Play takes comedic look at government corruption

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Pictured from the cast of Le gars du Québec are (in front L-R) Yves Denis as Hubert Lalonde, le gars; Murielle Bourdeau, as Anne Marie Petit, la mère; and (in back) Melanie Bennett, as Marie Antoine Petit.

CORNWALL, Ontario - Le Theatre de L’Amalgame is wrapping up rehearsal for its upcoming production of Michel Tremblay’s, Le gars de Québec, which opens at Dreambuilder Studio this weekend.

Based on an 1836 play by Russian playwright, Nicholai Gogol, this version is set in a small Québec village, three days before Christmas, said co-director, Mario Sarda, who went on to explain that the plot was also inspired by the history of Québec, in the 50s, when corruption was rampant, throughout the province, under the leadership of Premier Maurice Duplessis.

Known mostly for his dramas, Michel Tremblay, wrote this comedy in the 1985, as a social commentary, which takes a look at a fiction mayor and city councilors, who receive a word of an incognito visit from a member of the government, to investigate corruption in the village.

“It becomes a (case of) mistaken identity,”

The company of 11 actors will play 12 roles, including the mayor and his family, a judge, the school inspector, the director of the hospital, “all in over their head in gimmicks and corruption,” said Sarda.

Founded eight years ago, L’Amalgame – “bringing people together” - is a local group which produces French-language cultural activities and plays, eastern Ontario.

The company also hosts lecture and writing clubs, and looks forward to bringing back its improvisation troupe, in the future. Open to new membership, visit www.lamalgame.org, for further details.

Le gars de Québec, runs February 21, 22, 28, March 1, (7:30 pm performance) February 23, March 2, (2:00 pm performance), at Dreambuilder Studio, located at 2107 Second Street West.

Organizations: Theatre de L’Amalgame

Geographic location: Ontario, Québec

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