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Past Perfect

Past Perfect
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: Michel Tremblay
Translated by: Linda Gaboriau
Publisher: Talonbooks
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 94
Pub. Date: 2004
ISBN-10: 0889224935
ISBN-13: 9780889224933

About the Play:

In Albertine in Five Times, Michel Tremblay portrayed one of his most unforgettable characters during five decades of her life, beginning in her thirties.

Now, in Past Perfect (English version of Le passé antérieur), we meet Albertine at twenty and discover the dark secret of her being. Still reeling from the heartbreak that plunged her into a nervous breakdown, Albertine sets out to re-conquer the beau she has lost to her younger sister. On this fated Thursday evening, will she find the strength to survive the crisis that grips her very essence in this dark night of her soul? Or will she spend the rest of her days foundering in an endless rage that could extinguish all hope of love ever lighting up her life?

In the eyes of her mother, Victoire, her brother, Èdouard, and her sister, Madeleine, Albertine is a soul on fire that devours everything she touches. But in her own eyes, Albertine is sensitive, selfless, and devoted to the objects of her desires. In this extremity of contradiction between the way we see ourselves and the way others see us, Tremblay stages the agony of the imagination in chains, the tragedy of an understanding of the imagination as a way to the truth, rather than as a path to understanding.

Caught in this dilemma, Albertine, who has cast herself as a sacrificial lamb, a victim of destiny, the queen of unhappiness, descends into a hell of lucidity as she confronts Alex, the great hope and passion of her youth.

Cast of 3 women and 2 men.

What people say:

Michel Tremblay strikes gold again.” — Montréal Gazette

Past Perfect is a masterpiece of dramatic intensity… Not only does Gaboriau convey Tremblay’s infectious humour, she unerringly situates the locus of this dramatic intensity, together with the contradictory nature of the emotions — love and hate, contempt and compassion, acceptance and rejection — in which it is grounded, in the ever-expanding space between two antithetical, non-dialectical, non-negotiable views of self.” — University of Toronto Quarterly

About the Playwright:

Michel Tremblay has been a dominant figure of Québec's theatre scene since the end of the 1960s. One of the most produced and the most prominent playwrights in the history of Canadian theatre, he has received countless prestigious honours and accolades. His dramatic, literary and autobiographical works have long enjoyed remarkable international popularity, including translations of his plays that have achieved huge success in Europe, the Americas and the Middle East.

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