I Lost My Husband! by Catherine Léger
(Translation of J'ai perdu mon mari)
Evelyn loses her husband in a bar bet. The thing is, she's not entirely sure she wants him back. A smart, feisty, sneakily feminist comedy about the important things in life: love, freedom, karaoke... and never letting frozen yogurt stand in the way of your dreams.
J'ai perdu mon mari broke box office records in its original, French-language production. The world premiere of I Lost My Husband also broke box office records at the Gateway Theatre, selling out every seat of the run.
This translation was commissioned by Ruby Slippers Theatre and supported by a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts' Theatre International programme. A public reading was presented by BoucheWHACKED! Theatre and Ruby Slippers as part of the rEvolver Festival's Ta Gueule reading series. The director was Diane Brown.
Cast size: 2F/2M (or 2F/1M with doubling)
"Behind its eccentric premise, and the great bursts of laughter that it provokes, lies a script that tackles some of the big, super-current issues in an original way." – Jeu Magazine
"It was eighty minutes of fun." – Jo Ledingham Theatre Reviews
"By approaching current subjects with a light touch, Catherine Léger makes the play accessible to everyone." - La Source
"Non-stop hilarity... This sold-out show will only have rush tickets for people who want to see it. But if you can cadge one by hook or by crook or a bit of artful arson, by all means do so. Can't think of more fun I've had in 80 minutes recently than this." – Broken Leg Reviews
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EVELYN: You need to stop interacting with the whole damn world as if the whole world sits around all day thinking you're pretty –
MELISSA: I swear to you Evelyn: every time I get into a conversation with you, I end up wishing I didn't.
EVELYN: You can't just be pretty.
MELISSA: I'm not just pretty.
EVELYN: You always seem a bit stunned that you're not riding around in a carriage from Walt Disney...
J'ai perdu mon mari was first produced by Théâtre à Tour de rôle, Carleton-sur-mer. It was directed by Philippe Lambert, with Isabelle Brouillette, Myriam Sophie Deslauriers, and Frédéric Lemay.
Ruby Slippers Theatre premiered I Lost My Husband, directed by Diane Brown and starring Meghan Gardiner, as part of the 2017-2018 season of the Gateway Theatre. This production sold out every single performance. With Raugi Yu, Agnes Tong, and Curtis Tweedie. Photo of Meghan Gardiner by David Cooper.
Persephone Theatre production
Persephone Theatre (Saskatoon, SK) will be producing I Lost My Husband! in October 2019.