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 Köchel, 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 Köchel, 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.