Théâtre français de Toronto (TfT) is pleased to present L’Emmerdeur (The Pain in the Ass), the Francis Veber play that gave birth to the “idiot” of Le Dîner de cons (The Dinner Game). Directed by TfT Artistic Director Guy Mignault, it will play at the Berkeley Street Theatre from April 18 to May 5, 2012.
Following the critical and popular success of the Dîner de cons, presented at Théâtre français de Toronto two years ago this spring, Guy Mignault reconnects with Francis Veber, whom he considers “the Modern Molière,” to offer the audience a side-splitting cult piece.
L’Emmerdeur was born out of Francis Veber’s rewrite of his first play, Le Contrat (The Contract), where the mythic character of François Pignon appeared for the first time. During a failed suicide attempt in a Nice hotel he encounters Ralph Milan, a hit man on a job, who would be better off steering clear of this Pain in the Ass.
This explosive encounter gives rise to ridiculous situations and mistaken identity: in other words, loads of fun and a guaranteed evening of great theatre, driven by the Dîner de cons’ two brilliant actors, Paul Essiembre and Pierre Simpson.
Direction: Guy Mignault. Featuring, among others, Paul Essiembre, Pierre Simpson, Stéphanie Broschart, René Lemieux and Manuel Verreydt.
A Théâtre français de Toronto production.
Théâtre français de Toronto wishes to thank its sponsors: Novotel Toronto Centre, Show Sponsor, and Sun Life Financial, Surtitles Sponsor.
L’Emmerdeur by Francis Veber, April 18 to May 5, 2012.
Théâtre français de Toronto | Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs – 26 Berkeley Street
Previews: April 18 and 19, 8 pm – Opening Night: April 20, 8 pm – Evening Fundraiser: May 2, 6 pm –
Evening Performances: Wednesdays to Saturdays, 8 pm – Saturday Matinees: April 28 and May 5, 3:30 pm –
Sunday Matinees: April 22 and 29, 2:30 pm
English Surtitled Performances: Wednesdays: 8 pm, Fridays April 20 and 27: 8 pm, Saturdays April 28 and May 5: 3:30 pm and April 21 and May 5 at 8 pm.
Tickets: Adults: $33 to $100 | Seniors (65 and over): $28 to $100.
Box Office: (416) 534-6604 or 1-800-819-4981 and www.theatrefrancais.com