Where: Berkeley Street Theatre, Upstairs, 26 Berkeley Street
When: October 23 to November 3, 2019. Opening night October 23 at 8pm; Wednesday to Friday at 8pm; Saturday Matinee at 3:30pm; Sunday Matinee at 2:30 pm
Cost: Tickets: Regular – $49; Senior – $40; under 30 and artists – $20; PWYC on Wednesdays & Thursdays; Saturday Rush Tickets – $20 at the door; Group rate for 8 or more – $25 per ticket. Purchase online at theatrefrancais.com or call Box Office 416.534.6604
Details: To kick off its new season, Théâtre français de Toronto (TfT) is offering Ionesco’s seditious and absurd comedy, The Bald Soprano. Directed my two-time Dora Award winning director Chanda Gibson, the production will be presented in French, with surtitles in English.
The clock strikes seventeen. In a middle-class house in London, Mr. and Mrs. Smith have finished their supper. By the fireside, they chat about the benefits of yogurt for digestion and a family in which everyone is named Bobby Watson. Mr. and Mrs. Martin then arrive and are surprised to discover that they are man and wife. Suddenly, a firefighter appears in search of a blaze to extinguish.
In this work characteristic of the theatre of the absurd, the famous Franco-Romanian author Eugène Ionesco takes pleasure in denouncing the superficiality and conformism of a depraved bourgeoisie by emphasizing the banalities which consume their daily life. He crafts a world in which communication is everything but says nothing … a reality not so different from our own.
Featuring Sébastien Bertrand, Sophie Goulet, Geneviève Langlois, Pierre Simpson, Christina Tannous and Manuel Verreydt. Set Design – Alexandra Lord; Costume Design – Yvan Castonguay; Sound – Ben Gibson; Stage Management – Gabriel Dubé.