LINDEN HOUSE THEATRE PRESENTS…
FOR THE PLEASURE OF SEEING HER AGAIN
By Michel Tremblay
November 9 and 10, 16 and 17 at 7:30 pm;
with Sunday matinees at 2 pm on November 11 and 18
For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again is a Canadian classic. It was written in 1998 by Michel Tremblay, a writer who in his time has helped to create a modern voice for Quebec and Montreal. This is a memory play telling the story of the playwright and his mother, whom he loved for her fiery and very funny engagement in life, for her rich imaginative life and her contribution to his development as an artist.
Tremblay began his professional career with Les Belles-sœurs in 1968. Montreal born and bred, he was one of the first in Canada to write about his own city and, in particular, about a working class neighbourhood in the East End. He was the first to use joual to create a sense of place, to depict the lives of ordinary Montrealers, especially women, and to deal with real-life issues of the time and place, such as abuse, abortion and homosexuality.
For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again is different in many superficial ways from the usual fare at Linden House. No one could describe Tremblay’s work as the comedy of manners or as drawing room comedy. However, what is essential to Linden House is very much there – the wit, the heart and the intelligence of Tremblay’s vision of life.
The play is a two-hander featuring a Narrator (based on Michel Tremblay himself) and his mother, a glorious creation of voluble eccentricity. The play is hilarious, but it also speaks to us about what it means to be human.
Elmwood Theatre (261 Buena Vista Road) with free parking
$25. Available from October 1 at Books on Beechwood (35 Beechwood) or online at lindenpro.ca. Information or reservations at 613-842-4913.