Albertine in Five Times

Michel Tremblay writes great parts for women and this play is no exception.

As usual a very strong cast – Patrica Hamilton, Mary Haney, Wendy Thatcher, Jenny L. Wright and Marla Mclean play Albertine; Nicole Correia-Damude plays her sister.

This play may be stepping outside the Mandate, but it seems a good step to me. And you can argue that at least part of the play deals with things that happened in Shaw’s lifetime.

The structure of the play brings to mind Magic Fire, one of the best things done at Shaw in recent years, but the subject matter is much more subdued. You have to believe that this is a difference between the political cultures of Canada and Argentina, but it does make the Magic Fire a much more dramatic play.

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About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to Albertine in Five Times

  1. Keith says:

    I also felt the Magic Fire comparison – probably because of the multiple female roles – but although the play is solid, and the acting was more than solid, it just is not as strong as Magic Fire – and I don't believe this just reflects the difference in politics.So, no standing ovation, but still a strong and entertaining production.

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