For The Pleasure Of Seeing Her Again - A Universal PlayFriday, February 21, 2014
Rosemary and I went tonight Friday to the opening performance of the Talking Stick Festival play, of Michel Tremblay’s For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again at the York Theatre.
Much has been written about this play and a few might remember that at one time Tremblay’s work was deemed edgy and that the Arts Club Theatre Company mounted it many years ago.
It would seem that age might have diminished the power of this play which is all about the relationship between a mother and son.
I am happy to report (in spite of some of the sadness within part of the play) that For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again is as relevant to our times as it ever was. That Margo Kane and Kevin Loring, the actors of the play happen to be Native Canadian is almost irrelevant. The play is universal even though our funny son and beginning narrator, Kevin Loring tells us that the play is not Richard III or about Hamlet or any other play of the Western canon.
I could rave about the acting which is superb. I could elaborate on how Kevin Loring (a noted playwright) can play a child, a dreamer, an adult, a loving son, an exasperated son, etc.
I am not.
This play has a particular message which was beautifully pointed out by Elder Shane Pointe who blessed the proceedings with a chant and then said something like this:
In this festival and in this play you will find out something about us, you may know little about us even though you sees us in your midst all the time.
It struck me that he could have been talking about French Canadians (consider that the play was originally written in French and the two protagonists live in Montreal), Vancouver Chinese and every visible and invisible minority of our city, province and country.
A good play should challenge. This one did in spades while at the same time generating within me lots of warm laughs. Sitting behind me was director Glynis Leyshon. She was smiling. It could be that somehow the ending of the play could be perceived as a happy one. You must see the play to make up your own mind.
Anybody reading this should be aware that the play is on tonight at 8pm.