“Hope Town” : The two sides of the medal

«Hope Town» : Les deux côtés de la médaille

Olivier Arteau , Jean-Michel Déry and Pascale Renaud-Hébert and in “Hope Town”, which explores with nuance the theme of the disappearance of The Broadside.

October 31, 2019 15h01

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“Hope Town” : The two sides of the medal

«Hope Town» : Les deux côtés de la médaille

Geneviève Bouchard

The Sun

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CRITICAL / A teen left her family without giving any reason and without leaving an address. No great dramas in the background, just a perpetual mutual incomprehension… And hearts torn for those he leaves behind. With “Hope Town”, Pascale Renaud-Hébert explores with nuance, sensitivity and a sense of ” distributed to all event the theme of the disappearance. In a staging of Marie-Hélène Gendreau, the whole process takes life with a lot of humanity to The Lined.

Hope Town tells of the reunion unexpected of a brother and a sister. On the run for five years, the first has left the house without ever giving this news to his family. He earns now his life in a Subway restaurant from the gaspé. The second stop there by chance when she takes a vacation with her lover.

There will begin the great game of questions abound — “Where were you? Have you been abducted? Or assaulted? Why are you gone?” — and a response is sent, after much dodging, like a dagger : “I just left because I don’t like you”. And when such a reunion will transpose into the family home with parents both relieved and in shock, the question would arise otherwise : all truth is good to say?

Lively, fast-paced and natural, the text of Pascale Renaud-Hébert, who also interprets the sister, exposes cleverly the two sides of the same coin : on the one hand the complex motives of the lad who had need to flee to be himself; on the other the terrible consequences experienced by those that he has passed away and who have never consciously wanted to hurt.

«Hope Town» : Les deux côtés de la médaille

The distribution of the piece “Hope Town”, presented at The Lined up to the 23 November.

The Sun, Patrice Laroche

Correctness of the game
In the interview, Pascale Renaud-Hébert, we claimed to have written Hope Town for Olivier Arteau. To see them in action on the stage of the Broadside, it is clear that the current passes between the two friends. She skin-deep, her body language tense… In the conflict as well as in the complicity, it is believed to their bonds of sisterhood.

Greet also the correctness of the other actors of the distribution. Nancy Bernier, exclaimed in a way that is both funny and touching, a mother nervous and loving, who does not know how to act in front of a son that she understood. Jean-Sébastien Ouellette is a convincing father to the horizons restricted, but without malice, and haunted by remorse. And if the character of Jean-Michel Déry is not the most talkative, it will not clear so far. In a situation of conflict, the silences can say a lot.

The play “Hope Town” is presented at The Lined up to the 23 November.

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