by Paula Citron
It’s hard to believe that Video Cabaret’s on-going series The History of the Village of the Small Huts began in 1985. The droll collection of plays about Canada’s history has kept faith with its unique format and remains as fresh as ever.
The new chapter is The Saskatchewan Rebellion which includes the battles of the Métis against the North West Mounted Police at Duck Lake and Batoche. The same wonderful cartoon figures in a black box tell us their stories, either by monologue or in brief cryptic conversations. The modern day anachronisms continue to be very funny such as “Every little breeze seems to whisper Louis” as intoned by a mad as a hatter Louis Riel.
The purpose of the series is satire, but while we laugh, we also see the foibles of historical characters writ large.
Writer/director Michael Hollingsworth, his artistic team, and his over-the-top cast render these cartoons to perfection.
The Saskatchewan Rebellion continues until Apr. 8.
From the Cameron House, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.