Theatre Francais de Toronto, the city's francophone theatre, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.
As part of its celebrations, Theatre Francais de Toronto has put out a special magazine filled with tributes from performers, directors, writers and designers. Artists like Viola Leger, Normand Bissonnette, Diana Belshaw, John Gilbert, Marie-Lynn Hammond, Michel Tremblay, Diana Leblanc and John Van Burek are not just the who's who of Canada's francophone theatrical community, they are also the names of artists whose work crosses boundaries into both the English and French-speaking worlds -- and by their migrations, they influence both. The list goes on.
The next show of TFT's 30th anniversary season is Le P'Tit Bonheur, celebrating the work of Felix Leclerc, one of Quebec's favorite poets, and is directed by the company's artistic director, Guy Mignault.
This will be followed in April by Michel Tremblay's Le Gars De Quebec, adapted from Nikolai Gogol's The Inspector General
. And in the spring of 1998, the company will embark on a school tour of Bonjour Monsieur Lafontaine, a short play by Guy Mignault based on Lafontaine's fables. That show will not be available to the public but it underlines TFT's importance to Ontario's francophone community. Vivre la theatre francais de Toronto et plus grandes felicitations.
Le P'Tit Bonheur runs February 4 to 21; Le Gars de Quebec runs April 22 to May 9.
For tickets call: 416-534-6604.
--By Mira Friedlander