Le Placard is an Evening of Laughter: Go See this Parisian Comedy!
Le Placard/The Closet is a tried-and-true French comedy that will have you laughing and groaning at Francois Pignon’s personal and corporate misfortunes. We’re very lucky to witness his comic conundrums at the Théâtre français de Toronto.
Pignon is the creation of French playwright Francis Veber; Awkward Pignon tickled funny bones in L’Emmerdeur and Le Dîner de cons in Toronto as well, and I’m now regretful that I missed them. I lost two chances for another night of laughs.
Pignon (Pierre Simpson) is a boring accountant to whom nothing extraordinary happens. Until he’s about to get fired! Upon the advice of his neighbour Belone (René Lemieux), Pignon starts pretending to be homosexual. That’s because if word gets out that his plastics company, a major supplier for condom makers, is homophobic, the company’s image and revenue would shatter. Being homosexual is his employment insurance.
The laughs keep coming as Pignon must maintain this charade. His colleagues and boss need to believe that he leads a double life. Unbearable macho Santini (Christian Laurin), smart supervisor Mlle Bertrand (Tara Nicodemo) and colleagues Ariane (Bahareh Yaraghi) and Guillaume (Thomas Gallezot) obsess about this discovery about Pignon’s private life. Crazy things start happening at the office: Santini befriends him even though they have nothing in common, Mlle Bertrand tries to remove Pignon’s clothing, and Pignon is made to wear a condom on his head for the Gay Pride parade.
- Le Placard plays until May 29, 2016 at the Theatre français de Toronto (167 Berkeley St.)
- English surtitles on May 25, 27 and 28
- Prices range from $30 to 45
- Pay What You Can on Wednesday nights, cash only, 1 hour before curtain
- Rush tickets for $20, Saturday nights, cash only, 1 hour before curtain