The Divine

This is the fourth play by Michel Marc Bouchard that we have seen and loved. The power of his drama, the story and the characters is absolutely riveting.

Described as a play about the visit of Sarah Bernhardt, aka The Divine, to Quebec City in the early part of the 20th century, it is so much more than that. A family drama about the church and its power, about poverty and labour conditions and about telling the truth when no one wants to hear it.

Ben Sanders, who was so good as the male prostitute in The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide, is equally brilliant as the young seminarian, Michaud, who loves theatre in general and Sarah Bernhardt in particular. Wade Bogert O’Brien is excellent as his new room mate, Talbot, who is more interested in getting a better life for his family than serving god.

Mary Haney was so convincing as Talbot’s mother and Martin Happer is repressed and stern as Brother Casgrain. Fiona Reid stars as The Divine, and she does shine in this role!


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 The Divine

  1. keithhpotter says:

    Wow, this was a surprise!
    Mea culpa: I think the standing ovation has been debased, so that people jump up whatever the production is like.
    As a result, I have become stingy with them.
    However, I should have stood for this one, and regret that I did not.
    This is a brilliant play about the time before the “Quiet Revolution” in a great production. Superb direction, acting and staging.
    Best thing I have seen this year.

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