DRAMATICALLY DETAILED AND EXPLOSIVELY FUNNY
When you’re a theatre maker that’s been around forever and a day, chances are you’ve mastered the art of synthesized storytelling. With Trudeau and the FLQ, Michael Hollingsworth leaves no stone unturned in a hilarious romp that embraces Canada’s colourful struggles of the past.
And let’s face it; politics is and will forever be a wasteland of control freaks and special interest groups. You’ll find them all here in a white faced, wildly wigged and costume crazed presentation illustrates the attitudes of a ‘no way forward and no way back’ generation. Stimulating scenes basking in total absurdity say so much, so concisely, you’d be hard pressed to find a historical vanguard to dispute its assembling of the facts.
The theatrical time capsule sets up the gathering storm of radical malcontents congregating with the sole intent of liberating Quebec in the 1960s. While the governing party rebuilds itself with a trio of new MPs from Montreal, Pierre Trudeau secures the Justice Minister portfolio as a quiet revolution transitions into a movement louder than bombs.
Violence, bank robberies, kidnappings, and murder accent the narrative positives in what’s arguably the most vivid work to come out of the VideoCabaret repertoire. An ultra-powerful sound design makes it feel as if you’re experiencing a live movie.
The cast reaches heights greater than The Plains of Abraham with Jacob James oozing with villainous charisma as the action thirsting Maurice.
Yet the production gets an overwhelming vote of confidence from Mac Fyfe’s bravely entertaining Pierre Trudeau who comes packaged with all the intellectual meanderings and signature arrogance of Canada’s 15th Prime Minister.
Federalists, separatists and anarchists are raising a cheer for Trudeau and the FLQ . Dramatically detailed and explosively funny, this is theatre that incites positive change.
Review by Steven Berketo
TRUDEAU AND THE FLQ:
By Michael Hollingsworth
Mar. 27 – May 10, 2014
Young Centre for the Performing Arts
55 Tank House Lane, Toronto
Tickets $25.00 – $55.00
CAST: Aurora Browne, Greg Campbell, Richard Allan Campbell, Mac Fyfe, Jacob James, Linda Prystawska, Michaela Washburn
DIRECTOR: Michael Hollingsworth