Bliss: Trent Pardy, Jean-Robert Bourdage,
(photo credit: James Lavoie)
Well, what can you say about the iconic Canadian musical that came out of nowhere to become a Tony-winner and staple of amateur theatre across the country? Just that it's called The Drowsy Chaperone and is getting an airing this week in Mississauga at City Centre.
'k'! Ya gats yer playwright - big-name honcho - Daniel MacIvor. Ya gats yer amazing cast (includin' the unbeatable Clare Coulter). And...! Then you have a story about three women dealing with a past tragedy. It promises to be a troubling, wondrous night of theatre with Was Spring at Tarragon (Toronto).
Again in Toronto? Yuppers - but this time with an import from Quebec - Bliss. However, here's an odd thing: the work is by this country's Olivier Choinière translated not here, but in the UK by the iconic Caryl (Cloud Nine, Top Girls) Churchill. Then back to Quebec, in English, but featuring an award-winning bilingual actor, France Rolland. Discussed: Céline Dion and Walmart. Intrigued? It's at Buddies in Bad Times.