Elephant Wake - A Grande Visite with Jean-Claude!
A quick post to tell you about Elephant Wake currently playing at Catalyst Theatre. Thankfully they added an Industry Show on Monday night so I was able to see it. They also had a very funny talk-back with actor and playwright Joey Tremblay and Catalyst Artistic Director Jonathan Christenson facilitated by James MacDonald. The show takes place in a paper filled ditch on the side of the road in Saskatchewan. We are there to visit Jean-Claude (played by Tremblay). Jean-Claude may not be the smartest person but he is a wonderful story-teller and during this Grande Visite we hear the story of his life, his town and the many deaths he has experienced. It is magical and compelling, funny and sad, and simply beautiful. This is one of the best shows I have ever seen. A good deal of that is due to the absolute completeness of Tremblay's characterization of Jean-Claude combined with a barrel full of stories that overlap and twist wonderfully to tell the story of his life. It only