A dystopian theatre tril­ogy

Toronto Life - - Culture -

THEATRE | The Philoso­pher’s Wife Dec. 4 to 16, Daniels Spec­trum

The Hand­maid’s Tale brought dystopian fem­i­nist fic­tion into the main­stream. Now, Cana­dian play­wright Su­sanna Fournier is giv­ing the genre a the­atri­cal spin. The Em­pire tril­ogy, set in an al­ter­nate uni­verse that shares our own im­pe­rial, pa­tri­ar­chal his­tory, is a gothic-tinged take on sex and power strug­gles. Part one, The Philoso­pher’s Wife, takes over the Daniels Spec­trum Aki Stu­dio this month with a darkly hu­mor­ous tale of a ra­tio­nal­ist hus­band who tries to curb the wild ca­nine im­pulses of his spouse. Parts two and three open next year.

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