducharme), the cadet who returns from a solo trip in Europe, the first in his family to make such a journey. Back with her own people only to find that nothing has changed. The same malaise, the same through the same torment is still there. And Serge, listening, suffering, surrounded by the women he loves, but that choke it to death. However, it has changed. He has a secret to reveal, a secret that Michel Tremblay has had the intelligence to hide it under several layers, like an onion that makes you cry, moan or even laugh before it can be savored.
This ode to family, but what a family!, and to love, but what love!, is a work of striking and quite contemporary, performed by talented comedians directed with precision by a director with a seasoned professional.
Until 5 December at the Théâtre Denise-Pelletier.