Theatre preview: Of the Causes of Wonderful Things

The play is called Of the Causes of Wonderful Things. It was written by Montreal born-and-raised Talya Rubin, co-devised with her husband, Nick James, and first performed by Rubin in Australia.

Rubin will be performing her solo work at Théâtre La Chapelle November 4-8.

Those of us who have seen her perform one-person shows know they are unique, moving and memorable, often laced with humour.

In this scenario, five children mysteriously disappear in a small town in the U.S. South and their aunt begins her search, leading underground.

As described, the work is an installation piece for a limited audience of 50, immersed in a “noir” and atmospheric environment.

It’s billed as a dark comedy with shades of Faulkner and Southern Gothic that examines “the redemptive power of confronting darkness.”

As described by Australian Stage, the play is “utterly human… so emotive and intriguing that the longer it goes on, the longer it could be watched.”

Preceding the performance October 16 is a fundraiser, featuring poetry by Talya Rubin, Darren Bifford and others. It’s scheduled for 7:30 p.m., at Centre Zen Enpuku-ji, 4620 St. Dominique.

Théâtre La Chapelle is at 3700 St. Dominique. Tickets cost $32.50; seniors and students pay $28. Info: 514-843-7738,

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