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Théâtre de de l’Utopie

November 29 to December 15, 2007

November 29 to December 15, 2007

After an astounding success last season, Théâtre de l’Utopie returns to the MAI, with a multimedia adaptation of a play by Ion Luca Caragiale (1852-1912). With Mr. Leonida Faces the Reaction (1880), this celebrated Romanian literary figure takes us back to a chapter in Romania’s history when a Republican revolution threatened to overthrow imperial rule.

On Carnival night in Bucarest, Leonida, a petty bourgeois, reads the promises dished out by presidential candidates in the paper, to his wife, Efimita. Naïve and calculating, the couple is so eager for the revolution to happen that they envision themselves vanguards of the uprising. But their devotion to the cause is quickly put to the test when their daydreaming is interrupted by festive sounds that they mistake for actual gunshots.

Thanks to her multimedia adaptation of this classic piece, Cristina Iovita, Artistic Director of Théâtre de l’Utopie, revives a play which testifies to a turning point in Romanian history. Following the War of Independence in 1877-78 against the Ottoman Empire, Caragiale’s Romania is working out its national identity and searching for post-independance ideals behind which to rally. Today, Caragiale’s theatre takes on new significance, as it entertains and gives food for thought to an audience which will recognize in his writings sociopolitical hurdles that still echo true, even in present-day Quebec.

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