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Le Dîner de Cons (The Dinner Game) ()

Produced by

Théâtre Français de Toronto

Playwright: Francis Veber
Director: Guy Mignault


The Berkeley Street Theatre – Upstairs Theatre


April 22nd, 2009 – May 9th, 2009


This piece, a cult hit onstage and in film, has become synonymous with scathing comedy that denounces the excesses of today’s society. Its premise begins with some characters tracking down a complete idiot and inviting him to dinner with the intention of mocking him the entire evening without him ever realizing it. But what happens when the game does not unfold as planned, when nothing seems to stop the invited idiot from making things worse? The result, much to our amusement, one of the most hilarious and intelligent comedies of our age. Nothing is left to chance. Between continuous mistakes identity, ongoing word games, and table-turning situations, it is impossible for us to avoid both a serious case of the giggles and a critical look at society. We are sure to see humour displayed in all its forms as society’s excess is gleefully denounced. (


Stephanie Broschart Marlène Sasseur
Paul Essiembre Pierre Brochant
Marianne Lambert Christine Brochant
Jean-Michel le Gal Just Leblanc
René Lemieux Sorbier / Lucien Cheval
Pierre Simpson François Pignon

Creative Team

Francis Veber Playwright
Guy Mignault Director
Dominic Manca Set Designer
Dominic Manca Lighting Designer
Nina Okens Costume Designer


Gabriel Dubé Stage Manager