Last week for Daily Miracle, David Sherman’s play, which is having a really good run at Infinitheatre.
“The men and women I worked with on the desk at The Gazette were almost all unsung heroes,” Sherman says. “They worked their hearts out under what has become impossible conditions for what I believed was a noble cause. Getting the paper out, every night, no matter what. The reporters got the credit. The deskers went bald and crazy.”
Arthur Holden in the role of Marty is simply irreverent. Holden is a physical actor and it seems the role was written for him. He is the perfect incarnation of a disintegrating newspaper industry. He’s just back from sick leave and no matter how medicated, this news desk curmudgeon keeps firing his wit at what news has become while he was gone: non news. Papers are peddlers of sex and recipes, no more. And gone are the days of hard news and credible journalism.
As paperboys are falling by the wayside everywhere, putting the edition to bed, as it were, becomes the most important thing these deskers do.
James Lavoie’s set design is also noteworthy as Infinity is in an old public bath house. David Sherman’s writing and Arthur Holden’s acting make this a must see.
Infinitheatre’s Director Guy Sprung tirelessly promotes Montreal writers. Do check it out. January 26th to February 14th, 2010 at the Bain St Michel 5300 St Dominique.