David Fennario (1979)
Alexandria Haber (2011)
“I remember the very first staging of Fennario's “Balconville" at the Centaur. And numerous Hamlets, all over the city; a memorable indy one in the early 90’s, staged at studio C; starring much local talent, including Al Goulem, as the brooding Dane, directed by his wife and playwright Alexandria Haber. Deena Aziz as Horatio. Impactful and ahead of its time.
"When we saw ‘Balconville’ back then we all immediately recognized it as authentic [...] We saw and heard the Montreal that we know [...] [W]e heard the French audience laugh, the English audience laugh and then the whole audience laugh. The play is set during the run-up to the 1980 referendum, so there was plenty of conflict between the anglophone and francophone characters onstage, and I think that at the time it was daring to air the mutterings and prejudices of the population. However, underneath it all there was a common humanity and fellow feeling. Personally, I have become ‘la voisine anglaise’ with imperfect French, and I do feel as though I belong."