The Canadian Stage Company's 2000-2001 season at the Bluma Appel Theatre at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts in Toronto opens Oct. 12 with the Canadian premiere of the international hit comedy, Hysteria, by Terry Johnson.
Morris Panych directs the play, set in 1938, when an ailing Sigmund Freud has fled Nazi-occupied Vienna for the quiet London suburb of Hampstead. In playwright Johnson's world, Freud spends the last day of his life being taunted by surrealist painter Salvador Dali and disturbed by a strange woman in his closet. Previews played Oct. 9-11. Performances continue to Nov. 4.
Johnson's work includes Dead Funny, Insignificance, Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick and the recent London stage version of The Graduate.
The Toronto company includes Eric Peterson ("Street Legal," Billy Bishop Goes to War) as the ailing Sigmund Freud, David Storch (Angels in America) as the passionate artist Salvador Dali, Peter Donaldson ("Emily of New Moon," "Street Legal," "The Sweet Hereafter") as Freud's friend, Dr. Abraham Yahuda and Kristen Thomson (Oleanna, The School for Wives) as Jessica, the strange woman in the closet. The ensemble for Hysteria — who appear as "figments" (Love, Death, Guilt, Fear, etc.) — includes Roxanne Deans, Andrew Bunker, and Adam Pettle.
Designers are Ken MacDonald (set and costume) and Paul Mathiesen (lighting). Tickets range $30-$60. Bluma Appel Theatre is at 27 Front Street East, Toronto. Call (416) 368-3110 or visit the website at www.canstage.com.
— By Kenneth Jones