by Paula Citron
It’s too bad that the run of Toronto French Theatre’s Grace and Gloria is over, because it would certainly appeal to many people on a variety of levels. I managed to catch the last performance with English surtitles – that wonderful innovation that opens up TfT’s acclaimed productions for Anglophones.
Grace and Gloria is by American Tom Ziegler and is set in the Blue Ridge mountains of rural Virginia. No less a person than then legendary Quebec playwright Michel Tremblay did the French translation. More to the point, the play starred another Francophone legend – the great and seemingly ageless 77-year old Acadian actress and former senator, Viola Léger as Grace. Danielle Grégoire played Gloria.
The two-hander does not cut new ground, but a collision of two worlds is always interesting. Grace is a dying old farmwoman in the outback, and Gloria is a transplanted city slicker who is a volunteer caregiver. Each learns something from the other.
From the Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.