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The room Gas bar blues skilfully picks up on a father’s tenderness about the downfall and end of an era that made Louis Bélanger’s film of the same name a success twenty years ago.

Adapted for the theater for the first time by David Laurin, directed by Édith Patenaude, this work presented in Duceppe stays true to the original, set in 1989 in Limoilou, then a difficult neighborhood of Quebec. Martin Drainville finds the right tone to embody the downtrodden patriarch who fears the death of his gas station but still maintains his authority and his love for his children, who help him persevere.

Unlike in the film, the youngest character is female, which is a great idea. Miryam Amrouche perfectly embodies the youngest of the family in this universe of men. His two older brothers (Frédéric Lemay and Steven Lee Potvin) both want to get out of the business with ventilators, but they often argue.

This family is surrounded by neighbors who spend their time socializing at this establishment. These happy fellows are portrayed by actors who are also the heart of the blues group that performs on stage. They carry out their mission with aplomb. Note the contribution of Francis La Haye, hilarious in the role of the oil inspector, Claude Despins in the skin of a typical monocle, and Bertrand Alain, who takes on the features of the affable old bachelor who is never out of his neighborhood. Highly present, these characters constantly joke, offering a sleazy but rather old-fashioned sense of humor.

Omnipresent music

It’s become fairly common for musicians to take part in theatrical productions in Montreal, but we rarely see them taking up so much space. Blues comes to cross each of the part’s many tables, in addition to occupying specific entire sections. Such a strong musical contribution is undeniably the signature of this show. The tense beginning of this piece is brilliantly rendered thanks to one of Mathieu Désy’s pieces. But all this orchestration stretches the evening over two hours and slows the pace.

Camping in a well-defined but bygone place and time, this work offers a touching melancholy that will particularly appeal to those who also enjoy unpretentious humor.

Gas bar blues ★★★1/2

An adaptation by David Laurin

With Martin Drainville, Miryam Amrouche, Frédéric Lemay and Steve Lee Potvin

Gaz Bar Blues: place for melancholy – S Chronicles

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