Explaining why we turn out the way we do

Christian Essiambre, Pierre Guy Blanchard and Luc LeBlanc play the friends in the The Incredible Lightness of Luc L.! Supplied photo

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You are here. Where three guys from New Brunswick are meeting up.

They were born just kilometres away from each other: same schools, same arenas, same university, same summer job at the local Acadian tourist attraction.

They came of age in this harsh environment and now, they have all become artists. But they have taken very different paths.

From Feb. 14 to 16, the Theatre du Nouvel-Ontario will transport you into the world of The Incredible Lightness of Luc L.!

Christian Essiambre, Pierre Guy Blanchard and Luc LeBlanc play the friends. For more, go to https://letno.ca/en/shows/lincroyable-legerete-de-luc-l/.

The Incredible Lightness of Luc L.! asks what has made these friends who they are? Can they overcome their differences and understand one another? In the third installment of a series of acclaimed plays, Philippe Soldevila brushes their heartwarming portrait with deft strokes of levity, gravity and humanity.

“We ask him why he stayed behind and what he’s afraid of. We’re humans asking questions to another human. It’s the story of two young guys who come back home and confront one of their buddies,” actor and writer Christian Essiambre told Voir on March 8, 2018.

Philippe Soldevila and Marcia Babineau, artistic directors of Théâtre Sortie de Secours and théâtre l’Escaouette, respectively, also weighed in on the play.

“Luc L.’s career is one heavily marked by humour, comedy, and television hosting,” they noted. “Those of his compatriots took the paths of the stage and of music “¦ How will these three artists manage to really understand each other and to accept their fundamental differences?”

The show is presented with Surtitles at both 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16. An English-language adaptation of the script will be projected above the stage during the show. While the play carries on in French, anglophone or anglophile audience members will be able to follow along.

L’Heure du conte et du brico (Story and Craft Time) will also be offered for little ones during Saturday’s 2 p.m. showing *for parents or guardians who can sometimes find it difficult to come to the theatre. With the help of a small team of facilitators, kids 4 to 10 will have access to animated readings, crafts, and a tasty snack. Reserve spots by contacting the TNO’s box office.

Friday, Feb. 15’s showing will be followed by a discussion, moderated by one of the TNO’s team members, with the actors and the creative team behind the show.

Quick Facts

Rooted in Northern Ontario since 1971, the Theatre du Nouvel-Ontario (TNO) is a professional theatre company that values contemporary works by Franco-Ontarian authors and Canadian playwrights. The company creates, tours and presents theatrical works with the aim of developing, enriching and promoting the artistic and cultural life of its milieu.

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