Rating: NNNNNThe wall between English and French theatre in Canada seems unfortunately sturdy, but local theatres occasionally pull down a.
The wall between English and French theatre in Canada seems unfortunately sturdy, but local theatres occasionally pull down a brick or two, as in Factory’s productions of Trick Or Treat and Down Dangerous Passes Road and Tarragon’s Elisa’s Skin. Now the Tarragon workshops — along with Montreal’s Centre des Auteurs Dramatiques — Le Petit Kochel, by Normand Chaurette (The Queens), in a translation by the expert Linda Gaboriau.
The script, which last week won the Governor General’s Award for French drama, deals with two pairs of Mozart-fixated sisters, two of them pianists and the other two musicologists, all of whom insist they have a son — the title figure, with a reference to Kochel, Mozart’s cataloguer — who’s hidden himself in the basement. The free reading, directed by Jackie Maxwell, has a first-rate cast: Martha Burns, Nancy Palk, Brenda Robins and Dixie Seatle. Friday and Saturday (November 23 and 24). 30 Bridgman. 416-531-1827.
Caught Sunday’s gala Cream Of Comedy show for the Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award nominees. Stand-up Levi MacDougall walked away with the $2,001 prize. He looked surprised, but then again, surprise and a charming naivete are part of the gawky 20-something’s shtick. Apart from great sets by other nominees — especially Ryan Belleville and Debra DiGiovanni — highlights included short “Where Are They Now?” videos of past TSEFA winners and a sizzling set by sketch troupe the Understudies.