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Date change for Playreaders, take note

By Phoebe Greyson

This week’s Playreaders begins on February 13, a Monday instead of Tuesday, and ends on February 15, a Wednesday instead of Thursday. The time hasn’t changed however, the theater opens at 7pm.

Theater: Les Belles-Soeurs By Michel Tremblay. Mon, Feb 13-Wed, Feb 15, 7:30pm. St. Paul’s Church, Cardo 6. 20 pesos

Michel Tremblay’s Les Belles-Soeurs is a study in working class, Catholic morality and its effect on the 12 women trapped in its grip. Gerri, a discontented housewife, has won a million trading stamps (you remember greenstamps, don’t you?) and needs help pasting them into their little books so that she can redeem them and refurnish her entire house in middle class luxury. She has finally won something! She invites her sisters; sisters-in-law and friends come over to help. However, jealousy and resentment rear their ugly heads and turn the stamp fest into a morass of gossip, back biting and complaining as each of the women reflects on her own lack of luck and the circumstances of her misfortune.

First published in Quebec in 1968, the play became an instantaneous hit and won an award for best foreign play of the year in Paris in 1973. Tremblay refused to allow the play to be performed in English until the separatist Parti Quebecois won elections in Quebec in 1976.

Twelve of San Miguel’s best female actors star in this monologue rich portrayal of working class women crushed beneath the thumb of their peers and their church. Cleo Kamelhar plays Gerri, the lucky stamp winner, and Tasha Paley plays her daughter, Linda. Gerri’s sisters are played by Lola Smith (Rose) and Jill Gottlieb (Phyllis). While her friends are played by Joanna Bryne, Marthe Fraser, Judy Marzulli, Lois Reed, Paula Clark and others. Eli Nadel will be doing sound and lights.

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