The piece “Sainte-Marie-la-Mauderne” seduces

The piece “Sainte-Marie-la-Mauderne” seduces


Adapted from Ken Scott's film “The Great Seduction” by Encore Spectacle, the summer play “Sainte-Marie-la-Mauderne” has everything to please. 

< p>Its fine humour, its completely charming and thoughtful staging, as well as the almost irreproachable acting of its actors, make it a high quality summer play. It has already accumulated more than 11,000 tickets sold.

For 12 years, the fishing village of Sainte-Marie-la-Mauderne has been slowly dying out. While the trawlers have siphoned everything in their path, most people are leaving the village to settle in the city, where work awaits them. The most stubborn remain on the island and base all their hopes of saving the outcome of their community on the establishment of a recycling plant. But for the plant to be established, it takes money – a lot of money – and above all, to meet the requirements of the insurance company, it needs a doctor to reside there permanently.< /p>

The task is not simple. But after a long search – and some shenanigans –, the seduction operation finally gets under way when the young urban visual artist Christopher Lewis (Fayolle Jean Jr.), threatened with losing his right to practice because of his escapades, agrees with the policeman who arrested him to spend a month in Sainte-Marie-la-Mauderne. It is the reprieve he will have to redeem his faults and it is at the same time the time the islanders will benefit from to charm him.

Orchestrated by the rogue Germain Lesage, the character who presents himself in the guise of Michel Rivard – embodied in a much more neutral way than are the other characters –, the plan of seduction, with these few “white lies”, will experience failures, but also good shots.

Staging and acting at the height

This room gives off a very warm and comforting atmosphere that lasts even after. Frédéric Blanchette's staging is very beautiful, with these few hills and cottages that inhabit the decor, but it is above all well thought out and very effective. In a jiffy, the characters go from the restaurant in the village to the church, to the house with “modern” decoration, where the doctor lives.

The actors' acting is for its part at the height of the challenge represented by the theatrical adaptation of this cinematographic success that is “The great seduction”.

Normand Brathwaite, who is back behind the fourth wall after a few decades of absence, is funny. The crowd laughs at almost every one of his lines, and with good reason. His interpretation of Yvon, a somewhat gruff and grumpy man, is fair and sufficient.

Chantal Baril and Isabelle Miquelon, in charge of listening the telephone conversations of Dr. Lewis offer the public hilarious and frankly sympathetic scenes, while Alexandre Fortin, the accountant/financial adviser/banker, stands out.

Almost 20 years separate the film from the play, but the addition of current references, such as the data leak at Desjardins, gender-neutral toilets, new social networks and Jean-Philippe Wauthier's hair, make the adaptation of Emmanuel Reichenbach, from Encore Spectacle, accessible to really everyone.

Presented until mid-August at the Gilles-Vigneault Theater in Saint-Jérôme, in the Laurentians, the summer play will begin a tour starting in March 2023.