Magalie Lépine-Blondeau's “Mlle Julie” in the comfort of your living room
David Boutin and Magalie Lépine-Blondeau in a scene from the play “Mademoiselle Julie” , at the Théâtre du Rideau Vert
Magalie Lépine-Blondeau returned to the stage last March, after two years of pandemic scarcity, in a play worthy of her talent, Mademoiselle Julie, at the Théâtre du Rideau Vert. The actress offered a dazzling, dignified and sovereign performance.
Based on the work of the Swedish August Strindberg, in a staging by Serge Denoncourt, Magalie Lépine-Blondeau, one of the favorite actresses of the latter, embodied the Miss Julie of the title, the daughter of a wealthy aristocrat who engages in a merciless duel of power with the servant of her household, the arrogant Jean (David Boutin).
Playing with breath and dedication the different forms of seduction – carnal, manipulative, feminist, pleading, fragile, vindictive and resourceful – that animated her character, Magalie Lépine Blondeau held at arm's length an intense score and a robust text letting the nuances of values among the different protagonists of the story.
Happy with the success of the production, the Théâtre du Rideau Vert extends the pleasure of Mademoiselle Julie, by offering the play as a webcast on its website. The recording made by Pierre Séguin (who was also behind the video version of Vrai monde? du Rideau Vert, in the spring of 2021), in no way diminishes the quality of the work, swears the institution from rue Saint-Denis. Available at a cost of $25 (taxes included), Mademoiselle Julie in teletheatre format lasts one hour and twenty-five minutes.
Although successful, Mademoiselle Julie did not have an easy fate. First scheduled to be played in theaters in March 2020, then canceled for the reasons we know, Mademoiselle Julie had a first life a few weeks later in the form of a radio theater at ICI Première, a question of make impatient people who were waiting to discover the work wait during the first confinement. Then, this year, the 19th century fresco was presented at the Rideau Vert for four weeks in March and April, instead of five as originally planned, due to a case of COVID-19 which broke out in the city. team.