Canada: QUEBEC: Laughter & Tears

Montreal's Théátre du Gesu was sold out at every performance last week. The darling of the French Canadian theater, an impish comedian named Fridolin (real name: Gratien Gélinas) was on the stage in his new play, Tit-Coq.

Every year since 1937, 39-year-old Fridolin had written, backed, directed and starred in a revue called Fridolinons, a collection of skits, songs and dances. With it he had toured his native Quebec, drawn some 130,000 people a season, netted an annual profit of about $50,000. Tit-Cog was Fridolin's first try at writing a full-length play.

Tit-Coq (Little Rooster) is a story about a French Canadian...

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