Despite her detestable character, Mademoiselle Agnès arouses surprise and dark laughter at the Prospero Theater.
This paradox between the absurd interactions of the characters and the implacable and unpleasant realism of the main protagonist thus leads to an original and refreshing proposition. Quite a tour de force from the director Louis-Karl Tremblay.
With aplomb, Sylvie Drapeau slips into the shoes of Agnès, a former writer who turns into a ruthless critic without filter for those around her in this comedy with biting humour.
A certain age, she does not hesitate to skin her own adult son (played by the energetic Félix Lahaye) or her friends (played by Éric Bernier and Stéphanie Cardi). Personified with a disarming naturalness by Luc Chandonnet, her young lover finds favor in her eyes for a long time. This adonis is surrounded by two young admirers whom Sally Sakho and Ariane Trépanier render wonderfully.
Finally, Nathalie Claude is transformed to interpret the most singular character of the show, the itinerant-utopian who becomes embedded in this woman of letters. This kind of court jester serving pearls, like this anecdote of a sweet artichoke that ends up looking like those of its kind, is delightfully unclassifiable.
Adaptation of an adaptation
This work is a free female adaptation of Misanthropeof Molière by the German Rebekka Kricheldorf who was in turn adapted to the Quebec sauce by Louis-Karl Tremblay. Part of the credit for this second transformation also goes to Leyla-Claire Rabih and Frank Weigand who translated the text.
The start of the show with Agnès' monologue which scratches everything, absolutely everything, that whether artists, feminists, men, women, left and right, etc., is misleading.
This speech and his attitude that all truth is good to say, especially if it is virulent, foreshadowed an atmosphere full of sourness. However, a lightness springs from it due to the text filled with humor and the interactions of the protagonists imbued with candor and implausibility.
This incongruous mixture is accentuated by levels of language which fluctuate voluntarily and by a va- back and forth between philosophical reflections and more raw and direct remarks. The rapid progression of the story, the music and a simple but effective screen make this ensemble even more heterogeneous.
This show therefore flirts with the drop that breaks the camel's back, but the overflow never happens, for her greater good.
Mademoiselle Agnès ★★★★☆
▶ < strong>Directed by Louis-Karl Tremblay.
With Sylvie Drapeau, Éric Bernier, Stéphanie Cardi, Luc Chandonnet, Nathalie Claude and Félix Lahaye.
▶ Mademoiselle Agnès is presented at the Prospero Theater until October 15.
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