Photo by Danny Girouard-Taillon
by Élaine Charlebois
The intensive work and dedication that El Gharbi put into creating this piece is made known throughout the piece. During his entire monologue, I truly believed that the actor was in fact undergoing a transition from sanity to insanity. He managed to encapsulate the torment and fear that his character must go through in order to bring himself closer to the mass murderer he must portray. The consuming and overwhelming preparation that it must have taken in order to create Le dernier rôle is definitely reflected in the actor’s performance and certainly helped inform the anxiety and distress of his character. El Gharbi displayed such vulnerability and complete surrender to the task at hand, that it results in a disturbing yet mesmerizing performance.