The Theater: Young Man with a Slingshot

A grubby, sad-faced gamin wearing an old sweater, patched pants and dirty sneakers, and carrying a slingshot, was packing them in last week in Montreal. He is known to all of French-speaking Canada as "Fridolin," whose annual revues, begun in 1938, have become the joy of French-speaking Montreal and Quebec. His real name—Gratien Gélinas—has faded into the background, as has the fact that he was once the most popular artist on the Canadian, radio. This season's Fridolinons, now running in Montreal, looks like the most successful ever.

Each Fridolinons is rich in chorines, costumes, tunes. But what draws the crowd is...

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