Global Warming Daube with Brad Pitt : Agonisse Comsique

Angoisse cosmique. Photo ©Nicola Frank Vachon Angoisse cosmique. Photo ©Nicola Frank Vachon

Angoisse Cosmique ou le jour où Brad Pitt fut atteint de paranoia written by Christian Lollike and directed by Michel Nadeau was the frenzied fantasy of three friends (Emmanuel Bédard, Claude Breton-Potvin, and Hugues Frenette) as they grappled with paranoid thoughts of global warming and impending doom.

The play was a modern Siddhartha story with Brad Pitt at its center.  Renouncing the consumerist sins of modern society, he journeys into the wild, learns the truth, and returns to spread the word among his fellow man.  The play was surreal and abstract, without being pretentious or inaccessible.

The temptation must have been gut-grinding to make it a junkyard set, but no!  Happy, happy day!  It wasn’t anything particularly interesting, mind you – a few strategically placed Ikea pieces, mainly.  Like almost all plays these days, there were two projection screens at the back.  The projections were a mix of footage relevant to global warming, footage of the actors in real time as they filmed themselves onstage (trippy!) and a stunning, polished slideshow.

Angoisse cosmique. Photo ©Nicola Frank Vachon

Angoisse cosmique. Photo ©Nicola Frank Vachon


The energy wobbled quite a bit throughout the play.  The characters were too weird and undefined to be relatable, but not quite weird enough to be interesting.  The surrealism, humor, seriousness, and drama of the piece, rather than finding a meeting point, remained a hodge podge.  On the other hand, the blurry storyline and characterization made the ideas in this play come into focus.  It covered so many aspects of the social phenomenon of global warming paranoia.  It took out the old clichés, questioned them, reinstated them, then questioned them again.  It was ideas and feelings, not characters, that were relatable.  Also, by avoiding characters that are excessively defined, we avoided the usual route of having to watch a (nubile) (young) (female) person staring in saintly horror at the awful things humanity has done.  It wasn’t about trashing humanity – in fact, humanity’s flaws were looked at with compassion and exasperated affection, more than anything else.

Overall, Angoisse Cosmique was too much of a jumble to affect me.  Although all of the elements were good, they didn’t produce enough energy and passion to create a lasting impression.  Though everything in this piece was decent, original, and well-executed, it lacked soul.

Angoisse Cosmique ou le jour ou Brad Pitt fut atteint de paranoia plays at La Licorne (4559, avenue Papineau) until May 24. T-Th 7 p.m., F 8 p.m., Sat. 4 p.m. $33/22. Show is in French. 

1 Comment on Global Warming Daube with Brad Pitt : Agonisse Comsique

  1. darren girvan // February 9, 2019 at 7:02 pm //

    hi folks hope this helps.

    most out there seem to think that air pollution is the key however I am telling you it is the garbage. I will explain both sides the best I can. as Einstein said if you can not explain it to someone like they are a 5 yr old than you do not know what you are talking about in the 1st place. so here goes.

    1. garbage​
    2. air pollution​
    3. water​
    4. people being people​

    for those that think it is the air…… they say there is an abundance of CO2, Methane, possible other pollutants in the air. well now if this is the case one would think they could just implement air filters in the right locations to clean said air ie: the roof tops in major cities. you ask what kind of filters? i am glad you asked. ​
    lets start with ionizers, than water filters in such away that the air passes through the water filter last before getting back into the atmosphere. you ask why? well simply cause we need to make sure the ions are charged accordingly for mother nature being negative and positive so she can do what she does best and that is cycle water to keep herself cool. however if we do not clean the land of the garbage her pores are clogged and she will not cycle that water anyhow. so think of her land as the filter. much like us we are made up of 75-80% water our skin is our biggest organ her land is hers. if our skin gets clogged than we get pimples and or craters which will turn to infection if not treated properly. so right now she has an infection she cannot get rid of, and we need to help her clean this part for 2 reasons to un-clog her pores so she can cycle the water again and because when garbage breaks down it creates methane gas, oh shit that just happens to be 1 of the gases in the air that they say is a problem. dam that would kill couple birds with 1 stone. i believe that by doing this she will cycle her water again which in turn will grab that air pollution bring it to the ground where she will filter it into clean water taking it to the water table within so when the sun comes out her pores open and will allow that water from within out as she needs, then of course the underground springs that feed the rivers, lakes, creeks, oceans etc. will have clean water again. if you need more i can give you more but i hate typing so hopefully this is enough to get you to realize there are solutions out there we just need to implement certain rules. now back to the air there is no reason they can not make the industries put these same filters into existing ducts inside of factories so the air gets purified before it exits the buildings. being ionizer than water filters. then of course they ask who is going to pay for this well hell they put a tax on everything else why not add a mother nature tax to pay for this, or a garbage tax to pay for the right disposal of garbage being incinerate it inside a factory of course with the same said filters in place so we pump nothing but clean air into the atmosphere. eh voila. bingo bobs your unlce say good-bye global warming. ​

    -Remember change all started with one. ​
    -you got to give a little to get a little. ​
    -all you got to do is learn to listen to understand. ​
    -imagination is better than knowledge. ​
    -look beyond see what nobody else sees, or wants to see for that matter. ​
    -there is never a problem only a solution that has not been found, are you going to continue to be a part of the problem or help me find solutions. ​
    -if you are not willing to learn to listen to understand than your knowledge is limited to your own ignorance. ​
    -the weak revenge, the strong forgive, the intelligent ignore therefore they are a nuisance, but a genius offers\teaches a better way. ​
    – its not what lies ahead of us, or what lies behind us, it is what lies within us. Emerson​
    -you show me the team to get the job done i will give you the know how to pull it off.​
    -when you are ready, hearts wide open, i’ll be waiting, come find me.​
    -in partnership with those who think without limits. ​
    – we design, build, finance and operate dreams. ​
    -world peace starts with the solution to global warming. ​
    -angels east, angels west, north and south just do your best to guard him and watch him while he rests cause mother nature needs em to do his best. ​
    -connected to the universe like a string of lightening. ​
    -be like mother nature she flows around everything. ​
    -puzzle pieces everywhere just need the one who can put them where they belong. ​
    -wait for the whole picture otherwise you might get blinded by a stray thought. ​
    -do not be affraid of what you do not understand just learn to listen to understand. ​
    -i can show you all kinds of crazy but you can tell you what to think about it. ​
    -powered by magma, cooled by water the earth\we are a filter

    thank you for your time.
    Darren Kenneth Alden Girvan

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