Who does not know the Splendid creation? This nightmarish parody of a Christmas Eve with his ugly gifts, forced friendliness. And, above all, land loneliness and lack of love of his marginal characters, that person takes the time to really listen to, certainly not a Help Center for desperate volunteers.
Before the film become cult by its humour and its replicas of incisive cruelty there was first a short piece. With volunteers. Santa Claus is a junk, ‘piece’, takes place entirely in the offices of distress-friendship, according to the traditional rules of unit. The character played by Josiane Balasko does not exist. The last part, above all, with some revelations and the tragic finale, seems different. Add that, on stage, Santa Claus is a junk very clearly betrays its nature of boulevard, impromptu, entered two slamming doors and kicking including theatre. But a very black boulevard, which eventually a real game. More than thirty years after its creation, the play is always its effect. Even if the show could be a little more removed than offers this first production of the little band [the company]. The Director Benoit Ruel chose instead to humanize the work. The theatrical version seems to indeed give more access to the drama of the pathetic characters with less than one-liners, and more monologues and stories at the end. But the dramatic dimension has its limits, having regard to the cartoon-like how the characters are written.
Thus, the scenes with the neighbor immigrated, which camouflages a distress under a facade go seemed simply less incisive. It is with the character of Katia this bias works best, it seems to me. The transvestite, played by Alexandre Bergeron, eventually touching. The fantasy sequence during her dancing with stone – on a classic of Aznavour – is one of the good ideas of the piece.
Difficult to ignore, for a fan, legendary film repeatedly seen compositions. But it would be particularly unfair to compare the uneven interpretation of an opening night to the ease of actors who had created their character. In general, troop deploys a lot of energy. Michel-Maxime Legault makes the unflappable Peter with aplomb. The naive Gabrielle Forcier game is irresistibly reminiscent of Anemone.
Finally, note that it is better to sit in the Center. If the proximity with the actors is interesting, the layout of the small room of the Mainline causes the view of certain back. From my seat, it meant for example miss the Pierre reaction when he discovers Kate, a classic…