Public Enemy by Olivier Choinière, translated by Bobby Theodore
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Three generations of a family argue over current events, finances, and culture, with everyone looking to blame someone else for society’s ills in this satirical examination of how judgment can both divide and unite people.
Elizabeth, the matriarch, has invited her children and grandchildren over for dinner. Instead of a nice family meal, it quickly slides into the adults arguing in the dining room and the kids fighting in the living room. Rapid-fire dialogue fuses and overlaps, but no one listens to each other. A blistering take on the family drama, Public Enemy asks, who’s really responsible for all our suffering?
Winner, Prix Michel-Tremblay 2015
Run time: 75 minutes
Cast size: 7 actors
Male roles: 3
Female roles: 4