Adapted from Nikolai Gogol’s short story by Morris Panych and James Rolfe (Canadian Stage/Tapestry Opera). An office worker’s life is turned upside-down when he’s robbed of his new coat. Previews from Mar 27, opens Mar 29 and runs to Apr 14, Tue-Thu and Sat 8 pm, Fri 7 pm, mat Sun 1 pm. $39-$99.
After the masterful movement-based, non-verbal 2000 adaptation of Gogols novella about a lowly clerk, this operatic version doesnt quite measure up. Rolfes score is jaunty and energetic, if a little too on the nose, but Panychs libretto is filled with contrived rhymes that try too hard to be clever. The performers, among them Peter McGillivray, Erica Iris Huang and, in the lead, Geoffrey Sirett, are good. But the best theatrical moments in the production hail from the original show.
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Location - Bluma Appel Theatre