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"Deliciously theatrical” - The Metropolitain (Montreal)

"A brilliant marriage of physical comedy and razor sharp verbal wit" "“Will have you in smiling in your seat" - The Charlebois Post (Toronto)

The Game of Love and Chance

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Apr 16 - May 12, 2012
Bluma Appel Theatre


Nicolas Billon

Matthew Jocelyn

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About the Play
Creative Team

"With a nod to the exaggerated style of Commedia dell’Arte, much of the hilarity in the chatty play is the pure slapstick.” - The Metropolitain

a canadian stage/centaur theatre co-production

This girl-meets-boy tale is a hilarious romp about mistaken identity, true love and the business of marriage. Silvia and Dorante are engaged though they have never met. On paper they are a perfect match, but each wants to ensure the other is worthy of the marriage. Silvia decides to trade places with her servant so that she can observe Dorante’s true self and, unbeknownst to her, Dorante has the same idea! Our Artistic & General Director Matthew Jocelyn puts his signature contemporary twist on this 18th-century classic from French master dramatist Marivaux.

audience advisory

Ages 10+

run time

This performance runs approximately 90 minutes. There is no intermission.


Zach Fraser (Mario)
Gil Garratt (Arlequino)
Gemma James-Smith (Lisette)
Harry Judge (Dorante)
Trish Lindström (Silvia)
William Webster (Monsieur Orgon)

about the play

A lively farce about love, marriage, and mistaken identity.

This is 18th-century French playwright Marivaux's witty romantic comedy, in a sparkling new translation by Nicolas Billon (one of Canada's hottest new playwriting talents), directed by our own Artistic & General Director, Matthew Jocelyn.

The story concerns Silvia and Dorante, who are betrothed but who've never met one another. Anxious to observe what kind of man her future husband might be, Silvia goes undercover as her own servant. Unbeknownst to her, Dorante has the same idea.

Major fun and witty repartee ensue, along with a surprisingly modern examination of the tyranny of social taboos, and the instability of both the human spirit and the human heart. Happily, true love triumphs - but you'll have to buy a ticket to find out how!

creative team

Set & Prop Designer - Anick La Bissonnière
Costume Designer - Linda Brunelle
Lighting Designer - Luc Prairie
Sound Designer - Lyon Smith
Choreographer – Catherine Tardif
Stage Manager - Merissa Tordjman
Assistant Stage Manager - Sandy Plunkett
Assistant Director - Ted Witzel

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