by Élaine Charlebois
In Le paradis à la fin de vos jours, Rita Lafontaine plays Rhéauna ‘Nana’ Rathier, a character inspired by the mother of beloved Quebec playwright Michel Tremblay. In this piece, Nana finds herself in paradise where she must spend the rest of eternity surrounded by her deceased family members, namely her boisterous mother and critical mother-in-law.
Nana’s recounting of unfortunate memories, namely the death of her two older children when they were teenagers, as well as funny ones makes for a piece with profound depth. And through it all Lafontaine commands the stage.
A must see!
Runs to November 9